Gage Canal collection

Finding aid prepared by Serena Rodholm, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Gage Canal collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1891-1975
Collection Number: MS 002
Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains newspaper clippings, articles, and other material on the history of the Gage Canal, the system built in 1898 to supply water to the city of Riverside, California. Materials in the collection cover the sale of the Gage Canal company, various lawsuits and legal issues, and correspondence and photographs belonging to John M. Mylne, the superintendent and engineer of the Gage Canal System.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Gage Canal collection (MS 002). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Processing Information

Processed by Serena Rodholm, 2017.
Processing of the Gage Canal collection was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Historical Note

The Gage Canal was built in the 1880s by Matthew Gage, a Canadian jeweler who filed a claim on 640 acres of land in the recently formed agricultural settlement of Riverside, California. In order for Gage to receive the title to his claim, he was required to bring water to the land, so he began the construction of a canal from the Santa Ana River in San Bernardino.
The Gage Canal, which eventually extended 20.13 miles, irrigated much of the city and allowed for the development of the city of Riverside as well as the expansion of the local citrus industry.

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings, articles, and other material on the history of the Gage Canal, the sale of the Gage Canal company, and various lawsuits and legal issues. Materials in the collection also include correspondence, family diary entries, and photographs belonging to John M. Mylne, the superintendent and engineer of the Gage Canal System.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

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


Gage Canal Company
Riverside (Calif.).
Water--Law and legislation--West (U.S.)
Water rights--California

Genres and Forms of Materials

Clippings (information artifacts).

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Gage Canal history circa 1911-1970

Box 1, Folder 2

Legal Issues and Lawsuits 1959-1961

Box 1, Folder 3

Riverside Water Company and Gage Canal Company Sale 1961

Box 1, Folder 4

Riverside City Takeover of Gage Canal 1962

Box 1, Folder 5

Mylne, John M circa 1938-1961

Box 1, Folder 6

Folsom, R.G. 1949

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence - John M Mylne to Norman Irving 1936

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence - John M. Mylne to Arthur Holden 1937

Box 1, Folder 9

Photographs circa 1937-1975

Box 1, Folder 10

Mylne family circa 1891-1904