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Luna B. Leopold papers
WRCA 113  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Biography
  • Provenance
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Collections
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Publication Rights
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Luna B. Leopold papers
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1998
    Date (bulk): 1967-1986
    Collection Number: WRCA 113
    Extent: 2.5 linear feet
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: Collection of publications, miscellaneous rainfall and streamflow data, raw data for discharge measurements and channel dimensions for Pacific Slope basins in California, and term papers from landscape architecturer and geology courses at UC Riverside.
    Languages: Collection is in English.


    Collection is open for research.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in two series as outlined below. The first series contains four sub-series which are described at the series level.
    • Series 1. Luna Leopold papers
    • Series 2. Term papers


    Luna Bergere Leopold, professor emeritus of geology and landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, was born October 8, 1915 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a master's in meteorology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1950).
    His early career includes experiences with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Pineapple Research Institute in Hawaii. From 1957 to 1968, he served as chief hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Division. In 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. In September 1991, he received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Previously, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of the Interior (1958) and the Rockefeller Public Service Award (1971).
    Luna Leopold is the second son of Aldo Leopold, pioneer in scientific wildlife management and author of A Sand County Almanac, a collection of reflective essays which stands alongside the works of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir as philosophic underpinnings for the modern environmental movement.
    In 1990 and 1991, the Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, conducted a series of interviews with Leopold that were published in 1993: Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Environmental Policy : U.S. Geological Survey, 1950-1972, and UC Berkeley, 1972-1987. Berkeley: Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, 1993.


    Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives by Luna B. Leopold in various installments from 1983 to 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Luna B. Leopold papers (WRCA 113). Water Resources Collections and Archives. Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Related Collections

    Title: Strawberry Creek Collection.
    Identifier/Call Number: WRCA 132
    Contributing Institution: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Title: Luna B. Leopold Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1991
    Identifier/Call Number: CU-452
    Contributing Institution: Bancroft Library. University Archives
    University of California, Berkeley

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of selected publications and conference addresses, miscellaneous rainfall and streamflow studies (primarily for East Bay locations), and the original field forms (U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division form 9-207) containing the raw data for discharge measurements and channel dimensions (channel width, channel depth, and streamflow velocity at bankfull stage) for Pacific Slope basins in California, summaries and hand-drawn discharge vs. hydraulic geometry graphs for selected stations, and term papers from courses taught by Leopold at UC Berkeley.
    Please consult the library catalog for additional works by Leopold.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Distinctive Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives 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 reader.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Geological Survey (U.S.). Water Resources Division
    Channels (Hydraulic engineering)
    Pinole Creek (Calif.)
    Rain and rainfall -- California -- Berkeley
    River channels -- California
    Rivers -- California
    San Lorenzo River (Calif.)
    San Pablo Creek (Calif.)
    Stream measurements -- California
    Stream-gaging stations -- California
    Streamflow -- California -- Berkeley
    Streamflow -- California -- East Bay