The Spring Valley Water Company records, 1856-1952, consist of
minutes, organizational papers, and correspondence from the presidencies of William B. Bourn
and Samuel P. Eastman, along with property, stock, and financial records for the "S.V.W.Co."
and its predecessors, Spring Valley Water Works and San Francisco City Water Works. The bulk
of the collection contains correspondence, legal documents, reports, maps, plans, and
financial records, chiefly concerning the acquisition, ownership and management of real
property, rights of way, and riparian rights in connection with establishing a reliable
water supply for the City of San Francisco. Also includes materials pertaining to the
pension fund for Spring Valley Water Company employees, and subsidiary companies, including
The Suburban Company, Amador Valley Mutual Water Company, Eureka Lake and Yuba Canal Co.
Consolidated, as well as Empire Mines, The Empire Mines and Investment Company, The River
Mines and the Fioli organizations.
Spring Valley Water Company and its predecessor companies, San Francisco City Water Works
and Spring Valley Water Works, were organized in California for the purpose of supplying
water to San Francisco. They actively acquired properties and riparian rights throughout the
counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda, and since 1858 supplied
nearly all the water used in San Francisco.
Number of containers: 17 boxes, 56 cartons, 3 card file boxes, 152 volumes, 5
oversize boxes and 160 oversize folders
Linear feet: circa 150
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