Finding Aid for the Harry French Blaney Papers, 1919-1970

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Harry French Blaney Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1919-1970
Collection number: 1682
Creator: Blaney, Harry French, 1892-
Extent: 52 boxes (26 linear ft.) 5 cartons (5 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
Abstract: Harry French Blaney (1892-1976) worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1917-62), was a research associate in the Department of Irrigation Research and Soil Science at UCLA (1962-65), and served in the Department of Engineering and Water Resource Center (1965-73). He was also the author of many publications on consumptive use of water, irrigation, evaporation, and water supply. The collection consists of materials documenting Blaneys career as an irrigation engineer and researcher.
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

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Water Resources Center Archives, UCLA, transfer, 1991.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry French Blaney Papers (Collection 1682). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


Blaney was born in Los Angeles, California, July 19, 1892; BS, civil engineering, UC Berkeley, 1915; spent most of career working for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1917-62; research associate, Department of Irrigation Research and Soil Science, UCLA, 1962-65; served in Department of Engineering and Water Resource Center, 1965-73; author of many publications on consumptive use of water, irrigation, evaporation, and water supply; died in 1976.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials documenting Blaneys career as an irrigation engineer and researcher. Includes reports, writings, research notes, photographs, and correspondence related to moisture loss, waste water, irrigation, soil, and evapotranspiration. Also includes correspondence and proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Indexing Terms

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


Blaney, Harry French, 1892- --Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles--Faculty--Archival resources.
American Society of Civil Engineers.
Irrigation engineers--California--Archival resources.
Water-supply engineering--Research.

Related Material

Harry F. Blaney: water conservation engineer [oral history transcript] / Harry French Blaney, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1963. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Box 1

Reports and writings. 1940s-1950s

Box 2

Reports and writings. 1940s

Box 3


Box 4

Reports, including typed with photos. 1930s [?]

Box 5

Reports and writings. 1930s-1950s

Box 6

Moisture loss in soils ...

Box 7


Box 8


Box 9

Correspondence, ASCE [American Society of Civil Engineers] material.

Box 10

ASCE material.

Box 11

ASCE material, drainage, Pecos River, agriculture.

Box 12

Consumptive use of water, ASCE material.

Box 13

ASCE material, personal files.

Box 14

Personal files, consumptive use of water.

Box 15

Consumptive use of water, drainage, annual report. 1950

Scope and Content Note

Also, reprints, research.
Boxes 16-17

Reprints, research notes, data.

Box 18


Box 19

Photographs and notebook.

Box 20


Box 21

ICID Bulletin, Pecos river, ASCE convention.

Box 22


Box 23

Files, Pecos River, Rio Grande.

Box 24


Box 25

Reports and reprints.

Box 26

Soil, waste water.

Box 27

Waste water, Imperial Valley water reclamation, Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division ASCE.

Box 28

Waste water, articles by Blaney, reprints, Kern County.

Box 29

Water use, reprints, drainage.

Box 30

Arizona California litigation, upper Gila River investigations, irrigation.

Box 31

Around the world tour. 1959

Box 31

Conservation conferences and reports. 1940-1958

Box 32

Notes on conference of division of irrigation engineering and water conservation - SCS. 1952

Scope and Content Note

Also, water conservation, diary 1923.
Box 33

Arizona, New Mexico, California vs. Arizona, irrigation, evaporation, Colorado river, New Zealand and Australia.

Box 34

Reports, articles, water use.

Box 35

Evapotranspiration, ground water replenishment, reports - West Coast Basin, irrigation, consumptive water use.

Box 36

Evapotranspiration, ASCE, ASAE, writings of H.B. Blaney by Cullen and Willard.

Box 37

Photos, card files.

Box 38

Clippings file, water analysis.

Box 39

Gypsum in agriculture, improvement of irrigation systems.

Box 40

Scrapbook, Piedmont province. 1934

Box 41

Brant sealing gasket technical manual, ground water.

Box 42

Engineering digest, botany.

Box 43

Irrigation and water levels.

Box 44

Proceedings of ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Division ASCE.

Box 45

Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Division ASCE, and irrigation in Mexico.

Box 46

Annual reports, Division of irrigation, State Water Rights Board. 1947-1948

Box 47

Association of Western State Engineers. 1953

Box 48

Salinity, evapotranspiration, articles.

Box 49

Annual report, evaporation. 1952

Box 50

Elementary school material, corrosion, ASAE papers.

Box 51

Papers by various authors, Western irrigation practices book, soil conservation.

Box 52

Tulare - Bakersfield area, annual reports. 1952

Scope and Content Note

Also, Santa Barbara data.
Box 53

Articles, irrigation, engineering and maintenance.

Box 54

Soil conservation service, USDA.

Box 55

Coachella Valley, AGU discussion papers.

Box 56

Water quality and consumption, Texas.

Box 57

Ground water recharge conference, National Reclamation Association.

Box 58

National Reclamation Association, National Water Research Symposium. 1961

Box 59

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce special reports, articles.

Box 60

ASCE Ground Water Committee, ASCE publications Committee.

Box 61