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MS044: Leroy Norman Reeve Collection

Identifier: MS044

Scope and Contents

Leroy Norman Reeve’s collection includes professional reports, publications, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs and correspondence from 1906-1978.

Box 1 contains employment information and career correspondence from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, and his field work in Japan. There is also a folder of letters after his retirement. The end Box 1 includes publications, reports, and research pertaining to his work on various dam construction projects and hydroelectric power plants. The newspaper clippings contain information on work related topics and personal endeavors. Memorabilia from Reeve’s life includes souvenirs from overseas and handwritten notes from friends and colleagues.

Box 2 contains strictly photographs. The first folder houses a few pictures of family including Reeve’s mother, uncle, and wife. Subsequent folders include dam construction projects in the USA, Japan and the Dominican Republic. The final folders in Box 2 contain photos of Reeve and colleagues at various work sites, as well as college reunion pictures of the class of 1906.

Box 3 contains artifacts from Reeve’s professional life. It houses his Society of Civil Engineers Diplomas – associate member in 1913, full member in 1917, and honorary lifetime member in 1948. Also in Box 3 is a ribbon that commemorates his 50 year association with WPI as a civil engineer. Two containers in Box 3 hold professional pins he collected during his career. One container contains a very unique and valuable pin which notes his involvement in the Manhattan Project. A fragile Japanese fan with signatures of colleagues from Japan is also included in Box 3.

Stored separately, with WPI Diplomas and related diplomas and certificates in 16”X20” box: Diploma -- Bachelor’s Degree, Civil Engineering, 1906 Diploma – National Society of Professional Engineers, June 25, 1945


  • 1906 - 1978

Conditions Governing Use

Permission required by WPI Archivist

Biographical / Historical

Leroy Norman Reeve graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1906. He was a civil engineer who worked for the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. He assisted in the design and supervision of power and flood control dams at Yellowstone as well as the Hog Island Shipyard during World War I. Reeve later joined the Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation where he designed the sixty million dollar Conowingo Dam and hydroelectric power plant on the Susquewana River in Maryland. He also worked in Japan during the 1920s for the Shogawa Hydroelectric Company and the Musashi Engineering Corporation. During World War II Reeve designed the James River Shipyard and also had limited involvement in the Manhattan Project. He retired to Falmouth, MA and died in 1978.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Reeve’s collection was donated to the WPI Archives and Special Collections by Thomas Denney, a friend and colleague.

Leroy Norman Reeve Collection
James E. Massery
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Repository Details

Part of the WPI Manuscript Collections Repository

100 Institute Rd
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA