Claud R. Erickson Papers
00194

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Erickson, Claud R.
Title
Claud R. Erickson Papers
ID
00194
Date
1943-1969, undated
Extent
7.0 Cubic feet , 89 slides.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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Biography of Claud R. Erickson

Claud R. Erickson worked for the Lansing Board of Water and Light for 53 years. He received his B.S. and M.E. degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1922. He started working for the Board of Water and Light in 1920 when he was a junior at MSU. Erickson wanted to quit school and work full-time, but was warned by his boss he wouldn't have a job if he didn't finish his degrees.

Because of his work for the power company, Erickson developed an interest in electric cars, which continued throughout his life. He tried to bring electric vehicles to the power company, though his efforts were unsuccessful. Erickson worked for the Board of Water and Light for his entire professional career, leaving the company when he was 73 years old. The split was not amicable; Erickson claimed he was not yet ready to retire. When the Delta Power Station was completed in 1973, it was named for Claud Erickson.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Claud Erickson papers span the years 1943 to 1969 and contain correspondence, clippings, brochures, articles, various publications, and photographs documenting Erickson's interest in electric vehicles. Where possible folder headings assigned by Erickson have been maintained. Many duplicate materials, comprising about 3.0 cu. ft., have been separated out. The remaining materials in the collection are organized into five series: Correspondence, Conferences and Speeches, Writings, Subject Files, and Audio-Visual.

The Correspondence Series, 1958-1969, contains primarily mailings that Erickson sent to the electric vehicles committee of the American Public Power Association. These mailings include clippings and notes from Erickson on particular points of interest. These files have been arranged chronologically. Additional correspondence in the series is directed to specific persons or companies. All correspondence has been arranged alphabetically by recipient name.

The Conferences and Speeches Series, 1959-1967, is comprised of notes, drafts, and final speeches prepared and delivered by Erickson at various conferences and groups. The series also contains a brief article about Erickson, published in the January 16, 1967 issue of Life magazine.

The Writings Series, 1958-1967, consists of draft chapters Erickson wrote on different aspects of the electric car. Topics of these chapters include air pollution, safety features, fuel cells, and the history of the electric car. The arrangement of the files is alphabetical.

The Subject Files Series, 1943-1969, is the largest series in the collection. This series contains articles, brochures, publications, and charts on varying topics related to electric cars and companies that produced electric vehicles. Erickson kept these materials arranged alphabetically by subject and that order has been maintained, along with his subject headings.

The Audio-Visual Series consists of photographs Erickson collected. The photos document different electric cars and vehicles as well as models from specific companies. These materials are arranged alphabetically by subject. Two folders of slides are also included in the collection. These slides were used by Erickson during his speeches on the history of the electric car.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 4 series

  1. Correspondence
  2. Conferences and Speeches, 1959-1967, n.d.
  3. Writings, 1958-1967, n.d.
  4. Subject Files, 1943-1969, n.d.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Transferred by the MSU Department of Engineering

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Brochures
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Personal Name(s)

  • Glascock, Cynthia

Subject(s)

  • Automobiles
  • Electric automobiles
  • Electric vehicles

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

American Public Power Association Committee Mailings 

1
Box Folder

 March 29, 1966 

1 1

 April 4, 1966 

1 2

 April 11, 1966 

1 3

 April 19, 1966 

1 4

 April 25, 1966 

1 5

 April 29, 1966 

1 6

 May 24, 1966 

1 7

 June 1, 1966 

1 8

 June 6, 1966 

1 9

 June 10, 1966 

1 10

 June 17, 1966 

1 11

 June 24, 1966 

1 12

 July 1, 1966 

1 13

 July 8, 1966 

1 14

 July 15, 1966 

1 15

 July 19, 1966 

1 16

 July 22, 1966 

1 17

 July 26, 1966 

1 18

 August 5, 1966 

1 19

 August 12, 1966 

1 20

 August 19, 1966 

1 21

 August 26, 1966 

1 22

 September 2, 1966 

1 23

 September 9, 1966 

1 24

 September 16, 1966 

1 25

 September 23, 1966 

1 26

 September 30, 1966 

1 27

 October 14, 1966 

1 28

 October 21, 1966 

1 29

 October 28, 1966 

1 30

 October 31, 1966 - Special 

1 31

 November 4, 1966 

1 32

 November 11, 1966 

1 33

 November 18, 1966 

1 34

 November 25, 1966 

1 35

 December 2, 1966 

1 36

 December 16, 1966 

1 37

 January 3, 1967 

1 38

 January 13, 1967 

1 39

 January 20, 1967 

1 40

 February 3, 1967 

1 41

 February 10, 1967 

1 42

 February 17, 1967 

1 43

 February 24, 1967 

1 44

 March 3, 1967 

1 45

 March 10, 1967 

1 46

 March 17, 1967 

1 47

 March 23, 1967 

1 48

 March 28, 1967 

1 49

 March 31, 1967 

1 50

 April 6, 1967 

1 51

 April 7, 1967 

1 52

 April 14, 1967 

1 53

 April 28, 1967 

1 54

 May 12, 1967 

1 55

 May 26, 1967 

1 56

 June 12, 1967 

1 57

 June 23, 1967 

1 58

 July 14, 1967 

1 59

 July 18, 1967 

1 60

 December 5, 1967 

1 61

 January 30, 1968 

1 62

 April 20, 1968 

1 63

 n.d. 

1 64

American Public Power Association Electric Vehicles, 1966- 1967 

1 65

Atlantic City Correspondence, 1959-1960 

1 66

Billingsley, Kirby, 1965-1967 

1 67

Boulevard Machine Works North Hollywood, California, 1966 

1 68

Boyd, P.G. 

1 69

Coleman Co., 1966 

1 70

Correspondence received regarding electric vehicles, 1966 

1 71

Cozzens, Bradley, 1965-1966 

1 72

Electric Car Correspondence A to D, 1960-1965 

2 1

Electric Car Correspondence E to J, 1959-1966 

2 2

Electric Car Correspondence K to R, 1960-1967 

2 3

Electric Car Correspondence S, 1960-1969 

2 4

Electric Car Correspondence W, 1960-1964 

2 5

Electric Car and Truck Correspondence, 1966 

2 6

Florida Power Corporation, 1961 

2 7

General Correspondence A-G, 1959 

2 8-9

General Correspondence H-Z, 1959 

2 10-11

General Electric Co., 1964 

2 12

Heyman, Horace W., 1962-1965 

2 13

Heyman, Horace W., 1966 

2 14-15

King, Frank H., 1966-1967 

2 16

Lansing Division Motors, 1966 

2 17

Letters written for Claud Erickson, 1966 

2 18

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1958-1961 

2 19

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1960-1969 

2 20

Rodin, Alex, 1966-1967 

2 21

Wallace, Robert C., 1966 

2 22-23

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Conferences and Speeches 1959-1967, undated 

Box Folder

Alex Radin Talk re: Clean Air Act of 1966, 1966 

2 24

American Power Conference 

2
Box Folder

 1960 

2 25-26

 1960-1961 

2 27-28

Charts and Tabulations, n.d. 

2 29

Preliminary Draft, n.d. 

2 30

American Public Power Association 

2
Box Folder

 1966 

2 31-32

Alex Radin, 1966 

2 33

Committee on Electric Cars and Trucks, 1966 

2 34

Committee on Electric Cars and Trucks, Letters, April - May, 1966 

2 35

Boston Conference, May 1966 

2 36

Conference on the Super-City of Tomorrow, 1964 

2 37

"Electric Cars and Trucks: Past, Present and Future," 1960 

3 1

Industrial Clubs of Saginaw, 1964 

3 2

Life Magazine Interview January 16, 1967 

3 3

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, May 1964 

3 4

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, Jackson Chapter, January 1960 

3 5

Talks on Electric Cars, 1959 

3 6

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Writings 1958-1967, undated 

Box Folder

Air Pollution, 1966 

3 7

Care and Maintenance, 1966 

3 8

Chapter Eight, n.d. 

3 9

Chassis Design (general), 1959 

3 10

Electric Car, 1964-1966 

3 11

Electric Vehicle Names, 1966 

3 12

Fuel Cells, 1965 

3 13

Future Developments, 1966 

3 14

History - Chapter, n.d. 

3 15

History - Miscellaneous, 1958-1966 

3 16

Original Change Notes, 1966-1967 

3 17

Original Performance Chapter VII, 1961, n.d. 

3 18

Safety Features of the Electric Car, 1967 

3 19

"Yellow Dog" manuscript, n.d. 

3 20-22

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Subject Files 1943-1969, undated 

Box Folder

AMF - Electra, Playmate, Bubblebug, Teenager 

3 23

Air Cars, Inc., 1963 

3 24

Air Pollution, 1965, 1967 

3 25

American Mobile Products, 1964-1966 

3 26

American Mobile Products - Richard Dinkel, 1966 

3 27

American Public Power Association, 1960-1966 

3 28

Annual Reports, 1959 

3 29

Argo Electric, n.d. 

3 30

Articles, 1943-1967 

3 31

Austin Crompton Parkinson Electric Vehicles, Ltd., 1966 

3 32

Automobile Topics Magazine, 1959-1960 

3 33

Automobiles Today and Tomorrow, 1962 

3 34

Automotive News "The Billion Dollar Smog Hoax -- Book I" by Joseph M. Callahan, 1966 

3 35

B & B Motor and Control Corporation, 1966 

3 36

B.I.E. Day Talk, 1960 

3 37

Batteries 

3
Box Folder

Edison, 1959-1960 

3 38

General, 1956-1961 

3 39

Lead Acid, 1958-1960 

3 40

Nickel Cadmium, 1955-1959 

3 41

Silver Cadmium, 1959-1960 

3 42

Battery - Chapter, n.d. 

3 43

Battery Charger Data, 1958-1960 

3 44

Battery Chargers, 1959-1960 

3 45

Battery Data (Storage Batteries) 

3 46

Battery Electric Passenger Cars: An Interim Report, 1966 

4 1

Battery Electric Traction 

4 2

Battery-Operated Electric Automobiles, 1963 

4 3

Battronic Battery Powered Truck, 1964-1966 

4 4

Berg-Gibson Manufacturing Company Correspondence, 1960 

4 5

Biochemical Fuel Cells - Ecom, Manuscripts and Articles, August 1965 

4 6

British Electric Cars and Trucks, 1956-1960 

4 7

Calculators (Blackwell), n.d. 

4 8

Carriages, 1960 

4 9

Car, 1968 

4 10

Care and Maintenance Chapter, n.d. 

4 11

Cars and Parts Magazine, 1959-1960 

4 12

Cars Chapter, 1961 

4 13

Catalogs - Surplus and Salvage, 1959 

4 14

Clippings - Electric Car Folder 

4 15-18

Congressional RecordAir Pollution, 1966 

4 19

Consumers Power Talk, April 28, 1961 

4 20

Control Devices - Electric Car, 1957-1959 

4 21-22

Controlled Rectifiers, Transistors-Rectifiers, 1958-1959 

4 23-24

Controls (Speed Controls for Electric Cars), 1958-1959 

4 25-26

Department of Health Education, Education, and Welfare, 1966 

4 27

Design News (Magazine), 1966-1967 

4 28

Development of Electrically Powered Vehicles, 1967 

4 29

Developments in Electrochemical Energy Conversion Devices, Batteries, and Fuel Cells, 1966 

4 30

Diagrams, n.d. 

4 31

Dyna-Volt Corporation, 1966 

4 32

Electric Automobile, 1966 

4 33

Electric Car File, 1966 

4 34

The Electric Car in Perspective, 1967 

4 35

Electric Car Miscellaneous, 1947-1962 

4 36-37

Electric Car Miscellaneous, 1947-1962 

5 1-2

The Electric Car - Present Status and Future Prospects, 1967 

5 3

Electric Car Solutions, 1966-1967 

5 4

Electric Cars: Modern and Proposed, 1958-1959 

5 5

Electric Fuel Propulsion, Inc., 1966 

5 6

Electric Locomotive Drive, 1957 

5 7

Electric Motor Cars, 1963 

5 8

Electric Scooter, n.d. 

5 9

Electric Trucks, 1960-1961, n.d. 

5 10-11

Electric Trucks for Board of Water and Light, 1960-1961 

5 12

Electric Vehicle History, 1966 

5 13

Electric Vehicle Research, 1967 

5 14

"Electric Vehicle and the Dairy Industry", 1960 

5 15

Electric Vehicles, 1960-1966 

5 16

Electrics in Industry, 1966 

5 17

"Electronics Reviewed Yesteryears - Today", 1967 

5 18

Exide Industrial Marketing Division, 1960-1965 

5 19-20

Exide Industrial Marketing Division, (Electric Storage Battery Co.), 1966 

5 21

Fleetvan Truck, n.d. 

5 22

Ford Electric Car, 1966 

5 23

Foreign Cars, 1957 

5 24

Fuel Cells, 1956-1960 

5 25-26

Fuel Cells - Electric Car, 1965 

5 27

Fuel Cells - Electric Cars (Gemini Fuel Cells), 1965 

5 28

The Future of Electronics, 1965 

5 29

General Electric SCR Control for Electric Trucks, 1968 

5 30

Golf Car Manufacturers, 1960 

5 31

Gould Batteries, 1958-1960 

5 32

Gould Battery News 1969 

5 33

Graphs, n.d. 

5 34

Graphs and Charts, 1958-1960 

5 35

Graphs and Charts to be made into slides, n.d. 

5 36

Handwritten Notes, 1966 

5 37

Henney Kilowatt, 1961-1963 

5 38

Heyman, Horace, 1959-1960 

5 39

Heyman, Horace, 1961-1963 

5 40

Hudson's Detroit, 1961 

5 41

Hydro-Catylator Corporation 1952-1966 

5 42

Indicating & Graphic Meters 1960 

5 43

Industrial Clubs of Saginaw 1964 

5 44

Instrumentation for Electric Cars 1954-1959 

5 45

International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc. 1966 

5 46

International Nickel Company, Inc. 1960 

5 47

International Rectifier Corporation (Solar Cells) 1958-1960 

5 48

Ireland Electricity Supply Board 1958-1961 

5 49-50

Kish-Nu Way Electric Car 1957-1960 

5 51-52

Laher 1965-1966 

6 1

Lead Industries Association, Inc. - LIA Battery 1965-1967 

6 2

Linear Alpha, Inc. 1967-1968 

6 3

Load Building undated 

6 4

Magazine Ads circa 1967 

6 5

Magazines 1966-1967 

6 6

Manufacturers' Catalogs 1967 

6 7

Manufacturers, List of 1960 

6 8

Manuscript Writings undated 

6 9

Manuscripts and Publications 1960, 1965 

6 10

Michigan Motor Vehicle Code undated 

6 11

Milestones in the Development of the Electric Vehicle 1959 

6 12

Milk Industry May 1960 

6 13

Miscellaneous Papers 1967 

6 14

Motors, 4 H. P., 5,000 R.P.M., 72 V, D.C. 1958-1960 

6 15

Motors - Chapter undated 

6 16

Motors for Electric Cars 1956-1959 

6 17

A New Look at the Transit Problem 1966 

6 18

New Material (long articles) 1966 

6 19

New Material (miscellaneous) 1965-1968 

6 20

News Articles 1966 

6 21

Newsletter - Automobile Old Times July 1966 

6 22

Newsletter - Electric cars, etc. JULY 1960 

6 23

Newspaper Clippings 1960-1966 

6 24

Nickel-Iron Industrial Storage Battery undated 

6 25

Passenger Car Engineering Trends 1967 

6 26

Notes (of Erickson) undated 

6 27

Operating Costs - Comparison of Electric vs. Gasoline 1965, undated 

6 28

Original 23 Safety Standards 1966-1967 

6 29

Paper - Performance and Economics of the Silver-Zinc Battery in Electric Vehicles, by George A. Dalin 1967 

6 30

Papers 1965-1966 

6 31

Papers on Electric Cars by others 1952-1960 

6 32

Papers - Publications 1966-1967 

6 33

Pensions, Smith Delivery 1959-1961 

6 34

Performance 1958-1966 

6 35

Performance and Design Data through March 1959 

6 36

Performance Calculations - Chapter undated 

6 37

Performance Calculation - Miscellaneous undated 

6 38

Photocircuits and Circuit Research Company 1959-1961 

6 39

Plant-Kat Personal Carrier 1964-1965 

6 40

Plant-Kat Publication 1967-1968 

6 41

Potential for Electric Passenger Vehicles by M.R. Eichner 1967 

6 42

Power Engineering article by Ronald W. Hicks 1967 

6 43

Power Transmission - V Belt 1959 

6 44

Purchase Request 1967-1968 

6 45

Quotations 1967-1968 

6 46

Quotations - Electric Trucks 1966 

6 47

Questionnaires on Electric Cars 1958-1959 

6 48

Rectifiers undated 

6 49

Request 1968 

6 50

Roberts Electric Company 1959 

6 51

Ross Engineering Corporation 1966 

7 1

Safety Features of the Electric Car 1959 

7 2

Shilstone Testing Laboratory, Inc. 1966 

7 3

Slide List for speeches 1959-1960 

7 4

Smith's NCB Electric Truck undated 

7 5

Sodium-Air Battery 1967 

7 6

Sodium-Sulfur Secondary Battery 1967 

7 7

Special Organization Study, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, City of Memphis, Tennessee 1967 

7 8

Speed Control Chapter undated 

7 9

Stanford Research Institute 1963-1964 

7 10

Statement by Westinghouse Electric Corporation 1967 

7 11

Tires undated 

7 12

Truck News Newsletter 1959 

7 13

Trucks - Electric, Commercial and Factory Modern 1958-1959 

7 14-15

Vehicle Restrictions (Law) 1958 

7 16

War on Pollution Sparks showing of Electric Cars 1967 

7 17

Westinghouse Electric Corporation, California 1966 

7 18

Xerox data on the Electric Car 1960-1966 

7 19

Zinc 1965-1967 

7 20

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Photographs 

Box Folder

Allis-Chalmers (Electric Truck Control) 

7 21

Chadwick Engineering Works 

7 22

Electric Cars 

7 23

Electric Cars - drawings 

7 24

Electric Cars - motors 

7 25

Electric Scooter 

7 26

Electric Tractor 

7 27

Exide Industrial Division (The Electric Storage Battery Co.) 

7 28-29

Wheel Design 

7 30

Slides 

7 31-32

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