George H. Mendell Correspondence: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: George H. Mendell Correspondence
Dates: 1894-1899
Bulk dates: 1897-1899
Collection Number: mssHM 77770-77910
Creator: Mendell, George H. (George Henry), 1831-1902
Extent: 141 items in 2 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists of letters from George H. Mendell to D.D. Clarke, engineer of the Water Board for Portland, Oregon, between 1897 and 1899. Mendell writes detailed letters of instruction and advice for engineering issues raised by Clarke, particularly regarding drainage, wells, and the sinking of shafts.
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. George H. Mendell Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from Ian Brabner, Bookseller on May 1, 2012.

Biographical Note

Colonel George Henry Mendell was born in Pennsylvania in 1831 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1852. Mendell joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served with a variety of topographical surveys before the Civil War, including the survey of the Northwestern Lakes (1852-1854) and various posts in the Oregon and Washington Territory (1855-1858). He was also an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy from 1859-1863. During the Civil War he served under Colonel Miles in the Manassas Campaign (1861) and carried on siege operations in the Petersburg, Virginia area (1864); was Assistant Engineer of Defenses of Baltimore (1864); and was Superintending Engineer of the construction of the Defenses of New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts (1865) and the Preservation of Plymouth Beach, Massachusetts (1866). He was made a Colonel for his war service in 1865 and subsequently became superintending engineer in charge of fortifications of Alcatraz Island and Lime Point, San Francisco Harbor (beginning 1867) and for defenses of the Columbia River (1867-1871). He later served on the board of engineers for fortifications of the Pacific Coast (1867-1886); on the commission for a system of irrigation for the San Joaquin, Tulare, and Sacramento Valleys (1873-1874); was Supervising Engineer of Districts in California, Oregon, and Washington in charge of junior officers (1884-1888); was Division Engineer for Inspection of Engineer Works in the Pacific territory (beginning in 1888); was Division Engineer of the Pacific Division (until 1895); and was in charge of construction of defenses of San Francisco Harbor (1890-1895). In civilian life he worked as Engineer to the Water Commissioners of San Francisco (1876-1878), was the author of a report on water supply for San Francisco (1877), and was Consulting Engineer for the State of California (1878-1880). Mendell retired from the Engineering Corps due to mandatory age requirements in 1895. Following his military retirement he worked as a consulting engineer in San Francisco, where he died in 1902. The Battery Mendell at Fort Barry was named in his honor.

Scope and Content

Collection of letters from George H. Mendell to D.D. Clarke - who was Engineer of the Water Board for Portland, Oregon – written between 1897 and 1899. Mendell writes detailed letters of instruction and advice for engineering issues raised by Clarke, particularly regarding drainage, wells, and the sinking of shafts. The majority of the letters were written from Mendell’s office in San Francisco, although some originated in Los Angeles or Springfield, Illinois, where Mendell had traveled “on account of mental illness of a relative” in 1897. He also mentions meeting with Clarke in Portland on his return trip from Illinois in September 1897. Also included in the collection are a few other pieces of miscellaneous correspondence from 1894-1899 relating to water engineering in Portland.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically in two boxes.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Personal Names

Clarke, D.D.
Mendell, George H. (George Henry), 1831-1902.

Subject

Drainage.
Shafts (Excavations)
Water-supply--Oregon.
Water-supply engineering--Portland--Oregon--History.
Wells.

Geograhic Areas

Oregon--History--19th century.
Portland (Ore.)--History.

Genre

Letters (correspondence)--Oregon--19th century.


Collection Contents

Collection Contents

Box  1

Correspondence, 1894-1898, Apr.  HM 77770-77847.

 

1894, October 13. Letter to Henry Failing. Portland, Ore. [Incomplete] HM 77770

 

1895, January 5. A.N. Gambell. Letter to Frank T. Dodge. Portland, Ore. HM 77771

 

1895, January 7. M.N. Baker. Letter to Frank T. Dodge. New York, NY. HM 77772

 

1895, January 30. Moore, ? Letter to the Subcommittee on Construction. Portland, Ore. HM 77773

 

[1895, September 27]. R.R. Giltner. Letter to Isaac Smith. Portland, Ore. HM 77774

 

1895, October 15. R.R. Giltner. Letter to Isaac Smith. Portland, Ore. HM 77775

 

1896, June 22. Letter to the Water Committee of the City of Portland, Oregon. Portland, Ore. [Appears to be incomplete]. HM 77776

 

1896, December 8. Robert A.A. Miller. Letter to Banin & Ward. Oregon City, Ore. HM 77777

 

1897, July 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77778

 

1897, August 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77779

 

1897, August 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77780

 

1897, August 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77781

 

1897, August 7. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77782

 

1897, August 9. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77783

 

1897, August 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77784

 

1897, August 12. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77785

 

1897, August 14. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77786

 

1897, August 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77787

 

1897, August 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77788

 

1897, August 17. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77789

 

1897, August 21. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77790

 

1897, August 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77791

 

1897, August 26. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77792

 

1897, August 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77793

 

1897, September 2. Mendell. Letter to D. D. Clarke. Springfield, Ill. HM 77794

 

1897, September 2. Mendell. Letter to D. D. Clarke. Springfield, Ill. HM 77795

 

1897, September 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. Springfield, Ill. HM 77796

 

1897, September 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77797

 

1897, September 23. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77798

 

1897, October 2. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77799

 

1897, October 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77800

 

1897, October 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77801

 

1897, October 12. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77802

 

1897, October 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77803

 

1897, October 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77804

 

1897, October 21. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77805

 

1897, October 23. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77806

 

1897, October 28. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77807

 

1897, November 2. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77808

 

1897, November 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77809

 

1897, November 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77810

 

1897, November 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77811

 

1897, November 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77812

 

1897, November 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77813

 

1897, December 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77814

 

1897, December 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77815

 

1897, December 17. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77816

 

1897, December 20. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77817

 

1897, December 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77818

 

1897-1898. Tabulated statement of Rainfall and Drainage…from area…west of Reservoir #3 and #4, City Park…between August 1897 and June 1898. HM 77819

 

1898, January 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77820

 

1898, January 14. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77821

 

1898, January 20. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77822

 

1898, January 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77823

 

1898, January 28. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77824

 

1898, February 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77825

 

1898, February 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77826

 

1898, February 11. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77827

 

1898, February 11. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77828

 

1898, February 19. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77829

 

1898, February 22. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77830

 

1898, February 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77831

 

1898, March 2. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77832

 

1898, March 2. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77833

 

1898, March 9. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77834

 

1898, March 17. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77835

 

1898, March 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77836

 

1898, April 2. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77837

 

1898, April 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77838

 

1898, April 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77839

 

1898, April 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77840

 

1898, April 9. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77841

 

1898, April 11. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77842

 

1898, April 13. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77843

 

1898, April 15. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77844

 

1898, April 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77845

 

1898, April 25. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77846

 

1898, April 26. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77847

Box  2

Correspondence, 1898, May-1899.  HM 77848-77910.

 

1898, May 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77848

 

1898, May 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77849

 

1898, May 19. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77850

 

1898, May 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77851

 

1898, May 31. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77852

 

1898, June 9. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77853

 

1898, June 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77854

 

1898, June 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77855

 

1898, June 16. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77856

 

1898, June 29. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77857

 

1898, July 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77858

 

1898, July 11. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77859

 

1898, July 13. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77860

 

1898, August 5. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77861

 

1898, August 15. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77862

 

1898, August 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77863

 

[1898], August 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77864

 

1898, August 29. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77865

 

1898, August 30. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77866

 

1898, August George Henry Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77867

 

1898, September 3. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77868

 

1898, September 8. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77869

 

1898, September 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77870

 

1898, October 1. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77871

 

1898, October 5. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77872

 

1898, October 11. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77873

 

1898, October 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77874

 

1898, October 31. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77875

 

1898, November 9. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77876

 

1898, November 15. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77877

 

1898, December 5. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77878

 

1898, December 14. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77879

 

1898, December 19. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77880

 

1898, December 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77881

 

1898, December 26. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77882

 

1899, January 3. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77883

 

1899, January 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77884

 

1899, January 5. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77885

 

1899, January 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77886

 

1899, January 13. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77887

 

1899, January 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. Los Angeles, Calif. HM 77888

 

1899, February 13. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. Los Angeles, Calif. HM 77889

 

1899, February 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77890

 

1899, February 25. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77891

 

1899, February 27. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77892

 

1899, February 28. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77893

 

1899, March 4. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77894

 

1899, March 6. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77895

 

1899, March 8. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77896

 

1899, March 10. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77897

 

1899, March 15. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77898

 

1899, March 15. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77899

 

1899, March 18. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77900

 

1899, March 20. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77901

 

1899, March 21. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77902

 

1899, March 24. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77903

 

1899, March 25. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77904

 

1899, March 29. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77905

 

1899, March 30. Mendell. Letter to D.D. Clarke. San Francisco, Calif. HM 77906

 

1899, August 17. J.M. Long. Letter to Frank T. Dodge. Portland, Ore. HM 77907

 

1899, November 22. Testimony of G.H. Mendell in case of King Real Estate Company vs. The City of Portland. Portland, Ore. HM 77908

 

1899, December 19. Mendell. Letter to H.W. Corbett. Portland, Ore. HM 77909

 

Undated. Testimony of D.D. Clarke. HM 77910