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.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Photographic Material, 1915-1961

Box 1, Folder 1

Caballero Creek, 1961 March 19

Box 1, Folder 2

Carbon Creek

Box 1, Folder 3

Cerritos Pump Station

Box 1, Folder 4

Gorey Ave

Box 1, Folder 5

Chino Creek, 1956

Box 1, Folder 6

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 7

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 8

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 9

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 10

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 11

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 12

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 13

Chino Creek Power Towers

Box 1, Folder 14

Chino Creek

Box 1, Folder 15

Aerial Photos of Northridge

Box 1, Folder 16

CSUN site, Northridge Silverlake Dam

Box 1, Folder 17

CSUN site, Northridge Silverlake Dam

Box 1, Folder 18

Higgins and Coldwater

Box 1, Folder 19

Isabella Lake

Box 1, Folder 20

Jones Brothers Breeding Stables

Box 1, Folder 21

Downtown Los Angeles

Box 1, Folder 22

Los Angeles Freeways

Box 1, Folder 23

Los Angeles River

Box 1, Folder 24

Los Angeles River, Upper

Box 1, Folder 25

Los Angeles River Left Bank at PE Bridge Station 252, 1956 January 23

Box 1, Folder 26

Los Angeles River Flood Damage and Installation of Cut Off

Box 1, Folder 27

Los Angeles River Freeway crossing near Hazelhurst, Upper Los Angeles River near Lancaster

Box 1, Folder 28

Los Angeles River, Army Corps of Engineers

Box 1, Folder 29

Maddock Channel

Box 1, Folder 30

Lopez Resevoir

Box 1, Folder 31

Marshall Creek and Freeways Flood Control

Box 1, Folder 32

Marshall Creek

Box 1, Folder 33

Marshall Creek

Box 1, Folder 34

Los Angeles River, Army Corps of Engineers

Box 1, Folder 35

Marshall Creek , Army Corps of Engineers

Box 1, Folder 36

Marshall Creek and Hillcrest Debris Barn

Box 1, Folder 37

Northridge

Box 1, Folder 38

Pacoima Wash

Box 1, Folder 39

Pacoima Wash

Box 2, Folder 1

Rio Hondo

Box 2, Folder 2

San Antonio

Box 2, Folder 3

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 4

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 5

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 6

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 7

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 8

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 9

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 10

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 11

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 12

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 13

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 14

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 15

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 16

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 17

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 18

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 19

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 20

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 21

San Antonio Dam

Box 2, Folder 22

Santa Fe Dam

Box 2, Folder 23

Silver Lake Dam

Box 2, Folder 24

Upper San Gabriel

Box 2, Folder 25

Walnut Creek

Box 2, Folder 26

Wilson Mansfield

Box 2, Folder 27

Unidentified

Box 2, Folder 28

Unidentified color transparencies

Box 2, Folder 29

Unidentified photos and negatives

 

Series II: Personal Files, 1928-1977

Box 3, Folder 1

Easy Landscape Drawing, Grade 1

Box 3, Folder 2

Flyers

Box 3, Folder 3

Literary Digest Covers, 1928-1977

Box 3, Folder 4

The Nash News, 1928-1929

Box 3, Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings, 1928-1929

Box 3, Folder 6

Notes

Box 3, Folder 7

Owensmouth High School Commencement Program

Box 3, Folder 8

Pamphlets and brochures

Box 3, Folder 9

Touring Topics Covers, 1929

Box 3, Folder 10

Union Oil Bulletin cover, February 1928