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Guide to the Homer A. Halverson Collection, 1915-1977
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Homer A. Halverson Collection
    Dates: 1915-1977
    Identification: URB/HAH
    Creator: Halverson, Homer A., 1903-2002
    Physical Description: 1.04 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: Homer Halverson worked for the City of Los Angeles as an Engineer in the 1920s, on his family's orange grove in the San Fernando Valley, in the early 1930s, and as a structural draftsman in the US Army Corps of Engineers from the mid-1930s to his retirement in 1965. The Homer A. Halverson Collection documents water history and related infrastructure in the greater Los Angeles area in the early- to mid-20th century, especially the construction of containment and runoff systems within urban and suburban areas in the city. It consists primarily of photographs.

    Biographical Information:

    Homer Halverson, son of Ole and Laura Halverson, was born in 1903 in Minco, Oklahoma. After attending the University of Oklahoma, he moved to California in 1924, settling in the San Fernando Valley with his family. He met and married his wife, Millicent Scoltock, shortly after, with whom he had two daughters, Gail and Karen.
    Halverson worked for the City of Los Angeles as an Engineer in the 1920s, but spent the early 1930s working on his family's orange grove in the San Fernando Valley. By 1936 he had become a structural draftsman in the US Army Corps of Engineers, based out of Glendale, CA. During his many decades with the US Army Corps of Engineers Halverson worked to address flooding in the valley and greater Los Angeles, designed structures to channel water and streams into larger river beds, constructed dams and reservoirs, and designed and built reinforced concrete flood control across Los Angeles.
    In the early 1950s the Halverson family sold their San Fernando Valley citrus grove to the state of California, which used the land to build a satellite campus of California State University, Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. The satellite campus eventually became San Fernando Valley State College, now called California State University, Northridge. Homer Halverson retired in 1965, and passed away in 2002.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Ephemera
    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Publications

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Special Collections and Archives staff, 2013

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Electronic Format:

    Digital reproductions of selected items in the Halverson collection are available electronically as a part of the Water Works  project. For more information please see http://digital-library.csun.edu/WaterWorks  

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Homer A. Halverson Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Photographic Material, 1915-1961
    Series II: Personal Files, 1928-1977

    Scope and Contents

    The Homer A. Halverson Collection documents water history and related infrastructure in the greater Los Angeles area from the early- to mid-20th century, especially the construction of containment and runoff systems within urban and suburban areas in the city. It consists primarily of photographs, but also includes magazine and newspaper articles, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and other materials. The collection consists of two series: Photographic Materials (1915-1961) and Personal Files (1928-1977).
    Series I, Photographic Materials, documents the construction of water management systems and water-related infrastructure in the city of Los Angeles from the early- to mid-20th century, as well as existing water systems in the city and outlying areas, especially the Los Angeles River. It consists of photographs, negatives, color transparencies, and slides documenting various water-related construction projects and sites, in addition to those of numerous rivers, creeks, channels, reservoirs, and dams around Los Angeles. It also includes photographs of other Los Angeles infrastructure, especially freeways. The series dates from 1915 to 1961 and is filed alphabetically.
    Series II, Personal Files, documents Halverson's interests outside of the water supply to Los Angeles, especially literature, drawing, and the western United States. It includes detached magazine covers, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and other materials. The series dates from 1928 to 1977, and is filed alphabetically.