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Register of the Shimeall (Eleanor) California Water Collection, 1972-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Shimeall (Eleanor) California Water Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1972-1995
    Collection number: Mss281
    Creator: Eleanor Shimeall
    Extent: 12.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Shimeall (Eleanor) California Water Collection, Mss281, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Shimeall, Eleanor

    corporate name

    California. Dept. of Water Resources
    San Joaquin County Water Action Committee
    San Joaquin County Water Advisory Committee
    League of Women Voters, San Joaquin County (Calif.)
    Central Valley Project (Calif.)


    Water use -California
    Water use -California -San Joaquin County
    Water resources development -California
    Water resources development -California -San Joaquin County
    Water conservation -California
    Water conservation -California -San Joaquin County
    Water-supply, Agricultural -California
    Water-supply, Agricultural -California -San Joaquin County
    Water quality -California
    Water quality -California -San Joaquin County


    Eleanor Shimeall was born and raised on a western Kansas farm. She attended Colorado State University for three years (1941-44) and later married petroleum industry geologist, Clark Shimeall. The Shimealls lived in Guatemala, Ohio and Wyoming before moving to Stockton, California (1968), where Clark Shimeall was a professor of Geology at the University of the Pacific's Spanish-language Covell College (1968-1986). While in Ohio, Eleanor Shimeall served on a state water committee that dealt with the pollution of Lake Erie. Eleanor Shimeall received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University College program at the University of the Pacific (1973). She was active in the San Joaquin County League of Women Voters, serving as Water Director at a time when the League was studying the State Water Projects (1977-1981). In this role she wrote and delivered speeches at water conferences, testified before committees of the state legislature on water issues and maintained files of clippings and printed matter on the important California water topics of that time. Shimeall was also a member of the San Joaquin County Water Action Committee (1974-77) and its successor, the Water Advisory Commission (1980-1990).

    Scope and Content

    Series 1 consists of papers Eleanor Shimeall ammassed while serving on the San Joaquin County Water Action Committee (1974-1977) and its successor, the Water Advisory Commission (1980-1990) constitute a significant element of the collection. They form a substantial record of public water policy in San Joaquin County during the 1970s and 1980s. Series 2 consists of papers on California water issues Shimeall collected while Water Director of the San Joaquin County League of Women Voters (1977-1981). Series 3 consists of papers on national and international water issues.