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Max J. Bartell papers
WRCA 026  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Collection Number
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Max J. Bartell papers
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1962
    Collection Number: WRCA 026
    Creator: Bartell, Max J., 1879-1968
    Extent: 2.08 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials from Max Bartell, an engineer responsible for multiple water development projects and reports for the city of San Francisco in the early 20th century. Materials in the collection include correspondence, reports, documents, news clippings, and photographs, concerning water supply sources for San Francisco, Calif., other California regions and municipalities, the Tuolumne River, and the Hetch Hetchy Project.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. 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]. Max J. Bartell papers (WRCA 026). Water Resources Collections and Archives. Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing History

    Processed by Water Resources Collections & Archives staff, 1998.

    Collection Number

    Collection number updated December 2018. Legacy collection number was BARTELL. This change was part of a project in 2018/2019 to update the collection numbers for collections in the Water Resources Collections and Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Max J. Bartell was born in 1879. In July 1908 he was appointed Assistant Engineer with the City Engineer of San Francisco. His early accomplishments included runoff investigations and reinforced concrete sewer design. He designed the Beale St. steel bridge and began stream flow measurements on the Hetch Hetchy Project, a plan to deliver water to the City of San Francisco from the Tuolumne River. He worked with Percy V. Long, City Attorney, John R. Freeman, consulting engineer, and M.M. O'Shaughnessy, City Engineer, in conjunction with the project. He also investigated alternate water supplies for the city from the Mokelumne River, the Stanislaus River, the McCloud River, and the San Joaquin River. In 1914 he was made Chief Hydraulic Engineer for the city and investigated the total available water supply from the Alameda Creek system for the Spring Valley Water Company. He also reported on the underground water supplies of the Livermore Valley, the Niles Cone of Alameda Creek, and the City of San Francisco. He analyzed the Raker Act and its effects upon the water rights of the City and County of San Francisco and served as an expert witness for the City Attorney in water rates cases regarding water productivity and value of water productivity for rate making purposes. In his 41-year career he was responsible for many other projects and reports on San Francisco's water development. He retired from city service in 1949 and died in April 1968 in San Francisco.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of correspondence, reports, documents, news clippings, and photographs, concerning water supply sources for San Francisco, Calif., other California regions and municipalities, the Tuolumne River, and the Hetch Hetchy Project.

    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.


    Groundwater -- California -- Alameda Creek Watershed
    Groundwater -- California -- Livermore Valley
    Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Calif.)
    McCloud River (Calif.)
    Mokelumne River (Calif.)
    O'Shaughnessy Dam (Calif.)
    Tuolumne River (Calif.)
    Water-supply -- California -- San Francisco

    Genres and Forms of Materials