The Samuel Brooks Morris Papers are items collected by Samuel Morris during his long career as a civil engineer specializing
in water issues. Morris spent most of his life in Southern California and was particularly active with the Pasadena Water
Department and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, technical papers,
and other material from his work and professional life.
Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1911 with a degree in civil engineering, Samuel Morris returned to Pasadena and
took a job as a field engineer with the North Pasadena Land and Water Company. This company was one of the private water companies
that were purchased and merged to form the Pasadena Water Department (PWD). He was an Assistant Engineer in the PWD in 1912,
and became Chief Engineer in 1913. He remained with the PWD until 1935. While at the PWD, he designed and built the Pine Canyon
Dam, later renamed in his honor as Morris Dam. The Morris Dam was made of reinforced concrete poured 328 feet high and was
dedicated by Herbert Hoover in 1934.
88 linear feet
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission
from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please go to following web site.