Finding Aid to the Clyde Wahrhaftig Papers

Lara Michels
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-6481

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Clyde Wahrhaftig papers
creator: Wahrhaftig, Clyde
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 98/77 c
Physical Description: 12 linear feet (9 cartons, 1 box, 3 oversize folders, and 1 tube)
Date (inclusive): approximately 1944-1981 (bulk 1965-1979)
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, project files, and teaching materials of geologist Clyde Wahrhaftig.
Language: Collection materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clyde Wahrhaftig papers, BANC MSS 98/77 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Acquisition Information

The Clyde Wahrhaftig papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Dorothy Lindheim on May 12, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Lara Michels in November, 2014.

Separated Materials

Two photographic prints, an aerial photograph of Twin Peaks neighborhood (San Francisco) and a reproduction of an architectural rendering of the San Francisco Municipal Railway N-Judah trolley line and San Francisco Mint at Duboce and Church Streets, transferred to the Pictorial Division of the Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1998.091--Roll).

Biographical / Historical

Clyde Wahrhaftig (1919-1994) was a geologist with the United States Department of the Interior and a professor of geology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and raised in Fresno, California and earned his B.A. from Caltech and his Ph.D. in geology from Harvard. He worked for the United States Geological Survey for his entire professional life and was the author of a number of geological guide books to Western cities, including San Francisco. Wahrhaftig's guidebooks are notable for, among other things, providing information about access to geological attractions by public transportation.

Scope and Content

Papers of Clyde Wahrhaftig, professor of geology, including professional correspondence, manuscripts of and notes regarding his guidebooks, research and report materials (including materials regarding Emigrant Basin and Golden Gate National Recreation District), and course and teaching materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wahrhaftig, Clyde--Archives
University of California, Berkeley. Department of Geology and Geophysics
UInternational Union for Quaternary Research
Geology--Study and teaching
Manuscripts for publication
Faculty papers
Geological maps


Series 1:  Correspondence approximately 1962-1980

Physical Description: Carton 1

Series 2:  Teaching approximately 1960-1980

Physical Description: Carton 2-5
carton 2, folder 1-18

Geology 5

carton 2, folder 19-27

Geology 101

carton 2, folder 28-29

Geology 102b

carton 2, folder 30, carton 3

Geology 117

carton 4, carton 5, folder 1-5

Geology 118

carton 5, folder 6

Geology 145

carton 5, folder 7-20

Geology 150

carton 5, folder 21-32, carton 6, folder 1-3

Geology 213

carton 6, folder 4-8

Geology 217

case 6, folder 9-10

Geology 290

carton 6, folder 11-13

IDS courses

carton 6, folder 14-15

Other seminar talks

carton 4-5

Geology Department materials

carton 6, folder 16-17, carton 7, folder 1-3

Course field books


Series 3:  Writings and Projects approximately 1960-1980

Physical Description: Carton 7, folder 6-23; carton 8-9
carton 7, folder 6-15

INQUA Field Guide 1965

carton 7, folder 16-22

Stepped Topography 1962

carton 7, folder 23

Trouble with the rate of erosion (talk) 1970

carton 8, folder 1

Progress in understanding the tradeoffs between mineral extraction and wilderness preservation 1973

carton 8, folder 2-3

Geologic and hydrologic study of the Golden Gate 1974

carton 8, folder 4

Road log for Santa Cataline Island field trip 1954

carton 8, folder 5

Engineering Geology packet 1954

carton 8, folder 6

Our energy economy in geological perspective (talk at A.E. Michelson School, Murphys, California) 1975

carton 8, folder 7

Miscellaneous environmental talks 1966-1974

carton 8, folder 8

Outer continental shelf oil and gas 1974

carton 8, folder 9

Miscellaneous lectures 1965

carton 8, folder 10

Tomales Bay Environmental Study

carton 8, folder 11-18

Plagioclase zonin gpaper approximately 1940

carton 8, folder 19

Last Chance Prospect, Hyder, Alaska approximately 1940

case 8, folder 21-28

Tower Peak Quadrangle approximately 1957-1962

carton 8, folder 20

Studies in a Hyder Dyke Rock...

carton 8, folder 29-38, carton 9, folder 1-2

Emigrant Basin approximately 1970

carton 9, folder 3-15

INQUA field conference 1965

carton 9, folder 16-22

Assorted other project files


Series 4:  Personalia and Unidentified Files approximately 1940-1980

Physical Description: Box 1

Series 5:  Maps approximately 1974

Physical Description: Tube 1; oversize folder 1-3
tube 1

Geologic map, Southern Marin County, including San Quentin, by James Clark Bangert 1974

tube 1

Slope Stability Map, Southern Marin County, including San Quentin 1974

tube 1

Borehole Data Map, Southern Marin County 1974

oversize_folder 1

Six maps (Billy-Goat Hill in San Francisco; Yosemite; Tower Peak Quadrangle)

oversize_folder 2

Assorted maps of San Francisco

oversize_folder 3

Miscellaneous maps