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Guide to the Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers, 1956-1982

Summary

Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić was a prominent civil engineer and Duke engineering professor. He is especially known for his work on soil properties and interaction with construction materials, as well as the use of explosives in excavation projects.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0167
Title
Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić papers
Date
1956-1982
Creator
Vesić, Aleksandar Sedmak, 1924-
Extent
5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection covers Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić's working and class papers. Included is research into soil mechanics, the application of engineering principles to construction materials, and the use of explosives in excavation projects. Vesić also lectured widely and participated in a large number of conferences and committees; materials related to those activities are also represented.

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[Identification of item], Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations, 1971
Box 1
Shallow Foundations, 1974
(2 folders)
Box 1
Design of Pile Foundations, 1976, May
Box 1
Pile Foundations, 1975
Box 1
NCHRP Pile Design, 1976
(2 folders)
Box 1
Boston Lecture and NCHRP, 1975
Box 1
Technical Director's Operation Plan for Pre-Gondola II, 1967 May 17
Box 1
Logs and Lab Results (US Army), 1966
(3 folders)
Box 1
Pre-Gondola III, 1968
Box 1
Pre-Gondola, 1966
Box 1
Cratering Excerpts, 1966
Box 1
Cratering Final Report, 1970
Box 1
Quarrying with Nuclear Explosives Final Draft, 1969 May
Box 1
Wayne Clough Correspondence, 1964-1965
Box 1
Duke, 1977
Box 1
Bhathagar Correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 1
Cratering-Livermore, 1968-1970
Box 1
Cratering-Livermore, 1967-1968
Box 1
Quarrying, 1969
Box 1
Cratering, 1971
Box 1
Breakout Forces-Contract, 1968-1969
Box 1
Research Proposals, 1962
Box 1
Cratering Lectures, 1968
Box 1
NASA, 1977
Box 1
Cratering, 1965-1967
Box 1
Final Report, 1967-1969
Box 1
Ideas and Data, 1966
Box 1
Cratering Phase IV, Images, 1969
Box 1
Cratering, Phase III Images Report, 1967
Box 1
Administration, 1962-1965
Box 1
Cratering Monthly Reports, 1965-1968
Box 1
Expansion of Cavities Manuscript, 1971
Box 1
Excerpts II, 1956-1969
(2 folders)
Box 1
Excerpts III, Undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Excerpts I, Undated
(3 folders)
Box 2
Excerpts IV, Undated
(4 folders)
Box 2
Russian Studies, Undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Duke Symposium, 1965-1967
Box 2
Duke Symposium, 1965
Box 2
Duke Accelerator, 1966 Summer
Box 2
Duke Accelerator, 1966-1969
Box 2
Special Course-Wroth, 1975-1982
Box 2
Centrifuge, 1981
Box 2
HRB Committee B-6, 1965-1973
(4 folders)
Box 2
HRB Committee B-5, 1964-1975
(2 folders)
Box 2
HRB Committee B-1, 1966-1969
Box 2
HRB General, 1965-1973
Box 2
ASTM Subcommittee 11, 1967-1971
Box 2
ASTM Subcommittee 10, 1965-1969
Box 2
ASTM Atlantic City, 1965-1966
Box 2
School of Civil Engineering, Workload and Reports, 1958-1963
Box 3
Caracas, 1967
Box 3
Rice Lecture, 1968
Box 3
Europe, 1965-1968
Box 3
Montreal, 1963-1966
Box 3
Mexico City, 1964-1965
Box 3
Colorado, 1960
Box 3
San Francisco, 1967-1968
Box 3
Scandinavia, 1969
Box 3
Miami, 1969-1971
Box 3
Mexico, 1969
Box 3
Denver, 1969
Box 3
Evanston, 1964
Box 3
Plowshare, 1964
Box 3
Ottawa, 1963
Box 3
ASCE Miami, 1966
Box 3
ASCE New York, 1964
Box 3
ASCE Chicago, 1969
(2 folders)
Box 3
ASCE Paris, 1960-1961
Box 3
HRB Meeting, 1962-1969
(6 folders)
Box 3
Conference, New York, 1968
Box 3
Conference, Asphalt Pavements, 1962
Box 3
Civil Engineering 139 Intro to Soil Mechanics, Undated
Box 3
Student Letters, 1963-1980
(5 folders)
Box 3
Logan Ritchie, 1961-1964
Box 3
Rigid Pavement Project, 1970
(2 folders)
Box 3
HRB Proposal, 1966
Box 3
NCHRP Project, 1966
Box 3
Georgia Project, 1965
Box 4
Introduction Lecture 5-5, Undated
Box 4
Konrad Meyer, 1961-1969
Box 4
Introduction to Soil Mechanics, Undated
(5 folders)
Box 4
Mailing Lists, 1968-1969
Box 4
ASCE Papers Reviewed, 1967-1971
Box 4
ASCE Information Retrieval, 1968-1970
Box 4
NCHRP Advisory Panel, 1967
Box 4
ASCE Reviews, 1979-1980
Box 4
ASCE Papers Reviewed, 1966-1967
Box 4
ASCE General, 1961-1974
Box 4
IABSE, 1966-1972
Box 4
ASCE Deep Foundations Committee, 1968-1978
(3 folders)
Box 4
HRB Papers Reviewed, 1967-1971
Box 4
NCHRP, 1971
Box 4
ASCE Reviews, 1971-1972
Box 4
Condolence Letters, Duke Community, Undated
Box 4
Conference Papers, 1962-1977
(5 folders)
Box 4
 

Historical Note

Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić was a Yugoslav-American geotechnical engineer and a major figure in the history of the Duke University Pratt Engineering School. Vesić specialized in soil mechanics, the application of engineering principles to construction materials, behavior of soils on the ocean floor, and the use of explosives in excavation projects.

Vesić studied at the University of Belgrade and received his doctorate in civil engineering. He worked at the Geotechnical Institute in Ghent, Belgium before moving to the United States in 1956. He began teaching in 1958 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1963, he became a professor at Duke University, where he remained until his death in 1982. He was named Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering in 1974 and served as such until his death. In his honor, and in recognition for his contributions to the Engineering School, the position of department head of civil engineering bears his name, and the math, science, and technical library was renamed the Vesić Library in 1982, shortly after his death. This library carried his name until it closed in 2008.


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Provenance

The Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers were received by the Duke University Archives as a gift in January, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by: Duke University Archives Staff

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2005.0055