Finding Aid for the Joseph Wilson McCutchan Papers, ca. 1946-1981
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Title: Joseph Wilson McCutchan Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1946-1981
Collection number: 1684
Creator: McCutchan, Joseph Wilson
Extent: 86 boxes (43 linear ft.)
Abstract: Joseph Wilson McCutchan (1917-1982) was a professor in the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science. He made contributions
to the development of courses in design and thermodynamics, and gained prominence in area of saline water conversion. As head
of the Saline Water Conversion Laboratory in 1960, he led a small pilot-plant group for the development of reverse osmosis
(RO) using a UCLA-developed synthetic RO membrane and directed pilot-plant field tests toward the production of potable water
from brackish water, sea water, and agricultural waste water. The collection consists of papers, reports, research, correspondence,
and course work materials related to McCutchan's career at UCLA and as a researcher in reverse osmosis desalination.
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Transferred by UCLA Water Resources Center Archives, 1991.
[Identification of item], Joseph Wilson McCutchan Papers (Collection 1684). Department of Special Collections, Charles E.
Young Research Library, UCLA.
McCutchan was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, on December 24, 1917; BS in chemical engineering, University of Arkansas; MS in engineering,
UCLA; appointed lecturer at UCLA in 1946 and remained there for the rest of his career; made contributions to the development
of courses in design and thermodynamics; gained prominence in area of saline water conversion; as head of the Saline Water
Conversion Laboratory in 1960, he led a small pilot-plant group for the development of reverse osmosis (RO) using a UCLA-developed
synthetic RO membrane and directed pilot-plant field tests toward the production of potable water from brackish water, sea
water, and agricultural waste water; spent sabbatical leaves in Washington, D.C. at the Office of Saline Water and Office
of Water Research and Technology; consultant to U.S. Navy and Department of the Interior; died on October 15, 1982.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of papers, reports, research, correspondence, and course work materials related to McCutchan's career
as a professor in the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science and a researcher in reverse osmosis desalination.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
McCutchan, Joseph Wilson--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. School of Engineering and Applied Science--Faculty--Archives.
Saline water conversion--Reverse osmosis process--Research.
Collection of Material about Irrigation and Soil Science (Collection 1679). Available at Department of Special Collections,
McCutchan Report - membrane research.
Membrane separation processes - Morro Bay.
Permeability measurements - reverse osmosis.
Reverse osmosis - Roswell test facility.
Roswell test facility - solvent extraction.
Universal Water Corporation - Water Purification Systems Incorporated.
Water desalination - W [files].
Reverse osmosis, files E, F, S.
Boxes 14-18, 20-25, 37-39
- various, Chemisty 134C.
Various, U - W, Coalinga.
Various, Clemson 1977, D.
Reports, saline water research, Engineering 104D, student papers.
Saline water reports, annual summary 1975-76, distribution lists, McCutchan files 1972-74.
Reports - student & other, Loeb files.
Loeb files, contracts & grants proposals, membrane files, desalination.
Membrane files, osmosis distillation.
Desalination files, Loeb - McCutchan - John.
Files M - P, concentration & polarization.
Concentration & polarization, files S, T.
Graduate course work, research files.
Engineering 284D, research files, articles.
Subject research files, Engineering 284D.
Final exams files, freezing subject files, reprints, notes.
Engineering 284D, desalination.
Reverse osmosis, desalination.
Desalination, waste water.
Waste water, Yuma Plant, reviews 1973-74, publications list.
Sea water, Engineering 106A, reports.
Respiratory heat exchange, reports.
Reports, Hessler material, saline abstracts.
Desalination, heat tolerance in aircraft.
Desalination, subject files, reprints.
Sea water conversion, distillation.
Water factory, Coalinga, bibliography, water pollution conference.
Correspondence, notebooks, files 1969.
Files 1968, Patents, Loeb, Dimplex insulation.
Legal files, slides, film, photos, negs.