Scope and Content
Title: Carl Jonas Rhodin Papers,
Date (inclusive): bulk 1909-1930
Collection number: MS 79/2
Rhodin, Carl Jonas, 1877-1932
Extent: ca. 3 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Shelf location: Water Resources Collections and Archives
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[Identification of item], Carl Jonas Rhodin Papers, MS 79/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California,
Scope and Content
Reports and papers on hydraulic power systems, hydroelectric developments in California and the West, land reclamation and
Marin Municipal Water District
Marin Water and Power Company
Excelsior Water and Mining Company
General Electric Power Company of California
Great Western Power Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
San Joaquin Light and Power Corporation
Chewacan Ranch Project (Or.)
Western Canada Power Company
Spring Valley water Company
Southern California Edison Company
Northern California Power Company
Water-power -- California
Reclamation of land -- California
Hydroelectric power plants -- California
Wolverton Dam (Calif.)
Carl Jonas Rhodin was born on May 11, 1877 in Kongelf, Sweden, the son of Carl Joseph Theodor and Caroline Gustava Nathalia
(Trahn) Rhodin. He attended schools in England and at Gothenburg, Sweden, where he entered the university. He completed his
training in civil and electrical engineering at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm, from which he was graduated in
1900. After some experience in harbor construction work, he came to the United States in 1902, and during the next two years
was employed as construction engineer on the Thebes Bridge across the Mississippi River. Thereafter he practiced almost continuously
as a construction engineer, principally in California and other Pacific coast states.
Among the more important of Rhodin's works, which he either planned, constructed or supervised, were the extensions and additions
to the De Sabla Hydraulic Power System for the California Gas and Electric Co. (1906), hydraulic improvements in Sacramento
(1907-1908), and the design and construction of several of the largest buildings in San Francisco. After 1908 he devoted particular
attention to investigations of hydroelectric developments, land reclamation, valuation and rate fixing, and projected railway
extensions. Among the corporations retaining his services in such capacities were the Southern Pacific Railroad Co., Great
Western Power Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co., and others in Japan and China.
For many years Rhodin was chairman of the section on city planning of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. He was a member
of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Swedish Engineers and Engineers Club of San Francisco. He was an ardent
yachtsman and wrote a number of articles for magazines devoted to the sport. His most valuable contribution was in the development
of standards of performance and methods for handicap racing, which he calculated scientifically. Owing to his expert knowledge
of the subject, he was selected as one of the judges of the international races during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
He was married April 22, 1908, to Grace Margaret Cook, daughter of Alexander Cook, of San Francisco, and had a son, Carl William
Carl J. Rhodin died May 2, 1932 in Oakland, California.
National Cyclopedia of Biography, Vol. 24, p. 336-337.