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Inventory of the Fred. C. Scobey Papers, bulk 1914-1953
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fred. C. Scobey Papers,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1914-1953
    Collection number: SCOBEY
    Creator: Scobey, Fred. C. (Frederick Charles), 1880-1962
    Extent: ca. 2 linear ft. (4 boxes)
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access to the materials.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives 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], Fred. C. Scobey Papers, SCOBEY, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Access Points

    Irrigation engineering
    Water tunnels
    Strawberry Creek Culvert (Calif.)
    Rio Grande Joint Investigation

    Biographical Information:

    Fred Charles Scobey, the son of Orland B. and Helen (Strong) Scobey, was born in Greensburg, Ind., on January 20, 1880. He attended the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1898 and 1899, Stanford University (Calif.) in 1900 and 1901, and the University of California (Berkeley) from 1918 to 1921. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, "with distinction," by Stanford University in 1931.
    From 1901 through 1906, Mr. Scobey held positions as draftsman and computer in the City Engineer's Office, Denver, Colo. (1901); officeman, later draftsman and topographer, with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. (1902); officeman with the Union Pacific Railroad (1904); and officeman in the Chief Engineer's office of the St. Louis Rocky Mountain and Pacific Railroad, Raton, New Mexico (1904-1906). From 1906 to 1911, Mr. Scobey worked as office engineer for E.D. Shepard and Co., Raton, N.M.; as superintendent of Raton Water-Works, Raton Ice Co., and Raton Fuel Co.; as superintendent of construction for the Nevada Construction Co.; as office engineer for the San Luis Southern Railroad, Blanca, Colo.; as irrigation engineer for Imperial Water Companies Nos. 1-4-5-7-8, in Imperial Valley, Calif.; and as special agent for the U.S. Census Bureau's Census of Irrigation, Colo.
    In 1911, Mr. Scobey accepted the position of irrigation engineer with the Department of Agriculture. He began work on the determination of the carrying capacity of irrigation canals and, later, of all types of conduits used in irrigation. He made field measurements on all types of channels throughout the West to determine their friction factors in Kutter's and Manning's formulas, and to determine the exponents for exponential formulas for pipes. These studies were printed by the Department of Agriculture.
    Mr. Scobey died on July 19, 1962.
    From: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Vol. 128, Part V, 1963.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, reports, notes, and photographs, relating to pipelines, aqueducts, irrigation systems, culverts, flow of water and capacity of pipes, conduits and sewers, spillways, municipal water supply, and mapping techniques for Rio Grande Joint Investigation.