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W. G. Swan fonds
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A Memento of His Year in Office

Contains materials documenting Swan’s activities as President of the Vancouver Board of Trade, including his President's reports.

Certificates and Gifts

Series contains certificates of memberships and degrees for William G. Swan and his associate Hiram Ferris Wooster. Series also contains other gifts to Swan throughout his career.


Series contains business diaries written by William G. Swan that record details of his meetings and contracts with people and organizations he worked with through his career.

Handbooks and Journals

Series contains several handbooks regarding Swan's field of engineering, including one handbook with Swan as one of the authors. Also contains journals, pamphlets, and news clippings related to Swan.

Photograph Albums

Series contains photograph albums of various railways, elevators, and bridges associated with Swan's career as an engineer. Series also holds two other photographs outside of albums containing Swan and his associates and military Battalion.

Suspension Bridge Technical Papers, Blueprints, Plans.

Content list of the binder from original finding aid includes:

  1. "Kelowna Floating Bridge" Article Engineering Journal - April 1957. Missing – not received.
  2. Calculation Of Lateral Truss In Suspension Bridge, 9 Pages - Publication 1943
  3. Loadings For Maximum Effects2 Pages - Calculation Sheets
  4. Sample Load/Stress Calculation Standard A-600, 6 Pages - Original vellum & 1 copy
  5. Suspension Bridges Calculation Samples, 5 Pages
  6. Suspension Bridges Shears & Moments Graphs, 4 Pages - A Size Blue Prints
  7. Orleans Suspension Bridge Pre-stressing Cables, 1 page - Graph
  8. Dominion Bridge Cable Crossections1 Page - Blueprint
  9. Lions Gate Tower Moments, During Erection1 Page - Graph
  10. Lions Gate Sinking Progress Chart, North Caisson, 1 Page - "linen", & 1 copy
  11. Washington Toll Bridge Authority – Specification, 11 Pages
  12. Lions Gate Bridge, Loads and Dimensions1 Page "linen".
  13. Patullo Bridge General Elevation1 Page Whiteprint Dec 12, 1935
  14. Patullo Bridge Approach Span Elevation, 1 Page, Whiteprint, Jan 24, 1935
  15. Design of Main Foundations of Port Mann Bridge, 4 Page Paper, H.Q. Golder, 1964
  16. Second Narrows-Lane loading for highways bridges, 1 Page - March 1956
  17. Super-elevation (Vehicle clearances), 1 Page
  18. Concrete Proportioning, 1 Page - "Linen"
  19. Effect of Flange On Moment of Inertia of T Sections, 1 Page - Blueprint
  20. Concrete Beams and Columns Variable Moments, 4 Page Paper, January 1938
  21. Modern Developments In Reinforced Concrete, 10 Page Paper, Portland Cement Assn.
  22. Depreciated Value Calculations, 2 Pages - 1 calc, 1 graph
  23. Functions of Circular Curves, Arcs, and Parabolas, 45 Pages
  24. Saddle Offset For Setting Cable, 2 Pages
    Earth Pressure
  25. Passive Pressure Slope at Toe, 1 Page – Graph
  26. Active Pressure With Surcharge, 1 Page - Graph
  27. Effect of Partial Surcharge, 1 Page – Table
  28. Dry Material - Angle Of Repose, 1 Page - Table
  29. Submerged Material - Angle Of Repose, 1 Page - Table
  30. Coefficients and Angles of Static Friction, 1 Page - Table
  31. Coefficients of Friction - Soils On Various Rocks, 1 Page – Table
  32. Coefficients of Friction - Various Material on Wood, etc., 1 Page - Table
  33. Cofferdam Piling - Spacing of Wales, 1 Page - Graph
  34. Active/Passive Pressure Graphs, 7 Pages - Graphs
  35. Vertical Pressure on Culverts, Under Wheel Loads4 Pages – 1953
  36. Percolation Under Structures, 2 Pages
  37. Compressed Air - Volumes and Consumption, 3 Pages 3

W. G. Swan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1540
  • Fonds
  • 1903-[1970?]

The fonds consists of photographs, documents and unpublished material relating to Swan's career and achievements, to the construction of light railways overseas during World War I, and to the construction of bridges, grain elevators, railway branch lines and other facilities in British Columbia.

Swan, William George