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Guide to the J. Ralph Shoemaker Papers, Water Resources Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of J. Ralph Shoemaker
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Index Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: J. Ralph Shoemaker Papers, Water Resources Collection
    Creator: Shoemaker, J. Ralph.
    Dates: 1910-1960
    Quantity: 19 boxes
    Repository: Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Ave.
    Claremont University Consortium
    Libraries of the Claremont Colleges
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers and reports of hydraulic engineer J. R. Shoemaker. He worked for the Pomona Valley Protective Association, and various Southern Californian water companies. He was also involved with legal suits related to water and water rights. Materials in the collection include field books, legal documents, reports, records, maps, and photographs relating to his work.
    Collection Number: h19xx.27
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical location: Special Collections. Honnold/Mudd Library.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights resides with Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], J. Ralph Shoemaker Papers, Water Resources Collection. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from the Shoemaker family.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and processed by Russell Michalak in 2009.


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Biography of J. Ralph Shoemaker

    J. R. Shoemaker was a hydraulic engineer who worked in the Pomona Valley. He worked for Pomona Valley Protective Association. San Dimas Water Company and San Dimas-Charter Oak Domestic Water Company, State Division of Water Resources, San Antonio Water Company, Southern California Water Company. He was involved in legal suits such as Irrigation Company of Pomona v. San Antonio Water Company, Cucamonga Water Company 1922-1930, Chino Basin Protective Association 1926-1935, San Gabriel Valley Protective Association v. City of Pasadena 1928-1931, Rancho Santa Margarita v. Vail, Pasadena v. Alhambra 1938-1941.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The papers in collection consist of 60 field books, legal cases on water rights, maps, photographs, records of rainfall and wells, engineer's reports.


    Series 1 Water-Rights and Water-Supply in Southern California
    Series 2 Legal Cases on Water Rights
    Series 3 Maps
    Series 4 Well Logs and Well Records

    Index Terms

    This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms
    Jones, Willis S.
    Shoemaker, J. Ralph
    Water rights--California--Los Angeles County.
    Water-supply California
    Western Americana -- 1900 - 1999
    Claremont (Calif.)
    Pomona (Calif.)