Finding Aid for the Joseph Wilson McCutchan Papers, ca. 1946-1981

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Descriptive Summary

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.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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.

Administrative Information

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Transferred by UCLA Water Resources Center Archives, 1991.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Wilson McCutchan Papers (Collection 1684). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

McCutchan, Joseph Wilson--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. School of Engineering and Applied Science--Faculty--Archives.
Saline water conversion--Reverse osmosis process--Research.

Related Material

Collection of Material about Irrigation and Soil Science (Collection 1679). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Box 1

McCutchan Report - membrane research.

Box 2

Membrane separation processes - Morro Bay.

Box 3

NARMCO - OWRT.

Box 4

OWRT - Peripheral canan.

Box 5

Permeability measurements - reverse osmosis.

Box 6

Reverse osmosis - Roswell test facility.

Box 7

Roswell test facility - solvent extraction.

Box 8

Solvents - UOP.

Box 9

Universal Water Corporation - Water Purification Systems Incorporated.

Box 10

Water desalination - W [files].

Box 11

Notebooks, files A, B.

Box 12

Reverse osmosis.

Box 13

Reverse osmosis, files E, F, S.

Boxes 14-18, 20-25, 37-39

Files - various.

Boxes 19, 26-36, 40-46

Files

Box 19

S, W.

Box 26

- various, Chemisty 134C.

Box 27

Various, I - K.

Box 28

Various, L - M.

Box 29

M - P.

Box 30

P.

Box 31

P - S.

Box 32

O, S.

Box 33

V, W, Z.

Box 34

S.

Box 35

S, T.

Box 36

Various, U - W, Coalinga.

Box 40

Various, Clemson 1977, D.

Box 41

C, D.

Box 42

C - F.

Box 43

F.

Box 44

G.

Box 45

H - K.

Box 46

K - M.

Box 47

Reports, saline water research, Engineering 104D, student papers.

Box 48

Saline water reports, annual summary 1975-76, distribution lists, McCutchan files 1972-74.

Box 49

Reports - student & other, Loeb files.

Box 50

Loeb files, contracts & grants proposals, membrane files, desalination.

Box 51

Membrane files, osmosis distillation.

Box 52

Desalination files, Loeb - McCutchan - John.

Box 53

McCutchan - Nobe Files.

Box 54

McCutchan.

Box 55

Files M - P, concentration & polarization.

Box 56

Concentration & polarization, files S, T.

Box 57

Graduate course work.

Box 58

Graduate course work, research files.

Box 59

Engineering 284D, research files, articles.

Box 60

Subject research files, Engineering 284D.

Box 61

Final exams files, freezing subject files, reprints, notes.

Box 62

Engineering 284D, desalination.

Boxes 63-69

Files

Box 63

A, B.

Box 64

B, C.

Box 65

C, D.

Box 66

D, F.

Box 67

F, E.

Box 68

E, G, H.

Box 69

H, I.

Box 70

Reverse osmosis, desalination.

Box 71

Desalination, irrigation.

Box 72

Desalination, waste water.

Box 73

Waste water, Yuma Plant, reviews 1973-74, publications list.

Box 74

Reports.

Box 75

Sea water, Engineering 106A, reports.

Box 76

Sea water.

Box 77

Respiratory heat exchange, reports.

Box 78

Reports, Hessler material, saline abstracts.

Box 79

Desalination, heat tolerance in aircraft.

Box 80

Desalination, subject files, reprints.

Box 82

Sea water conversion, distillation.

Box 82

Water factory, Coalinga, bibliography, water pollution conference.

Box 83

Correspondence, notebooks, files 1969.

Box 84

Files 1968, Patents, Loeb, Dimplex insulation.

Box 85

Legal files, slides, film, photos, negs.

Box 86

Reliability tests.