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  1. Fred Buenzle's 1898 photograph album of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba digitized

    Fred J. Buenzle papers. circa 1870-1946 (M1983)  Just after the earlier article announcing the opening of this collection came out, a photograph album in the collection was digitized. It contains eighty fading silver gelatin prints which include images of Naval training in Guantanamo Bay and other images in and around Havana, Cuba.                             

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  2. Buenzle Naval History Collection Now Available

         In 1886, a sixteen-year-old named Fred Buenzle did what many boys had dreamed of: joining the Navy and sailing the high seas. Recognizing that the Navy was changing rapidly, he took note of the stories and lore of old salts and devoted himself to chronicling his own adventures; training in the Caribbean, briefly leaving the service in China, and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. A stenographer who rose in rank to Chief Yeoman, Buenzle was the court reporter for the investigation of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, and took dictation for many of the Navy’s highest officers, including Theodore Roosevelt when he was briefly Secretary. Buenzle also founded and edited “The Bluejacket,” the first newsletter for enlisted men, and fought against discrimination of uniformed sailors.      Special Collections has recently acquired and processed the Fred J. Buenzle papers, which contain scrapbooks, unpublished manuscripts, and hundreds of photographs documenting his naval career, family, and subsequent retirement at his ranch in Los Gatos. Albumen print of St. Thomas from Buenzle scrapbook, May 1891.  

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  3. Strauss Bridge Plans available for research

    Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge over San Joaquin River at Mossdale, California. Image courtesy of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries.   The Joseph Strauss Bridge Plans collection has been reprocessed and rehoused and are now available for research in the Reading Room. Originally donated by the School of Engineering in 1966, the drawings in the collection had been stored rolled in tubes or in paper-wrapped bundles. In 2019, Gurudarshan Khalsa began working to unroll the drawings and flatten them for rehousing in large folders. In early 2020 David Krah finished unrolling and rehousing the drawings, and revised the existing finding aid. The drawings spent some time flattening out under weights during the break in the action and are now returning to permanent storage. Researchers can now page individual sets of drawings for use in the Special Collections Reading Room. Using weights to flatten unrolled bridge plans. Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge proposed Deering bridge over North Branch Chicago River. Image courtesy of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries   Known to many as the Chief Engineer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Joseph Strauss’ most widespread impact has been through the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company. Headquartered in Chicago, Strauss’ company built a wide variety of movable bridges incorporating one of his patents for a bascule type bridge employing a concrete counterweight. Locally, a well-known example of this design exists at 3rd Street and Channel Street in San Francisco (the Lefty O’Doul Bridge). The Strauss Bascule Bridge Company designed moveable bridges across waterways all over the United States and Canada with concentrations in Chicago, Eastern New Jersey and California. The collection includes designs from Cuba, Mexico, Norway and a competitive submission for the Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each drawing set contains 15-30 (or more) drawings including elevations and site plans as well as technical details of linkages, bearings, material specifications and mechanical operations.             Channel Street Waterway at Third Street, San Francisco California. File 1038: S.T.B.B. 1931-1932, Roll 86, Item 2. Image courtesy of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries   Review the finding aid on the Online Archive of California: Joseph Strauss Bridge Plans, 1905-1935 Page items from the catalog record: Joseph Strauss Bridge Plans, 1905-1935 Several drawing sets have been digitized and are available to view by clicking the above catalog record link.                    

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