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Guide to the Marsden Manson papers, 1887-1937
BANC MSS C-B 416  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Chronology
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Marsden Manson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1937
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 416
    Creator: Manson, Marsden, 1850-1931
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons, 13 oversize folders Linear feet: 3.0
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Chiefly pertaining to his office as San Francisco City Engineer, 1908-1912, and concerning the city's water supply, particularly the Hetch Hetchy Valley and Lake Eleanor, and the Spring Valley Water Company.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marsden Manson papers, BANC MSS C-B 416, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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    Material Cataloged Separately

    Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
    Identifier/Call Number: (BANC PIC 1945.013)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Marsden Manson Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Marsden Manson in May 1944.

    Biographical Chronology

    1850 Born in Virginia on February 14th.
    1873 Received Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering degrees at the Virginia Military Institute, and served on the faculty for several years after graduation.
    1883-1892 Served as Chief Engineer for the State Harbor Commission, San Francisco,
    1893 Received Ph.D. in Engineering, University of California.
    1894-1896 Served as Engineer, California Highway Department.
    1897-1900 Appointed to the Board of Engineers, San Francisco Drainage Committee.
    1901-1907 Served as Consulting Engineer, San Francisco Public Works Department.
    1908-1912 Served as San Francisco City Engineer.
    1922 Published book, "The Evolution of Climate".
    1931 Died at his home in Berkeley, Calif. on February 21st.

    Scope and Content

    The Marsden Manson Papers, 1887-1937, consist of a selection of correspondence, manuscripts, and professional papers that span his professional career from 1887 to 1931. Much of the material deals with Manson's tenure as San Francisco City Engineer from 1908 to 1912, but his writing and research activities are also well documented.
    Manson's major correspondents include A. H. Giannini, William Hammond Hall, and Gifford Pinchot. His writings include an annotated draft of The Evolution of Climate, plus many articles and reports written primarily for the San Francisco Board of Public Works. Much of this material relates to San Francisco's water supply, Hetch Hetchy, and Spring Valley Water Company. His research materials contain pamphlets, subject files, and a small map collection, while ephemera includes an invitation to the inauguration of O'Shaughnessy Dam in 1923, and clippings concerning Manson's engineering work from 1906 to 1929.
    Printed materials, maps, and reports relating to Manson can also be found elsewhere on the University of California, Berkeley campus, including the Earth Sciences and Maps Library, and the Water Resources Center Archive.