Civil engineer. Parsons was associated with the Rapid Transit System of New York, made a survey of Chinese railroads, 1898-1899, was on the Board of consulting engineers for the Panama Canal, 1905, and Chief engineer for the Cape Cod Canal, 1905-1914. He served in both the Spanish-American War and World War I. He is the author of THE AMERICAN ENGINEER IN CHINA, 1900, and other works relating to engineering. (Columbia University A.B., 1879, C.E., 1882).
Correspondence including letters from Grover Cleveland, Gilbert Parker, and printed monographs and magazine articles. Mr. Parsons' diaries of Panama Canal years and World War I have been catalogued as book manuscripts.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Barclay Parsons papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.