UA 53.83




0.42 linear feet [1 document case]


Harry Svec was born on December 26th, 1916, in Nebraska. He graduated from the school of agriculture in 1936. He started as an assistant professor at SDSU in 1940. Where he taught welding and forging classes, and he retired from SDSU in 1982. He received the Emeritus of Engineering shops upon his retirement. Harry Passed away May 17th, 1999.

Historical Note

Harry Svec was born on December 26th, 1916, to his parents John and Rosa Svec. He moved from Nebraska to Beadle County in 1935. Harry graduated from the School of Agriculture in 1936. Harry’s career revolved around welding where he both worked and taught. Harry took classes in Minneapolis to perfect the trade on both electric and oxyacetylene welding. He began teaching welding at SDSU in fall 1940. At the beginning he taught welding for the National Defense Training Program, but this stopped in 1944. He taught many courses on welding and forging until his retirement in 1982. He was named professor Emeritus of Engineering Shops in 1982. During the summers Harry worked for many different projects from steam pipe welding to taking additional courses in Troy, OH at the Hobart Technical Institute. After he retired, he continued to work in his workshop by producing rubber parts for different equipment.

Harry married his wife Lillian Liemohn of Deuel County in 1941. They had two sons; Roger and Harvey and one daughter; Marilyn.

Harry passed away on May 17th, 1999.

Content Notes

In this collection there are two main items that are in this collection. The first would be the course notes from the welding classes that Harry taught at SDSU. In the course notes there is also a brief history of how welding came to be and talks about the metal work that was done long ago. There are notes that contain how to do a certain weld and different types of welds and what they work best for. Also, there are magazines for welding that highlight different things that were happening in the welding industry during this time. Next in the collection there is a poem to one of his late friends, William Allen.

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