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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Jensen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1972
    Collection number: 1058
    Creator: Jensen, Joseph, 1886-1974
    Extent: 20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Joseph Jensen (1886-1974) was a petroleum engineer and geologist for the Tidewater Oil Company and predecessors (1917-55). In 1927, he was appointed to the Water and Power Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and personally participated in the discovery and development of several oil fields in Los Angeles. He later served as chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1949-70). The collection consists of correspondence, speeches, papers, publications, and personal material of Joseph Jensen, mining engineer and chairman of Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, relating to petroleum development in Los Angeles and water resources in California.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Jensen Papers (Collection 1058). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720760 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Joseph Jensen, 1967 & 1973.
    • Gift of John Jensen, 1974.

    Biography

    Jensen was born in 1886 in Salt Lake City, Utah; received mining engineering degrees from the University of Utah, the Royal School of Mines, Freiberg (Germany), and Columbia University; worked at Tidewater Oil Company and predecessors as a petroleum engineer and geologist, 1917-55; appointed to Water and Power Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1927; personally participated in the discovery and development of several oil fields in Los Angeles and wrote articles on those fields and methods used by the industry; served as chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 1949-70.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, papers, publications, and personal material of Joseph Jensen, mining engineer and chairman of Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, relating to petroleum development in Los Angeles and water resources in California. Includes correspondence with Mormon and political leaders in Utah, papers relating to the Canoga Citrus Growers Association, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and correspondence with Los Angeles mayors from Fletcher Bowron to Sam Yorty.

    Expanded Scope and Content Note

    Joseph Jensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1886. He received mining engineering degrees from the University of Utah, the Royal School of Mines, Freiberg, Germany, and Columbia University. He was employed by Tidewater Oil Company and its predecessors as a petroleum engineer and geologist from 1917-1955 and participated in the development of the petroleum industry in Los Angeles.
    In 1927 Jensen was appointed to the Water and Power Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and began an involvement with water resources in southern California which culminated in his tenure as the chairman of the Metropolitan Water District from 1949-1970, a period of intense activity in California water development.
    This collection is especially rich in materials relating to the petroleum industry in Los Angeles from 1917-1940. Jensen personally participated in the discovery and development of several oil fields in Los Angeles and wrote numerous articles on the oil fields and the methods used in those early days of the petroleum industry in California.
    Also of interest in the collection is correspondence with Mormon and political leaders in Utah, papers relating to the Canoga Citrus Growers Association, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and correspondence with mayors of Los Angeles from Fletcher Bowron to Sam Yorty.
    There is little Primary material relevant to Jensen's involvement with the Metropolitan Water District. Most of the material consists of statements distributed at press conference and various publications relating to the MWD.
    The arrangement of the collection has generally followed that of Jensen's papers as he kept them. Exceptions to this are explained in the body of the register.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series
    • Biographical material (Box 1).
    • Alphabetical correspondence and papers (Boxes 1-16).
    • Chronological correspondence (Box 16).
    • Speeches and publications (Boxes 17-18).
    • Metropolitan Water District (Box 19).
    • Personal material (Box 19).
    • Offprints, etc. of publications by Joseph Jensen (Box 20).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Jensen, Joseph 1886-1974--Archives.
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.).
    Canoga Citrus Growers Association.
    Petroleum engineers--California, Southern--Archival resources.
    Water resources development--California, Southern.

    Related Material

    Developing California's natural resources [oral history transcript] / Joseph Jensen, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1970. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.