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Owens Valley Collection, Water Resources Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Owens Valley collection, Water Resources Collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1907-1981
    Bulk Dates: 1927-1933
    Collection number: H.Mss.0595
    Extent: 0.8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library. Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: Collection consists of newspaper clippings, government publications, reports, a map, and other documents related to the Los Angeles Aqueduct and conflict with Owens Valley residents. Papers represent the voices of Los Angeles County government officials, disgruntled Owens Valley residents, engineers, and individuals writing about the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Materials detail the water battle between Owens Valley residents and Los Angeles officials through newspapers, propaganda, and other publications. Also included are later publications on the environmental impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct as well as written histories of the Owens Valley project and Los Angeles Aqueduct.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in collection: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Owens Valley Collection (H.Mss.0595). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, The Claremont Colleges Services.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Portions of collection have been purchased from Dawson's bookstore in 1946. Additional items have been culled from a variety of sources by Special Collections staff.


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak in 2008. Collection rearranged and re-catalogued by Jamella Gow in 2013.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    Materials consist of a multitude of newspaper sources from the Los Angeles and Owens Valley region. Collection also includes government reports from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, propaganda, and published papers from committees supporting Owens Valley residents and the region. Includes association reports such as those from the Association of American Portland Cement Manufacturers and American Society of Civil Engineers as well as a map of the Owens Valley region by the United States Geological Survey. Travel brochures created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, magazine articles, a typewritten correspondence, a speech, and other materials tell of the Los Angeles Aqueduct's construction and value as well as its impact on Owens Valley residents.
    • Series 1: City of Los Angeles versus Owens Valley residents
    • Subseries 1.1: Los Angeles Government publications
    • Subseries 1.2: Owens Valley Citizens Committees
    • Subseries 1.3: Newspaper clippings
    • Series 2: Environmental concerns
    • Series 3: History of the Owens Valley Project
    • Subseries 3.1: Single author manuscripts
    • Subseries 3.2: Magazine articles
    • Series 4: Map of Owens Valley
    • Series 5: Reports on Owens Valley Project
    • Subseries 5.1: Associations/groups/etcetera
    • Subseries 5.2: Individuals
    • Series 6: Travel brochures

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Los Angeles (Calif.). Dept. of Water and Power
    Owens Valley (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Water-supply -- California
    Geological Survey (U.S.)
    California. Legislature
    Los Angeles Aqueduct (Calif.)
    Inyo County (Calif.)

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Government publications