Guide to the Owens Valley Collection, Water Resources Collection

Jamella Gow
Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library
800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
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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


Series 1:   City of Los Angeles versus Owens Valley residents 1923-1980 (bulk 1924-1930)


Subseries 1.1:   Los Angeles Government publications 1930-1933

Box 1, Folder 1

Board of Water and Power Commissioners, reprinted letter 1930 June

Box 1, Folder 2

California State Legislature reports 1931-1933

Box 1, Folder 3

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, "Facts"


Subseries 1.2:   Owens Valley Citizens Committees 1926-1980 and undated (bulk 1980)

Box 1, Folder 4

Concerned Citizens of Owens Valley propaganda 1980

Box 1, Folder 5

The League of Women Voters propaganda 1980 October

Box 1, Folder 6

Owens Valley Businessmen broadsides undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Owens Valley Reparations Association report 1926 September


Subseries 1.3:   Newspaper clippings 1923-1933 and undated (bulk 1924-1927)

Box 1, Folder 8

Evening Express 1930 July and October

Box 1, Folder 9

Evening Herald 1930 October

Box 1, Folder 10

Inyo Independent 1930 October and November

Box 1, Folder 11

Inyo Register 1923 November

Box 1, Folder 12

Los Angeles Daily Times and Los Angeles Times 1924 November to 1930 September

Box 1, Folder 13

Sacramento Union 1927

Box 1, Folder 14

San Francisco Call 1930 April

Box 1, Folder 15

Unidentified newspaper sources 1925-1929 and undated


Series 2:   Environmental concerns 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 1

Environmental Impact Report documents and response by Inyo residents 1978-1979 and undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Mono Lake Committee documents 1979 and undated


Series 3:   History of the Owens Valley Project 1907-1981


Subseries 3.1:   Single author manuscripts 1978 and undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Koblick, Steven speech 1978 April

Box 2, Folder 4

Shoemaker, Ralph manuscript


Subseries 3.2:   Magazine articles 1907-1981

Box 2, Folder 5

Collier's Magazine 1908 October

Box 2, Folder 6

Harper's Magazine 1981 March

Box 2, Folder 7

Out West Magazine 1909 April

Box 2, Folder 8

Steelways Magazine 1948 July

Box 2, Folder 9

West Coast Magazine 1907 June


Series 4:   Map of Owens Valley undated

Box 2, Folder 10

United States Geological Survey map undated


Series 5:   Reports on Owens Valley Project 1912-1932


Subseries 5.1:   Associations / groups / etcetera 1912-1928

Box 2, Folder 11

American Society of Civil Engineers report 1928 December

Box 2, Folder 12

Association of American Portland Cement Manufacturers 1912


Subseries 5.2:   Individuals 1930-1932

Box 2, Folder 13

Yeatman, W. C. report on request of Municipal League 1932 June

Box 2, Folder 14

Guillou, A. V. correspondence 1930 July


Series 6:   Travel brochures undated

Box 2, Folder 15

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power undated