Wylie Wendt Papers, 1917-1950

Accession: 2006-037
Extent: .375 linear feet
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

Biographical Note

Wylie Wendt served as a professor of civil engineering at the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School from 1925 to 1954, and was the last of the Speed School's original faculty members to retire. Wendt was born in 1885 in Newport, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1906. He taught at Michigan State College, Kansas State College, and at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He served as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology before coming to University of Louisville, where he also served as head of his department for most of his tenure. He helped found local chapters of Sigma Mu Sigma (originally a fraternity for college Masons), Theta Tau (a professional engineering fraternity) and Sigma Tau (an honorary engineering fraternity, now part of Tau Beta Pi) fraternities and the U of L student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering. Professor Wendt died in 1979.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection consists of diplomas, certificates, and a plaque; it consists primarily of certificates documenting Wendt's membership in various professional, honorary, and fraternal organizations. The collection also includes a few certificates for founding members of the local chapter of Sigma Mu Sigma, as well as that group's charter. Wendt's diploma from the American Society of Engineers from 1917 is on velum; his citation from the University of Louisville for his service to the university is a plaque.

Box List

  • Sigma Mu Sigma fraternity membership certificates for charter members of the Omicron (U of L) chapter
  • Membership certificate, National Safety Council, 1935
  • Appointment as Major in Army Corps of Engineers, 1935
  • Kentucky certification as Professional Engineer, 1935
  • Charter, Omicron Chapter of Sigma Mu Sigma, 1935
  • Diplomas from American Society of Civil Engineers, 1917 and 1923
  • Initiation certificate, Sigma Tau, Tau chapter, 1923
  • Diploma, National Society of Professional Engineers, 1935
  • Certificate, American Road Builder's Association, faculty representative for U of L in Educational Division, 1935
  • Initiation certificate, Theta Tau fraternity (Delta Beta chapter), undated
  • Membership certificate, American Society of Military Engineers, 1925
  • Membership certificate, American Society for Testing Materials, 1917
  • Citation for 25 years of outstanding and faithful service, University of Louisville, 1950 (plaque)