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Charles A. Ellis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 460

Scope and Contents

The Charles A. Ellis Papers document the professional career of structural engineer Charles Ellis. Types of materials in the collection include correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, organization chart, financial estimates, and information on professional achievements. Although some biographical information and a small number of personal photographs are included in the collection, the papers primarily document Ellis' involvement with the design of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Video "Stealing the Golden Gate Bridge" available in the suppplemental collection.  1 VHS tape, 2 DVD copies


  • 1911-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1928-1938
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1996


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


2.00 Linear Feet

1 mss. box, 1 oversize flat box other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 flat_box

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The papers are divided into three series: Golden Gate Bridge (1929-1938), Professional Career (1919-1945), and Photographs (1911-1946). Within each series, items are arranged chronologically by type of material. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. All newsprint has been photocopied and in most cases original newspaper clippings have been discarded. Some newspaper clippings containing images of people, or front pages of newspapers, have been preserved for display purposes, with photocopies made available for researchers.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Lewis B. McCammon

Related Materials

A supplementary collection of items relating to Charles Ellis and the Golden Gate Bridge is also available, including photocopies of Ellis' architectural drawings for the design of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Processing Information

Processed by Sammie Morris, July 2004
Charles A. Ellis papers
In Progress
Sammie Morris, Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States