Finding Aid for the Charles Tileston Leeds Papers, 1904-1960

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Charles Tileston Leeds Papers, 1904-1960

Collection number: 726

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Tileston Leeds Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1904-1960
Collection number: 726
Creator: Leeds, Charles Tileston, 1879-1960
Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Charles Tileston Leeds (1879-1960) was a commissioned officer in the Army Corps of Engineers stationed in the Philippines and New Mexico, a member of the California Debris Commission, in charge of the construction of the Colorado River drainage basin and the Los Angeles harbor breakwater. He also assisted in the development of Port Hueneme, California, the naval installations at Seal Beach, and the construction of Vandenburg Air Force Base. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs, and related printed materials concerning Charles T. Leeds' military career.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

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

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  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amy Leeds, 1961.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Tileston Leeds Papers (Collection 726). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233288 

Biography

Leeds was born on May 14, 1879 in Newton, Massachusetts; graduated from the U.S. Military Academy (1903) with a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1906); was commissioned second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from West Point; promoted to captain in 1911 after assignments in the Philippines and New Mexico, and assistant U.S. district engineer and U.S. district engineer and member of the California Debris Commission (1909-12); was in charge of construction of Colorado River drainage basin and the Los Angeles harbor breakwater; formed the partnership of Leeds & Barnard in 1912, and from 1919-60 practiced as a consulting engineer in Los Angeles and from 1930 with the California State Division of Public Works; during World War II, he assisted in the development of Port Hueneme, California as a U.S. Navy shipping point, and worked on the construction of Seal Beach naval installations, and the construction of Vandenburg Air Force Base; at the time of his death, he was vice-president and a director of the engineering firm of Leeds, Hill & Jewett; he died on March 20, 1960.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs, and related printed materials concerning the military career of Charles T. Leeds, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Leeds, Charles Tileston, 1879-1960--Archives.
United States--Army--Corps of Engineers--Officers--Archival resources.
Engineers--California--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Correspondence and Papers, v.p.,1904-1960

Creator/Collector: Leeds, Charles Tileston, 1879-1960
Physical Description: (2 boxes, ca. 500 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, and related printed materials concerning the military career of Charles T. Leeds, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Engineers. Leeds was U.S. District Engineer at Los Angeles and supervised government improvements of Los Angeles Harbor.