More than 60 archival collections from the seven partner institutions are targeted to be digitized under this grant. These collections originated from a variety of sources, such as federal, state and local governments, water companies, local agencies, engineers and other individuals involved in water resources development in the region from the 19th through the 20th centuries. Noteworthy individuals and organizations include Louis J. Alexander, All-American Canal, American Concrete and Pipe Company, Bear Valley Irrigation Company, Boulder Water Company, Bureau of Indian Affairsâ€™ Indian Irrigation Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), George Chaffey, Claremont Heights Irrigation Company, Del Monte Irrigation Company, Department of the Interiorâ€™s Office of the Regional Solicitor in Los Angeles, Feather River Project Association, Fred C. Finkle, Charles Frankish, Duane L. Georgeson, Juana Beatriz GutiÃ©rrez, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial Water Company, Willis S. Jones, Mojave Water Agency, Monte Vista Water, Company, Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA), MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), Catherine Rose Mulholland, William Mulholland, Andrae B. Nordskog, Ontario Land Company, Ontario Land and Improvement Company, Ontario Mutual Water companies, Jeffry Joseph Prendergast, Salton Sea Authority, San Antonio Water Company, San Bernardino County Flood Control District, J. Ralph Shoemaker, Southwest Water League, U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Geological Surveyâ€™s Hydrographic Branch, Frank E. Weymouth. Subjects covered by the collections include contamination and pollution; floods and flood plains; irrigation; legal cases; the Los Angeles Aqueduct; Owens Valley; reservoirs and dams; the Salton Sea; watersheds; water companies and municipal water suppliers; water engineering; water rights; and related subjects. The archival holdings across the institutions comprise blueprints, correspondence, ephemera, ledgers, legal papers, maps, pamphlets, photographs, plans, reports, scrapbooks, and technical documents.
Ms. Carrie Marsh
Claremont Colleges Library
Director, Environmental Analysis Program/W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis
Dr. Mr. Stephen
Senior Assistant Librarian, Digital Services
1812 - 2015
The bulk of the collections center on Southern California, the Los Angeles basin, the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and the Inland Empire region (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), with some outliers into Central and Northern California, to San Diego County, and into parts of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.