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Papers of M. Daniel Vanderbilt

Identifier: UVAN

Scope and Contents

The Papers of M. Daniel Vanderbilt consists of documents dated 1960 to 1988, with the bulk falling from 1971 to 1987. Materials include course syllabi and assignments, research files on wood and concrete, office files, and publications. There is also a small amount of consulting files from his firm, Engineering Design Software, Inc.


  • Creation: 1960-1988
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1971-1987


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, the collection is stored off-site so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


M. Daniel Vanderbilt was a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and known for his research on slab analysis and design of wood structural systems.

Mortimer Daniel Vanderbilt was born on February 9, 1934, in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from Ohio State University in 1957, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He married Donna L. Myers on August 26, 1956, in Zanesville, Ohio, and had two children, Callie and Kristin.

In 1963, Vanderbilt was appointed as assistant professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). He was promoted to associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1976. He taught courses in structural analysis and design, mechanics, civil engineering materials, and computer-aided engineering. His research interests included reinforced concrete and wood structural systems, reliability-based design techniques, and development of computer-aided structural analysis and design.

Vanderbilt was a member and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He received the Chi Epsilon Outstanding Professor Award in 1971, the ACI Delmar Bloem Outstanding Service Award in 1973, and the Northern Colorado Construction Industries Faculty Award in 1986. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honor societies.

In addition to his work at CSU, Vanderbilt was a consultant in structural analyses, design, and field investigations of failures and structural conditions. He developed several structural engineering analysis and design software packages which were distributed through his firm, Engineering Design Software, Inc. M. Daniel Vanderbilt died on January 10, 1988, in Fort Collins, Colorado.


13.5 linear feet (9 record cartons)

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M. Daniel Vanderbilt was a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University (CSU), a noted researcher on slab analysis and design of wood structural systems, and an early advocate for the use of computer software modeling in civil engineering. Materials include teaching materials, research, office files, and publications.


The collection consists of 4 series in 9 record cartons:

Series 1: Teaching materials, 1968-1987 and undated

Series 2: Research, 1967-1988 and undated

Series 3: Office files, 1960-1987 and undated

Series 4: Publications 1961-1987 and undated


The Papers of M. Daniel Vanderbilt was donated by Callie Vanderbilt in August 2015.

Related Collections

Papers of Marvin E. Criswell, University Archive, Colorado State University.


Processing was completed in September 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Reports published by CSU were removed to University Publications unless annotated or corrected by Vanderbilt; those with annotations were kept with the collection. Student files that contain protected information were weeded.

Guide to the Papers of M. Daniel Vanderbilt
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA