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Guide to the James K. Carr papers
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Description
The James K. Carr Papers document the life and work of a civil engineer and key public official involved in the development of utilities, water resources and airports in California and the Central Valley during a time of rapid growth and expansion. Mr. Carr served as Under Secretary of the Interior in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations from 1961-1964 and was employed by numerous agencies such as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Sacramento City and County Airports Commission. Papers include personal and business correspondence from agencies that Mr. Carr worked for, speeches, scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, reports on various projects relating to work at multiple agencies, family and business photographs, books, yearbooks and ephemera.
Background
James Kennedy Carr was born in Redding, California on January 15, 1914 to Francis C. and Mary Agnes Kennedy Carr. His father, Judge Francis C. Carr (1875-1944) was a prominent lawyer in the Redding area, who worked on some of the legal issues surrounding the Central Valley Project. His grandfather, Professor Francis Carr (1833-1896) came to California in 1874 to be a principal and teacher at Shasta Grammar School in Shasta, CA. Professor Carr studied law and was admitted to the Bar of the District Court in Shasta in 1880. Chronological List of James K. Carr’s career: 1934, Assistant to City Engineer, City of Redding, CA
Extent
5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Restrictions
All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
Availability
Collection is open for research use.