Finding Aid to the M.M. (Michael Maurice) O'Shaughnessy papers

Finding Aid written by Mary L. Morganti, in memory of Archivist, Linda Jordan, 1952-2001.
Funding for processing this collection was provided by George A. Miller.
The Bancroft Library
© 2005
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Language of Material: Italian
Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: M.M. (Michael Maurice) O'Shaughnessy papers
creator: O'Shaughnessy, M. M. (Michael Maurice), 1864-1934
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 92/808 c
Physical Description: 125 linear feet 20 boxes, 54 cartons, 42 volumes, 5 oversize boxes, 154 oversize folders, 52 tubes
Date (inclusive): 1882-1937
Abstract: The M. M. (Michael Maurice) O'Shaughnessy papers, 1882-1937, consist of materials relating to his career as a civil engineer, working first as a consultant in private practice, and later as City Engineer of San Francisco. The collection contains primary and secondary source materials both created and collected by O'Shaughnessy in the course of planning, conducting, and overseeing a large range of engineering projects, and later kept as part of his own private files. His writings include typescripts and published versions of many speeches, articles, and books by O'Shaughnessy—both in his role as City Engineer, and as a consulting engineer who was active at the national and local level in professional organizations and societies. With these are his engineering notes and notebooks, a collection of reference materials, and a small amount of personal and family papers.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English, and a small amount of Italian
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], M.M. (Michael Maurice) O'Shaughnessy papers, BANC MSS 92/808 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Additional Notes on Collection

Photographs integral to reports and textual records have been retained within the collection and noted in the container listing under the related folder. Notes follow the pattern: Includes photographs (supplementary or duplicate): # of prints and negatives. "Duplicate" indicates that other copies are found in BANC PIC 1992.058—PIC, and "Supplementary" indicates that duplicates were not found in BANC PIC 1992.048—PIC. Negatives for each file have been removed and housed separately in Box 20, in restricted freezer storage.

Related Collections

Title: O'Shaughnessy family papers, ca. 1920s-1980s
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2003/229 c

Separated Material

Some printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
Most photographs, unless integral to reports and mss files, have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1992.058--PIC)

Acquisition Information

The M. M. O'Shaughnessy papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Miss Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy on August 15, 1992. Two additional items (a report and survey map) were purchased from separate sources in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Jordan in 2000-2001; completed by Mary L. Morganti in 2003-2005.

Biographical Information

Michael Maurice (M. M.) O'Shaughnessy was born in Limerick, Ireland, on May 28, 1864, the son of Patrick and Margaret (O'Donnell) O'Shaughnessy. One of nine children, he was educated in the public schools in Ireland, and attended Queen's College, Cork, and then in Galway. He graduated with honors from the Royal University, Dublin on October 21,1884, and received the degree of Bachelor of Engineering.
0n March 8, 1885, O'Shaughnessy sailed for America and ten days later reached New York City, then proceeded on to San Francisco, arriving on March 30, 1885. He began his career working as Assistant Engineer, first for the Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad (1885-1886) and later for Southern Pacific Railroad (1886-1888) at various locations throughout California. He began private consulting as a civil engineer in August 1888, and undertook the surveying and engineering of land developments in California, laying out a number of small towns. From 1890 to 1898, he was in general engineering practice in California, with an office in San Francisco. He served as Chief Engineer of the 1893 California Mid-winter International Exposition; was Chief Engineer for the Mountain Copper Company and built 12 miles of narrow-gauge railroad in Shasta, California in 1895; and completed projects for several corporations, including the Spring Valley Water Company.
From 1899 to 1906, O'Shaughnessy was engaged in the design and construction of four large irrigation and hydraulic projects on about twenty sugar plantations in the Hawaiian Islands, including Olokele Aqueduct, Kauai; Koolau Aqueduct, Maui; and Kohola Aqueduct, Hawaii. From 1907 to 1912, he served as both Chief Engineer and Consulting Engineer for John D. and Adolph Spreckels' Southern California Mountain Water Company in San Diego, and completed the Dulzura Conduit and Morena Rock Fill Dam. Other work during this period included Throttle Dam (New Mexico), channel rectification on the Salinas River for Spreckels Sugar Company, Crocker-Huffman Dam on the Merced River, and development of the water works at Port Costa.
On September 1, 1912, O'Shaughnessy was appointed City Engineer by Mayor James Rolph, and received a yearly salary of $15,000—almost double that of his predecessor. He held the position for twenty years - until January 8, 1932, when a new City Charter was adopted that separated the ordinary work of the City Engineer from that of its public utilities, including the municipal water supply. On February 8, 1932, the newly formed Public Utilities Commission appointed him Consulting Engineer for Hetch Hetchy Water Supply, a position that he held until his death in 1934. Accomplishments during his tenure as San Francisco City Engineer include extensions of streets and sewers, design and construction of boulevards, tunnels, bridges, development of a high pressure fire system and fire alarm signal station, and municipally owned utilities, including a street railway system and water supply and hydro-electric power projects.
The major part of O'Shaughnessy's time and interest were occupied with the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply project. Former City Engineer Carl E. Grunsky had selected the Tuolumne River as the source of water for San Francisco, but there were lengthy delays due to opposition from many sources. O'Shaughnessy's immediate predecessor, Marsden Manson, kept the project alive, and following engineer John R. Freeman's report on the project in 1912, Congress approved President Wilson's grant of the federal lands to San Francisco. Construction work began in 1914 in the mountains and was finally completed in 1934, when water first reached reservoirs. The work required building a railroad, power plants and transmission lines, several storage dams and reservoirs, and an aqueduct. During the lengthy period of construction, O'Shaughnessy resisted attacks by numerous opponents of the project who sought to stop the progress of the work. In July 1923, the dam at Hetch Hetchy Valley was dedicated in his honor, and officially given the name, O'Shaughnessy Dam.
Throughout his career, O'Shaughnessy served as a consulting engineer for a wide variety of projects, including municipal, state and federal government endeavors, as well as corporate and private enterprise. Notable among these are water and power projects throughout California, including Strawberry Dam (Stanislaus River); Lower Otay, Barrett and El Capitan Dams (San Diego); Alpine Dam (Marin County); Bowman Dam (Yuba River); and Juncal Dam (Santa Barbara); and elsewhere in the U.S., including Skagit River, Seattle and Dix River, Kentucky. He advised on municipal transportation systems, including street railways in Detroit, Michigan and Tacoma, Washington, and waterfront development in Portland, Oregon. He also served in an advisory capacity for Marin County Municipal Water District and as Acting Commissioner of the waters of Lake Tahoe for the Dept. of the Interior. O'Shaughnessy was called upon as an expert witness in several land valuation cases, and reported on his studies of earthquakes for the City of Santa Barbara, and on the St. Francis Dam failure.
M. M. O'Shaughnessy was elected a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers on June 4, 1902, and was active in the San Francisco Section, serving as its President in 1920. He was a regular contributor to the publications of the Society, and in 1913 won the James Laurie Prize for his article on the construction of Morena Dam, the largest rock fill dam in the world. He was a member of the American Water Works Association, American Society of Military Engineers, American Society for Testing Materials, and the Seismological Society, and regularly lectured to engineering students at Stanford University, University of Santa Clara, and the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1890, M. M. O'Shaughnessy married Mary Spottiswood of San Francisco. They had four daughters (Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth, and Helen) and two sons (Francis J. and Maurice, who died in early childhood). In 1893, O'Shaughnessy built a summer cottage at 60 Summit Avenue, Mill Valley, which eventually evolved into a 3-story, 10-room home with a tennis court, barn, and gardens laid out by John McLaren, the designer of Golden Gate Park. In 1912, O'Shaughnessy purchased 2732 Vallejo Street as the family's San Francisco residence, although they continued to spend summers in Mill Valley. He was a member of the Commonwealth Club of California, University Club, Chit Chat Club, Presidio Golf Club, Save the Redwoods League, and the American Irish Historical Society, and throughout his life remained an active member of the Roman Catholic Church.
M. M. O'Shaughnessy died of heart failure on October 12, 1934, just a few days before the mountain water from Hetch Hetchy flowed into the reservoirs.
Sources include:
Memoirs : Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1934.

Scope and Content of Collection

The M. M. (Michael Maurice) O'Shaughnessy papers, 1882-1937, consist of materials relating to his career as a civil engineer, working first as a consultant in private practice, and later as City Engineer of San Francisco. The collection contains primary and secondary source materials both created and collected by O'Shaughnessy in the course of planning, conducting, and overseeing a large range of engineering projects, and later kept as part of his own private files. His writings include typescripts and published versions of many speeches, articles, and books by O'Shaughnessy—both in his role as City Engineer, and as a consulting engineer who was active at the national and local level in professional organizations and societies. With these are his engineering notes and notebooks, a collection of reference materials, and a small amount of personal and family papers.
Although O'Shaughnessy repeatedly claimed that all of his files perished in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, clearly a significant amount from prior to that event survived in other locations. Although little general correspondence from his private office was found, job files from 1889 to 1912 make up a significant portion of his records as a consulting engineer. His early projects are chiefly land surveys in northern California, but in 1899 O'Shaughnessy began work on an extended series of irrigation projects in the Hawaiian Islands for the sugar plantations of the California firms of Alexander & Baldwin, Hind, Rolph, & Company, and the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company. The scrapbooks, correspondence and letter books, reports, notes, maps, plans and specifications, printed materials, and clippings found in those files provide detailed information about development on several islands, including Hawaii's Kohola Aqueduct, the scenery that is described in Jack London's Voyage of the Snark.
In 1906 O'Shaughnessy began work as a consulting engineer for John D. and Adolph B. Spreckels' Southern California Mountain Water Company, which was later sold to the City of San Diego. In much the same manner as he undertook projects and provided expert opinions or testimony for several cities in Marin County, he consulted for City of San Diego projects until 1934. O'Shaughnessy established similar long-term connections with many of his early clients, including George Rolph, the Spreckels, Crocker-Huffman Land & Water Company, and Archibishop Riordan of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, and they too continued to contract with him for various projects throughout his career.
O'Shaughnessy usually worked on several projects simultaneously, and often completed several smaller projects in a number of different locations during the course of a larger contract. Consulting Engineer Job Files (Series 1.3) include all projects for which he had an official role and was compensated, even if he only gave advice or however minor his input. Files related to projects on which he consulted as a professional courtesy to his fellow engineers or resulting from his particular interest in their work, are in Professional Consultations and Investigations (Series 3.4). Although O'Shaughnessy closed his general consulting office in San Francisco in September 1912, when he assumed the position of San Francisco City Engineer, he continued to consult for outside interests throughout his career, sometimes under the auspices of the City but more often on his own.
It is important to note that O'Shaughnessy's papers are his own private files, and should not be misconstrued as the official records of the City of San Francisco. They contain only limited, and often public, information about municipal projects documenting the growth and improvement of San Francisco's transportation, water supply, and power systems. While work during his tenure included Twin Peaks Reservoir, Stockton Street and Twin Peaks Tunnels, Ocean Beach Esplanade, Municipal Railway System, and numerous boulevards, streets and sewers, there is little information about the duties and daily operations of the City Engineer's office or projects.
Most thoroughly documented in the City Engineer Files are efforts to secure a reliable source of water for San Francisco. These include acquisition of the Spring Valley Water Company (Series 2.2.3), and construction of Hetch Hetchy (Series 2.4.1), described in 1924 as the largest and most complete water and power project ever contemplated by a municipality. Water stored in reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada is carried through 155.1 miles of mountain tunnels and pipes, across the San Joaquin Valley, through the Coast Range and under San Francisco Bay before entering Crystal Springs Reservoir, south of San Francisco. O'Shaughnessy wrote and spoke more about Hetch Hetchy than any other project. The City Engineer's Public Relations files (Series 2.3) include more than 100 statements, articles and speeches written for the general public; more technical papers presented at engineering conferences, and writings and his book are found in Professional Activities (Series 3.3).
A significant body of correspondence is found throughout the collection, including letters in files relating to specific jobs as well as those relating to his professional activities. The City Engineer General Correspondence Files (Series 2.1) are a particularly rich resource for insights into how projects were planned and completed, as well as O'Shaughnessy's role in regional and city politics. He had strong opinions on most issues and he freely expressed them in his letters, which often includes other interesting bits of information as well. For instance, in a February 1920 letter to a Detroit engineer (in connection with his consulting job), O'Shaughnessy mentions making preliminary studies for "a long span bridge here of almost unprecedented length...across the Golden Gate near Fort Point between San Francisco and Marin Counties." A February 23, 1916 letter (in Box 4: 2) includes lyrics to the song, "Dammin' Up the Stream," that relates to engineer J. Waldo Smith and the Ashokan Reservoir. In an exchange of letters with Stanford University's Bailey Willis, President of the Seismological Society of America, regarding the publication of articles on quake-proof construction, they discuss promoting a plan to "Make California Quake-proof."
O'Shaughnessy kept meticulous notes during project site and professional inspection trips, and this detail is repeated in his travel diaries and notes from excursion trips that are found in Personal and Family Papers (Series 5). The diary from his 1925 European trip that included stops in Chicago, New York, Ireland, London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, and home via Boston and Montreal, chiefly recount visits to engineering structures. Descriptions of tunnels, dams, powerhouses, and street, road, railroad and bridge construction appear along with notes on museums, cathedrals, and ruins, and interesting methods of finance and city planning.
O'Shaughnessy was shrewd investor and acquired mining interests and real property in many of the locations in which he worked. His personal papers contain a significant amount of plans, leases, correspondence, and financial records relating to the early development of Mill Valley, particularly the "O'Shaughnessy block" in downtown. A few of his school notebooks from ca. 1882-1883, sympathy letters and tributes following his death, a remarkably small amount of personal and family correspondence, and records relating to the settlement of the estates of his sister and parents-in-law complete the collection. Personal papers created or collected by his wife, Mary Spottiswood and other family members, chiefly daughters Margaret, Mary, Helen, and Elizabeth, have been cataloged separately as BANC MSS 2003/229 c.
Formats represented include scrapbooks, correspondence, reports (both published and unpublished), notes and notebooks, maps, plans and drawings, specifications, contracts and agreements, minutes of meetings, legal and financial materials, print materials, clippings, and photographs. It should be noted that the collection is most likely incomplete: these are the files that survived a fire at the O'Shaughnessy Vallejo Street home in 1987. Although the records have been cleaned and flattened, and repaired as needed during processing, there still remains evidence of smoke and water damage.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Civil engineers--California
Dam failures--California--Los Angeles County
Dams--Design and construction
Flood control--California
Irrigation engineering--Californi.
Public works--California--San Francisco
Street-railroads--California--San Francisco
Water resources development--Law and legislation
Water-supply--California--Marin County
Water-supply--California--San Diego
Water-supply--California--San Francisco
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)--Water-supply
Engineering drawings
O'Shaughnessy, M. M. (Michael Maurice), 1864-1934
O'Shaughnessy, M. M. (Michael Maurice), 1864-1934--Archives
San Francisco (Calif.). City Engineer
Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System
Spring Valley Water Company


Series 1: Consulting Engineer Files 1889-1933

Physical Description: Cartons 1-18; v. 1-23; Oversize Boxes 1-2; Oversize Folders 1-95; Tubes 1-30


When contacted by former clients for information relating to his early projects, O'Shaughnessy often claimed that all of his personal files perished in his office in San Francisco City Hall in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Clearly a significant amount from prior to April 18, 1906 survived, most likely because they were kept in files at his home in Mill Valley or in offices at projects located outside San Francisco. O'Shaughnessy continued to file correspondence and other information related to his early projects and on people connected to each project into the appropriate job file long after his own work on a particular project was completed. Much of the work he undertook was for established clients with interests in several locations.


Divided into 3 sub-series: General Correspondence and Office Files; Scrapbooks; and Job Files.

Subseries 1_1: General Correspondence and Office Files 1889-1912

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-13


Contains an incomplete set of letterpress copybooks, a small amount of general correspondence, a ledger, and various memos and notes about the operation of O'Shaughnessy's consulting office. Projects referenced in letterbooks have been noted individually in the container list. General correspondence and office files have been assembled from stray documents found scattered throughout the collection.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 1, folder 1

"Letterbook No. 10" [No. 1?], including: Tamalpais Land and Water Company; Millwood, Sausalito; Mill Valley; Paso Robles; San Mateo County; Durnham, Carrigan and Hayden Co. 1889-1890

carton 1, folder 2

"Letterbook No. 3," including: Paso Robles; Rosedale Raisin Vineyard; San Luis Obispo San Joaquin Railroad; Eureka Ranch; Fresno County 1891-1893

carton 1, folder 3

"Letterbook No. 4," including: Winslow; Shasta County: Iron Mountain Railroad and Balaklala Mine; Bonanza Mine; Eureka, Humboldt County; Paso Robles 1895-1897

carton 1, folder 4

"Letterbook No. 12," including: San Mateo; Tomasso Cresta Ranch; Pleasanton; Sunol; Montague; Honolulu; Wailaku; Kaui 1897-1900

carton 1, folder 5

Letterbook [kept by E. L. Cope], including: Barrett Dam; Southern California Mountain Water Company; Port Costa; Crocker-Huffman; Meloche, Raton; Mill Valley 1907-1910

carton 1, folder 6-7

General correspondence 1890-1912

carton 1, folder 8

Correspondence from Assistant, J. E. Pope 1896-1899

carton 1, folder 9

Correspondence from Associate, C. F. Nourse 1905 Jan.-May

carton 1, folder 10

Correspondence and statements from Vulcan Rock Co. 1907-1908

carton 1, folder 11

Financial ledger and notes 1887-1892

carton 1, folder 12-13

Advertisements and copyrights, office management, employees, insurance 1896-1908


Subseries 1_2: Scrapbooks 1891-1913

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 14-17; v. 1-9; Oversize Box 1, folders 1-2; Oversize Folders 1-4


Consists of an incomplete set of scrapbooks, some numbered and some named, in which O'Shaughnessy pasted, and occasionally continued to file, original documents and clippings relating to his various projects. Some volumes are limited to one geographic area or topic, but many are labeled only "Private Scrapbook" and relate to a number of projects spanning several years. The contents of each volume have been noted, and generally complement the job files kept for each consulting project, as well as his work as San Francisco City Engineer.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 1, folder 14

"Scraps Book 2," including: Potrero Avenue; Market Street; Mill Valley; Santa Fe Railroad; Peninsula roadways; San Francisco railways ca. 1892

carton 1, folder 15

Loose items : Prospectus of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad [by the] Traffic Association of California; and Plat of Town's Subdivision at Mowry's Station, Alameda Co., Cal. 1893, n.d

volume 1

"Scraps Book 3," including: Paso Robles Road; waterworks; Mill Valley; mines; Market Street; railroads; surveys; sewers; Spring Valley Water Works; Arizona dam failure; real estate 1891

oversize 1, folder 1

Loose items: Township maps, San Luis Obispo [undated]

oversize 1 C

Loose item: Tamalpais Land Water Company, Map No. 5, showing Eastland and Millwood Lots, 1897 [1897]

volume 2

[Scrapbook], "General," including San Francisco streets, sewers, race tracks; San Joaquin Valley; Shasta County mines; San Mateo County; Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais; mines; railroads; power; Spreckels and Crocker families 1894-1902


[clippings mounted in unused stock certificate book of Pneumatic Supply Co., San Francisco]
oversize 2 B

Loose item: Map showing Lots No. 37, 38, 39, part of Rancho Soquel augmentation, Santa Clara Santa Cruz Counties 1897

oversize 1, folder 2

Loose item: Bill No. 297, published ordinance and specifications for street and sidewalk work, San Francisco 1901 Feb

volume 3

Private Scrapbook, "Hawaii," including: Hawaii; mines; San Francisco; Shasta and Trinity County mines and real estate; McCloud River; Sierra Railway; Marin County 1899-1905

volume 4

[Private Scrapbook], including: William Hammond Hall articles on Earthquake Fire, Hawaii; Marin County; Spring Valley Water Works; Clear Lake; San Francisco Water 1906 June

volume 5

Private Scrapbook, "San Francisco, Sept. 18, 1907," including: San Francisco Water; Spring Valley Water Works; Hetch Hetchy; Auxiliary Fire Protection System; San Diego; Southern Calif. Mountain Water Company; Oakland waterfront; Salt River Valley (Arizona); Los Angeles Aqueduct; Marin County; Mill Valley; Hawaii [1906-1910]

volume 6

Scrapbook [on Water], 1909-1910, including: Hawaii; Spring Valley Water Works; Hetch Hetchy; Oakland; Tevis Plans; Marin County; San Diego; South San Joaquin Irrigation District; Auxiliary Salt Water Fire System for San Francisco [1906]-1910

volume 7

Scrapbook, "Oil," including: Tamalpais Oil Company and several others operating in Bakersfield; oil lands in Calif.; water infiltration 1910-1913

carton 1, folder 16-17

Loose items: Correspondence, reports, printed material 1910-1913

oversize 3-4 B

Advertisements, prospectus, map 1910

volume 8

Scrapbook [on Water], including: Oakdale Irrigation District; South San Joaquin Irrigation District; Hawaii; Panama Pacific International Exposition (San Diego); Spreckels; Salt River Valley Water Users Association; Investments; rates [for] gas, lights and water; M.M.O'S. schedule of charges 1911-1912

volume 9

Private scrapbook, including: San Francisco Water, roads, San Diego, Hawaii, Spring Valley Water Company, Hetch Hetchy 1912-1913


Subseries 1_3: Job Files 1889-1933

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 18-49; Cartons 2-18; v. 10-23; Tubes 1-30; Oversize Box 1, folders 3-30; Oversize Box 2, folders 1-15; Oversize Folders 5-95


Only a small amount of correspondence, reports, surveys, and maps remained to document consulting jobs during the years 1889 to 1899, when O'Shaughnessy began an extended series of irrigation projects in Hawaii. Those lasted until 1906, when he began work for the Southern California Mountain Water Company in San Diego. He usually worked on several projects simultaneously, and often completed several smaller projects in different locations during the course of a larger contract. O'Shaughnessy closed his general consulting office in September 1912, when he assumed the position of San Francisco City Engineer.
Scrapbooks, which provide a brief summary and overview for the larger consulting projects are filed first in Job Files. O'Shaughnessy sometimes marked these as his own "personal" or "private files," but the term "scrapbooks" has been routinely substituted in the container listing to more consistently identify the many binders and portfolios assembled for most of his consulting jobs, beginning with Hawaii. Into these have been pasted or 3-hole-punched, pages of original correspondence, reports, notes, related supporting documentation, and clippings. These often supplement, but may also duplicate individual items such as letters and reports found elsewhere in Job Files.
O'Shaughnessy's smaller projects are usually documented by only a small amount of correspondence, reports and notes, or possibly a drawing, plan or some maps. For these jobs—and following the scrapbooks from his larger or long-term projects—incoming and outgoing correspondence (filed chronologically) precedes any letterbooks that survived. Correspondence associated with individual job files is supplemented by that contained in letterbooks found in sub-series 1.1. Reports written by O'Shaughnessy are arranged chronologically and filed before those prepared by others that were retained for reference and consultation, followed by any relevant legal materials. Engineering notes found in a specific job file are included here, and are supplemented by the notebooks and notes found in Engineering Notes (sub-series 4.1).
Specifications, contracts, agreements, drawings, plans, and maps do not exist for every project. There may be some duplication between those filed flat in oversize folders and those rolled on tubes, due to the workflow of conservation cleaning needed for many of the drawings, plans and maps found in poor condition in the collection.
Financial materials are found for only a few projects, and include statements, reports, receipts, and payroll ledger sheets. O'Shaughnessy's consulting engineer files conclude with print materials, including pamphlets, directly related to specific jobs and gathered in the course of his work, and newspaper clippings, usually concerning the progress or impact of each project.


Arranged chronologically, by initial date of consultation, and then by format in the following order: scrapbooks, correspondence, reports, notes, specifications, agreements, drawings and plans, maps, print materials, and clippings. Consulting Job Files are organized by project name—usually a location, property owner or name of company engaging his services, and the type of project. Folder headings as labeled or identified by O'Shaughnessy are used wherever possible. Since his folder notations were often cryptic, incomplete or missing altogether, information has been also supplied from evidence contained in the documents themselves. Within the Job Files is found the oldest document in the collection: an 1871 map of the Ranch Punta de Quentin, related to O'Shaughnessy's work on a sewer system for the city of Larkspur, Marin County, California.

Santa Ysabel Hot Springs Land and Water Company

carton 1, folder 18

Print materials 1889

oversize 5 C

Map of subdivision of Santa Ysabel Rancho 1889 March

carton 1, folder 19

David Jacks Property, Monterey County, survey [1889 or 1890]

carton 1, folder 20

Tamalpais Land and Water Company, Mill Valley, Calif., street improvements and water supply reports 1890 Sept.-Oct

Tube 1

Sausalito Land and Ferry Co., map of lands 1889

carton 1, folder 21

Mt. Diablo, survey, reports 1891

tube 2

San Luis Obispo coal bunker inclined trestle, plans [1891-1893?]

carton 1, folder 22

Pleasanton Canal, Alameda Co.


Report 1893


Agreement 1885

carton 1, folder 23-24

California Midwinter International Exposition, Branch Railroad, correspondence and specifications 1893-1894

carton 1, folder 25

Children's Hospital, San Francisco, correspondence regarding survey for new addition 1895

carton 1, folder 26

City of San Mateo, survey for boundary line 1895

carton 1, folder 27

[Ocean View property owners vs. Pacific Coast Jockey Club], correspondence and petition 1895-1896

carton 1, folder 28

Iron Mountain Railway, Keswick, Shasta County - correspondence, notes, reports 1895-1899

carton 1, folder 29

P. F. Butler block, 13th Ave. J Street, survey 1896 Jan

carton 1, folder 30

Calvary Cemetery, San Francisco (Archbishop Riordan), masonry wall on Pt. Lobos Road - correspondence, agreement, specifications 1896

carton 1, folder 31

Greenbrae, [Calif.], road survey 1896 June

oversize 5 C

Plans 1901

carton 1, folder 32

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Menlo Park - correspondence regarding survey, water supply 1896-1899

carton 1, folder 33

Holy Cross Cemetery, San Mateo Co. (Archbishop Riordan), correspondence, specifications regarding pumps 1896-1912

carton 1, folder 34

Holly Park Improvement Club, [San Francisco], proposal for sewer 1896 Nov

carton 1, folder 35

Wellman Estate Property, San Francisco, report 1897


Paulsen Hydraulic Mines, Trinity County

carton 1, folder 36-38

Survey and report 1897 July-Aug

oversize 1, folder 3

Map [undated]

carton 1, folder 39

Broken sewer, Army Street, San Francisco - report of inspection for George Nicholas 1897-1899

carton 1, folder 40

Humboldt and Trinity Toll Road Company - correspondence, reports 1897

carton 1, folder 41

Mahoney Bros. Ranch, Santa Barbara, report 1897

carton 1, folder 42

Burlingame Park, San Mateo Co. - correspondence, survey, notes 1897-1898

carton 1, folder 43

Alexander Goldtree property, Merced, survey 1898 Jan


Tobin, Martin Dimond property, San Francisco

carton 1, folder 44

Survey 1898 Aug

oversize 1, folder 4

Map [undated]

carton 1, folder 45

Sausalito Water Supply (General John H. Dickinson) - correspondence, report 1899 Jan.-Feb

carton 1, folder 46

Rodewald property, Calif. (Herbert P. Winslow), survey 1899 Feb.-Oct

carton 1, folder 47

Thomas Crowley property, Randsburg, Calif. - survey and correspondence 1899; 1917-1920

carton 1, folder 48

Republican Mining [Development?] Co., Tuolumne Co. (James Hagen) - correspondence regarding survey 1899 July-Sept

carton 1, folder 49

City of Vallejo - correspondence regarding survey 1899 July-[1900]





carton 2, folder 1-3

"Hawaiian Reports - Book A," 1890-1908 1908

carton 2, folder 4-5

"Hawaiian Reports - Book B," 1899-1906 1906

carton 2, folder 6-7

"Hawaiian Reports - Book C," 1895-1904 1904

carton 2, folder 8-11

Correspondence 1899-1901

carton 2, folder 12

Correspondence 1902


Includes photographs (supplementary): 3 prints (cyanotypes)
carton 2, folder 13-28

Correspondence 1903-1928

carton 3, folder 1-4

Letter books 1899-1902

volume 10

Letter book 1904-1906



carton 3, folder 5

Kilauea, Kauai 1890-1900

carton 3, folder 6

Water Supply from sources on Molokai Island 1899-1900

carton 3, folder 7

Kailua, Maui 1899

carton 3, folder 8

Irrigation and Water Supply System, Wailuku, Maui 1899 July

carton 3, folder 9

Wailuka Plantation 1899 July

carton 3, folder 10

Wailuku Sugar Company, Maui ca. 1899

carton 3, folder 11

Water Supply Sources on Molokai Island 1899-1900

carton 3, folder 12-13

Worthington Pumping Engines 1899-1902

carton 3, folder 14

Kaunakakai, Molokai 1899-1905

carton 3, folder 15

Water and Power on the Wailuku Sugar Company's Plantation 1900 Aug

carton 3, folder 16

Pioneer Mill Company, Lahuia 1900 Oct

carton 3, folder 17

The Water Conditions Existing at Paauhau Plantation 1900 Nov

carton 3, folder 18

Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company 1901 June

carton 3, folder 19

Hawaii vs. Cuba: Sugar Production 1901 Nov

carton 3, folder 20

Record of Rain and Temperature 1902-1905

carton 3, folder 21

Statistics of Natural Water Supply, Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association 1902

carton 3, folder 22

Development of Irrigation Supply at Honokane 1902 Oct


Progress Reports

carton 3, folder 23

Makaweli Ditch 1901 Oct.-1902

carton 3, folder 24

Honomanu 1902 Dec

carton 3, folder 25-27

Olokele Ditch 1902-1904

tube 3

Olokele Ditch 1902-1903

carton 3, folder 28-30

Koolau Ditch Progress Reports 1903-1904

carton 3, folder 31-32

Hamakua Ditch 1904-1906

carton 3, folder 33-36

Kohala Ditch 1904-1907

oversize 1, folder 5

Awini extension survey by J. Jorgensen 1905-1906

carton 3, folder 37

Water Development, Oahu Sugar Company, Ltd. 1905-1907

carton 3, folder 38

Underground Water Courses of Hawaii n.d

carton 4, folder 1-5

Working notes 1899-1908, n.d



carton 4, folder 6

Iron Pipes 1899 Dec

carton 4, folder 7

Worthington Triple Expansion High Duty Pumping Engine 1900

carton 4, folder 8

Reservoir at Hana, Maui 1912

carton 4, folder 9

Horizontal Triplex Power Pump n.d

carton 4, folder 10

Miscellaneous 1902

oversize 6 C-13 C

Plans and drawings 1899-1912

tube 4

Map, Maui n.d



carton 4, folder 11

Kailua Ditch Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. and Carl Jensen 1899

carton 4, folder 12

Pumping Engine H.R. Worthington and American Sugar Company 1899

carton 4, folder 13

Honokahua Ditch, Maui Henry P. Baldwin and Pioneer Mill Co. 1902

carton 4, folder 14

Hawaii Ditch Co., Ltd., John T. McCrosson and M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1903

carton 4, folder 15

Water Contract Hamakua Ditch Co, Ltd. and Paauhau Sugar Plantation Company 1904

carton 4, folder 16

Sand and Rock Crushing E. P. Chapin and Kohala Ditch Co. 1905

carton 4, folder 17

Work Rules 1905, n.d

carton 4, folder 18

[Notices?] (in Japanese) n.d


Prospectus, First Mortgage Bonds

carton 4, folder 19

Kohala Ditch Company, Ltd. 1905-1906

carton 4, folder 20

Hamakua Ditch Company, Ltd. 1906

carton 4, folder 21-22

Financial Statements 1900-1907, n.d



carton 4, folder 23

Terms of Contract as Consulting Engineer 1901-1903

carton 4, folder 24

Minutes of Meeting: Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co., Alexander Baldwin, Ltd., Honolulu 1901 July

carton 4, folder 25

Notes on Travels 1902

carton 4, folder 26

Testimony, Hawaiian Commercial Sugar Co. vs. Wailiku Sugar Co. 1903

carton 4, folder 27

Congressional Testimony, Hamakua Ditch 1902-1903

carton 4, folder 28

Commendations and Resolutions 1904, 1906

carton 4, folder 29

Power of Attorney to A. Lewis, Jr. 1906

carton 4, folder 30

Passenger Lists and Calling Cards 1901-1906

carton 4, folder 31

Guidebooks, Rail Schedule 1908-1931


Print materials

carton 4, folder 32

Articles relating to sugar plantations ca. 1900

oversize 1, folder 6

Special editions of the Evening Bulletin: "Sugar Industry of the Islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai" 1901-1906

carton 4, folder 33

Annual and financial reports - Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. 1898-1901

carton 4, folder 34-35

Annual reports 1907-1910


Ewa Plantation Company


Haiku Sugar Company


Hawaiian Agricultural Company


Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company


Hawaiian Sugar Company


Honokaa Sugar Company


Honomu Sugar Company


Hutchinson Sugar Plantation Company


Kahuku Plantation Company


Kohala Sugar Company


Maui Agricultural Company


McBryde Sugar Company


Oahu Railway and Land Co.


Oahu Sugar Company


Olaa Sugar Company


Ookala Sugar Plantation Co.


Paauhau Sugar Plantation Company


Paia Plantation


Pepeekeo Sugar Company


Pioneer Mill Company, Ltd.


Waialua Agricultural Company, Ltd.


Wailuku Sugar Company


Waimea Sugar Mill Co.

carton 4, folder 36

Honolulu Stock and Bond Exchange - A.M. Session 1901-1905

carton 4, folder 37

Sugar cane production 1909, n.d

carton 4, folder 38

Weather Bureau reports 1907-1912

carton 4, folder 39

Engineering Features of the Waiahole Water Water Project of the Waiahole Water Co., by Chas. H. Kluegel 1916 June

carton 4, folder 40

Surface Water Supply of Hawaii, 1915 to 1916, 1916 to 1917, by Nathan C. Grover 1917-1918

carton 4, folder 41

National Drill and Mfg. Co. n.d

carton 4, folder 42

Clippings 1902-1910, n.d

oversize 1, folder 7

Clippings, including reports of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire 1902-1906

carton 4, folder 43

Lagunitas Water Company, Marin County, (F. P. Howard), Report on Water Possibilities for Tamalpais Peninsula [1900]-1907


City of Mill Valley, Calif.

volume 11

Scrapbook 1902-1906

oversize 14 C

Loose item: Tamalpais Land and Water Co., Map No. 3, Sausalito Ranch, surveyed by Chas. H. Clapp 1892

carton 4, folder 44

Loose items: Print materials 1898-1908



carton 4, folder 45

Value of the Water Plant, North Coast Water Co., printed and published by Zeus Publishing Company, Mill Valley 1906 Feb

carton 4, folder 46

Citizens Committee on Water Supply and Water Rates 1906

carton 4, folder 47

Rainfall, Marin County, 1893-1903 ca. 1906

carton 4, folder 48-49

Survey of Water Rates in Northern California 1906-1907

carton 4, folder 50

Notes 1906-1908

carton 4, folder 51

Complaint, Northcoast Water Co. vs. Town of Mill Valley 1907-1910



oversize 15 C

Tamalpais Land Water Company, Map No. 2, showing Eastland and Millwood 1892

oversize 16 C

Mill Valley Water Company, showing watershed, southerly slope of Mt. Tamalpais 1903

oversize 16 C

Boyle Park plot plans 1906

tube 5

Boyle Park plot plans 1906

oversize 17 B

Westeria, Marin County 1909

carton 4, folder 52

Port Costa Water Company, valuation report 1902 April

carton 4, folder 53

E.L. Reese land, Redwood City, report 1904


Water power proposal, Cow Creek, Shingletown, Shasta County (A. F. Smith)

carton 4, folder 54-55

Correspondence, reports 1905-1907

oversize 18 B

Notes and diagrams 1906


Sanitary Board, Larkspur District, Marin County

carton 4, folder 56

Sewer survey 1906-1908

carton 4, folder 57

Specifications for sewer system 1900 March

oversize 1, folder 8

Preliminary survey of Sanitary District No. 1, Ross Valley 1899

oversize 19 C

No. 2, map of the portion of the unsold lands of the Ranch Punta de Quentin 1871

carton 4, folder 58

Sausalito Spring Water Company, town of Sausalito - report, notes, clipping 1906 Nov

carton 4, folder 59

Berkeley Reservoir #5, survey and notes 1906-1907


Includes photographs (supplementary): 4 prints and 5 negatives

Southern California Mountain Water Company, San Diego County

carton 5, folder 1-2

Scrapbook 1906-1912

carton 5, folder 3-14

Correspondence 1907-1912



carton 5, folder 15

Development of Water Supply of Cottonwood Creek 1907 Feb

carton 5, folder 16

Proposed Dulzura Conduit 1907 July

carton 5, folder 17

Water Information form letters, tables 1908 Sept.-Nov


Water Information Surveys 1908 Sept.-Nov

carton 5, folder 18


carton 5, folder 19

(Red Bluff—Woodland)

carton 5, folder 20

University Heights Reservoir 1908 Nov

carton 5, folder 21

Miscellaneous 1908-1911

carton 5, folder 22

Report on the Works of the S. C. M. W. Co. Supplying the City of San Diego with Water 1910 Oct

carton 5, folder 23

San Diego Land and Town Company [1911 May?]

carton 5, folder 24

Newman, Lew B. Harris and Wm. M. Fitzburgh to the Mt. Tecarte Land and Water Company 1893-[1909?]

carton 5, folder 25

City Council Committee, San Luis Rey Reservoir 1894 June

carton 5, folder 26

James D. Schuyler, The San Diego Water Supply 1896

carton 5, folder 27

Jas. D. Schuyler to San Miguel Water Company 1900 June

carton 5, folder 28

C. S. Alverson, Water Systems of San Diego County 1905 Aug

carton 5, folder 29

Francis Cuttle, [Irrigation and Revenue Feasibility Study] 1905 Oct

carton 5, folder 30

M. C. Healion San Diego Flume Co. 1908 May

carton 5, folder 31

C. S. Alverson Tijuana River Watershed 1911 July

carton 5, folder 32

H. E. Doolittle, [Legal questions re] Rights of Riparian owners in the Tijuana Valley 1911-1914

carton 5, folder 33

C. S. Alverson, Otay Valley Pumping Plants and Wells 1911 Dec

carton 5, folder 34

T. A. Cox, Volcano Lake, Mexico 1912 Jan

carton 5, folder 35

Conditions in the Otay Valley 1912 Aug

carton 5, folder 36

Charles H. Lee to John M. Eshelman, San Diego River Riparian Problem 1912 Sept

carton 5, folder 37

Cottonwood Creek daily discharge 1906-1911

carton 5, folder 38

Cement purchases and analysis 1909-1911


Otay Consumers vs. S. C. M. W. Co.

volume 12

Proceedings, testimony, decision 1911-1913

carton 5, folder 39

Testimony of M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1911 Aug

carton 5, folder 40

Correspondence 1911-1912

carton 5, folder 41

Notices of Appropriation of water: W. B. Hamilton and Ida De Selm 1911 Dec

carton 5, folder 42

Rules of practice and procedure of the Railroad Commission of...California 1912

carton 5, folder 43

Testimony of M. M. O'Shaughnessy and J. B. Lippincott at rate hearing, railroad Commission (application no. 547) 1914 April

carton 6, folder 1

Proposition to City of San Diego 1912 Aug

carton 6, folder 2

Proposition to City of San Diego 1911-1912

carton 6, folder 3-4

Proposition to City of San Diego: Valuation of Plant 1911-1914

carton 6, folder 5-7

Proposition to City of San Diego Statement of Spreckels Companies; Report of Committee on Water Supply 1912, n.d



carton 6, folder 8-10

Data book 1891-1908

carton 6, folder 11

Water Levels at Various Rainfall Stations 1887-1912

carton 6, folder 12

Record of Rainfall, Bear CaÑon Dam, Mt. Tecarte Land and Water Co. 1894-1901

carton 6, folder 13

Barrett Dam weather and water record 1898-1902

carton 6, folder 14

Barrett Dam 1904-1906

carton 6, folder 15

Original Correspondence of E. S. Babcock, President 1891-1901

carton 6, folder 16

Correspondence of Engineers Harris, Harris and Ervast to Wm. Clayton, V.P. and Mng. Dtr. 1906 July-Dec

carton 6, folder 17

Water Dept. Comments on water rates 1907-1909

carton 6, folder 18

Controversies over construction method at Morena Dam, 1896-1897 1909

carton 6, folder 19

Morena Dam 1909-1910

carton 6, folder 20

History of Lower Otay Dam 1910-1912

oversize 20 C-32 C

Plans, maps and drawings

tube 6-8

Barrett Dam, Dulzura Conduit, Morena Dam 1906-1912



carton 6, folder 21

S. C. M. W. Co. and San Diego Land and Town Co. 1900

carton 6, folder 22

S. C. M. W. Co. and City of San Diego 1905

carton 6, folder 23

Contracts for tunneling and hauling 1907-1909

carton 6, folder 24

Employment applications, related correspondence 1908-1912


Financial Statements

carton 6, folder 25-29

Monthly Costs 1910-1912

carton 6, folder 30-31

Morena Dam: Paid to G. E. Gabrielson 1909-1911

carton 6, folder 32

Cottonwood and Barrett boarding camp reports 1908-1909

carton 6, folder 33

Reports and receipts for freight delivered to Morena Dam 1909-1910

carton 6, folder 34

Miscellaneous 1905-1911, n.d


Print materials

oversize 1, folder 9

General Plan Showing Southern California Mountain Water Company's System n.d

carton 6, folder 35-36

S. R. Frazier Articles, San Diego Sun 1912

carton 6, folder 37

The Story of Water in San Diego by H. Austin Adams [1912]

carton 6, folder 38

Relating to San Diego water by Wm. Clayton, S. R. Frazier and Ed. Fletcher [1912]

carton 6, folder 39

Annual reports, City of San Diego, Dept. of Water, by Herbert R. Fay 1910-1912

carton 6, folder 40

Rules and rates of the Dept. of Water (Ord. No. 4717) 1912 April

carton 6, folder 41

Relating to creation of City of Arden 1912

carton 6, folder 42

Morena Dam, miscellaneous articles 1910-1913

carton 6, folder 43

Maps 1906-1910

carton 6, folder 44

Article, "Southern California Mountain Water Company's Reservoirs, Dams and Pipelines," in Engineering Record , v. 48, no. 20 1903 Nov

carton 6, folder 45

Prospectus of Linda Vista Irrigation District, San Diego Co., Cal. 1892

carton 6, folder 46-50

Clippings 1911-1912

oversize 1, folder 10

Clippings 1896-1910


Guadalupe Quicksilver Mine / Davey Mining and Investment Co., Santa Clara County (George Rolph)

carton 7, folder 1

Correspondence, report, notes 1907

oversize 1, folder 11

Plot plan n.d

carton 7, folder 2

Glen Park, Amazon Street, and Westend Homestead Tracts, San Francisco (Crocker Estate) - water survey 1907

carton 7, folder 3

Cascade Power Co, Portland, Oregon, report 1907

carton 7, folder 4

Hind, Rolph Co., (George Hind), Tenth Avenue Extension, San Francisco, correspondence 1907

tube 9

Map...of the O'Neil Haley Tracts, Precita Valley Lands and Gift Map No. 4 n.d


Burlingame Water Works / Burlingame Land and Water Company, San Mateo County, Lyon and Hoag, Real Estate)

carton 7, folder 5

Correspondence 1907-1910


Includes photographs (supplementary): 4 prints
carton 7, folder 6

Reports 1908-1910

carton 7, folder 7

Notes 1908 May 29

carton 7, folder 8

Contracts 1909

carton 7, folder 9

Specifications 1910

tube 10

Map 1908



oversize 1, folder 12

Reservoir for Burlingame Pumping Station 1908 Oct

oversize 33 C

Reservoir for Burlingame Pumping Station 1908

carton 7, folder 10

Financial statements 1908-1910

carton 7, folder 11

Print materials 1907-[1909]


Santa Clara College

carton 7, folder 12

Correspondence, including letters relating to land purchased by Los Altos Country Club in 1923 1908-1927

oversize 33 C

Plans 1908

carton 7, folder 13

Notes [undated]

carton 7, folder 14

Notes: H. A. Young, Camp Columbia Tanks, Camagüay, Cuba 1908 July

carton 7, folder 15

Specifications 1908


City of San Rafael, Thomas P. Boyd, District Attorney, Marin County Water and Power Company v. City of San Rafael

carton 7, folder 16

Valuation of Properties of M. C. W. P. Co. 1908-1911


Includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints
carton 7, folder 17

Notes relating to case 1909-1910

carton 7, folder 18

Capuchino Lands, San Mateo County (Henry T. Scott) - correspondence 1908 Aug


San Lorenzo Sugar Company, La Loma Plantation, Sinaloa, Mexico

carton 7, folder 19

Correspondence 1908 Aug.-1916

carton 7, folder 20

Report 1908 Sept

carton 7, folder 21

Notes 1908

oversize 1, folder 13

Plans and train schedule 1908

carton 7, folder 22

Prospectus: Description of Property, Estimate for Development of Sugar Cane Plantation and Erection of Six Hundred Ton Sugar Mill by John R. Phillips 1908

carton 7, folder 23-24

Print materials: Guides, maps and clipping 1907-1908

carton 7, folder 25

Copper Mines, Arizona and Mexico (Alexander Hill) - valuation 1908-1910


Spreckels, John D., Jr.

carton 7, folder 26

Water supply study, Sonoma and Marin Counties 1908 Nov

tube 11

Map 1908

oversize 1, folder 14

Mount Tamalpais Ridgecrest Boulevard Company, prospectus n.d

carton 7, folder 27

Squaw Creek Railroad, Shasta County (Balaklala Consolidated Copper Company, Thos. Barbour) - correspondence 1908-1909

carton 7, folder 28-29

San Francisco (City County), Underground Fire Alarm Telegraph System - correspondence and report 1908-1909

carton 7, folder 30

Vallejo Brick and Tile Company (F. W. Beards Lee) - correspondence and survey 1908-1909


Hacienda Sugar Co., Kings County

carton 7, folder 31

Report 1908-1909

carton 7, folder 32-33

Print materials, notes 1897-1908

oversize 1, folder 15

Map, print materials, clipping 1908-1909

carton 7, folder 34

Price, Carbon County (Utah), Railroad - correspondence 1909


South San Joaquin Irrigation District, Manteca

carton 7, folder 35

Correspondence 1909

carton 7, folder 36

Report, Preliminary Report on the Ground Waters of San Joaquin Valley, California by Walter C. Mendenhall 1908

oversize 34 C

Plans and drawings n.d

oversize 1, folder 16

Articles and clippings 1909-1910


Port Costa Water Co.

carton 7, folder 37-39

Letter books 1909-1911

carton 7, folder 40-41

Correspondence 1910-1921

carton 7, folder 42-43

Reports by M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1910, 1919


Includes photographs (supplementary): 8 prints and 12 negatives (in 1919 report)


carton 7, folder 44

Water Supply by Samuel Storrow 1907

oversize 1, folder 17

Water System by Sloan Robson 1914 March


[Map only; no report]
carton 7, folder 45

Valuation of Properties by J. Q. Barlow 1919

carton 7, folder 46-48

Notes 1910-1912

carton 7, folder 49-50

Proposals 1909-1911

carton 7, folder 51

Contracts 1910

carton 7, folder 52

Specifications 1910

oversize 35 C-38 C

Plans, clippings n.d

tube 12

Pipe route n.d

carton 7, folder 53

Financial statements 1906-1919

carton 7, folder 54

Print materials 1903-1910

carton 7, folder 55

Clippings n.d

oversize 1, folder 18

Clippings 1916

carton 7, folder 56

St. Mary's College, San Francisco (Archbishop Riordan), report on Mission St. property 1909-1911


Leevining Creek Water Development Project, Mono County, Calif., (E. Pollitz Co., Col. J.F. Burgin)

carton 7, folder 57

Review of Proposition by N. C. Ray 1909-1910

carton 7, folder 58

Notes, print materials 1909-1910

oversize 1, folder 19

Map and clippings 1910

carton 7, folder 59-60

Nacimiento Ranch, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, correspondence and water resources survey report 1909

carton 7, folder 61

Preston Land, Redwood City, L. Barkhausen, survey 1909


Crocker-Huffman Land Water Co., Diversion Dam, Merced River, Snelling, Calif.

carton 8, folder 1-3

Letterbooks 1909-1911

carton 8, folder 4

Correspondence 1910-1915

volume 13

Report on Reproduction Cost...Crocker-Huffman Land Water Company Irrigation System, Merced of January 1, 1913, by J. H. Dockweiler 1913 May

carton 8, folder 5

Depreciation of Canals - correspondence of J.H. Dockweiler 1914

oversize 1, folder 20

Notes and clippings 1908-1912

carton 8, folder 6

Specifications, contract, and notes 1910-1911, n.d

tube 13

Plans ca. 1910

oversize 39 C

Maps, plans and drawings ca. 1910-1911

carton 8, folder 7

Agreement with Chicago Bridge Iron Works 1916 Nov

carton 8, folder 8

Print materials: Maps and train schedule 1910, n.d


Tulare Ranch, Kings County (Thomas J. Barbour)

carton 8, folder 9-10

Correspondence and reports 1909 Oct.-Nov

carton 8, folder 11

Notes 1909-1911


Includes report on Twin Falls Land & Water Co., Bruneau Extension Project, So. Idaho by Archibald C. Milner, April 1911
oversize 1, folder 21

Maps 1909

carton 8, folder 12

Print materials 1901-1909

carton 8, folder 13

Howard, Mrs. E. S. (Marin County) - property valuation for water supply use 1909 Nov

carton 8, folder 14

Bonnie Clare Mines, Nye County, Nevada, railroad survey and correspondence 1909

carton 8, folder 15

D. O. Mills, Cammata Ranch, Creston, report ca. 1909-1910


Clear Lake Power and Irrigation Project, Lake County

carton 8, folder 16

Correspondence 1910-1927



carton 8, folder 17

By M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1904 April

carton 8, folder 18

Clear Lake Power and Irrigation Project by W. A. Cattell 1909 April

carton 8, folder 19

Notes 1904

carton 8, folder 20

Agreement, Yolo County Consolidated Water Co. 1904 June

carton 8, folder 21

Transcript of hearing before the State Water Commission, Yolo Water Power Company: Clear Lake Controversy 1913 Oct

oversize 40 C

Map n.d

carton 8, folder 22

Clippings 1909


Sussman (Samuel) Perine, Eureka Ranch, Templeton

carton 8, folder 23

Correspondence, report 1910-1931

carton 8, folder 24

Notes 1910 Jan.-April


Helena Orchard Water Co., proposed water works, (F. R. Bain), Fullerton

carton 8, folder 25-26

Correspondence, notes 1910

carton 8, folder 27

Specifications 1910

oversize 41 C

Plans 1910


George M. Rolph, California and Hawaiian Sugar Co., Southern California Sugar Co. factory, New Delhi

carton 8, folder 28

Report 1910 March

carton 8, folder 29-30

Notes 1909-1910 Feb

carton 8, folder 31

Print materials: Rainfall chart, map 1908-1909

carton 8, folder 32

Midway Oil Field, Bakersfield, Prof. Geo. D. Louderback, correspondence 1910

carton 8, folder 33

George Hind Property, San Rafael, water supply report 1910


Lyford Heirs, Tiburon (Marin County)

carton 8, folder 34

Water valuation study 1910

oversize 41 C

Maps n.d


Peoples Water Company, Oakland

carton 8, folder 35

Report 1910

carton 8, folder 36

Notes 1909-1912

carton 8, folder 37

Print materials: Contra Costa Water Co., case briefs, prospectus 1910-1912

carton 8, folder 38

Clippings 1910 April


San Ramon, Contra Costa County

carton 8, folder 39

Water supply survey [for orphan farm] 1910 Aug

carton 8, folder 40

Report on Municipal Water Supply System for Town of Black Diamond by Shipman, Denny and Rhame, Consulting Engineers 1910 Aug


California and Hawaiian Sugar Refining Co., Crockett, (George M. Rolph)

carton 8, folder 41

Correspondence 1910 Aug.-Sept

carton 8, folder 42

J.C. Martin and Company specifications for Kennicott Water Softener 1910 Aug

carton 8, folder 43

Print materials: train schedules 1910 Sept


A. S. Baldwin, Sacramento Ranch, San Luis Obispo County

carton 8, folder 44

Correspondence, report 1910 Aug.-Sept

carton 8, folder 45

Report by R. E. Johnson 1910 Feb

carton 8, folder 46

Notes 1910 Sept


David Jacks Corp., Monterey, Los Coches Rancho Irrigation

carton 8, folder 47

Correspondence 1910 Sept.-Oct

carton 8, folder 48

Power data, Big Sur River 1904-1910


Throttle Dam, Raton, New Mexico

carton 8, folder 49-55

Letterbooks 1910-1911

carton 8, folder 56-59

Correspondence 1909-1916, 1921


Includes photographs (supplementary): 5 prints


carton 8, folder 60

by M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1909 Aug

carton 8, folder 61

by R. P. McIntosh 1911 July

carton 8, folder 62

by H. S. Martin 1909 June

carton 8, folder 63

by R. M. Reid 1909 March



carton 8, folder 64

on reports [1909]

carton 8, folder 65

Notes and sketches 1909 July

carton 8, folder 66

Working notes 1910 Sept

carton 8, folder 67

Specifications [1909?]-1910

oversize 42 C-45 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

carton 8, folder 68

Financial statements 1910-1911

oversize 1, folder 22

Payroll ledger sheets 1910-1911

carton 8, folder 69

Cement Controversy and deposition 1913 May-June


Print materials

carton 8, folder 70

Regulations and Applications for Water Claims 1908

carton 8, folder 71

American Rolling Mill Co., Stark Rolling Mill Co. [1909-1910]

carton 8, folder 72

Weather Bureau reports 1905-1908

carton 8, folder 73

Maps and train schedule 1904-1910

carton 9, folder 1

Arizona Dam Design, Inspiration Copper Company, (W.H. Aldridge), correspondence 1911 March-April


Crocker Estate Company Moulton Irrigated Lands Co. Levees, Colusa

carton 9, folder 2

Correspondence, report, specifications 1911 March-May

carton 9, folder 3

Notes, report 1911

oversize 1, folder 23

Maps and drawings, Central California Investment Company ca. 1908

carton 9, folder 4

Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco - statements regarding site selection 1911 April-June


Spreckels Sugar Company, Spreckels; King City Jetties, Salinas River

carton 9, folder 5-6

Letterbook 1911-1912

carton 9, folder 7

Correspondence 1912



carton 9, folder 8

Kings City Lands Water Supply 1912 March

carton 9, folder 9

Properties 1912 July



carton 9, folder 10

Kings City Lands Water Supply 1912

carton 9, folder 11

Matthews Dam Proposal 1912

carton 9, folder 12

Miscellaneous 1908-1914, n.d

oversize 1, folder 24

Maps of Ranch No. 1 and No. 3 1905-1910

oversize 1, folder 25

Proposed pipeline for irrigating Ranch No. 1, maps and plans 1912

oversize 46 C-48 C

Maps, plans and drawings 1910-1911

tube 14

Maps, plans and drawings 1910-1911


Print materials

carton 9, folder 13

Salinas Valley Irrigation 1904-1912

carton 9, folder 14

Ambursen Hydraulic Construction Co. 1912

oversize 1, folder 26

Clippings 1912


Dingee Tract, Wellesley Park to Woods Road, Redwood City (G. H. Umbsen)

carton 9, folder 15

Water survey 1911 Aug

oversize 1, folder 27

Map [1911]


Warner's Ranch Project, San Diego County (H. M. Bylles Company)

carton 9, folder 16-17

Scrapbook 1911-1912



carton 9, folder 18

Warner's Springs Water Power Project 1911 Oct

carton 9, folder 19

by W. D. Lovell 1910 April

carton 9, folder 20

Examination Warner's Ranch Power Project by Geo. F. Maddock 1911 May

oversize 1, folder 28

Plans 1912


Gold Hill Water Company Dam Failure, Gold Hill, Nevada (E. J. McCutcheon)

carton 9, folder 21

Report 1912 Jan

carton 9, folder 22

Notes [1912]

oversize 49 C

Plan 1912

carton 9, folder 23

Victoria Island, San Joaquin River (C. T. Hutchings) - survey report 1912 April-May


Marin County Municipal Water District

carton 9, folder 24-25

Scrapbooks 1912-1918


Includes photographs (supplementary): 3 prints; (duplicate): 1 print


carton 9, folder 26-30

Board of Directors 1910-1934

carton 9, folder 31

Relating to Alpine Dam 1919-1924



carton 9, folder 32

Valuations of Marin County Water Co. 1903-1909

carton 9, folder 33

Valuations of Marin Water Power Co. 1909

carton 9, folder 34

Water supply situation in Marin County by A. R. Baker 1913


Includes photographs (supplementary): 7 prints
carton 9, folder 35

Report on engineering features of proposed water supply A. R. Baker 1915 Nov

oversize 1, folder 29

Alpine Dam Studies by A. R. Baker 1916 March

carton 9, folder 36

Final report on engineering, Alpine Dam 1919 Jan

carton 9, folder 37

Marin Water Supply by A. A. Brown 1921 June

carton 9, folder 38

Water Supply of the M. M. W. D. by Adam H. McBryde 1921 Sept

carton 9, folder 39

Rainfall 1880-1908

carton 9, folder 40

Notes n.d. [1919?]


Specifications and agreements

carton 9, folder 41

Phoenix Reservoir and tower, Marin County Water Co. 1905 Sept.-Dec

carton 9, folder 42

Pine Mountain Tunnel, Specifications No. 2 1916

carton 10, folder 1

Alpine Reservoir, Specifications No. 5 1917

carton 10, folder 2

First Division Concrete Pipe, Specifications No. 6 1917

carton 10, folder 3

Alpine Dam, Specifications No. 7 1917

carton 10, folder 4

Second Division Concrete Pipe, Specifications No. 8 1917

carton 10, folder 5

Alpine Dam, Specifications No. 9 1917

carton 10, folder 6

Second Division Concrete Pipe, Specifications No. 10 1917

carton 10, folder 7

Concrete Pipe Lines, Specifications No. 11 1917


Concrete Pipe Lines, plans details:

carton 10, folder 8

First division of concrete pipe 1918 Jan

carton 10, folder 9

Second division of concrete pipe 1918 Jan

carton 10, folder 10

Agreement 1918 March

carton 10, folder 11

Welded Steel Pipeline, Specifications No. 12 1926

oversize 50 C-56 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

tube 15-17

Pine Mountain Tunnel, Alpine Dam, Phoenix Lake Spillway 1916-1927

carton 10, folder 12

Financial reports 1924-1928


Print materials

carton 10, folder 13

By-laws and resolutions, sample ballot 1912

carton 10, folder 14

Board reports, decisions, and ephemera 1915-1921

carton 10, folder 15

Report on the value of the...North Coast Water Company 1906 Feb

carton 10, folder 16

Statutes re incorporation of Municipal Water Districts 1911-1915

carton 10, folder 17

Briefs, M. M. W. D. v. William Dolge, Auditor, S.F. no. 7732 1916

carton 10, folder 18

Points and authorities of M. M. W. D. in Marin Water and Power Co. v. Railroad Commission, S.F. No. 7451 1915

carton 10, folder 19

Articles 1918-1928

carton 10, folder 20

Alpine Dam dedication brochure, pamphlet 1919-1930

carton 10, folder 21

East Bay water reports 1923

carton 10, folder 22

Specifications for a Concrete Graving Dock For the Union Iron Works, Hunters Point, San Francisco 1916

carton 10, folder 23

Other states 1909-1911

carton 10, folder 24

Clippings 1912-1932

oversize 1, folder 30

Clippings 1912-1916


Twin Peaks Reservoir, San Francisco

carton 10, folder 25

Correspondence 1912-1917

carton 10, folder 26

Statement of Contractors 1912 June

carton 10, folder 27

Transcript of Hearings before Committee of Engineers 1912 June-July

carton 10, folder 28-29

Reports - Commission of Engineers, M. M. O'Shaughnessy, Howard C. Holmes, W. R. Eckart 1912 July-Sept

carton 10, folder 30-34

Specifications 1909-1912

carton 10, folder 35

Notes and drawings [1912]

carton 10, folder 36

Print materials: Dedication program 1912

carton 10, folder 37

Clippings 1912


City of San Diego



volume 14

San Diego Water 1912 June-Aug

carton 11, folder 1

San Diego Water Supply; Lee's study - San Diego River; Bond Election 1913 [1913]

carton 11, folder 2

[San Diego Water Supply] 1914-1915

carton 11, folder 3-4

Dams for San Diego, California 1916-1917

carton 11, folder 5

Construction Lower Otay Dam 1917


Includes photographs (supplementary): 21 prints
carton 11, folder 6-7

Water Supply Developments, San Diego California during 1922 [1920-] 1922


Includes photographs (supplementary): 18 prints
carton 11, folder 8

[Ed] Fletcher [Cuyamaca Water Co.] 1921

carton 11, folder 9

San Diego Water Supply... - Correspondence and Notes 1923

carton 11, folder 10-12

Water Supply of San Diego Calif. [1924-] 1925

carton 11, folder 13

Water Supply of San Diego Calif. 1926-1927

carton 12, folder 1-8

Correspondence 1912 Oct.-1934


Includes photographs (supplementary): 11 prints in Jan.-Feb. 1915; (supplementary): 1 print in 1924-1934


volume 15

Original cost of the impounding system owned leased by the city [from S.C.M.W. Co.] 1913

carton 12, folder 9

William S. Post, Water Systems and Projects in San Diego County 1914 Jan


Includes photographs (supplementary): 32 prints
carton 12, folder 10

To Board of Water Commissioners...on Bond - issues of Oct.-Nov. 1913 by Edwin Duryea 1914 June

carton 12, folder 11

On Purchase of Volcan Land and Water Co. System, Offer of Sale and Report on Cost of Construction by William S. Post 1914 May

carton 12, folder 12

On Purchase of Volcan Land and Water Co., Report on Net Safe Yield Value by Philip Harroun 1914 Aug

carton 12, folder 13

Notes 1915 Jan.-Feb

carton 12, folder 14

On Proposed Barrett and Lower Otay Dams 1916 July

carton 12, folder 15

On Mission Gorge Dam, for John D. Spreckels 1921 June

carton 12, folder 16

Notes 1921-1922

carton 12, folder 17

Additional Water Supply—San Diego River By H. N. Savage 1923 Aug

carton 12, folder 18

San Diego River Project by H. N. Savage 1930 Oct

carton 12, folder 19

General Conditions for the Spreckels Theatre and Store Building n.d



carton 12, folder 20

On construction 1913-1922


Includes photographs (supplementary): 5 prints
carton 12, folder 21

Lower Otay Dam 1912-1917

carton 12, folder 22

Barrett Dam construction 1920-1922


Includes photographs (supplementary): 1 print
carton 12, folder 23

El Capitan project [1921-1923]

carton 12, folder 24-25

Miscellaneous ca. 1909-1912, n.d



carton 12, folder 26

Lower Otay Dam 1917

carton 12, folder 27

Morena Dam 1921

carton 12, folder 28-30

Testimony of John H. Quinton, Lower Otay Dam Case, Babcock vs. City of San Diego 1919 April

oversize 2, folder 1

Exhibits of...San Diego hearing regarding San Diego River Watershed 1915

carton 12, folder 31

Data on Lower Otay Dam Cases 1917

oversize 2, folder 2

Data on Lower Otay Dam Cases 1917 Oct

carton 12, folder 32

Testimony of F. A. Berry regarding flood at Morena Dam, Spring of 1916 1922 March

oversize 57-68 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

tube 18-23

Maps, plans and drawings - aerial view of San Diego water system; Warner Dam (Volcan Land Water Co.); Fletcher Dam (Cuyamaca Water Co.); Mission Gorge 1921-1924


Print materials

carton 13, folder 1

Articles 1916-1933, n.d

carton 13, folder 2

Stauwerke, A. G., water power and irrigation equipment 1911

carton 13, folder 3

Water...It's up to you by William Clayton [1912 or 1913]

carton 13, folder 4-5

Annual Reports, City of San Diego 1912-1914, 1919

carton 13, folder 6

Annual Reports of the Operating Dept., Report of the City Auditor 1916-1917; 1920

carton 13, folder 7

Decisions of the Railroad Commission of California [regarding compensation due Cuyamaca Water Company] 1915

carton 13, folder 8

Briefs and Decision San Diego v. Cuyamaca Water Co. et al, no. 10171 1928

carton 13, folder 9

Standard plans and specifications... - Pueblo lands and forestry by Herbert R. Fay and H. A. Whitney [1915?]

carton 13, folder 10

Southern California Floods of January, 1916 by H. D. McGlashan and F. C. Ebert 1918

carton 13, folder 11

Ground Water in the San Jacinto and Temecula Basins by Gerald A. Waring; 1919


Records of Water Levels in wells in Southern California by F. C. Ebert 1921



carton 13, folder 12-13

Scrapbook 1924 Oct.-Dec

carton 13, folder 14

Scrapbook, San Diego Union , July 16 to Oct. 15 1925

carton 13, folder 15

Scrapbook 1928-1930

carton 13, folder 16-19

Miscellaneous clippings 1912-1930, n.d

oversize 2, folder 3

Clippings 1916-1929


Hearing regarding Division of Waters of Lake Tahoe, Calif. Nevada (Secretary of the Interior)

carton 13, folder 20

Correspondence 1913 Jan.-May

carton 13, folder 21

Reports and testimony 1912 Jan.-Feb

carton 13, folder 22

Notes 1913

carton 13, folder 23

H. A. Rands U.S. Reclamation Services Truckee-Carson Project [1912]

oversize 69 C

Charts and plans 1913-1919

oversize 2, folder 4

Tables ca. 1913


Print materials

carton 13, folder 24

H.R. (62:2) Doc. No. 451 1912 Jan.-Feb

carton 13, folder 25

Hearings before the Comm. on Irrigation of Arid Lands (HR) 1912


Dry Creek Reservoir, Merced, (Crocker-Huffman Land Water Co.)

carton 13, folder 26-27

Correspondence, report 1913-1914

carton 13, folder 28

Notes 1914

oversize 70 C

Map n.d


Strawberry Dam (Sierra and San Francisco Power Co.)

carton 13, folder 29

Correspondence and report 1914 July

carton 13, folder 30

Correspondence and article 1916-1925

oversize 2, folder 5

Plans 1914

oversize 71 C

Maps, plans and drawings ca. 1914

tube 24-25

Transmission lines 1912-1914


D. O. Crowley Property, Rutherford (Napa County)

carton 13, folder 31

Water supply report 1916-1917

oversize 72 B

Plans and drawings


Water Tank, Merced City Water Works Crocker-Huffman Land Water Co.

carton 13, folder 32-33

Correspondence, notes 1916-1919

oversize 2, folder 6

Plans 1916-1917

oversize 73 C

Plans [1916-1917]

carton 13, folder 34

Print materials 1912-1915


City of Seattle (Washington)

carton 13, folder 35

Correspondence 1918-1924



carton 13, folder 36-37

on Power Needs 1918 July


Includes photographs (supplementary): 4 prints
carton 13, folder 38

on Sealing of the Cedar River Basin 1915-1918

carton 14, folder 1

on Cedar River Project by Board of Engineers (Jacobs, Baldwin, Perin) 1912 May

carton 14, folder 2

on Analysis of Flow of the Skagit River by B. H. Petley 1918 April

carton 14, folder 3

Summary, Skagit River Project 1924

carton 14, folder 4

Notes 1918

oversize 74 C

Skagit River Plan 1918

tube 26

Maps, plans and drawings 1913-1917



carton 14, folder 5

Standard Plans and Specifications of the City of Seattle, R. H. Thomson, City Engineer 1911 April

carton 14, folder 6

Cedar River Pipeline Replacement 1933


Print Materials

carton 14, folder 7

Biennial report of the lighting dept., Seattle 1914-1915

carton 14, folder 8-9

USGS Water Supply Papers 313 419 1913-1916

carton 14, folder 10

The Columbia Basin Reclamation Project by Willis T. Batcheller 1923 March-April

carton 14, folder 11

Maps [1918]

carton 14, folder 12

Clippings 1918-1924

oversize 2, folder 7

Skagit River Project 1923-1924

carton 14, folder 13

Lodi-Stockton Irrigation Project, Dry Creek, survey report 1918 Sept.-Nov


Merced Irrigation District, (Crocker-Huffman Land Water Co., S. F. B. Morse)

carton 14, folder 14

Correspondence 1919-1928

carton 14, folder 15

Notes and clippings 1920-1922

oversize 2, folder 8

Map 1920


Exchequer Dam

carton 14, folder 16

Reports and print materials 1924-1926


Includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints
carton 14, folder 17

Contracts, specifications and drawings 1924

oversize 75 B

Plans and drawings 1924


Detroit (Michigan) Street Railway System

carton 14, folder 18-19

Correspondence 1919-1929

carton 14, folder 20

Report 1919 Feb

carton 14, folder 21

Notes [1919?]

oversize 76 C

Maps, plans and drawings ca. 1919

tube 27

Map, plans and drawings ca. 1919

carton 14, folder 22

Print materials 1920-1932

carton 14, folder 23

Clippings 1919-1932

carton 14, folder 24

Miscellaneous 1920, n.d

carton 14, folder 25

Public Ownership League, Chicago, Illinois, Street Railway System, correspondence 1919 Feb.-March


San Joaquin Light Power Corporation, Fresno, Calif. (B. F. Jackson), study of dam design

carton 14, folder 26

Correspondence, article 1919-1920

oversize 77 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

carton 14, folder 27

Print materials: annual report 1912


Snow Mountain Dam, Lake County (Snow Mountain Water Power Company vs. W. A. Kraner), testimony as expert witness

carton 14, folder 28-29

Scrapbook, including notes and report 1919-1922

carton 14, folder 30

Correspondence 1923

oversize 78 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

volume 16-19

Appellant's points and authorities, reply brief, petition for rehearing, Case S.F. No. 10,221 1922-1923


Tacoma Street Railways System, Tacoma, Washington

volume 20

Scrapbook 1920 Jan.-Feb

carton 14, folder 31

Correspondence 1920 Feb.-April

carton 14, folder 32

Report 1920 Feb


Print materials

carton 14, folder 33

Lighting and tax rate schedules 1919

carton 14, folder 34

Map and train schedules 1918-1920

carton 14, folder 35

Clippings 1921 Feb


[Rhine River Dam Construction] (Enterprise de Constructions, Speciales, Zurich, Switzerland)

carton 14, folder 36

Correspondence, notes 1920 Nov., n.d

oversize 2, folder 9

Notes 1920


Bowman Dam, Nevada Irrigation District, Nevada County

carton 14, folder 37

Scrapbook 1921


Includes photographs (supplementary): 9 prints; (duplicate): 12 prints
carton 14, folder 38-40

Correspondence 1921-1929



carton 14, folder 41

To F. H. Fowler, District Engineer, U.S. Forest Service, and H. A. Kluegel, Chief, Div. of Water Rights, Calif. Dept. of Public Works 1922 April

carton 14, folder 42

Bowman-Spaulding Conduit, Check of Flume substructure 1926 Nov

carton 14, folder 43

Inspection trips 1926-1927

carton 14, folder 44-45

Contracts, specifications and proposals 1925 June

carton 14, folder 46

Contracts, specifications and proposals 1926

oversize 79 C-81 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

carton 14, folder 47

Print materials 1924-1926

carton 14, folder 48

Clippings 1925

oversize 2, folder 10

Clippings 1925-1927

oversize 82 B

Reservoir for seminary near Los Altos, plans 1922-1923


Petaluma Municipal Water District, gravity water supply

carton 15, folder 1

Correspondence 1922-1924

carton 15, folder 2

Contract 1922

carton 15, folder 3

Brownshasta Farm, Sisson, Calif. (Caleb Ellison), study of plan for proposed dam and outlet pipe 1922 Aug


Municipal Water District, Bakersfield, Calif., (Charles K. Badger)

carton 15, folder 4

Correspondence 1923 July

oversize 83 C

Map [after 1917]


College of St. Joseph of Cupertino, near Mountain View

oversize 2, folder 11

Plans for sewer system 1923 July

oversize 2, folder 12

Plans for St. Joseph's Cemetery, Dam no. 2 n.d


Dix Dam, Kentucky, (Kentucky Hydro-electronic Co. Middlewest Utilities Co.)

carton 15, folder 5-6

Scrapbook, including survey of Strawberry Dam, 1917-1923 1923 Aug.-1925


Includes photographs (supplementary): 30 prints
carton 15, folder 7

Correspondence 1925-1933


Includes photographs (supplementary): 18 prints
carton 15, folder 8

Report on the Proposed Dix River Power Project Near High Bridge, Kentucky by L. F. Harza [1923]


Includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints
carton 15, folder 9

Notes [1925?-1928]

oversize 84 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

carton 15, folder 10

Print materials 1908-1925

carton 15, folder 11

Clippings 1925

carton 15, folder 12

Bay Street Reservoir, Santa Cruz, clippings 1923-1924


City of Stockton, Calaveras River Flood Control, (Frank J. Solinsky, Attorney), witness in reservoir condemnation cases

carton 15, folder 13-14

Correspondence and notes 1924-1929

oversize 85 C

Map and drawings n.d

carton 15, folder 15-16

Engineering notes and print materials 1924-1929


Waterfront Development (Portland, Oregon)

carton 15, folder 17-18

Scrapbook, bulkhead wall 1928-1931


Folder 17 includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints; (duplicate): 18 prints (2 sets)
Folder 18 includes photographs (supplementary): 22 prints (2 sets), + 7 prints
carton 15, folder 19

Correspondence 1924-1932



carton 15, folder 20

by Staniford, O'Shaughnessy Stevens, on the first unit of the proposed waterfront development 1924 Nov

carton 15, folder 21

Clearances for Fixed Bridges Over Fairways of Ocean Ports by James H. Polhemus, The Port of Portland 1926

oversize 86 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

tube 28

Progress plans 1928

carton 15, folder 22-23

Plans, specifications and preliminary estimate for sewer construction 1925-1927

carton 15, folder 24

Computations for design of bulkhead wall for the Front Street sewer 1927 April

carton 15, folder 25

Print materials


The Oregon System of Water Titles; 1912 April


Annual reports 1923, 1928

carton 15, folder 26

Clippings 1924-1927


City of Santa Barbara, earthquake study visit

carton 15, folder 27

Correspondence and notes 1925 July

carton 15, folder 28

Report 1925 July


Includes photographs (duplicate): 24 prints (2 sets)

Print materials

carton 15, folder 29

"The Earthquake Problem in Southern California," by Stephen Taber, William Mulholland, Ralph Arnold, published in The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 10, no. 4 1920 Dec

carton 15, folder 30

The Santa Barbara Earthquake of June 29, Arthur Alvarez 1925 Nov

carton 15, folder 31

Articles and clippings 1925-1934

oversize 2, folder 13

Santa Barbara earthquake fault map and notes n.d


Carquinez Bridge Foundation Piers, Crockett, (George M. Rolph and California Hawaiian Sugar Refining Corp.)

carton 16, folder 1

Correspondence 1926-1928

carton 16, folder 2-3

Reports on foundations, drawings and extracts 1926 July

carton 16, folder 4

Proposals for fender protection scheme 1927

carton 16, folder 5

Notes 1926-1927

carton 16, folder 6

Plans and specifications 1924-1925

oversize 2, folder 14

Plans and progress charts 1926-1927

carton 16, folder 7

Matson Navigation Company and California Hawaiian Sugar Refining Corporation vs. The American Toll Bridge Co., testimony of M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1927 May

carton 16, folder 8

Print materials 1927-1928

carton 16, folder 9

Clippings 1927

carton 16, folder 10

Feather River Canyon earthquake hazards study (Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific), report 1926-1927

carton 16, folder 11

Seneca Consolidated Gold Mines vs. Great Western Power Company (Warren Olney, Jr.), correspondence relating to court testimony 1927 June

carton 16, folder 12

Camp Far West Irrigation District, Chico, plans for dam, correspondence [1927]-1928 June

tube 29

St. Mary's College, Moraga, plans for dam 1927-1929


Salt River Valley Water Users Association (Phoenix, Arizona), W. A. Kraner, Contract Engineer, and C.C. Cragin, Chief Engineer

carton 16, folder 13

Correspondence 1927-1930

carton 16, folder 14

Report, Developing Hydroelectric Power on Upper Salt River by W. A. Kraner 1927 Nov

carton 16, folder 15

Specifications and proposals, with map, Reclamation Service, U.S.G.S. 1904-1915


Los Angeles Aqueduct, St. Francis Dam Failure

carton 16, folder 16-18

Scrapbook 1928 March-Aug


Includes photographs (supplementary): 38 prints and 2 negatives
carton 16, folder 19

Correspondence 1928 March-May



carton 16, folder 20

Los Angeles Aqueduct, People's Aqueduct Investigation Board, report on trip... Owens River aqueduct 1912 June


Includes photographs (supplementary): 80 prints
carton 16, folder 21

Report, v. 1, by E. C. Cady, H. A. Hart C. E. Warner 1912 Aug

carton 16, folder 22

Report, v. 3-4 by Chester Loomis E. E. Shaffer 1912 Aug


Includes photographs (supplementary?): 23 prints
volume 21

Published version of report (newsprint) 1912

volume 22-23

Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct , Dept. of Public Service, City of Los Angeles, with plans 1916


[2 copies: variant notes and annotations]


carton 16, folder 23

Inspection trips 1927-1928

carton 16, folder 24

Copies of correspondence between L. S. Preston, Tunnel Superintendent and Wm. Mulholland, Chief Engineer, including "Record of L. S. Preston" 1909

carton 16, folder 25

On construction work by O. E. Clemens 1914 May

carton 16, folder 26-27

Specifications 1908


Print materials

carton 16, folder 28

Annual Report of the Los Angeles Aqueduct by Wm. Mulholland 1907

carton 16, folder 29

The Municipal Water Supply of Los Angeles by William Mulholland, reprint from Pacific Municipalities; and 1911-1913


Fluctuations from the Normal Temperature And Precipitation at Los Angeles... 1913

carton 16, folder 30

Pictorial History of the Aqueduct Times-Mirror Printing Binding House, for the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the League of California Municipalities, Venice, Calif., Oct. 6-11, 1913 1913

carton 16, folder 31

Proceedings, San Francisco Section, American Society of Civil Engineers; and 1928 June


Hollywood Dam News , v. 1, no.1-11, by David Horsley 1928 Aug.-Oct

carton 16, folder 32

Clippings 1908-1932

oversize 2, folder 15

Clippings on construction 1908


Juncal Dam (Montecito County Water District), Santa Barbara

carton 17, folder 1

Scrapbook 1928


Includes photographs (supplementary): 16 prints
carton 17, folder 2

Scrapbook 1929 Jan.-June


Includes photographs (supplementary): 28 prints (2 sets) and 14 negatives; (duplicate): 8 prints; (supplementary ?): 2 prints
carton 17, folder 3

Scrapbook 1929 July-Dec


Includes photographs (supplementary): 12 prints; (supplementary ?): 4 prints (duplicate): 6 prints
carton 17, folder 4

Scrapbook 1930


Includes photographs (supplementary): 10 prints; (duplicate): 2 prints
carton 17, folder 5

Correspondence 1928-1934


Includes photographs, (supplementary): 6 prints; (duplicate): 6 prints


carton 17, folder 6

Juncal Arch Dam Design Stress Analysis Trial, Section J9 1929 March

carton 17, folder 7

Main Juncal Damsite, North Abutment Ridge and Main Dam by Bailey Willis 1928 June


Includes photographs (supplementary): 20 prints
oversize 87 C-89 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

tube 30

Buell Reservoir Dam 1926

carton 17, folder 8

Print materials relating to geology and rainfall 1930-1931

carton 17, folder 9

Clippings 1928-1930


Minnesota/Winnipeg River Land Valuation Case, (C.E. Berkman, Attorney)

carton 17, folder 10

Correspondence 1929 Sept

carton 17, folder 11

Report, J. T. Johnston, Winnipeg River Power and Storage Investigation 1915

oversize 90 C

Plans 1916

carton 17, folder 12

Contracts [for] Reinforced Concrete Pipe 1916-1917

carton 17, folder 13

Print materials, Greater Winnipeg Water District - Aqueduct Construction Scheme; What It Is, What It Means 1918


City of San Diego, El Capitan Dam



carton 17, folder 14-15

Controversy in San Diego Calif. over El Capitan and Mission Gorge Dams 1930-1931

carton 17, folder 16

Controversy over El Capitan Dam 1933 May


Includes photographs (supplementary): 23 prints
carton 17, folder 17

Correspondence and clippings 1933-1934


Includes photographs, (supplementary): 6 prints; (duplicate): 1 print
carton 17, folder 18

Report, Geological and Engineering report on Proposed dam site by Marx and Tolman 1931

carton 17, folder 19

Transcripts of Hearing, Office of the Mayor 1933 May

carton 17, folder 20

Notes 1933 July

carton 17, folder 21

Specifications 1932



carton 17, folder 22

Scrapbook, San Diego wins start El Capitan Dam 1930 March

carton 17, folder 23-25

Scrapbook on El Capitan Dam Site, with index 1931 Feb.-Aug

carton 18, folder 1

Scrapbook on Controversy in San Diego Calif. over El Capitan and Mission Gorge 1931 Aug.-Oct

carton 18, folder 2-6

Scrapbook on...Water Supply--El Capitan 1931-1933

carton 18, folder 7

Scrapbook on San Diego 1934

carton 18, folder 8

Gier Vineyard and Ranch Property, Napa (Brothers of the Christian Schools) - correspondence and report of survey 1930 May


Water Supply Conditions for City of Santa Barbara, Citizen's Water Committee

carton 18, folder 9

Correspondence 1931-1933

carton 18, folder 10

Background correspondence 1917



carton 18, folder 11

By M. M. O'S. 1931 March


Includes photographs (2 sets), (duplicates in BANC PIC): 40 prints
oversize 91 C

Plans 1931

carton 18, folder 12

A.E. Sedgwick, Geology and Hydrology - Santa Barbara and Vicinity 1930 May

carton 18, folder 13

Quinton, Code and Hill—Leeds and Barnard, Santa Barbara Financial Program for Water Development 1930 Sept

carton 18, folder 14

Notes [ca. 1931, n.d.]

carton 18, folder 15

Agreement 1931 Feb

carton 18, folder 16

Specifications, Gibraltar Dam and Accessories 1918

oversize 92 C-93 C

Plans - Gibraltar Dam and Mission Ridge Reservoir [1931], n.d


Print materials

carton 18, folder 17

Water Problems of Santa Barbara, Calif., by J. B. Lippincott 1905

carton 18, folder 18

Geology of...Santa Ynez River... by William S.W. Kew Richard N. Nelson 1919-1925

carton 18, folder 19

Clippings 1931 April-Oct


Nevada Irrigation District, Grass Valley, Dr. Carl Power Jones

carton 18, folder 20

Correspondence 1932 June-1933



carton 18, folder 21

Water Supply for Sacramento by Fred H. Tibbetts 1929 July

carton 18, folder 22

Financial Plan 1931

carton 18, folder 23

Notes and clippings 1932-1933


Lloyden Park, Atherton, San Mateo County, (J. B. Coryell)

carton 18, folder 24

Correspondence, report notes concerning condition of pavement sidewalks 1932 July-Aug


Includes photographs (supplementary): 11 prints
oversize 94 B

Plot plans n.d

carton 18, folder 25

St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum, San Francisco, report on drinking water supply 1932 Dec


Melone Ranch, Napa County, Water Resources Study

carton 18, folder 26

Correspondence, report, notes 1932 Dec.-1933

carton 18, folder 27

Print materials 1926-1932


La Honda Road Survey (San Mateo County)

carton 18, folder 28

Correspondence, notes, and related materials 1933 Jan.-Feb


Includes photographs (supplementary ?): 1 print
oversize 95 B

Plans 1932


Series 2: San Francisco City Engineer / Public Utilities Commission Consulting Engineer Files 1909-1935

Physical Description: 45.65 linear feet 25 cartons, 16 boxes, 18 volumes, 2 oversize boxes, 39 oversize folders, 20 tubes
Physical Description: Cartons 19-43; Boxes 1-16; v. 24-41; Oversize Boxes 3-4; Oversize Folders 96-135; Tubes 31-51


Consists of O'Shaughnessy's own "private" or "personal" files documenting his career as City Engineer, particularly his role in the growth and improvement of San Francisco's transportation, water supply, and power systems, as well as his last two years spent as Consulting Engineer for Hetch Hetchy Water Supply. He continued to correspond with many of the businessmen, public officials, and engineers with whom he'd worked in his private consulting practice, and collected reports and related materials from cities with similar situations and facing similar problems as San Francisco.
While these files are clearly not the official records of the City Engineer's office, and thus provide only minimal evidence of the routine operation of the department, they thoroughly illustrate the public relations component of the position and O'Shaughnessy's continued efforts to gain sustained support for city improvement projects.


Divided into 4 sub-series: General Correspondence, Administrative Files, Public Relations, and Project Files.

Subseries 2_1: General Correspondence 1912-1934

Physical Description: Boxes 1-12; Oversize Box 3, folders 1-4


Consists of O'Shaughnessy's personal copies of letters to and from business and social acquaintances, contacts and peers in city government, and elected and appointed officials throughout California, as well as his engineering colleagues and the general public. Correspondence directly relating to the completion of a specific project is filed with the project. Correspondence relating to arrangements for appearances and speeches, publication of articles, or in connection with his activities in several professional engineering organizations has been filed with the appropriate series or sub-series. The sub-series concludes with O'Shaughnessy's address books and Christmas card lists.
O'Shaughnessy's general correspondence "chron files" contain letters relating to topics well beyond his role as City Engineer, and include some of his most revealing and candid remarks and opinions about politics, city planning, and public works projects of the early 20th century. His lengthy explanations of his various engineering projects provide detailed information not necessarily found in the related job files. Includes letters of substance from other well-know engineers, such as Arthur S. Tuttle, William Mulholland, Joseph B. Strauss, and Robert Ridgway, along with documentation of O'Shaughnessy's ideas about the growth of San Francisco, and evidence of his longtime involvement with Marin County, California water supply issues.


Arranged chronologically.
box 1, folder 1-11

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1912-1914 Feb

box 2, folder 1-9

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1914 March-1915 June

box 3, folder 1-9

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1915 July-Dec

oversize 3, folder 1

Letter from J. A. Shaw, City of Manila, Sewer and Water Works 1915 Aug. 17

box 4, folder 1-10

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1916-1917

oversize 3, folder 2

Clippings from letter of July 25, 1917, from Fresno City Planning Commission 1917

box 5, folder 1-9

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1918-1919

box 6, folder 1-8

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1920-1921


Letter of Aug. 26, 1920 includes photographs (supplementary): 3 prints of outlet conduits of dams near Dayton, Ohio
Letter of March 21, 1921 includes photographs (supplementary): 1 print of Sam M. Nichols
oversize 3, folder 2

Clippings from letter of Sept. 19, 1921, from J. A. L. Waddell 1921

box 7, folder 1-8

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1922-1923 June


Letter of June 15, 1923 includes photographs (supplementary): 10 prints of Hetch Hetchy
box 8, folder 1-9

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1923 July-1924


Letter of Nov. 7, 1924 includes photographs (supplementary): 3 prints, Gem Lake Dam
Letter of Nov. 20, 1924 includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints of Pavana Dam, Italy
oversize 3, folder 3

Maps, plans, and drawings from letters of Jan. 9, 1922: Sutter Basin Co., George F. Madddock; Sept. 27, 1922: City of Norfolk, VA, Dept. of Public Works; March 24, 1924, Office of the Mayor, San Francisco 1922-1924

box 9, folder 1-8

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1925-1927


Letter, ca. March 26, 1925 includes photographs (supplementary): 3 prints of concrete mixers
Letter of August 4, 1926 includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints of Hetch Hetchy
oversize 3, folder 4

Plans and drawings from letters of Nov. 17, 1924, Office of the Mayor, San Francisco, attaching letter and sketch of plans by William P. Callaghan for proposed Bay Bridge; [ca. March 26, 1925], George Sexton, profiles of valves 1924-1925

box 10, folder 1-8

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1928-1929


Letter of Dec. 13, 1928 includes photographs (supplementary): 1 print, Herbert Hoover with surveying squad, Stanford University, 1893
box 11, folder 1-9

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1930-1932

oversize 3, folder 4

Plans and drawings from letter of June 8, 1932, to Cyril Tobin, Hibernia Savings Loan Society 1932

box 12, folder 1-4

Letters to and from M. M. O'Shaughnessy 1933-1934

box 12, folder 5-6

Address books 1915-1934

box 12, folder 7

Christmas card lists 1917-1927


Subseries 2_2: Administrative Files 1909-1935

Physical Description: Box 13; Cartons 19-33; v. 24-35; Tubes 31-44; Oversize Box 3, folders 5-20; Oversize Folders 96-109


Consists of materials either created or collected by O'Shaughnessy, used in the course of his administration of the Engineering Department, and later kept as part of his own private files.


Administrative Files have been further divided into Daily Appointment Diaries, General Office Files, Purchase of Spring Valley Water Company, and Committees.

2_2_1: Daily Appointment Diaries 1911-1933

Physical Description: Box 13; Cartons 19-23


Three bound volumes of cumulative diaries precede the daily appointment diaries O'Shaughnessy kept for each year. The bound volumes contain typed agendas that record meetings and calls, and also include handwritten notes; the yearly appointment diaries also contain clippings, notes, and pasted-in correspondence, which may supplement or duplicate letters found in General Correspondence, and Job or Project Files. There is no daily diary for 1929.


Arranged chronologically.
box 13, folder 1-4

Daily appointment diaries (bound, cumulative) 1912-1928

carton 19, folder 1-12

Daily appointment diaries 1911-1918

carton 20, folder 1-15

Daily appointment diaries 1919-1923

carton 21, folder 1-23

Daily appointment diaries 1924-1926

carton 22, folder 1-19

Daily appointment diaries 1927-1928; 1930

carton 23, folder 1-19

Daily appointment diaries 1931-1933


Includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints, dedication of Newark-San Lorenzo Pipe Line, Feb. 23, 1931; and 1 print, Muir Woods, March 21, 1933, with M.M.O'S., Eugene Heald, Ed Sneider

2_2_2: General Office Files 1912-1934

Physical Description: Cartons 24-28; v. 24-30; Tubes 31-42; Oversize Box 3, folders 5-11; Oversize Folders 96-105


Contains documentation and clippings about O'Shaughnessy's appointment as City Engineer, along with his private files relating to administration and work of the Engineering Dept., various municipal projects, travel, and related topics, such as bond elections and public controversies about city planning and San Francisco's water supply system. Includes scrapbooks, official publications and reports, notes, and correspondence, particularly from the Mayor's Office and Board of Supervisors, along with copies of legal case proceedings and opinions, financial reports, and clippings.


Arranged hierarchically.
carton 24, folder 1

Official bond, announcement of appointment 1912 Sept

oversize 3, folder 5

Clippings regarding appointment 1912

carton 24, folder 2

Business cards, promotional blotters [1912-1934]

carton 24, folder 3

Scrapbook [1913-1915]

carton 24, folder 4

Scrapbook 1914-1916

volume 24

Scrapbook, "Bonds, 1927," including: Spring Valley Water Company, Municipal Railway, Bernal Cut, War Memorial 1927 May-Aug

volume 25

Scrapbook, "Municipal Election, Nov. 1927," including: Mayor, Police, Judges, District Attorney, Assessor, Auditor, County Clerk, Sheriff, Coroner, Board of Education, 9 Supervisors, and Six Propositions: Boulevard Bonds, Municipal Railway Extensions, Transmission Line Bonds, Public Ownership and Construction of the Transbay Bridge, Site for Gov't. Building in Civic Center, Employment of 3 engineers 1927

carton 24, folder 5-6

Scrapbook [1927-1928]

carton 24, folder 7

Charters of the City and County of San Francisco 1908, 1933

carton 24, folder 8

Public Utilities Commission, Article VI A 1932, n.d

carton 24, folder 9

Municipal Manual of the City and County of San Francisco; Municipal Record directory 1918-1919; 1934

carton 24, folder 10

Organization Chart, Dept. of Public Works and Subsidiary Bureaus; and Bureau of Engineering, Dept. of Public Works 1920 June

volume 26

San Francisco Municipal Record 1924-1925

volume 27

Municipal Report - Bureau of Engineering report, p. 392-420 1913-1914

carton 24, folder 11

Engineering Department Edition, Municipal Employee 1928 June

carton 24, folder 12

City Engineer's Office directory 1928

carton 24, folder 13

Annual Report of the Board of Public Works 1910-1911


Annual reports of the Bureau of Engineering

carton 24, folder 14-18

Typescripts, and published copies 1916-1924

carton 24, folder 19-20

Mailing lists 1917-1931



carton 24, folder 21

Recent Construction Activities of the City of San Francisco 1918 Aug

carton 24, folder 22

The Municipal Railway of San Francisco, 1912-1921 1921 July

carton 24, folder 23

San Francisco, 1925 [never published] 1925-1926

carton 24, folder 24

The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply and Power Project of San Francisco 1931 Nov


Mayor's Office

carton 25, folder 1

Correspondence and appointments 1914-1933

carton 25, folder 2

Report on Engineering Problems in San Francisco 1912 May 5


Board of Supervisors

carton 25, folder 3

Mayor's inaugural addresses and speeches to new Boards 1912-1930

carton 25, folder 4

"Suggestions for Mayor's Message" 1926 Jan. 4

carton 25, folder 5-8

Statements of M.M. O'Shaughnessy 1913-1932

carton 25, folder 9

City Planning Commission 1918-1920

carton 25, folder 10

Public Utilities Committee 1917-1931

carton 25, folder 11-12

Water Service Committee, Peninsular Water Supply - correspondence, reports, notes, and clippings 1926-1929

carton 25, folder 13

Board of Public Works 1913-1931



volume 28

Plan of...Proposed Street Changes in the...Burned District and Other Sections of San Francisco, Joint report of Committee on Extending, Widening and Grading Streets and Committee on Burnham Plans, Subcommittee of Committee of Forty, on the Reconstruction of San Francisco 1906 May

carton 25, folder 14

Marsden Manson to the Mayor and Committee on Reconstruction on...Portions of the Burnham Plan...and Estimate of Cost; on Auxiliary Water Supply System for Fire Protection 1906 Oct., 1908 March

carton 25, folder 15

On Water Supply of San Francisco, 1900 to 1908 1908

carton 25, folder 16

On City of San National Board of Fire Underwriters, Committee of Twenty 1905 Oct

carton 25, folder 17

On City of San Francisco, National Board of Fire Underwriters, Committee on Fire Prevention 1910-1932

carton 25, folder 18

On High Pressure Fire Protection System for the City of Berkeley, J. J. Jessup, City Engineer 1913 May

carton 25, folder 19

On Vitrified Paving Brick by James M. Owens 1913 April

carton 25, folder 20

On Los Angeles Aqueduct Development and Power House Inspection by R. P. McIntosh 1919 Sept

carton 25, folder 21

On "Shannon" hydro-electric project, Deer Creek, Tehama County 1928 May

carton 25, folder 22

Audit, City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Power Light 1923-1926

carton 25, folder 23

General Industrial Conditions, San Francisco by Industrial Dept., S.F. Chamber of Commerce 1925 March 28

carton 25, folder 24

Plans for the Development of the Port of Alameda 1926

carton 25, folder 25

Bear Gulch Water Company, Hydraulic Div., excerpts and appraisal, H. A. Noble 1928-1929

carton 25, folder 26

Foundation Conditions, proposed Sunnyvale U.S. Dirigible Site, includes photographs (supplementary): 5 prints 1930

carton 25, folder 27

Urgent Importance of Taking Immediate Steps to Provide Airports for San Francisco by Charles Hobart Baldwin 1932

carton 25, folder 28

Earthquake Faults, City of San Francisco by Bailey Willis, Stanford University 1934

carton 25, folder 29-31

Annual Reports of the Park Commissioners 1910-1912, 1924

carton 25, folder 32

S.F. Playground Commission report 1923-1924

carton 25, folder 33

San Francisco, general information 1910s-1920s

carton 26, folder 1

Notes on projects 1916-1928, n.d

carton 26, folder 2

City projects 1910s-1920s

oversize 3, folder 6

Maps 1924-1927


Panama Pacific International Exposition

carton 26, folder 3-5

Correspondence, clippings, print materials 1915

carton 26, folder 6

Exposition Preservation League 1916-1917

carton 26, folder 7

California Conference on City Planning 1915-1923

carton 26, folder 8

City planning 1916-1933

oversize 3, folder 7

Articles, Los Angeles Times, Annual Midwinter Number 1921 Dec. 29

carton 26, folder 9

"The San Francisco Program" by Dr. B. M. Rastall 1921 April

carton 26, folder 10

Joint Committee of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Central Bureau of San Francisco Organizations, correspondence relating to Rastall's proposal 1921 Feb.-June

carton 26, folder 11

Streets and highways 1915-1929

carton 26, folder 12

Street improvements 1901-1919

tube 31

Official survey, 15th Avenue extension n.d

carton 26, folder 13

Property assessments paid, Divisadero Street Widening, Golden Gate Heights 1920-1922

oversize 3, folder 8

San Francisco land value maps 1926-1927

tube 32

Permit valuations 1931

carton 26, folder 14

Official grades of the public streets, San Francisco 1912 Dec. 31

tube 33-35

Grade maps 1915, n.d

carton 26, folder 15

San Francisco block and street guide 1914

oversize 96 C-101 C

Maps n.d

carton 26, folder 16

Instructions to surveyors and assistants 1919, 1927

carton 26, folder 17

Construction ordinances and traffic ordinances 1924

carton 26, folder 18

Standard specifications 1929 March

carton 26, folder 19

San Francisco Harbor Development 1908-1927

tube 36-37

Plans n.d

carton 26, folder 20

Harbor, Los Angeles 1913

carton 26, folder 21

Golden Gate Bridge 1920-1933

oversize 102 C

Plans 1903-1933

tube 38

Plans n.d

carton 26, folder 22

San Francisco and Oakland airports 1932-1934

carton 26, folder 23

San Francisco-San Mateo Survey 1926-1928

carton 26, folder 24-25

Valuation, Southern Pacific Railroad 1916-1924

carton 26, folder 26

Sanitation and sewers 1921-1932

carton 26, folder 27

Power 1914-1923

oversize 3, folder 9

Power and water supply 1910-1924, n.d

carton 26, folder 28

Water supply 1901-1933

tube 39

Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers by H. V. Johnston 1908

tube 40

Sacramento Valley and northern portion of San Joaquin Valleys Irrigation Canal Systems, prepared by C. E. Grunsky 1911

tube 41

San Francisco Bay Area water districts n.d

oversize 103 B

Proposed Canal of the Tuolumne San Francisco Water Co. 1882

oversize 104 C

Water supply systems, maps n.d

volume 29

Papers and Discussions Relating to the Water Supply for San Francisco, Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California 1907-1917

carton 26, folder 29

Raker Act


San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research vs. Board of Public Works, City and County of San Francisco and M.M. O'Shaughnessy

carton 27, folder 1

Correspondence 1917-1919

carton 27, folder 2-7

Demand, application for mandate, answers, hearing regarding request for Hetch Hetchy data, M. M. O'Shaughnessy's statements, background research, and testimony 1917-1918

carton 27, folder 8

Print materials and clippings 1917-1918

carton 27, folder 9

San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research - notes n.d

carton 27, folder 10

California State Irrigation Association, Col. R. B. Marshall [regarding the "Marshall Plan"] 1920-1921

carton 27, folder 11

California Water and Power Act 1922

carton 27, folder 12-13

Water power 1914-1920s

carton 27, folder 14

U.S. Forest Service, rights of way, water power, power lines 1907-1918

carton 27, folder 15

Water rights and valuation 1912-1934

oversize 105 C

Water rates n.d

oversize 3, folder 10

Water rates in various cities n.d

carton 27, folder 16

San Jose water supply 1913-1934

oversize 3, folder 11

San Jose Water Works, addition to Cambrian Reservoir 1921

carton 27, folder 17

Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts 1921-1926


Legal cases

volume 30

Tulare Irrigation District, et al. vs. Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District; and, Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District vs. Consolidated Peoples Ditch Company and Elk Bayou Ditch Company, Points and Authorities 1923

carton 27, folder 18

Opinion of Judge in Miller Lux vs. Madera Irrigation District; and, San Joaquin and Kings River Canal Irrigation Company vs. Madera Irrigation District 1932

carton 27, folder 19-26

Hetch Hetchy Bond Issues 1918-1932

tube 42

Chart of construction progress for publicity 1931

carton 27, folder 27

Working notes 1912-1926



carton 27, folder 28

European trip, includes photographs (supplementary): 4 prints 1925 July-Oct

carton 27, folder 29

West Coast excursions 1925-1930

carton 27, folder 30-31

Panama Canal 1930 Dec

carton 27, folder 32

Western Pacific Railroad excursion, Northern California extension to Bieber 1931 Nov. 10

carton 28, folder 1-7

Elections 1915-1933

carton 28, folder 8

Civil Service Commission 1916-1926

carton 28, folder 9

Bureau of Engineering payroll, roster, list of jobs and requirements, salaries 1916-1934, n.d

carton 28, folder 10

County engineer proposal 1917

carton 28, folder 11

International Federation of Technical Engineers', Architects' and Draftmen's Unions, Local No. 11 1926 March

carton 28, folder 12

San Francisco City Employees' Retirement System, Relief Fund 1924-1933

carton 28, folder 13

Finances 1915-1931

carton 28, folder 14-16

Financial reports 1912-1928

carton 28, folder 17

Priced copy of equipment list n.d

carton 28, folder 18

Budget 1919-1933

carton 28, folder 19-27

Clippings 1912-1934, n.d


2_2_3: Purchase of Spring Valley Water Company 1909-1935

Physical Description: Cartons 29-32; v. 31-35; Oversize Box 3, folders 12-17; Oversize Folders 106-108


Consists of O'Shaughnessy's scrapbooks, correspondence and notes, as well as reports and reference materials acquired, including court decisions, rate cases, and a mostly complete set of valuation reports and exhibits. Some of these materials predate his appointment as City Engineer. Includes printed materials relating to the history of the Spring Valley Water Company, and clippings concerning its acquisition by the City of San Francisco.


Arranged by format.


carton 29, folder 1

Offer to Purchase S.V.W.Co. 1912-1914

carton 29, folder 2-3

Statistics for S.V.W.Co. 1913-1921

carton 29, folder 4

Calaveras Dam 1913-1916

volume 31

Campaign for Spring Valley Purchase, April 1915 1914-1915

carton 29, folder 5-6

Purchase of S.V.W.Co. 1914-1915

carton 29, folder 7-8

Spring Valley Purchase Campaign 1921

carton 29, folder 9-10

[Water supply] ca. 1924-1932

carton 29, folder 11

Uhl, re Hetch Hetchy and Spring Valley - correspondence and debates with Adolph Uhl, President of City Efficiency League 1927 July

carton 29, folder 12

Correspondence 1913-1929

carton 29, folder 13

M. M. O'S., prior to appointment as City Engineer 1909-1910

carton 29, folder 14

"Complaints, resolutions, etc., as to inadequacy of S.V.W.Co. supply" 1915

carton 29, folder 15

Calaveras Dam, including replies to inquiries of Adolph Uhl in letter of Feb. 17, 1915 1913-1928



carton 29, folder 16

Calaveras Dam 1916-1932

oversize 3, folder 12

Map and drawing 1910-1933

oversize 3, folder 13

Construction plans 1913-1914

oversize 106 C

Plans 1917

carton 29, folder 17

Properties and Works of the Spring Valley Water Company, now in use supplying water to the ...City and County of San Francisco 1908 Jan. 1

carton 29, folder 18

Properties and Works of the Spring Valley Water Company 1910 Jan

carton 29, folder 19

Jane R. Clough v. S.V.W.Works, vol. II, Testimony of Hermann Schussler and Luther Wagner, and Detail List of Exhibits, Valuations, Schussler, Stearns, Adams 1901

oversize 3, folder 14

List of exhibits [1901]

carton 29, folder 20

Review of the Cyril Williams, Jr. Report on the Water Supply of Alameda Creek Watershed, by George G. Anderson 1912 March

carton 29, folder 21

Views of Gauging Stations...on the Alameda Creek Watershed," by M. J. Bartell, T. W. Espy, and H. D. McGlashan 1912 Oct


Includes photographs (supplementary): 19 prints
volume 32

The Future Water Supply of San Francisco; a Report to the ... Secretary of the Interior and The Advisory Board of Engineers of the U.S. Army by the Spring Valley Water Company 1912 Oct

carton 29, folder 22

Valuation of Properties..., Comparison of Judge Farrington's Valuation in the Rate Suit of 1903 with the Advisory Water Committee's Valuation of 1914 (#18 a) 1915 Feb. 16

oversize 107 C

Composite Profile, S.V.W.Co.'s System (#18b); Lake Merced Tract (#18 c) 1913 Dec.; 1913 Oct.-Nov

carton 29, folder 23

Tabulation of Well Measurements of the Livermore Valley, California to Accompany Report on Underground Water Supply of Livermore Valley by M. J. Bartell (#18 d) 1913 Sept

carton 29, folder 24

Notes on S.V.W.Co.'s System, Particularly Alameda Creek by M. J. Bartell (#18 e); 1913 Feb.;


Progress Report, Hydrography of the Livermore Valley by M. J. Bartell (#18 f) 1913 April

carton 29, folder 25

Livermore Valley Well Measurements, 1911 to 1914, accompanying Report on Underground Water Supply of Livermore Valley, California by M. J. Bartell (#18 g) 1914 May

carton 29, folder 26

Vol. 2, Report on Underground Water Supply of Livermore Valley, California, 1911-1917 by M. J. Bartell; with supplement, January 1918, attached (#18 h), includes photographs (supplementary): 29 prints; 1917-1918;


Progress Report, Alameda Creek Gagings, Livermore Valley Gravel Storage, 1915-1916, by M. J. Bartell (#18 i) 1916

carton 29, folder 27

Water Yield of Calaveras Creek Drainage Area by M. J. Bartell (#18 j); 1914 July;


Irrigating Plants on S.V.W.Co.'s Tract Near Pleasanton by M. J. Bartell (#18 k) 1914 July

oversize 107 C

Graphic Diagram, Levels Conduit Lines into San Francisco, S.V.W.Co. (#18 l) 1913 Dec

carton 29, folder 28

Analysis of Waters, S.F. Peninsular Supplies, by M. J. Bartell (#18 n); 1913 Nov.;


Ground-Water Resources of the Niles Cone and Adjacent Areas, California, by W. O. Clark, U.S.G.S. (#18 o); 1915;


Soil Survey of the Livermore Area, California, by H. L. Westover and Cornelius Van Duyne, U.S.D.A. (#18 p) 1911


Working notes

carton 30, folder 1

Site inspection of Spring Valley Properties with Mayor James Rolph, Jr. and Matt Sullivan, Attorney 1913 March 28

carton 30, folder 2

Valuation ca. 1909-1915

oversize 3, folder 15

Maps of properties n.d

oversize 108 C

Map of properties, plans for distribution system 1913

carton 30, folder 3

Purchase 1914-1921, n.d

carton 30, folder 4

Proposal to purchase, voter information packet 1921


Court decisions

carton 30, folder 5

Alameda County Water District v. S.V.W.Co., typed transcript of deposition of M. M. O'S. 1915 Dec. 3


Includes report of inspection of Calaveras Dam, Sept. 12, 1916, with Geo. Elliott
carton 30, folder 6

Contra Costa Water Company vs. City of Oakland, Depreciation, Direct Testimony of J. H. Dockweiler, Consulting Engineer 1913 April

carton 30, folder 7

Pennsylvania Water Company Fair Rates Case, Decision of Judge Miller 1912 July


City of Des Moines vs. Des Moines Water Company

carton 30, folder 8

Testimony of Leonard Metcalf in the matter of Condemnation Proceedings 1913 July

carton 30, folder 9

Extracts from Documents 1912 Sept

carton 30, folder 10

Rate Cases, 1907-1914, S.V.W.Co. vs. City and County of San Francisco, District Court of the United States, Northern District, Second Division, before Honorable H. M. Wright - Bills in Equity 1908


Oral Arguments

carton 30, folder 11-13

Robert M. Searls for Defendents; and Edward J. McCutchen, Warren Olney, Jr., and A. Crawford Greene, for Complainants 1916

carton 30, folder 14-15

Abstract of Testimony regarding Lands 1916

carton 30, folder 16

Abstract of Testimony regarding Concrete, Earth Dams, Flumes, Pipe 1916

carton 31, folder 1

Abstract of Testimony regarding Brickwork, Concrete, Financial, Flumes, Land, Pipe, Reservoir Values, Tunnels, Earth Dams 1916

carton 31, folder 2

Abstract of Testimony regarding Buildings, Financial, Lands, Original Costs, Rights of Way, Water Rights, Rating Base, Reservoir Values 1916

carton 31, folder 3

Abstract of Testimony, General Index 1916

carton 31, folder 4

Report of H. M. Wright 1917 Oct

volume 33

M.M.O'S.'s annotated copy 1917 Oct


Valuation by N. Randall Ellis, Valuation Engineer

carton 31, folder 5

Miscellaneous notes and memoranda, including: W. B. Lawrence, C. E. Grunsky, H. T. Cory, F. L. Lipman, Geo. K. Weeks, G. L. Dillman, Allen Hazen; with index 1915-1916

carton 31, folder 6

Rate suit, list of exhibits and miscellaneous correspondence 1916

volume 34

Exhibit 9: Plans of some important structures, excluding distribution pipe system 1913

volume 35

Exhibit 11: Inventory of structures and lands of the S.V.W.Co. 1913

carton 31, folder 7

Exhibit 12: Normal capacities of plant, population, vital statistics, water consumption, pumping stations, equipment, assessed valuation 1913

carton 31, folder 8

Exhibits 92, 94, 97, 98, 100, 102-109, 109a, 111-114, 116-120, including: 1915-1916


Value of Lake Merced lands in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, 1913, and Appraisal of condemnation suit by Philip P. Paschel;


Summary of Hazen's appraisal;


Exhibits filed in case;


Analysis of ...cost...riveted pipe by W. B. Lawrence; Dockweiler's analysis;


Estimated reproduction cost of earthen dams and flumes by F. C. Herrmann;


Memorandum regarding concrete, brick work, and excavation, including Crystal Spring Dam by Allen Hazen;


Crystal Springs Dam, Dec. 1913, by J. B. Lippincott; City exhibits [by] Dillman, Dockweiler, Newman;


Estimate, W. A. Bechtel, motor truck hauling to Crystal Springs Dam, testimony;


Summary of costs, drum development, P.G. E.;


Original cost and reproduction (1913), submerged pipelines by D. Dorward;


Flumes by J. H. Dockweiler

carton 31, folder 9

Exhibit 121: Appraisal of structural properties, analysis of riveted wrought iron pipe outside system by J. H. Dockweiler 1913

carton 32, folder 1

Exhibits 122-124BB, 131-140, including: 1914-1916


Rights of way appraisal by F. A. Radle;


Miscellaneous cost data by W. B. Lawrence;


Financial exhibits by F. H. Muhlner;


Report on Crystal Springs Dam by Herman Schussler;


Notes on valuation of reservoir lands by George L. Dillman;


Tunnels by J. B. Lippincott;


Tabulation of...lands, riparian rights rights of way outside of San Francisco and owned by S.V.W.Co. by J. J. Sharon;


Gross reproduction cost of distributing pipe system, Dec. 1913;


Roads, fences, transmission lines and Ravenswood wells;


Study of Los Angeles Aqueduct overhead costs by Allen Hazen and J. B. Lippincott;


Tunnels by Allen Hazen;


Gross reproduction cost buildings outside of City

carton 32, folder 2

Exhibits 144, 146, 148, 149, 153-156, 159-162, 166, 168a, including: 1916


Estimate reproduction cost...City reservoirs, Dec. 1913, by G. A. Elliott;


Central Reservoir, Oakland, 1909-1910


City distribution pipe system, wrought iron pipe by G. A. Elliott;


Central Reservoir contract, Peoples Water Co.;


Overhead by Allen Hazen;


Metcalf on overhead and interest during construction


Methods of estimating depreciation by Allen Hazen;


Study on depreciation by Leonard Metcalf;


Metcalf's depreciation analysis on basis, 4% sinking fund based upon reproduction cost;


Depreciation detailed computations, Dec. 1913, by Leonard Metcalf;


Financial schedules by Allen Hazen;


Lands in use, out of use, reserve;


Pleasanton Ranch houses, gross reproduction estimates, Dec. 1913

oversize 3, folder 16

Exhibit 169: Rights-of-way by Chas. S. McDonald 1913

carton 32, folder 3

Exhibits 170-174, 177, 179, 180, 183, 184, including: 1916


Original cost;


Lands and structures out of use never used;


Water rights by George G. Anderson;


Water rights by F. C. Herrmann;


Balance sheets, 1907-1914 by F. P. Muhlner;


Depreciation and Obsolescence by J. M. Bailhache;


Peninsula watershed lands and reservoir lands By J. J. Sharon;


Deed, San Mateo Water Company, 1883;


Appraisal of Pleasanton Ranch Houses, 1913, by M. G. Callaghan;

carton 32, folder 4

Exhibit 188, maps and hydrographic data [1914]

carton 32, folder 5

Exhibits 191, 192, 194, 195, 196, including: 1915-1916


Value of water determined by sale or "market" value of mutual water company stock... by Charles H. Lee;


Appraisal of physical property...buildings outside of city and flumes;


Metcalf's analysis of Calaveras Dam cost;


Working capital July 1915 by Leonard Metcalf;


Earthquake losses in 1906, April;

carton 32, folder 6

Exhibits 197-203, 205, 212-214, 216-221, 223, 231, 232, 235, including: 1915-1916


Cost of money;


Development expense, going concern, going value by Leonard Metcalf;


Metcalf's net or depreciated reproduction cost estimate of Dec. 1913;


Value of property based upon bond and stock quotations, 1907-1915;


Metcalf's fair rating base and return;


Betterments, additions and abandonment, Metcalf, Sharon and Muhlner;


Metcalf and Sharon's comparison of Judge Farrington's rating base of 1903 with Metcalf's reproduction cost of 1907;


Metcalf's estimate of returns;


Dillman's summation of defendant's case, with tables by Ellis;


Net permanent improvements, real estate and new construction, 1904-1915;


Explanatory memorandum of expenditures for report to Secretary of the Interior..., 1912-1913;


Average draft from Pleasanton wells, Sunol galleries and Alameda system in million gallons daily;


Interest rates on loans by George Tourney;


Revenue and expenditures, revised;


Analysis of water of South Lake Merced;


S.V.W.Co. vs City County of San Francisco, average net return on common stock, 1907-1914;


Cost of cutting and replacing pavements over mains;


Revised statement of revenue and deductions

carton 32, folder 7

Comparison of estimates by various engineers on valuation of S.V. works, including: 1913-1916


Crystal Springs Dam and structures;


Lake Merced reservoir drainage system and supply discharge pipes to pumps;


Lake Honda supply mains and central pump force main;


Buildings outside the city of San Francisco;


Appraisal of city distribution reservoirs;


Comparison appraised value of Peninsula watershed lands;


Comparative estimate on tunnels by Hazen, Dockweiler and Dillman;


Appraisal of physical property, Niles Aqueduct;


Comparison of reproduction cost estimates with...Hazen on earth dams and flumes

carton 32, folder 8

Notes on valuation of Alameda Santa Clara County Lands of S.V.W.Co., by Parsons, McDonald Callaghan, appraisers for City 1914

carton 32, folder 9

Miscellaneous notes compiled by Dockweiler, including: Changes to schedule, distribution system, pipe, Pilarcitos and San Andreas dams [1914]

carton 32, folder 10

Excerpts from testimony in other lawsuits, including Alameda County Water District vs. S.V.W.Co., and Denver Union Water Co. vs. City County of Denver 1915

carton 32, folder 11

Report of cost and progress of laying c.i. water pipe in San Francisco by S.V.W.Co. 1915

carton 32, folder 12

Daily construction reports in Richmond and Sunset Districts by S.V.W.Co. 1915

carton 32, folder 13-14

Rate Case exhibits 1918


Print materials

carton 32, folder 15

Relating to history of S.V.W. Co. 1913-1930

carton 32, folder 16

Annual reports to shareholders 1910-1914, 1917, 1926, 1929

carton 32, folder 17

Clippings 1903-1921

oversize 3, folder 17

Clippings 1915

carton 32, folder 18

Miscellaneous ephemera 1916-1935


2_2_4: Special Committees 1915-1934

Physical Description: Carton 33; Tubes 43-44; Oversize Box 3, folders 18-20; Oversize Folder 109


Contains files relating to two special committees to which O'Shaughnessy was appointed during his term as San Francisco City Engineer. Special Committee on East Bay Participation in Hetch Hetchy includes correspondence, meeting notes, reports, articles, and clippings relating to resolution of this issue which surfaced during the construction of Hetch Hetchy pipelines to the coast. Special Committee on a San Francisco Bay Bridge includes a scrapbook, correspondence, reports, notes, print materials, and clippings relating to the proposal for its construction. Of particular interest are files of correspondence and reports from previous investigating committees, including members of the San Francisco Commercial Club and Chamber of Commerce, as well as O'Shaughnessy's testimony before the U.S. Congress, Committee on Commerce.


Arranged chronologically by date of appointment to committee.

Special Committee, East Bay Participation in Hetch Hetchy

carton 33, folder 1-2

Correspondence 1919-1928


Letter of Feb. 13, 1919 includes photograph (supplementary): 1 print of excursion showing Car with Mayor Bartlett and Berkeley City Council Members at Hetch Hetchy
carton 33, folder 3

Meetings 1924

carton 33, folder 4

Lafayette Dam 1928-1931

carton 33, folder 5

San Pablo Dam 1921

carton 33, folder 6

Preliminary report on the Geology of the Claremont Tunnel by Carlton D. Hulin 1926

carton 33, folder 7

Notes and clippings 1918-1934

carton 33, folder 8

Articles, annual reports 1918-1933

carton 33, folder 9

Report on Water Supply, Richmond Municipal Water District 1916 Feb


Special Committee, San Francisco Bay Bridge

carton 33, folder 10

Scrapbook: "Transbay Bridge, San Francisco" 1926-1927


Includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints
carton 33, folder 11

Correspondence 1922-1929

carton 33, folder 12

Correspondence and reports of previous committees: S.F. Commercial Club S.F. Chamber of Commerce 1916-1921

carton 33, folder 13

Correspondence and reports of various engineers and individuals 1915-1917



carton 33, folder 14

Board of Engineers, Transbay Bridge, San Francisco (Ridgway, Talbot Galloway) 1927

carton 33, folder 15

Board of Engineers, Transbay Bridge 1927

carton 33, folder 16

[Board of Engineers?], Summaries of Proposals [1927?]

carton 33, folder 17

George S. Hill; Sydney W. Taylor, Jr.; Henry F. Grady [1925] n.d

carton 33, folder 18

"Victory Tube Project" by Sydney W. Taylor, Jr. and J. Vipono Davies 1925

carton 33, folder 19

Allan C. Rush 1927 March

carton 33, folder 20

Lochiel M. King; Raymond Concrete Pile Co., R. E. Surryhne, includes photographs (supplementary): 12 prints 1927-1929

carton 33, folder 21

Hoover-Young Bay Bridge, Borings and Foundation Data 1930 July

carton 33, folder 22

Chicago (Strauss Controversy); Delaware; Hudson River, N.Y. 1926-1927

oversize 109 C

Studies 1926-1930

tube 43-44

Maps, plans, and drawings 1924-1928

carton 33, folder 23

Congressional Bills and Hearings, S. 1762 1927-1928

carton 33, folder 24

Testimony of M.M.O'S, U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce 1928 March 31

carton 33, folder 25

Notes on addresses and meetings 1928 Aug.-Sept

oversize 3, folder 18

Notes 1932-1934


Engineering Notes

carton 33, folder 26

Miscellaneous 1917-1925, n.d

carton 33, folder 27

Clearances for Fixed Bridges over Fairways of Ocean Ports [after 1926]


Print materials

carton 33, folder 28

San Francisco-Oakland Cantilever Bridge by Charles Evan Fowler 1915

carton 33, folder 29

Civic League of Improvement Clubs and Associations of San Francisco 1921

carton 33, folder 30

Transactions of Commonwealth Club - "Transbay Transportation", "Bay Bridges," and Municipal Record , 1923 1922-1925

carton 33, folder 31

The City, issued by the San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research 1927

carton 33, folder 32-33

Clippings 1926-1931

oversize 3, folder 19

Clippings 1928-1930

carton 33, folder 20

Schedule of rates, Delaware Bridge Company n.d


Subseries 2_3: Public Relations 1912-1934

Physical Description: Cartons 34-35; Oversize Box 3, folder 21


Divided into 4 otherlevel: Statements, Speeches, Articles, and Civic Organizations. These files document O'Shaughnessy's role in keeping the press and the public informed about city improvement projects in progress or being planned. He often campaigned for bonds to finance improvement projects, and prepared statements for the press, made appearances, delivered speeches to a wide variety of organizations, and wrote articles for publication.

2_3_1: Statements 1912-1934

Physical Description: Carton 34, folders 1-4


Contains mostly typed statements and press releases written by O'Shaughnessy, often in response to events that would impact his projects or sometimes to garner public support. One folder of "letters to the editor" is filed at the end.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 34, folder 1

Statements and press releases, including: 1912-1919


[Regarding office of City Engineer, ca. 1912]


Hetch Hetchy Water Supply [relating to McCloud River Scheme], Dec. 23, 1912


Post, "Water Supply of Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago...], 1912


[Regarding address of H.T. Corey before Engineers Club, 1914, concerning water supply of San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan District]


Present Water Supply of San Francisco, [1915]


[Permanent Improvements from the P.P.I.E., 1916?], given to Call


[Selection of Alameda for Naval Base Site in Preference to Hunters Point], Dec. 8, 1917


[Report on Portland-Seattle Trip], July 5, 1918


[Dedication of U.S. Government Power Plant in Yosemite National Park], Sept. 11, 1918


[Report on Washington Trip], Oct. 30, 1918


[The problem of building a bridge across the Golden Gate], Nov. 7, 1918


[Regarding completion of municipal projects following end of war], Nov. 22, 1918


"The Eel River as a Source of Water Supply for the East Bay Cities," [after July 1919]


"Transportation West of Twin Peaks," Oct. 27, 1919

carton 34, folder 2

Statements and press releases, including: 1920-1924


[Regarding claims of Messrs. Beckman and Linden, relating to location of Hetch Hetchy Dam], Jan. 2, 1920


"Criticism of Proposed Charter Amendment No. 8-1/2," Nov. 1920


"Finance Bonds," 1922


"San Francisco Advancement under Rolph Administration" (not used), April 3, 1923


"The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," Nov. 19, 1923


[Tunnel Work on Hetch Hetchy Project], Nov. 28, 1923


"Co-operation in the Water Supply Development by the East Bay Cities," March 10, 1924


[Regarding the Cost of the Hetch Hetchy,] May 13, 1924


"Regarding East Bay Water Commission and Hetch Hetchy," Aug. 1924


"The City Reservoirs of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," Aug. 21, 1924


[Carl G. Larsen's gift of land for park to City], Sept. 11, 1924


[Hetch Hetchy Bond Election], Oct. 1924

carton 34, folder 3

Statements and press releases, including: 1925-1931, n.d


"The City Reservoirs of the Future Water Supply," July 1925


"Examination of Hetch Hetchy Water Project," March 1926


"Transbay Pipeline from Irvington in Alameda County to San Francisco," Aug. 20, 1926


"Completion of Transbay Pipeline from Irvington in Alameda County to San Francisco," Aug. 21, 1926


"The Bay Crossing Division of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct," Feb. 5, 1927


"Golden Gate Heights" [relating to improvements], Jan. 10, 1928


[Regarding Market Street Congestion], response to letter published in the San Francisco Chronicle , March 28, 1929


"Need of City Reservoirs for San Francisco's Water Supply," May 1, 1930


"San Francisco's Recent Engineering Accomplishments," May 5, 1930


"Mitchell Tunnel Explosion, Hetch Hetchy Project," July 1, 1930


"Street Railway Transportation and Charter Amendment No. 35," Oct. 6, 1930


"...Trip thru Panama Canal," Jan. 5, 1931


[Regarding plans for Coast Range tunnels], response to letter published in the San Francisco Examiner , March 9, 1931


"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," May 1, 1931


"The City's Water Supply from Hetch Hetchy," May 1931


"O'Shaughnessy Answers S.M. Havenner Talk," San Mateo, Times , Sept. 8, 1931


[Regarding response of Rudolph Spreckels and William Kent to opposition to the Water and Power Act, 1931?]


"The Moccasin Creek Power Development," n.d.

carton 34, folder 4

Letters to the Editor 1920-1934


2_3_2: Speeches 1913-1934

Physical Description: Carton 34, folders 5-67; Carton 35, folders 1-8


Invitations to speak for which there are no written texts precede individual files for each appearance made by O'Shaughnessy. He frequently attended and presented prepared remarks or brief addresses at meetings of social clubs, municipal organizations, and schools; he seldom repeated the same speech. Files include correspondence related to scheduling each appearance, and notes or typescripts of his comments.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 34, folder 5-7

Invitations to speak 1913-1932

carton 34, folder 8

"The Hetch Hetchy: Its History," St. Mary's College, Oakland 1913 Feb. 4

carton 34, folder 9

"The Bay Cities' Water Supply: Remarks by M. M. O'Shaughnessy," Commonwealth Club 1913 Oct. 8; 1914 Feb. 11

carton 34, folder 10

"Effect of Topography on a City's Growth," Chit Chat Club 1914

carton 34, folder 11

"Streets and Traffic," U.C. Berkeley 1914 Feb. 24

carton 34, folder 12

["The City Engineer's Plans for Water Development"] - Commonwealth Club, "The Bay Cities' Water Supply—What Shall We Do About It Now?" [1915 May 12]

carton 34, folder 13

"Recent Municipal Activities in San Francisco," League of California Municipalities 1915 Sept. 7

carton 34, folder 14

[Address on Planning in San Mateo County], Rotary Club 1916 Sept. 12

carton 34, folder 15

"Hetch Hetchy Source of Water Supply and Other Conditions Relating to the Water Problem of San Francisco," Oakland City Hall meeting regarding proposed Oakland Metropolitan Water District 1916 Oct. 6

carton 34, folder 16

"Hetch Hetchy Water Project," San Francisco Commercial Club 1917 March 10

carton 34, folder 17

[Address on current projects], Mission Promotion Association 1917 March 26

carton 34, folder 18

"The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Project," Commonwealth Club 1917 Sept. 12

carton 34, folder 19

"Best Municipal Water Supply for the City of Sacramento" 1918 Jan. 15

carton 34, folder 20

[Address on Transportation Problems in San Francisco], Commonwealth Club 1918 Jan. 30

carton 34, folder 21

[Construction of Hetch Hetchy Dam], Commonwealth Club 1919 Nov. 15

carton 34, folder 22

[Address on the Hetch Hetchy Water Project], San Francisco Commercial Club, Ladies' Day Luncheon 1919 Dec. 13

carton 34, folder 23

"Reminisces of Hawaii" 1920 Feb

carton 34, folder 24

"Address Before Berkeley Chamber of Commerce" 1920 Sept. 21

carton 34, folder 25

"Observations on a Trip from June 23rd to August 21st, 1920," Union League Club 1920 Sept. 29

carton 34, folder 26

"Naval Base, San Francisco Bay," Down Town Association 1920 Nov. 24

carton 34, folder 27

"Municipal Railways, San Francisco," Pacific Railway Club 1921 Feb. 9

carton 34, folder 28

"Observations on a Trip from June 23rd to August 21st 1920," Chit Chat Club 1921 July

carton 34, folder 29

[Address on water supply needs], Richmond Industrial Commission 1921 Oct. 13

carton 34, folder 30

[Address on progress of Hetch Hetchy project], Electrical Development League, Palace Hotel 1921 Nov

carton 34, folder 31

[Address to U.S.G.S. Association], Palace Hotel [ca. 1922]

carton 34, folder 32

"Present Status and Future Prospects of the Hetch Hetchy System," Commonwealth Club 1922 April 20

carton 34, folder 33

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply for San Francisco" 1923 Jan. 2

carton 34, folder 34

"The Hetch Hetchy Project," Los Angeles City Club 1923 June 16

carton 34, folder 35

[Remarks at dedication of Don Pedro Dam] 1923 June 25

carton 34, folder 36

"Dedication of O'Shaughnessy Dam" 1923 July 7

carton 34, folder 37

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply for San Francisco" 1923 July 13

carton 34, folder 38

"Talk before the Student Body of the University of California" 1923 Oct. 19

carton 34, folder 39

"Hetch Hetchy Power: Remarks by M. M. O'Shaughnessy," Commonwealth Club 1923 Nov. 15

carton 34, folder 40

"Data on Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Project" 1924 March 1

carton 34, folder 41

"The Water Problem of the Bay Region," Soroptimist Club, Alameda County 1924 March 10

carton 34, folder 42

[Address on Water Problems in San Francisco], Photographers' Association of California 1924 July 28

carton 34, folder 43

[Address on the Hetch Hetchy Project], Public Spirit Club, San Francisco 1924 Dec. 3

carton 34, folder 44

[Address on projects in Merced and San Francisco], Rotary Club, Modesto 1925 April 21

carton 34, folder 45

[Address on some events of the past, present, and future of San Francisco], Downtown Association 1925 May 28

carton 34, folder 46

"Garbage Disposal," San Francisco Center of California League of Women Voters, St. Francis Hotel 1925 Oct. 3

carton 34, folder 47

[Address on San Francisco's development], Californians, Inc., Palace Hotel 1925 Nov. 5

carton 34, folder 48

"City Plans; Remarks by M. M. O'Shaughnessy," Commonwealth Club 1925 Nov. 19

carton 34, folder 49

"Water," California Medical Association, Oakland 1926 April 30

carton 34, folder 50

"Hetch Hetchy Power" [ca. 1928]

carton 34, folder 51

[Address on Municipal Railways in San Francisco] 1928 March 18

carton 34, folder 52

[Address on San Francisco's engineering projects], KTAB Broadcasting Association 1928 Nov. 5

carton 34, folder 53

'City Progress Report" 1928 Nov. 16; 1931 Nov. 4

carton 34, folder 54

"San Francisco A City of Achievement" 1928 Dec. 13

carton 34, folder 54

"Long Distance Transmission of Water," Water Supply Section, School of Citizenship and Public Administration, University of Southern California 1929 June 19

carton 34, folder 55

[Address on garbage disposal], K. F. W. I. 1929 Oct. 25

carton 34, folder 56

"Past, Present, and Future Roadways of San Francisco, Pioneer Society 1929 Nov. 22

carton 34, folder 57

Address on Present Railway Situation within the City of San Francisco], San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Committee on Peninsula Traffic 1930 Feb. 28

carton 34, folder 58

"Address [on water supply affecting communities of Hillsborough, Burlingame, and San Mateo] before the combined Trustees and City Managers of Hillsborough, Burlingame, and San Mateo" 1930 April 16

carton 34, folder 59

"Twenty Minute Speech at Commonwealth Club, Municipal Ownership with 5-cent Fare: The City to Meet Deficits" 1930 May 15

carton 34, folder 60

"Industrial Water Power and Fuel Supply for San Francisco Bay District," California Real Estate Association, Hotel Leamington, Oakland 1930 June 7

carton 34, folder 61

"Special Projects by Special Financing," City Managers' Convention, Palace Hotel 1930 Sept. 24

carton 34, folder 62

"The Magnitude of the Highway Industry," Radio broadcast over station KROW (Oakland) for the American Road Builders' Association 1931 Jan. 10

carton 34, folder 63

"Inter-County Rapid Transit: Remarks by M. M. O'Shaughnessy," Commonwealth Club 1931 Oct. 16

carton 34, folder 64

[Address on San Francisco Municipal Projects: Sewers, Airport, Water Hetch Hetchy, Boulevards, Bay Bridge] 1931 Nov. 4

carton 34, folder 65

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," Judge Curtis D. Wilbur's Class, First Congregational Church 1932 April 24

carton 34, folder 66

"Address at Meeting of Tamalpais Conservation Club" 1932 Sept. 25

carton 34, folder 67

"Boosting our Motoring Bill by Billions," radio broadcast over station KYA, for the American Road Builders' Association 1932 Nov. 9

carton 35, folder 1

"Remarks by M. M. O'Shaughnessy," [regarding Central Water Project], Commonwealth Club 1933 Nov. 1

carton 35, folder 2

[Address on present and future roadways in San Francisco], Pioneer Society 1933 Nov. 22

carton 35, folder 3

"Address on Hetch Hetchy," Judge Wilbur's Sunday Morning Class, First Congregational Church 1934 Jan. 21

carton 35, folder 4

"Talk [on water from Hetch Hetchy] before the Electrical League," Palace Hotel 1934 Aug. 27

carton 35, folder 5

[Address at opening of power plant on the Tuolumne River], National Park Service n.d

carton 35, folder 6

"Ten Minute Talk at Hetch Hetchy Lodge" n.d

carton 35, folder 7

"Waterways," International Waterways Congress, San Francisco n.d

carton 35, folder 8

"L'enfant and Washington," Chit Chat Club n.d


2_3_3: Articles 1913-1934

Physical Description: Carton 35, folders 9-63; Oversize Box 3, folder 21


Contains articles written by O'Shaughnessy for the general public, particularly the business and political community of San Francisco, and published in journals and newspapers such as Municipal Record and Daily Journal of Commerce , and other local newspapers. In contrast to articles written for his peers, these focus on general overviews and positive summaries describing the City Engineer's plans to improve San Francisco's transportation, water supply, and power systems, as well implement city beautification projects. One folder of articles by N. A. Eckart, Chief Assistant Engineer, and another of articles sent by publishers for O'Shaughnessy to review file at the end.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 35, folder 9

"Report on Extensions of Municipal Railways to Provide Transportation for the Panama-Pacific Exposition," Board of Public Works, San Francisco 1913 April 5

carton 35, folder 10

"City Engineer Files Valuable Report on Municipal Railway Extensions," Municipal Record , Vol. VII-No. 6 (Feb. 5, 1914) 1914 Jan. 29

carton 35, folder 11

"Future Uses of Mount Tamalpais in Connection with Marin Water District," The Tamalpais Magazine , Tamalpais Conservation Club 1914 July

carton 35, folder 12

"The Proposed Purchase of the Spring Valley Water Company's System," The San Francisco Star 1915 March

carton 35, folder 13

"Industrial Value of Hetch Hetchy," Daily Journal of Commerce 1918 Jan

carton 35, folder 14

"Outline of the History of the Water Supply of San Francisco and Description of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Project" 1918 Jan

carton 35, folder 15

"Municipal Ownership in San Francisco" Berkeley Civic Bulletin, v. VI, no. 6 1918 March

carton 35, folder 16

"The Hetch Hetchy Project: Its Progress, Prospects and Possibilities," issued by the City and County of San Francisco 1919 Jan

carton 35, folder 17

"The Fate of the Five-Cent Fare: VI, The Municipal Street Railway in San Francisco," National Municipal Review, v. VIII, no. 9 1919 Nov

carton 35, folder 18

"The Hetch Hetchy Project: Its Progress, Prospects and Possibilities," issued by the City and County of San Francisco 1920 Jan

carton 35, folder 19

"The Hetch Hetchy Project," The Star 1920 June

carton 35, folder 20

"Extending Market Street Around Twin Peaks," The St. Francis Wood News , Vol. Two, No. One 1921 Feb

carton 35, folder 21

"Recent Engineering Accomplishments of the City of San Francisco" 1921 Feb

carton 35, folder 22

"San Francisco Municipal Railways: Municipal Operation an Unqualified Success," National Municipal Review , v. X, no. 8 1921 Aug

carton 35, folder 23

"The $45,000,000 Hetch Hetchy Project," Pacific Street and Road Builder 1921 Sept

carton 35, folder 24

"The Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Project, The Municipal Railway," issued by the City and County of San Francisco 1921 Nov

carton 35, folder 25

"Hetch Hetchy Project and what it means to Bay Communities," Municipal Record 1921 Nov

carton 35, folder 26

"City Building," Daily News , San Francisco 1922 June 20

oversize 3, folder 21

"San Francisco Water Supply Project," Scientific American 1922 July

carton 35, folder 27

"Progress on the Hetch Hetchy," San Francisco News Letter 1923 March 31

carton 35, folder 28

"City Engineer Makes Suggestions as to Disposal of Electric Power," Municipal Record, v. XVI, no. 14 1923 April 4

carton 35, folder 29

"The O'Shaugnessy Dam and its Dedication," and "The Hetch Hetchy Dam Completed," Public Works, v. 54, no. 9 1923 Sept

carton 35, folder 30

"The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply of San Francisco," The Nation's Health, v. V, no. 11 1923 Nov

carton 35, folder 31

"Construction of First Power Unit of Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Development" 1923

carton 35, folder 32

"City Engineer Outlines Plan for San Francisco Expansion," The San Francisco Journal 1924 March 26

carton 35, folder 33

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," and "Electrical Equipment—Moccasin Power Development" 1925 March

carton 35, folder 34

"Gigantic Hetch Hetchy Tunnel Bore Completed," Associated Press 1925 May

carton 35, folder 35

"Hetch Hetchy - The Water Supply of Centuries," written for Diamond Jubilee Celebration; published in Standard Oil Bulletin , v. XIII, no. 4 (Aug. 1925) 1925 May 5

carton 35, folder 36

"History of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," Bureau of Engineering of the Department of Public Works, City and County of San Francisco 1925 Oct

carton 35, folder 37

"Memorandum on European Trip," Municipal Record, vol. XVIII, no. 52; and "A City Engineer's Observation in Europe," The American City 1925 Dec.-1926

carton 35, folder 38

"Water and the Health of Communities," Better Health , v. VII, no. 7 1926 July

carton 35, folder 39

"$3,500,000 for Expansion of Transportation Facilities in San Francisco" 1927 March 5

carton 35, folder 40

"Our Bridge Problem," San Francisco Business 1927 March 9

carton 35, folder 41

"Highways and the Coming Bond Election," San Francisco Business 1927 Oct

carton 35, folder 42

"Hetch Hetchy Project" 1928 July 3

carton 35, folder 43

"San Francisco Will Soon Have One of Finest Water Systems in the West," Hydraulic Engineering , v. IV, no. 9 1928 Sept

carton 35, folder 44

"Twin Peaks Tunnel" 1929 May

carton 35, folder 45

"Results Justify Assessment Method of Transit Financing," Electric Railway Journal , v.73, no. 22 1929 Dec

carton 35, folder 46

"San Francisco Saving and Beautifying Great Highway with Ocean Beach Esplanade," [ Western Cities ?] 1930 Jan

carton 35, folder 47

"Hetch Hetchy Water Service Project," Pacific Municipalities, v. XLIV, no. 6 1930 June

carton 35, folder 48

"Problems of City Engineers," Western City 1930 Aug

carton 35, folder 49

"San Francisco Completes Bernal Cut," National Municipal Review , v. XIX, no. 8 1930 Aug

carton 35, folder 50

"Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Project," Christian Science Monitor 1930 Sept

carton 35, folder 51

"Hetch Hetchy Project," Pacific Municipalities 1931 June

carton 35, folder 52

"Many Sources and Routes Sifted for Water Supply," San Francisco Chronicle 1931 June 3

carton 35, folder 53

"Hetch Hetchy Project," Municipal Record 1931 Oct

carton 35, folder 54

"Hetch Hetchy Project" 1931 Nov

carton 35, folder 55

"Hetch Hetchy Water Project," Municipal Record 1932 April

carton 35, folder 56

"Hetch Hetchy Project," Public Utilities Commission 1932 Sept

carton 35, folder 57

"Hetch Hetchy on Tap Soon," for First Issue of Progress 1932 Dec

carton 35, folder 58

"San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy Water Project," The Argonaut 1934 June

carton 35, folder 59

"General Project on Hetch Hetchy" n.d

carton 35, folder 60

"Streets and Boulevards," Journal of the Civic League of Improvement Clubs n.d

carton 35, folder 61

Articles by N. A. Eckart, Chief Assistant Engineer [and General Manager and Chief Engineer, San Francisco Water Department, 1932-], including: 1925-1932


Extract from paper on the "Present Status of the Hetch Hetchy Project" before League of California Municipalities, Long Beach, Sept. 30, 1925;


"The Moccasin Power Plant of the Hetch Hetchy Project," [undated]; and


"The Upper Alameda Creek Diversion Works of the San Francisco Water Department," Pacific Municipalities , Vol. XLVI, no. 6 (June 1932)

carton 35, folder 62

Correspondence with publishers regarding articles 1918-1928

carton 35, folder 63

Articles sent to M.M. O'S for review by publishers 1925


"Placing Concrete Lining in the Hetch Hetchy Tunnels," by W. F. Webb, for Engineering News-Record; and


"Petroleum Bringing Water to San Francisco," for Oil News; "Constructing Hetch Hetchy Railroad," for The Railroad Herald ; and, "The Hetch-Hetchy Dam Completed," for Public Works, by Charles W. Geiger


2_3_4: Civic Organizations 1913-1934

Physical Description: Carton 35, folders 64-78


Includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, notes, and printed material related to three community and politically influential organizations in which the City Engineer actively participated: Commonwealth Club of California, Down Town Association, and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.


Arranged alphabetically by organization.

Commonwealth Club of California

carton 35, folder 64

Correspondence 1914-1934

carton 35, folder 65

Section on City Planning 1916-1928

carton 35, folder 66

Section on National Defense 1924-1932

carton 35, folder 67

Committee on Preservation of Exposition Buildings 1915

carton 35, folder 68-69

Sections on Water Power and Irrigation 1916-1934

carton 35, folder 70-71

Sections on Water Resources and Irrigation 1931-1934

carton 35, folder 72

Miscellaneous printed material 1916-1926

carton 35, folder 73

Down Town Association 1915-1931


San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

carton 35, folder 74

Correspondence and reports 1913-1929

carton 35, folder 75

Hetch Hetchy Excursion 1924 May 23-26

carton 35, folder 76-78

Trade Extension Tour to Mexico 1923-1924


Subseries 2_4: Project Files 1912-1935

Physical Description: Cartons 36-43; Boxes 14-16; v. 36-41; Tubes 45-51; Oversize Box 4, folders 1-18; Oversize Folders 110-135


O'Shaughnessy's project files contain only his own, personal and often annotated copies of materials related to the various projects he developed and administered as San Francisco City Engineer, a position which he held from 1912 to January 1932. A few files from his last 2 years of engineering work, in the role of Consulting Engineer, Hetch Hetchy Water Supply for the Public Utilities Commission, follow at the end.


Arranged chronologically by date projects began, and then by format in the following order: scrapbooks, correspondence, reports, notes, maps, plans and drawings, specifications, agreements, legal and financial materials, print materials, and clippings.
Project Files have been further divided by type of project: Hetch Hetchy, Tunnels, Municipal Railway, Boulevards, City Management/Water Supply, Waste Management, and Land Reclamation, according to the categories used in annual reports issued by the Engineering Dept.

2_4_1: Hetch Hetchy 1912-1934

Physical Description: Cartons 36-39; Boxes 14-16; v. 36-37; Tube 45; Oversize Box 4, folders 1-12; Oversize Folders 110-124


Chiefly contains scrapbooks, correspondence, and reports, including progress reports and site inspections; reports prepared by O'Shaughnessy precede those done by others. Also includes maps, plans and drawings, specifications, agreements and contracts, notes, legal materials, publicity, financial materials, and print materials, along with collected articles and clippings relating to development and construction of the Hetch Hetchy water supply system.


Arranged by format, and then chronologically.


carton 36, folder 1-2

"Dams" 1912-1918

carton 36, folder 3-4

"Hetch Hetchy" 1913-1927

carton 36, folder 5-7

"Current Issues" 1917-1918

carton 36, folder 8-10

"Placing Concrete by Compressed Air to the Aqueduct Tunnels" 1918

carton 36, folder 11

"O'Shaughnessy Dam Dedication" 1923 July

carton 36, folder 12-15

"Data on Power" 1907-1924

carton 36, folder 16-18

"Finances and the 1910 Water Construction Bond Fund" 1924

carton 36, folder 19

"Hetch Hetchy Power Contract" 1925 July-Sept

carton 36, folder 20

"Hetch Hetchy Project" 1926 May-July

carton 36, folder 21

"Tour of Stockton Territory" 1927 May

carton 36, folder 22-23

"Water Bonds" 1927

carton 36, folder 24

"Public Utilities Commission and Hetch Hetchy" 1931 Dec

carton 36, folder 25

"Series of Articles" 1934

carton 36, folder 26

"The Building of Hetch Hetchy," by Rose Wilder Lane 1916 Oct.-Nov

carton 36, folder 27-28

"The Building of Hetch Hetchy," by Elford Eddy 1921-1922

carton 37, folder 1-3

Correspondence 1913-1934

carton 37, folder 4

Correspondence and statements in response to Adolph Uhl controversy regarding Hetch Hetchy 1915

carton 37, folder 5

Correspondence and statements relating to alternate Altamont Pass pipe route 1931

carton 37, folder 6

Correspondence with M. W. Kellogg Co. regarding pipe 1923

carton 37, folder 7

Correspondence regarding wood pipe 1931

carton 37, folder 8

Memoranda 1909-1924

carton 37, folder 9

Memoranda relating to power 1922-1923



carton 37, folder 10

Hetch Hetchy Water Supply of...San Francisco: Tentative Program of Construction, and Preliminary Estimate of Cost; and 1915 May 7


Discussion of a Proposed Plan for Disposing of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Bonds of 1910 1915 May 19

carton 37, folder 11-12

Report to the Mayor, Board of Public Works and Board of Supervisors of San Francisco 1916 March; 1917 Jan

oversize 4, folder 1

The Water Supply of San Francisco, California Before, During and After the Earthquake of April 18th, 1906, and the Subsequent Conflagration.... by Hermann Schussler, Chief Engineer, Spring Valley Water Company 1906 July 23

box 14, folder 1

Plans for a Municipal Water Supply for ... San Francisco, Lake Eleanor and Tuolumne River Sources [by] Marsden Manson 1909 Nov

box 14, folder 2

Report of Tuolumne River Water Supply by Louis C. Hill and E. G. Hopson 1909 Nov

box 14, folder 3

The Water Supply of San Francisco by Hermann Schussler; reprint of address to the San Francisco Section, American Institute Electrical Engineers, Nov. 19, and published in the Journal of Electricity, Power and Gas 1909 Dec. 11

box 14, folder 4

Tuolumne Water Supply: Conference between Advisory Board of Engineers and the City and County of San Francisco 1911 July 1

box 14, folder 5

Report of A. M. Hunt and R. W. Van Norden on the Electrical and Mechanical Equipment of the Tuolumne Project, San Francisco Water Supply to Marsden Manson 1911 Oct

box 14, folder 6

Preliminary Report on the Necessities of the Metropolitan Water District, San Francisco Region by Professor Charles D. Marx 1912

box 14, folder 7

[Report on Sources of Stanislaus River] [by?] Marsden Manson 1912 Jan

box 14, folder 8

Water Yield of the Hetch Hetchy, Cherry Creek, and Lake Eleanor Watersheds, known as the Upper Tuolumne Watershed, showing the Supply Available for San Francisco ..., Prepared at the Request of John R. Freeman by Cyril Williams, Jr. 1912 July

box 14, folder 9

Report showing that ... the McCloud River Cannot Be Diverted to the Use of San Francisco and Bay Communities by M. M. Bartell 1912 Nov. 14

box 15, folder 1-3

Report of Advisory Board of Army Engineers to the Secretary of the Interior on Investigations Relative to Sources of Water Supply for San Francisco and Bay Communities 1913

box 16, folder 1-2

Report on Power Development at Power House No. 1 at Mocassin Creek by W. F. Durand, J. D. Galloway, F. G. Baum 1914 July

box 16, folder 3

Municipal Ownership of Water Works in San Francisco by Allen Hazen 1914 Oct

box 16, folder 4

Water Supply of the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan District by H. T. Cory, presented at the A.S.C.E's meeting of Nov. 4, 1914; published in Transactions, Paper No. 1352 1914 Nov

box 16, folder 5

Report on Use of Water from Tuolumne River by Turlock Irrigation District, prepared for Percy V. Long, City Attorney ... by B. A. Etcheverry and Thos. H. Means 1915 Aug

box 16, folder 6-7

Report on Use of Water from Tuolumne River by Modesto Irrigation District, prepared for Percy V. Long, City Attorney ... by B. A. Etcheverry and Thos. H. Means 1915 Aug

carton 37, folder 13-14

Modesto District, Calif., groundwater conditions and alkali in soils 1916

carton 37, folder 15

Rainfall 1916

carton 37, folder 16

Abstract of Report of Wm. Mulholland and J. B. Lippincott on Estimates of the Cost of the Proposed Tunnels ... through the Diablo Range, Dec. 1912, [by Leslie W. Stocker] [1918]

carton 37, folder 17

Hydro-Electric Power Plants in Oregon and Washington by P. J. Ost and L. W. Stocker 1920 Sept

carton 37, folder 18

[Report on Conditions at Pulgas Tunnel] by C. M. Taylor 1923 Dec

carton 37, folder 19

[Report on evaluation of plans for Coast Range Division] by W. F. Durand 1928

carton 37, folder 20

Report on the Water Supply of the San Francisco Peninsula—Daly City to Palo Alto, 1920 to 1928, with Population Estimates and Future Water Needs ...1930 to 1950, by M. J. Bartell 1929 Jan

carton 37, folder 21

[On rocks in the Hetch Hetchy tunnels] by Bailey Willis 1930 Nov

carton 37, folder 22-31

Progress reports 1917-1925; 1932-1933


Report for 1921 includes photographs (supplementary and duplicate): 7 prints
oversize 4, folder 2

Construction progress 1916-1929

carton 37, folder 32-57

Site Inspections 1912 Sept.-1933

carton 37, folder 58-59

Site Inspections, Reports of Grand Jury Committee 1929-1930

carton 37, folder 60

Accident investigations 1930-1932

oversize 4, folder 3

Maps 1917-1921

oversize 4, folder 4-6

Plans 1922-1923

oversize 110 C-124 C

Maps, plans and drawings n.d

tube 45

Maps, plans and drawings n.d



carton 37, folder 61

Contract No. 61, proposal 1919

carton 37, folder 62

Contract No. 70 [Pipe] for Outlet System 1919

carton 37, folder 63

Steel pipe 1922

carton 37, folder 64

Contract No. 95, Steel Bridge across Dumbarton Strait 1923

carton 37, folder 65

Contract No. 122, Newark-San Lorenzo Pipe Line 1930

carton 38, folder 1

Contract No. 142, Pipelines in Coast Range division 1933

carton 38, folder 2

Agreements and contracts 1916-1925



carton 38, folder 3

On Hetch Hetchy [1920s]

carton 38, folder 4

Meeting of Conferences of water supply engineers 1916 April-June

carton 38, folder 5

Data on Ten Masonry Gravity Type Dams in the Atlantic Coast States prepared by N. R. Ellis, Valuation Engineer, City Attorney's Office 1916 Aug

carton 38, folder 6-9

Engineering notes on construction, concrete, power 1913-1931

oversize 4, folder 7

Engineering notes 1919-1922


Legal materials

carton 38, folder 10

Water rights 1915-1918, n.d

carton 38, folder 11

F. Rolandi vs. Hetch Hetchy Railroad 1916-1919

carton 38, folder 12

Testimony and proceedings before the Grand Jury regarding Hetch Hetchy Project 1923 July

carton 38, folder 13

Testimony regarding Poopenaut Valley [ca. 1923]


O'Shaughnessy Dam Dedication, July 7, 1923

carton 38, folder 14

Correspondence, invitation, speech 1923 June-Sept

carton 38, folder 15

Excursions, publicity, printed ephemera 1923 June-Oct

carton 38, folder 16

Employees and work rules 1923-1930

carton 38, folder 17

Sign, "Notice! Public Water Supply—Do Not Pollute" 1929

carton 38, folder 18

Financial material 1920-1924, n.d


Print materials

carton 38, folder 19

Congressional Hearings 1913

carton 38, folder 20-21

Articles relating to Hetch Hetchy construction 1913-1934

oversize 4, folder 8

Hetch Hetchy Water Supply editions of The Banner , Sonora 1920 Feb.-March

carton 38, folder 22

Articles relating to Hetch Hetchy power 1915-1929

carton 38, folder 23

Articles about Hetch Hetchy, published in Municipal Record 1922-1923

oversize 4, folder 9

Articles about Hetch Hetchy 1923-1934

oversize 4, folder 10

Articles about Hetch Hetchy, published in Paris and Saigon 1926

carton 38, folder 24

Articles relating to Yosemite National Park and Secretary of the Interior 1904-1923

carton 38, folder 25

Hetch Hetchy by Ray W. Taylor, San Francisco 1926

carton 38, folder 26

Chapman Valve Manufacturing Co., Catalog and Price list, No. 32, and Bulletin No. 2 1909-1917

carton 38, folder 27

Miscellaneous 1916-1925

carton 39, folder 1-32

Clippings 1912-1934

oversize 4, folder 11-12

Clippings 1913-1934

volume 36

Scrapbook on Aqueduct Tunnel Gas Explosion, July 17, 1930, and Hetch Hetchy Tunnel Cave-In, Jan. 9, 1931, Mitchell Tunnel East 1930-1931

volume 37

Scrapbook on Tunnel Aqueduct Cave-in between Valle and Mocho, Coast Range Division, Sunday, August 28, 1932" 1932


2_4_2: Tunnels 1912-1931

Physical Description: Carton 40, folders 1-26; v., 38; Tubes 46-48; Oversize Box 4, folder 13; Oversize Folders 125-129


Contains correspondence, reports, notes, specifications, maps, plans, drawings, financial records, ephemera, printed materials, and clippings from three major tunnel projects, including the Stockton Street and Sunset Tunnels, plus Twin Peaks Tunnel which is the most thoroughly documented.


Arranged chronologically by date project began.

Stockton Street Tunnel

carton 40, folder 1

Tunnel specifications and request for proposal 1912-1913

carton 40, folder 2

Tunnel waterproofing costs 1930

oversize 125 C

Maps, plans and drawings 1914


Twin Peaks Tunnel

carton 40, folder 3-4

Correspondence 1912-1931

carton 40, folder 5

Correspondence with Twin Peaks Tunnel Property Owners Association 1911-1917

carton 40, folder 6

Report to the Board of Supervisors 1913

oversize 4, folder 13

Report, The Twin Peaks Tunnel Problem , by Herbert Schussler 1911 June

carton 40, folder 7

Progress reports 1916-1917

carton 40, folder 8

Protests and objections 1913-1915, n.d

carton 40, folder 9

Opening celebration 1917

carton 40, folder 10

Notes 1912-1917, n.d

carton 40, folder 11

Notes regarding cement and surface tests 1907

carton 40, folder 12

Damage claims 1917-1918

carton 40, folder 13

Residential Development Company of San Francisco vs. City Co. of SF, Petition to Distribute Funds remaining in Twin Peaks Ridge Assessment Fund 1928

carton 40, folder 14-15

Specifications 1913

carton 40, folder 16

Plans 1914

oversize 126 C-128 C

Maps, plans and drawings 1912-1915

tube 46-48

Maps, plans and drawings ca. 1914-1915, n.d

carton 40, folder 17

Ephemera n.d

oversize 4, folder 13

Christmas card n.d

carton 40, folder 18-19

Financial material 1915-1917, n.d

carton 40, folder 20

Print materials 1910-1920

carton 40, folder 21

Clippings 1900-1917, n.d


Sunset Tunnel

carton 40, folder 22

Notes of meeting with supervisors 1923 Nov

volume 38

Final Report on Construction by M. J. Bartell 1928 May

oversize 4, folder 13

Assessment map 1927

carton 40, folder 23

Notes, plan and print materials 1927

carton 40, folder 24

Celebrations 1927 March-Dec

carton 40, folder 25

Sunset Tunnel and Railroad Carline celebration 1928 Oct

oversize 129 C

Plans for Fillmore Street tunnel 1913

carton 40, folder 26

Related engineering notes 1913, 1930


2_4_3: Municipal Railway 1912-1933

Physical Description: Carton 40, folders 27-34; Carton 41; v. 39; Tube 49; Oversize Box 4, folders 14-15; Oversize Folder 130


Contains 8 scrapbooks, correspondence, and reports that provide detailed information about the City Engineer's plans to acquire and unify the several street railways operating independently in San Francisco. Includes notes, specifications, maps, plans and drawings, printed reports and clippings related to construction. Much of the material also relates to his efforts on behalf of the City to raise bonds to finance the work.


Arranged by format.


carton 40, folder 27

Campaign for Municipal Railway Bonds 1913 Aug. [-1914]

carton 40, folder 28-29

[Municipal Railway] 1914-1916

carton 40, folder 30-32

United Railroads 1916-1918

carton 40, folder 33-34

Street Railway Transportation and Public Ownership of Utilities 1921-1923

carton 41, folder 1

[Controversy relating to Delos F. Wilcox Study of Street Railway System] 1927

carton 41, folder 2-3

Data on Amendment 24, Street and Railway Franchises 1928

volume 39

Valuation, Acquisition and Unification of Street Railways in San Francisco 1929

carton 41, folder 4

Election Campaign Material on Charter Amendment no. 35 1930 Nov

carton 41, folder 5

Correspondence 1913-1929

carton 41, folder 6

Correspondence and reports to Board of Supervisors and Harbor Commissioner 1912-1930



carton 41, folder 7-8

Preliminary Reports, no. 1-3, by Bion J. Arnold, Consulting Engineer 1912 Feb.-March

oversize 4, folder 14

Map, unified system ... and distribution of population n.d

carton 41, folder 9

Street Railways 1911-1932

carton 41, folder 10

Elevated Ferry Terminal 1913

carton 41, folder 11

Market Street 1916-1921

carton 41, folder 12

Olympic Club Slides, includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints 1924 April

carton 41, folder 13

Municipal Railway Extensions 1926

carton 41, folder 14

San Francisco Rapid Transit 1931

carton 41, folder 15

Index [to 375+ page report] 1929


Working Notes

carton 41, folder 16

Operations and financial 1912-1928

carton 41, folder 17

Extensions and purchases 1902-1929

carton 41, folder 18

Trolley cars 1909-1911, n.d

carton 41, folder 19

Miscellaneous notes 1919, n.d

oversize 4, folder 15

Miscellaneous notes 1915-1929, n.d



carton 41, folder 20

Geary Street Railroad 1910

carton 41, folder 21

Street Cars-Car Bodies 1913

carton 41, folder 22-23

Construction of the Church Street Line 1915 Oct

carton 41, folder 24

Electric Cables and Splicing Materials 1917 March

carton 41, folder 25

Construction of the Twin Peaks Tunnel Line 1915 Oct

carton 41, folder 26

Copper Trolley Wire 1918 July

carton 41, folder 27

Union Street Line Relocation 1918 Oct

carton 41, folder 28

Wood Ties 1919 Jan

carton 41, folder 29

Track Special Work 1919 Nov

carton 41, folder 30

Automobile Bus Bodies 1920 March

oversize 130 C

Maps, plans and drawings 1910-1927

tube 49

Plans, proposed Market Street subway 1911


Related engineering notes

carton 41, folder 31-32

Chicago and New York subways 1912-1931

carton 42, folder 1

Germany 1916


Print materials

carton 42, folder 2

Financial reports, Municipal Railway of S.F. 1914-1931

carton 42, folder 3-4

Relating to Street Railways in S.F. Bay Area 1916-1933

carton 42, folder 5-6

Separation of the Central Pacific and the Southern Pacific Railroads 1922

carton 42, folder 7

Market Street Railway Company 1924-1931, n.d

carton 42, folder 8

Effect of Fare Changes on Street Railway Operations in California, California Railroad Commission 1929

carton 42, folder 9-11

Clippings 1915-1932, n.d


2_4_4: Boulevards 1915-1935

Physical Description: Carton 42, folders 12-32; Oversize Box 4, folder 16


Contains general information, chiefly correspondence and notes, about O'Shaughnessy's plans to improve roads and construct boulevards to enhance travel to and within San Francisco. Construction of the Ocean Beach Esplanade is most thoroughly documented, while only a small amount of materials relate to his other boulevard projects.


General information and major projects precede individual street projects, which are arranged alphabetically.
carton 42, folder 12

Principal boulevards and Good Roads projects 1915-1919

carton 42, folder 13

Boulevard Bond issue 1927-1928

carton 42, folder 14-16

Ocean Beach Esplanade, Section A, includes photographs (supplementary): 10 prints; Section B, includes photographs (supplementary): 10 prints; Section C, includes photographs (supplementary): 7 prints; (duplicate): 7 prints 1915-1928

carton 42, folder 17

Correspondence 1916-1929

oversize 4, folder 16

Public Comfort Station plans 1919

carton 42, folder 18

Construction and Improvements; National Industrial Recovery Act Projects 1929-1933

carton 42, folder 19

Bureau of Engineering "Right of Way Dept." 1928-1930

carton 42, folder 20

Engineering notes 1924-1926

oversize 4, folder 16

Map 1926

carton 42, folder 21

Note cards, general information 1926, n.d

carton 42, folder 22

Alemany Boulevard to Junipero Serra [1935]

carton 42, folder 23

Army Street n.d

carton 42, folder 24

Baker's Beach Road (Lincoln Blvd.), S.F. Presidio 1928

carton 42, folder 25

Bayshore Boulevard 1928-1930

carton 42, folder 26

Bernal Cut 1927, n.d

carton 42, folder 27

Harding Boulevard slide 1932

carton 42, folder 28

Junipero Sierra and Nineteen Avenue extension 1928

carton 42, folder 29

Pulgas Road (Redwood City) grading specifications 1925

carton 42, folder 30

Rincon Hill regrading 1923

carton 42, folder 31

Sunset Boulevard Specifications, Section B 1930

carton 42, folder 32

Willard St., Belmont Ave., Edgewood Ave. regrading 1915


2_4_5: City Maintenance—Water Supply 1913-1931

Physical Description: Carton 42, folders 33-39; Oversize Folders 131-132

Scope and Contents

Includes a small amount of correspondence and reports relating to wells and other potential sources available to supplement the City's supply of water, including plans for an auxiliary system for fire protection.
carton 42, folder 33-34

Wells - correspondence and reports 1913-1918



carton 42, folder 35

Source and Purification of Water Supply for P.P.I.E. by E. C. Eaton, includes photographs (supplementary): 22 prints 1915 July

carton 42, folder 36

Review of Filter Plant in Water Works of Presidio ... by Charles Gilman Hyde 1915 Aug

oversize 131 C

Map and plans 1908

carton 42, folder 37

Wells No. 620 630, Fire Dept. Lot, Sunset District—Specifications 1915

carton 42, folder 38

Auxiliary System for Fire Protection 1911-1931

oversize 132 C

Maps, plans and drawings 1910-1921

carton 42, folder 39

Print materials, clippings 1914-1915, n.d


2_4_6: Waste Management 1913-1933

Physical Description: Carton 42, folders 40-43; Carton 43, folders 1-7; Oversize Folders 133-134

Scope and Contents

Contains reports, statements, plans, specifications, printed materials, and correspondence concerning the problems of waste management, and the City Engineer's recommendations for sewage disposal and the use of refuse incinerators. Includes materials relating to campaigns for sewer bonds to finance the necessary work, a table showing typhoid cases to illustrate the need for sanitary treatment of waste.
carton 42, folder 40

Baker Beach outlet sewer report [1915?]-1922

carton 42, folder 41

Specifications 1913

carton 42, folder 42

Mile Rock outlet sewer, final report, Contract no. 39, R. C. Storrie Co., C. M. Taylor, Asst. Engineer 1916

carton 42, folder 43

Golden Gate Park sewage plant 1916, n.d


Sewer systems

carton 43, folder 1

Plans and specifications 1885-1922

oversize 133 C

Map n.d

carton 43, folder 2

Print materials 1910-1933

carton 43, folder 3

Sewer bond materials 1908-1928

oversize 134 C

Table of typhoid cases [after 1926]

carton 43, folder 4

Refuse incinerator - correspondence and statements 1923-1930

carton 43, folder 5

Islais Creek refuse incinerator, report of 30 Days trial 1914

carton 43, folder 6

Refuse incinerator recommendation 1929

carton 43, folder 7

Suit of M.M.O's vs. The Daily News 1923


2_4_7: Land Reclamation 1925-1933

Physical Description: Carton 43, folders 8-16; Tubes 50-51; Oversize Box 4, folder 17; Oversize Folder 135

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, and maps relating to two proposed projects: Islais Creek and South Basin Canal. Also includes materials relating to bonds, legal issues, specifications, notes and clippings, and financial reports.

Islais Creek

carton 43, folder 8

Correspondence 1927-1933

carton 43, folder 9

Assessment Commissioners minutes of meetings 1927-1933

carton 43, folder 10

Reports, includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints 1925-1931, n.d

carton 43, folder 11

South Basin Canal 1929-1930

oversize 4, folder 17

Map n.d

oversize 135 C

Map n.d

tube 50-51

Maps n.d

carton 43, folder 12

Bonds 1930-1931

carton 43, folder 13

Henry A. Whitley vs. Islais Creek Reclamation District 1930-1931

carton 43, folder 14

Notes and clippings 1926-1931

carton 43, folder 15

Specifications for Rock Bullhead Wall in Trench 1930

carton 43, folder 16

Financial reports 1930-1932, n.d


2_4_8: Public Utilities Commission, Consulting Engineer Files 1932-1934

Physical Description: Carton 43, folder 17-30; v. 40-41; Oversize Box 4, folder 18

Scope and Contents

When his position as City Engineer was eliminated through reorganization in 1932, O'Shaughnessy was relegated to the role of Consulting Engineer, Hetch Hetchy Water Supply, and his office and files were removed from City Hall to 425 Mason Street. There is one folder containing memoranda and detailed reports of "inspection trips" taken by car, often with one of his daughters, to view water projects throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. The bulk of the files concern his study of the Central Valley Project of the State Water Plan Association, and includes correspondence, reports and background information, notes, print materials, and clippings.
carton 43, folder 17

Memoranda and reports of trips 1932-1934

carton 43, folder 18

Central Valley Project, State Water Plan Association


Correspondence 1933-1934

carton 43, folder 19

Report, "Importance ... to ... Los Angeles Industrial Area," by George W. Dowrie 1933 Dec

carton 43, folder 20

Background information 1931-1932

carton 43, folder 21

Notes 1933


Print materials

carton 43, folder 22

Regarding bond measure 1933

carton 43, folder 23

Regarding Roosevelt's National Recovery Program for California 1933

carton 43, folder 24

Analysis, interpretation, and other published statements 1933

oversize 4, folder 18

Article, "Central Valley Project," published in The Argonaut 1934 June

carton 43, folder 25

Report to legislature 1931

carton 43, folder 26

Sacramento River Basin 1929-1931

volume 40-41

San Joaquin River Basin 1931

carton 43, folder 27

Salt water problem 1928-1930

carton 43, folder 28

Irrigation laws 1909-1931

carton 43, folder 29

Clippings 1933-1934

carton 43, folder 30

Brochures: "Behind Your Faucet," published by the Public Utilities Commission n.d


Series 3: Professional Activities 1897-1935

Physical Description: Cartons 44-48; Box 17; v. 42; Oversize Box 5, folders 1-8; Oversize Folders 136-142

Scope and Contents

Divided into 4 sub-series: Biographical Information, Professional Organizations, Writings, and Professional Consultations and Investigations. Contains O'Shaughnessy's own statements about his accomplishments as well as comments by others about his life and career, along with files relating to his participation in numerous engineering organizations. Contains drafts and published copies of his writing for the engineering profession, consisting chiefly of articles, and a book, a translation, and a few contributions to works by others. The series concludes with materials O'Shaughnessy gathered during visits to projects of fellow engineers.

Subseries 3_1: Biographical Information 1897-1935

Physical Description: Carton 44, folders 1-2; Oversize Box 5, folders 1-3


Contains several versions of O'Shaughnessy's own biographical and professional record statements submitted in support of his candidacy for membership in professional organizations. Also includes obituaries, as well as articles and clippings noting honors and tributes awarded throughout his career, plus a few cartoons and caricatures of M. M. O'Shaughnessy.


Arranged hierarchically.
carton 44, folder 1

Biographical and professional record 1897-1933

oversize 5, folder 1

Honorary doctoral degree, University of San Francisco 1930

carton 44, folder 2

Obituaries and tributes 1934

oversize 5, folder 2-3

Obituaries, honors and tributes 1934-1935, n.d

carton 44, folder 3

Caricatures and cartoon sketches 1917-1919, n.d


Subseries 3_2: Professional Organizations 1900-1934

Physical Description: Carton 44, folders 3-62; Carton 45; Carton 46, folders 1-5; v. 42; Oversize Box 5, folders 4-5; Oversize Folder 136


O'Shaughnessy was active in national, regional, and local engineering associations, societies, and clubs. He frequently presented technical papers and published articles describing both current and past projects, commented on papers written by his peers, served on committees, and organized inspection trips and outings for fellow engineers.
Files relating to professional organizations are followed by invitations to speak to various engineering societies outside the San Francisco area and to engineering students at several universities, as well as honorary appointments to state boards and commissions. Includes correspondence, organizational materials, minutes of meetings, typescripts and published versions of articles and speeches, reports, notes, membership rosters, maps, photographs, printed material, and newspaper clippings.


Arranged alphabetically by name of organization, and then hierarchically. Files relating to national organizations or to local sections and chapters appear first, depending on O'Shaughnessy's level of participation, as reflected in his papers.
carton 44, folder 3

American Association of Engineers - correspondence 1917-1929


American Association of Engineers, San Francisco Chapter and East Bay Club

carton 44, folder 4

Correspondence 1918-1924

carton 44, folder 5

Tenth Annual convention, San Francisco 1924 June

carton 44, folder 6

Reports of Special Committee on Hetch Hetchy Power, and Committee on Public Affairs 1924

carton 44, folder 7

American Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers - correspondence 1922-1923

carton 44, folder 8

American Society for Testing Materials 1916-1933


American Society of Civil Engineers, San Francisco Section

carton 44, folder 9

Organization and Bylaws 1905

carton 44, folder 10-11

Meeting proceedings 1916-1934

carton 44, folder 12

Correspondence 1915-1924


Papers presented by M. M. O'Shaughnessy

carton 44, folder 13

"Some Observations, Professional and Otherwise, Made in Connection with a Recent Journey East," Palace Hotel 1916 April 18

carton 44, folder 14

"The Tunnels of San Francisco" 1917 Oct. 16

carton 44, folder 15

[Acceptance speech as President] 1920 Feb. 17

carton 44, folder 16

"Water Resources Investigation of the State" 1922 June

carton 44, folder 17

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Construction Plans," Hotel St. Francis 1925 June 23

carton 44, folder 18

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Project" 1926 Dec

carton 44, folder 19

"Recent Construction on the Hetch Hetchy Project," including text of talk by L. W. Stocker, Chief Civil Engineer, Hetch Hetchy Water Supply 1932 June 21


Inspection trips and excursions

carton 44, folder 20

Twin Peaks tunnel and Ocean Esplanade 1916 June

carton 44, folder 21

Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo 1919 May

carton 44, folder 22

Alpine Dam, Marin Municipal Water District 1920 May

carton 44, folder 23

Special excursion over Hetch Hetchy Project 1920 June

carton 44, folder 24

Colusa and points on the Sacramento River 1921 April 2-3

carton 44, folder 25

Caribou Development of the Great Western Power Company, Lake Almanor and Feather River [with the Engineers' Club of San Francisco?] 1921 April 16

carton 44, folder 26

San Pablo Dam, East Bay Water Company 1921 Oct


Includes photographs (duplicate): 9 prints
carton 44, folder 27

Mare Island Navy Yard and Milliken Dam 1923 March, 1923 Oct

carton 44, folder 28

Exchequer Dam of the Merced Irrigation District and Pleasant Valley Bridge of Yosemite Rail Road, includes photographs (supplementary): 15 prints 1926 Feb

carton 44, folder 29

Stockton Dam, Calaveras Cement Plant, and Pardee Dam, includes photographs (supplementary): 12 prints 1930 April

carton 44, folder 30

Mokelumne River Development, Salt Springs Dam and P.G. E. Conduit, includes photographs (supplementary): 53 prints 1930 Oct

carton 44, folder 31

Plans, includes photographs (supplementary): 10 prints 1929

carton 44, folder 32

San Joaquin Pipe Line, and Coast Range Tunnel, with East Bay Section 1931 Oct., 1931 Dec

carton 44, folder 33

Resolution regarding M. M. O'Shaughnessy as City Engineer of San Francisco 1930 Aug


American Society of Civil Engineers, (N.Y.)

carton 44, folder 34

Correspondence 1910-1933

carton 44, folder 35

Sub-Structure Engineering Committee 1931-1932


Papers presented by M.M. O'Shaughnessy

carton 44, folder 36

"Construction of the Morena Rock Fill Dam, San Diego County, California" 1911 Dec. 20

carton 44, folder 37

"Final Discussion of Paper on Morena Rock-Fill Dam 1912

carton 44, folder 38

The Water System of the Southern California Mountain Water Company" 1912 April 19

carton 44, folder 39

"Construction Progress of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply of San Francisco, California" 1922 Dec

carton 44, folder 40

"Ocean Beach Esplanade, San Francisco, California" 1924


Discussions on papers presented by others

carton 44, folder 41

Correspondence 1914-1933

carton 44, folder 42

"The Reconstruction of the Stony River Dam," by F.W. Scheidenhelm [1917]-1920

carton 44, folder 43

"Hydraulic Fill Dams," by Allen Hazen 1920

carton 44, folder 44

"Multiple-Arch Dam at Gem Lake on Rush Creek, California," by Fred O. Dolson and Walter L. Huber [1925]

carton 44, folder 45

"Problems in Concrete Dam Construction," by Arthur S. Bent [1926]

carton 44, folder 46

"Historic Review of the Development of Sanitary Engineering in the U.S. ... a Symposium," by George W. Fuller, [1927]

carton 44, folder 47

"Symposium on High Dams," by A. J. Wiley and D. C. Henny 1928 Oct.-[1930]

carton 44, folder 48

"State Supervision of Dams," [by A. H. Markwart and M. C. Hinderlider] 1930 Jan.; 1932 Jan

carton 44, folder 49

"The Plan of Boston, Massachusetts: A Capital City," by Arthur C. Comey 1933 March

carton 44, folder 50

"High Dams on Pervious Glacial Drift," by Edward W. Burd 1933 April


International Engineering Congress, San Francisco

carton 44, folder 51

Correspondence 1913-1915

carton 44, folder 52

Papers presented by M. M. O'Shaughnessy - "Irrigation in the Hawaiian Islands" 1904 Oct


Discussions on papers presented by others

carton 44, folder 53

"City Planning, " by Nelson P. Lewis [1915]

carton 44, folder 54

"London Traffic in 1913," by Albert Stanley [1915]

carton 44, folder 55

"Streets," by George W. Tillson [1915]

carton 44, folder 56

"Utilities," by A. C. Humphreys, and "Public Utilities," by Edward Willis [1915]


Fall meeting, San Francisco

carton 44, folder 57

Correspondence and lists of members and guests, including reprint of "Plant and Program on the Hetch Hetchy Dam," from Engineering News-Record , v. 89, no. 12 1922 Oct. 4-8

carton 44, folder 58

Hetch Hetchy Water Supply Excursion 1922 Oct. 5-8

carton 44, folder 59

Annual convention, Pasadena - Presidential Address: "Historical Notes on Engineers and Engineering Activities In California," by C. E. Grunsky 1924 June

carton 44, folder 60

Annual convention, Yellowstone National Park - correspondence and printed material, includes photographs (6); prints taken by Daniel W. Mead 1932 July

carton 44, folder 61

Membership endorsements 1910-1932

carton 44, folder 62

Forms and information 1905-1932

carton 45, folder 1-2

Print materials 1914-1934

carton 45, folder 3

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - correspondence 1916-1929


American Water Works Association

carton 45, folder 4

Correspondence, meetings 1916-1932


Articles by M. M. O'Shaughnessy

carton 45, folder 5

"The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply of the City of San Francisco" 1922 Sept

carton 45, folder 6

"Prevention of Pollution of Watersheds" 1924 Aug

carton 45, folder 7

"Electrical Equipment--Moccasin Power Development," for Philadelphia Convention, May 15-19, 1925 1925 March

carton 45, folder 8

"San Francisco Water Supply Progress" 1928 June

carton 45, folder 9

"Power Plant Aids Water Department" 1928 Sept

carton 45, folder 10

"Solving Problems as They Are Met in a Great Water Supply Project" 1929 June 19

carton 45, folder 11

"Moccasin Dam of San Francisco Hetch Hetchy System" 1929 Aug

carton 45, folder 12

"San Francisco Buys a Water System" 1930 April

carton 45, folder 13

"Emergency Measures Avert Water Shortage in San Francisco" 1931 May

carton 45, folder 14

"San Francisco's Water Supply" 1931 May

carton 45, folder 15

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply" 1933 May

carton 45, folder 16

American Water Works Association, California Section - first annual meeting, San Francisco 1920

carton 45, folder 17

California Association of Civil Engineers - constitution, by-laws, rules and regulations 1900

carton 45, folder 18

Engineering Council and American Engineering Council of the Federated American Engineering Societies - Joint Committee on Classification and Compensation of Engineers 1920-1922


Engineering Foundation

carton 45, folder 19

Correspondence and reports 1918-1929


Committee on Arch Dam Investigation

carton 45, folder 20

Background information, outline of work, references, and list of members 1922-1924

carton 45, folder 21

Correspondence 1922-1924

carton 45, folder 22-25

Correspondence, memoranda and reports 1926-1933


Letters of April and July 1926 includes photographs (supplementary): 2 prints
carton 45, folder 26-31

Sub-committee on Construction and Tests, Stevenson Creek Test Dam reports and minutes of meetings 1926-1927

oversize 136 B

Plans 1928

carton 45, folder 32

Engineering notes 1926

oversize 5, folder 4

Arch dams study 1924, n.d

oversize 5, folder 5

Cain Formula, Kramer Curves; Cain Formula, Fowler Curves 1927

carton 45, folder 33

Report, vol. 1, published in Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers 1928 May

carton 45, folder 34

Report on Repairing and Strengthening of the Lake Pleasant Multiple Arch Dam 1927

carton 45, folder 35

Report on Emigrant Creek Dam, Talent, Oregon, by F. A. Noetzli S. M. Cotton 1929

carton 45, folder 36

Articles and clippings 1919-1929

volume 42

Sub-committee on Model Tests, conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation at the University of Colorado, J. L. Savage, Chairman, et. al. 1931 June


Engineers' Club of San Francisco

carton 45, folder 37

Correspondence, notices and rosters 1914-1932

carton 45, folder 38

Address on "The Water Supply of San Francisco" 1914 Aug. 5


Engineer's Luncheon Club, Oakland, Calif.

carton 45, folder 39

Correspondence relating to address on "Engineering Problems of a Great City" 1922 Nov. 16

carton 45, folder 40

Address on "The Transbay Bridge" 1929 Oct. 18

carton 45, folder 41

The Pacific Association of Consulting Engineers - constitution and by-laws, correspondence, meeting announcements and minutes, membership roster, and receipts 1913-1927

carton 45, folder 42

San Francisco Joint Council of Engineering Societies 1920

carton 45, folder 43

San Francisco Municipal Engineering Association - newsletter, No. 9 1918 Aug


Society of Military Engineers

carton 45, folder 44

Correspondence 1920-1928

carton 45, folder 45

Meeting announcements, minutes, memoranda, and membership directory 1924-1930


Articles and speeches by M. M. O'Shaughnessy

carton 45, folder 46

Talk [on rebuilding of San Francisco and Hetch Hetchy Project] 1921 March

carton 45, folder 47

"Rebuilding San Francisco After the Fire" 1922 Nov.-Dec

carton 45, folder 48

"Boulevard System in San Francisco Approaching Completion" 1931 Nov.-Dec

carton 46, folder 1

Invitations to speak to engineering societies outside San Francisco Bay Area, including: 1911-1920s


Civil Engineers Society [New York]


Engineers Club of Sacramento

carton 46, folder 2

Invitations to speak to engineering students, including: 1912-1928


Stanford University;


University of California, Berkeley;


University of Santa Clara;


University of Virginia


Honorary appointments

carton 46, folder 3

Examining Board, California Highway Commission Correspondence and notes 1926 Jan

carton 46, folder 4-5

Honorary Advisory Committee of Engineers, California Water Resources Commission - correspondence and reports 1931-1932


Subseries 3_3: Writings 1902-1934

Physical Description: Carton 46, folders 6-50; Box 17; Oversize Box 5, folder 6


Chiefly contains typescripts and published copies, if available, of O'Shaughnessy's writings intended for his engineering colleagues and professional peers, along with related correspondence, notes, clippings, and printed materials.


Divided into 3 otherlevel: Articles, Books, and Translations and Contributions.

3_3_1: Articles 1902-1934, n.d

Physical Description: Carton 46, folders 6-37


O'Shaughnessy was a regular contributor to professional journals related to engineering, including Engineering News , Engineering Record , Western Engineering , and Western Pipe and Steel News . In addition to articles in which he described his projects in Hawaii, San Diego, and San Francisco (particularly Hetch Hetchy) for the engineering profession, his general topics of discussion included water resources, irrigation, dam design, transportation systems, and power schemes.
Files generally include correspondence, typescripts and notes, and a printed copy of each article, and are followed by one folder of correspondence with publishers regarding articles for which no copy was found.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 46, folder 6

"Irrigation," The Hawaiian Planters' Monthly , published for The Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association 1902 Dec

carton 46, folder 7

"San Diego's Unlimited Water Supply," Engineering News , and The Engineering Record 1907-1908

carton 46, folder 8

"The Water Resources of San Diego County" ca. 1908

carton 46, folder 9

"Water Company Plans to Protect Against Famine" ca. 1908

carton 46, folder 10

"Irrigation Works in the Hawaiian Islands," The Engineering Record and Journal of Electricity 1909

carton 46, folder 11

"A Large Blast at Morena Dam, California," Engineering News 1909 Dec

carton 46, folder 12

"The Morena Rock-Fill Dam, California," Engineering News 1913 June

carton 46, folder 13

["Dam Designing and Construction"], Journal of Electricity Power and Gas [1914]

carton 46, folder 14

"The Municipal Engineering Works of the City of San Francisco," reprinted from Pacific Coast Number of Engineering News , Feb. 18, 1915 1915 Feb

carton 46, folder 15

"Editorial: Safety in Dam Design," Engineering Record 1916 Feb

carton 46, folder 16

"The Boulevard System of San Francisco," Western Engineering 1916 May

carton 46, folder 17

"Civic Growth: Its Place in Industry," Journal of Electricity and Western Industry [ca. 1920]

carton 46, folder 18

"The Hetch Hetchy Water Supply of the City of San Francisco," Engineering (London) 1920 July

carton 46, folder 19

"Construction Features of Hetch Hetchy Dam," Engineering and Contracting 1922 March

carton 46, folder 20

"The Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Project; What San Francisco is Doing to Insure Its Future Water Supply," Pacific Engineer, v. III, no. 8 1922 Aug

carton 46, folder 21

"Outstanding Features of the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," California Engineer, v. 1, no. 1 1923 Jan

carton 46, folder 22

"Recent Activity on the Hetch Hetchy Water Supply," Pacific Engineer, v. IV, no. 6 1923 June

carton 46, folder 23

"Hetch Hetchy- San Francisco's Great Water and Power Project," Western Pipe and Steel News, v. 1, no. 8 1924 Dec

carton 46, folder 24

"Replying to Letter of C. E. Grunsky to Engineering News Record : Cost of Power from San Francisco's Municipal Plant" 1926 March

carton 46, folder 25

"Difficult Caisson Work in Pipe Line Bridge," Water Works Engineering, The Journal of the Water Works Profession, v. LXXIX, no.18 1926 Sept

carton 46, folder 26

"San Francisco's Boulevard Construction," Engineering News- Record 1928 Nov

carton 46, folder 27

"The City Engineer," Professional Engineer 1929 Jan

carton 46, folder 28

"Hetch Hetchy Water Supply for the City of San Francisco," Engineering (London) 1929 Jan

carton 46, folder 29

"Long Distance Water Transmission Involves Daring Engineering Problems," Hydraulic Engineering, vol. V, no. 8 1929 Aug

carton 46, folder 30

"Shannon Power Scheme" ["Irish Power from Shannon Nearly Ready"], San Francisco Chronicle 1929 Sept

carton 46, folder 31

"Pipe Lines of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct," Engineering News-Record 1930 March

carton 46, folder 32

[Letter regarding discussion on erosion by Professors Terzaghi and Krynine; includes description of slides at Olympic Club Grounds, San Francisco 1931 July 16

carton 46, folder 33

"The San Joaquin Division of Hetch Hetchy," Western Pipe and Steel News , v. VIII, no. 2 1931 Sept

carton 46, folder 34

"Article for Western Construction News" [Construction of Hetch Hetchy Road] [1931]

carton 46, folder 35

"Discussion on Boulder Dam" 1934 April

carton 46, folder 36

"Priest Dam on the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct," Civil Engineering 1934 May

carton 46, folder 37

Correspondence with publishers regarding articles 1913-1929


3_3_2: Books 1934, n.d

Physical Description: Box 17; Carton 46, folder 38


Contains typescript drafts and correspondence related to the publication of O'Shaughnessy's book on Hetch Hetchy, along with his personal copy. Also included here is another work, a recollection of his engineering career, which was never published.

Hetch Hetchy: Its Origin and History

box 17, folder 1-19

Typescripts, drafts 1 and 2 1934

box 17, folder 20

M.M. O'Shaughnessy's copy of published book 1934

box 17, folder 21

Correspondence and bids from printers 1934 Aug

box 17, folder 22

Correspondence with the Recorder, Printing and Publishing Co., and Beck-Gerlach Printing Co. 1934 Aug

box 17, folder 23

Correspondence with John Newbegin - bookseller, publicity, and mailing lists 1934 Oct

box 17, folder 24

Acknowledgements 1934 Oct

carton 46, folder 38

"Engineering Experiences: From Honolulu to Hetch Hetchy" n.d


3_3_3: Translations and Contributions 1911-1931

Physical Description: Carton 46, folders 39-50; Oversize Box 5, folder 6


Includes O'Shaughnessy's translation of Prof. Fantoli's report on rock fill dams in Italy, as well as the original report (in Italian), correspondence, clippings, and print materials relating to Fantoli and to irrigation and engineering in Italy.
Contributions to works by other engineers consist mainly of O'Shaughnessy's revisions and corrections to portions of textbooks on dam construction, plus two chapters on the engineering profession. Includes corrected typescripts and correspondence.


Arranged chronologically.

Report on Rock Fill Dams [in Italy] by Professor Comm. G. Fantoli

carton 46, folder 39

Corrected typescript, with report in Italian 1918

carton 46, folder 40

Typescript translation 1918

carton 46, folder 41

Comments on Prof. Fantoli and correspondence, including letters from Carlo Bonomi, 1924 1920-1924

oversize 5, folder 6

Article about Prof. Fantoli 1925 Nov

carton 46, folder 42

Print materials relating to irrigation in Italy 1907

carton 46, folder 43-44

Print materials relating to engineering in Italy 1912-1925

carton 46, folder 45

Schuyler, James D., Reservoirs - corrections to text on Barrett and Morena Dams 1911

carton 46, folder 46

Wegmann, Edward, The Design and Construction of Dams 1921-1928

carton 46, folder 47

Correspondence of Fred A. Noetzli and J. G. Tripp regarding Report on Lake Pleasant Dam, Arizona [used in chapter by M.M.O'S.] 1926-1927

carton 46, folder 48

Bogert, C. L., Water Works Hand Book - correspondence 1923-1927

carton 46, folder 49

"The City Engineer," chapter for The Engineer , published by American Association of Engineers 1929

carton 46, folder 50

"Water Supply Engineering," chapter for Vocational Guidance in Engineering Lines, published by American Association of Engineers 1931


Subseries 3_4: Professional Consultations And Investigations 1908-1934

Physical Description: Cartons 47-48; Oversize Box 5, folders 7-8; Oversize Folders 137-142


Consists of files related to various projects on which O'Shaughnessy consulted as a professional courtesy to his fellow engineers—or resulting from his own interest in their work. These differ from his work as a consulting engineer in that he had no official role on these projects and was not compensated. Occasionally he would write and sometimes publish articles on his findings, as with the Shannon Power Scheme and the Boulder Canyon Project, but more often O'Shaughnessy simply retained these files for reference purposes. There is some evidence that plans and drawings he gathered in connection with these trips may have been maintained in his office while San Francisco City Engineer. Includes correspondence, notes, reports, plans and specifications, maps, clippings, and printed materials.


Arranged chronologically.
carton 47, folder 1

Roosevelt Dam, Arizona, Chester N. Smith, U.S. Geological Survey - specifications, costs, proposal 1908-1911


Denver Union Water Company

carton 47, folder 2

Correspondence 1910-1914

carton 47, folder 3

Reports and maps 1910

oversize 137 B

Statistics 1913

oversize 138 C

Map n.d

carton 47, folder 4

Moffat Water Tunnel - correspondence, includes photographs (supplementary): 8 prints 1930 April


City of Sacramento, water supply study

carton 47, folder 5

Notes by Charles Gilman Hyde, and clippings 1910 April

carton 47, folder 6

Prospectus 1912

carton 47, folder 7

Contracts and proposals 1915

oversize 139 B

Contracts and proposals 1915

oversize 140 C

Sacramento River survey by Stanley, Kraemer Hunter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1909

carton 47, folder 8

Arrowhead Dam Failure, San Bernardino - correspondence, notes, and clippings 1910 May


Mission Tunnel, Santa Barbara

carton 47, folder 9

Correspondence 1911 Jan.-April

carton 47, folder 10-11

Articles and clippings 1910-1912


Pit River Development, Pacific Gas Electric Co.

carton 47, folder 12

Notes on trip, clippings 1921

carton 47, folder 13

Report of inspection by C. M. Taylor, includes photographs (supplementary): 23 prints 1922

carton 47, folder 14

Report of inspection by L. G. Degnan, includes photographs (supplementary): 14 prints 1924 May

carton 47, folder 15

Articles 1921-1923

carton 47, folder 16

Muscle Shoals Power Project, Tennessee River, Alabama (Henry Ford) - correspondence, reports, print materials, clippings 1921-1932


Shannon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme (Ireland)

carton 47, folder 17

Correspondence 1927-1933

oversize 141 C

Plan, "Suggested City of Dublin Water Supply from Poulaphuca" 1923-1924

carton 47, folder 18-22

Printed materials 1910-1933

carton 47, folder 23

Clippings 1925-1934


San Gabriel Dam, Los Angeles County Flood Control District

carton 47, folder 24

Correspondence and articles 1924-1932

carton 47, folder 25

Report by J. W. Reagan, Chief Engineer 1924

carton 47, folder 26-27

Specifications 1927-1928

carton 47, folder 28

Print materials [1923]-1925

carton 47, folder 29

Clippings 1924-1932

carton 47, folder 30

Shoshone Dam, Powell, Wyoming - correspondence, includes photographs (supplementary): 6 prints 1925 July


Boulder Canyon Project

carton 48, folder 1

Correspondence 1923-1934

carton 48, folder 2

Notes 1930-1932

carton 48, folder 3

Notes on trip 1934 March

carton 48, folder 4

Memorandum of trip by R. L. Allin [and C. L. Cook], includes photographs (supplementary): 21 prints 1933 Nov

carton 48, folder 5

Memorandum of trip by John H. Ryan 1934 April



carton 48, folder 6

Colorado River Board of Engineers to Secretary of the Interior 1928 Nov

carton 48, folder 7

U. S. Dept. of the Interior [on rate charge for power] 1929

carton 48, folder 8

[on Energy from Boulder Canyon Dam... to San Diego] by N. A. Eckart 1931 April

carton 48, folder 9

Specifications, Hoover Dam, Power Plant and Appurtenant Works 1930 Dec


Print materials

carton 48, folder 10-11

Colorado River 1923-1930

carton 48, folder 12

Congressional bills and reports 1928

carton 48, folder 13

Boulder Dam 1928-1934

carton 48, folder 14

"Boulder Canyon Project—Questions and Answers" 1930-1933

carton 48, folder 15-16

Hoover Dam 1931-1934

carton 48, folder 17

Clippings 1928-1932


Metropolitan Water Company of Southern California

carton 48, folder 18

Correspondence and notes 1924-1934


San Jacinto Tunnel

carton 48, folder 19

Correspondence and notes relating to water flow in Potrero Shaft 1934 July

carton 48, folder 20

Specifications 1932


Print materials relating to Owens Valley Water

carton 48, folder 21

Geology and Resources of Owens Valley, California by Willis T. Lee 1906


The Conspiracy; an exposure of the Owens River Water and San Fernando Land Frauds by W. T. Spilman 1912


An Intensive Study of the Water Resources Of a Part of Owens Valley, California by Charles H. Lee 1912

carton 48, folder 22

Reports on the Sanitary Investigation of Owens River and the Los Angeles Aqueduct [1914]


[Senate] Hearings before the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation , El Centro, Calif. 1925


Communication to the California Legislature Relating to the Owens Valley Water Situation; 1931 April


Facts Concerning the Owens Valley Reparations Claims... from the Dept. of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles n.d

carton 48, folder 23

Print materials 1911, n.d

carton 48, folder 24

Colorado River Aqueduct News, (v. 1, Nos. 6, 8-17) 1934

carton 48, folder 25

Clippings 1929-1932

oversize 5, folder 7

Clippings 1922


Alameda-Oakland Estuary Tunnel

carton 48, folder 26

Correspondence with editor and A. R. Baker, including typescript of article 1928

carton 48, folder 27

Plans, specifications, notes, and print materials 1925-1928

oversize 5, folder 8

Plans 1924

oversize 142 C

Plans 1926

carton 48, folder 28

Bonneville Dam, Columbia River, Portland, Oregon - correspondence, specifications, clippings 1933-1934


Series 4: Engineering Notes and Reference Materials ca. 1900-1934

Physical Description: Cartons 49-51; Boxes 18-19; Oversize Box 5, folders 9-11


Contains field notebooks and other detailed notes with calculations relating to O'Shaughnessy's various projects, along with reference materials on general topics of interest to, and possibly maintained in, the San Francisco City Engineer's office.

Subseries 4_1: Notebooks and Notes 1900-1932

Physical Description: Boxes 18-19; Carton 49, folders 1-5


Consists of small "pocket" notebooks in which O'Shaughnessy recorded field measurements, calculations, and related information for current projects. Some notebooks are titled by project, while others cover several projects for each year. Folders containing loose pages with similar types of notations follow the small bound volumes.


Arranged chronologically.
box 18, folder 1

Hawaii 1900

box 18, folder 2

Makaweli Ditch, Olokele Valley, Hawaii 1901

box 18, folder 3

Makaweli, Hawaii [1901]-1903

box 18, folder 4

Koolau Ditch, Hawaii 1902-1903

box 18, folder 5

Hawaii 1903

box 18, folder 6

Kohala Ditch, Hawaii 1903-1906

box 18, folder 7

[Southern California Mountain Water Co.] [1904-1907]

box 18, folder 8

Oahu Sugar, Hawaii 1905

box 18, folder 9

Kohala Ditch, Hawaii 1906

box 18, folder 10

Kohala Ditch, Wailoa Extension, Hawaii 1906-1907

box 18, folder 11

[San Diego, Calif.] 1907-1908

box 18, folder 12-13

Throttle Dam, Raton, New Mexico 1909-1910

box 18, folder 14

[Yuba River Canal, Calif.] 1911-[1912]

box 18, folder 15

Spreckels Sugar Co., Spreckels, Calif. 1911-1912

box 18, folder 16

Twin Peaks Reservoir, San Francisco, and Crocker Huffman Land Water Co. 1912

box 18, folder 17-19

[Consulting and San Francisco City Engineer] [1913]-1918

box 19, folder 1-14

[Consulting and San Francisco City Engineer] 1919-1932

carton 49, folder 1

Notes of visit [to Hawaii?] 1905

carton 49, folder 2

Consulting, including Burlingame; Loyola; Napa; Cypress Lawn; Holy Cross Cemetery; Capuchino; Marin project; Mill Valley 1908

carton 49, folder 3

[Unidentified project] n.d

carton 49, folder 4-5

Consulting, including Burlingame; Throttle Dam; Stanislaus River; Cleveland, Ohio; San Diego; Holy Cross Cemetery; Spring Valley Water; Bear Valley Dam; Crockett; Ireland; Arizona 1903-1911


Subseries 4_2: Reference Materials [ca. 1900-1934]

Physical Description: Carton 49, folders 6-18; Cartons 50-51; Oversize Box 5, folders 9-11


Consists of subject files containing printed materials and newspaper clippings on topics of personal interest to O'Shaughnessy. Although most of the materials are marked "personal," there is some evidence that these materials may have been kept in his office while San Francisco City Engineer and maintained by some of his assistants.


Arranged alphabetically.
carton 49, folder 6


carton 49, folder 7

Building construction

carton 49, folder 8

City planning

carton 49, folder 9


carton 49, folder 10


carton 49, folder 11


carton 49, folder 12


carton 49, folder 13

Dam failures

oversize 5, folder 9

Dam failures, including Austin Dam Failure Study by R. P. McIntosh, 1911

carton 49, folder 14-15


oversize 5, folder 10


oversize 5, folder 11

Notes on arched, gravity, earth and rock fill dams

carton 49, folder 16


carton 49, folder 17


carton 49, folder 18


carton 50, folder 1

Engines and motors

carton 50, folder 2

Erosion and watershed protection

carton 50, folder 3-5

Floods—Sacramento Valley

carton 50, folder 6-7


carton 50, folder 8

Harbor development

carton 50, folder 9

Highways and pavement

carton 50, folder 10

Hydro-electric power

carton 50, folder 11-12

Irrigation; irrigation flumes, headgates, valves

carton 50, folder 13


carton 50, folder 14

Municipal handbooks

carton 50, folder 15-16


carton 50, folder 17

Public utilities

carton 51, folder 1


carton 51, folder 2

Reclamation projects

carton 51, folder 3

Refuse and sewage treatment

carton 51, folder 4

Reservoirs, canals, tunnels

carton 51, folder 5

Steam engines

carton 51, folder 6


carton 51, folder 7

Water flow

carton 51, folder 8-10

Water resources—California: American River, Kings River, Pit River, Santa Clara Valley

carton 51, folder 11

Water resources—Oregon

carton 51, folder 12-13

Water supply

carton 51, folder 14-16

Water supply—Kings River, Pacific Slope Basins

carton 51, folder 17

Water tanks and towers

carton 51, folder 18

Water works systems

carton 51, folder 19

Wells and water pumps


Series 5: Personal and Family Papers 1882-1937

Physical Description: Cartons 52-54; Oversize Box 5, folders 12-15; Oversize Folders 143-154; Tube 52


Contains a small amount of personal correspondence with friends and family, along with some personal items, including an early diary, school notebooks relating to chemistry, geometry, mathematics, and physics, and travel notes and reminiscences from O'Shaughnessy's early years in Mill Valley and again toward the end of his life. Invitations, memberships, and birthday and other greeting cards provide the only evidence of social activity apart from his life as an engineer. Also includes notes regarding his health, and letters of sympathy and tributes following his death.
The bulk of O'Shaughnessy's personal papers relate to the purchase and maintenance of his properties in Mill Valley, San Francisco, Paso Robles, Stockton, and Siskiyou, Shasta, and San Diego counties, as well as mining investments. Other financial records include personal and household accounts, and the protracted settlement of his estate.
Family correspondence includes only a few letters from his mother, siblings, wife, daughters, son, nieces, and various Irish cousins. The series concludes with papers relating to the settlement of the estates of his sister, Margaret Hobson, and his in-laws, John and Sophia Spottiswood, and a few notes on his Irish ancestry.


Arranged hierarchically by type of material, and then chronologically.

Personal correspondence

carton 52, folder 1-2

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1891-1933, n.d

carton 52, folder 3

Kains, Archibold 1933-1934

carton 52, folder 4

Regarding charitable contributions 1904-1931

carton 52, folder 5

Diary 1894-1927



carton 52, folder 6

Stories and recollections 1902-1905

carton 52, folder 7-10

"My Trip Abroad," July 16-Oct. 25, journal and typescript, published article, scrapbooks, and notebook 1925

oversize 5, folder 12

Clippings 1925

carton 52, folder 11

Excursions around California and Oregon 1933-1934



carton 52, folder 12-21

Mill Valley, including correspondence, plans, specifications, leases, financial records, notebook, printed materials, and clippings 1893-1934

oversize 143 C-148 C

Plans, O'Shaughnessy block and house n.d

oversize 149 C

Plans, Tamalpais Union High School addition n.d

oversize 5, folder 13

Clippings relating to Mill Valley 1904

carton 52, folder 22

San Francisco 1906-1923

oversize 150 B

Plans for driveway, Vallejo Street house 1922

carton 52, folder 23

Paso Robles, Stockton, Siskiyou County 1895-1921

oversize 151 C

Shasta County maps 1906

oversize 5, folder 14

Shasta Valley map 1907

carton 52, folder 24

San Ysidro, San Diego County 1913-1921

carton 52, folder 25

Miscellaneous insurance, tax, and financial records 1896-1932

carton 53, folder 1-2

Member, Board of Directors, Sarah Dix Hamlin School 1928-1934

carton 53, folder 3

Memberships and social activities [ca. 1915-1932]

carton 53, folder 4-5

Invitations 1913-1929, n.d



carton 53, folder 6

Correspondence 1913-1933

carton 53, folder 7

Marine View Apartments, San Francisco 1926-1933

carton 53, folder 8

Vulcan Rock Company 1908-1918

carton 53, folder 9-15

Mining, including Mexico, South American, and Arizona; copper, silver, and gold 1895-1934


Folder 13 (gold, 1934) includes photographs (supplementary?): 4 prints
oversize 5, folder 15

Map, H. W. Reeth's Placer mines, Trinity County n.d

oversize 152 C

Map, Silver Gray Mining Co. Quartz Mines, Trinity County n.d

tube 52

Geological map of the Mother Lode Belt in El Dorado and Amador Counties by Henry Lahiff (reproduction of 1897 map) 1934

carton 53, folder 16

Oil 1914-1933

carton 53, folder 17

Personal finance ledger 1893-1895

carton 53, folder 18

Personal accounts 1919-1932

carton 53, folder 19-21

Household accounts ledgers 1921-1934

carton 53, folder 22-25

M. M. O'Shaughnessy estate 1930-1937

oversize 153 C

Mill Valley property 1934-1936

carton 54, folder 1

M.M. O'Shaughnessy chemistry and geometry school notebook 1882 n.d

M.M. O'Shaughnessy chemistry and geometry notebook

Carton 54, Folder 2

M.M. O'Shaughnessy mathematical physics school notebook 1883

M.M. O'Shaughnessy mathematical physics notebook

carton 54, folder 3

"Engineering Humor" n.d

carton 54, folder 4

Scrapbook (clippings: copies of fragments) 1912-1923


[Assembled by daughter, Margaret?]
carton 54, folder 5-6

Birthdays 1931-1934

carton 54, folder 7

Greeting cards [mostly undated]

carton 54, folder 8

Notes relating to health 1920-1923

carton 54, folder 9-10

Death of M. M. O'Shaughnessy - obituary, letters of sympathy, tributes 1934-1935


Family correspondence

carton 54, folder 11

Mother n.d

carton 54, folder 12

Brother, Pat ("Paddy") 1905-1932, n.d

carton 54, folder 13

Sister, Alice 1905-1932

carton 54, folder 14

Sister, Ellie 1914-1922, n.d

carton 54, folder 15

Sister, Margaret 1912-1933

carton 54, folder 16

Wife, Mary 1904-1923

carton 54, folder 17

Wife and daughters: Margaret, Mary, Helen, and Elizabeth ("Bess") 1904-1931

carton 54, folder 18

Son, Francis 1909-1928

carton 54, folder 19

Reports on Francis 1913-1921

carton 54, folder 20

Regarding Army service 1918-1919

carton 54, folder 21

[Regarding] Son, Maurice (1894-1898) 1927

carton 54, folder 22

Niece, Margaret Mary 1920-1931

carton 54, folder 23

Niece, Gerlie 1920-1924