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.
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
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