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The items in this collection are housed in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in the Terrell Library.

View the guide to Cage 40: the Frank Arthur Banks Papers, 1913-1957.

 

Frank A. Banks

Frank Arthur Banks, 1913-1957, was A Bureau of Reclamation engineer who supervised the construction of the Owyhee, Grand Coulee and other dams. This Digital Collection consists of project histories of several Bureau of Reclamation projects directed by Banks, ephemeral engineering publications connected with the Grand Coulee Project, printed items of restricted circulation such as engineering reports, and Banks' correspondence, notes and papers re: private consultation projects, notably the Bhakra Dam in India. The photograph on the right is of Banks and President Roosevelt, during roosevelt's second visit to the Grand Coulee Dam on October 2, 1937. Roosevelt took the opportunity to give the following appraisal of the Columbia Basin Project: "Coming back to Grand Coulee after 3 years I am made very happy by the wonderful progress I have seen. We look foreward not only to the great good this will do in the development of power, but alsi in the development of thousands of homes. There are thousands of families in this country who are not making good because tehy are trying to farm on poor land, and I look forward to the day when the valley is dammed up to give the first opportunity to these American families who need some good farm land in place of their present farms. They are a splendid class of people, and it is up to us as a Nation to help them live better then they are living now. So, in a very correct sense, it is a national undertaking and doing a national good". - President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. The papers were donated to WSU in 1958 by John V. Banks, and have been arranged in a loosely chronological order. Click "search" to search the collection.

 
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