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Surveyor's Field Notebooks collection
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A collection of surveyor's notebooks created by American civil engineer Frank Henry Olmsted, who was Los Angeles city engineer from 1898 to 1900.
Frank Henry Olmsted (1858-1939) was born in Ripon, Wisconsin. He attended Northwestern University in Illinois, where he received his education and training in civil engineering. In 1877, he moved to southern California and eventually served as a member of the construction-engineering firm, Olmsted and Gillelen, in Los Angeles. He was elected Los Angeles city engineer in 1898 and held office until 1900. Olmsted held numerous appointments during his long career in the engineering field. He was a chief draftsman for the Chicago Sanitary District, assistant hydrographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, and engineer for the United Sugar Companies of Los Moches in Sinaloa, Mexico. Olmsted was also a member of the United States Army engineers and provided flood control work for the Mississippi River in Louisiana. His projects included the Santa Fe, Santa Ana, and Newport railroads in California, the Coeur d'Alene Railroad in Idaho, and the Mexican Central Railway. Olmsted's civic activities included participation in the American Board of Foreign Missions in central and northern Mexico, the American Society of Civil Engineers in New York, and the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Olmsted resided in Glendale, California and was active in civic affairs until his death in January 1939.
2.9 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
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