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Harry T. Cory papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 5, Placement: 05
Identifier: MSA 76

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of articles written by Harry Cory.


  • 1913 - 1916


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection is in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Harry Cory was born in Lafayette on May 27, 1870, and entered Purdue in the early 1880's. He graduated with a B.M.E. degree in 1887 and with a B.C.E. in 1889. He continued his studies at Cornell, receiving Master's degrees in C.E. and M.E. in 1893 and 1896, respectively. After graduating from Purdue he was employed as Assistant City Engineer of Lafayette for one year and then as Deputy County Engineer for Tippecanoe County until 1892. He was on the faculty at the University of Missouri and the University of Cincinnati. Among his various engineering achievements was closing the break in the Colorado River in 1906. The break in the river caused the formation of the Salton Sea, the third largest body of water in the United States. In diverting the river he saved the fertile Imperial Valley and succeeded in accomplishing what five others had failed. The novel, "The Winning of Barbara Worth," by Harold Bell Wright, is based on this situation, and Harry Cory is the original of Willard Holmes. In 1920 he was selected by the United State government to serve on the Niles Project Commission. He then went on to become Director of Works of the Palos Verdes Project, the largest urban enterprise ever undertaken.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Arrangement Note

The material is in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The material is housed in an acid-free folder and an acid-free box.
Harry T. Cory papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2009-05-06.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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