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Inventory of the Harry F. Blaney Papers , 1920-1969
MS 92/2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points
  • Key to the Arrangement
  • Biographical Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harry F. Blaney Papers ,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1969
    Collection number: MS 92/2
    Creator: Blaney, Harry French, 1892-1976
    Extent: 14 linear ft. (31 boxes)
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    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], Harry F. Blaney Papers , MS 92/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Scope and Content

    Reports pertaining to consumptive water use by irrigated crops and native vegetation in desert areas of Southern California, Arizona, and other parts of the Southwest; to irrigation costs in California; to irrigation in Israel; and to irrigation and water supply studies of the Pecos, Colorado, and other rivers.
    This collection contains not only the extensive holdings donated by Mr. Blaney to the Los Angeles collection of the Water Resources Collections and Archives, but also items from several limited bibliographies of his writings. Published works, mimeographed reports, draft copies, and letters are also included.
    Any item also cataloged in the main collection of the Water Resources Collections and Archives shows the call number in parenthesis.
    Collection described in: Writings of Harry F. Blaney, Distinguished Water Conservation Engineer (1892-1976), compiled by Robert J. Cullen, under supervision of Beth R. Willard. Davis, Calif.: California Water Resources Center, University of California, 1978 (Archives report; no. 24).

    Access Points

    Irrigation -- California
    Irrigation -- West (U.S.)
    Evapotranspiration -- West (U.S.)
    Water conservation -- West (U.S.)
    Water-supply -- West (U.S.)
    Blaney-Criddle Formula
    Young, Arthur A.
    Criddle, Wayne D.

    Key to the Arrangement

    The Blaney collection is divided into three sections, although all reports are numbered and indexed as a single group. Items 1-317 consist of publications and reports by, or under the supervision of, Mr. Blaney. Material is arranged chronologically with undated or irregularly dated reports at the end of the section. Items 318-367 are reports prepared during World War II for the Emergency Rubber Project of the U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Blaney's geographic organization of these reports has been preserved. Items 368-393 are reports and publications in chronological order, with additions to the cover or title page indicating Mr. Blaney's involvement.
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    Box 2
    Box 3
    Box 4
    Box 5
    Box 6
    Box 7
    Box 8
    Box 9
    Box 10
    Box 11
    Box 12
    Box 13
    Box 14
    Box 15
    Box 16
    Box 17
    Box 18
    Box 19
    Box 20
    Box 21
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    Box 28
    Box 29
    Box 30
    Box 31

    Biographical Information

    Harry French Blaney, a water conservation engineer, made significant contributions to irrigation research not only in his native California, but also throughout the world. In 1915, Mr. Blaney received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of California; and upon graduation, he worked two years for the Southern California Gas Company. He began a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May 1917 that continued until his retirement in 1962. From that time until 1973, he was a research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
    Mr. Blaney was awarded the John Deere Medal from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Superior Service Award and Silver Medal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Royce Tipton Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is probably best known for his work in the development of the Blaney-Criddle Formula, a method for calculating water loss from plants by evapotranspiration.
    In 1969, his oral history, Harry F. Blaney: Water Conservation Engineer, was published by Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles (G4702/J9-5).

    Harry French Blaney

    Born in Los Angeles, California, July 1892. Died in October 1976.
    Educated at Los Angeles Polytechnic High School (1907-1911) and the University of California at Los Angeles (1911-1915) with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
    September 1915 - April 1917 Engineer, Southern California Gas Company, Los Angeles
    May 1917 - May 1918 Agent, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Silt Studies, Colorado River and Imperial Valley in California, and Mexico
    May 1918 - December 1918 Master Gunner, Non-commission Staff Officer, U.S. Army
    January 1919 - January 1962 Irrigation Engineer, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, in California and other areas as follows:
    1919 In charge of Denver Irrigation Field Laboratory, evaporation and evapotranspiration studies.
    1919 - 1927 Studies of sedimentation in Imperial Valley and Colorado River; cost of irrigation water; evapotranspiration.
    1927 - 1934 Consumptive use of water by irrigated crops and native vegetation and rainfall disposal.
    1934 - 1935 Water conservation engineer, developing water for drought areas, New Mexico.
    1935 - 1936 Water utilization studies, Mojave River, and irrigation, California.
    1936 - 1937 In charge of consumptive-use studies, Upper Rio Grande, for National Resources Committee, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
    1937 - 1939 Water utilization studies, Beaumont and San Jacinto Basins and San Fernando Valley, California.
    1939 - 1941 In charge, consumptive water requirements, Pecos River Joint Investigations, New Mexico and Texas.
    1941 Member of technical mission to Cuba to investigate rehabilitation of agriculture, 12 dam sites, soils, and water supply for rice irrigation.
    1941 - 1942 Water utilization studies, San Luis Rey Valley.
    1942 - 1943 In charge, irrigation surveys on quantity, quality and cost of water in southwestern states of Guayule Rubber Project, Forest Service.
    1943 - 1951 Project supervisor, consumptive irrigation requirement studies in Arizona, Colorado River Basin, and Pacific Southwest; drainage studies in Imperial Valley, California.
    1951 - 1954 State research supervisor, in charge of cooperative irrigation studies with the State Engineer of California and U.S. Soil Conservation Service.
    1954 - 1962 Principal irrigation engineer, U.S. Agriculture Research Service in Pacific Southwest.
    1959 Irrigation engineer consultant in Israel for U.S. Department of State, International Cooperation Administration.
    January 1962 - July 1965 Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Irrigation and Soil Sciences
      Collaborator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    July 1965 - March 1973 Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Engineering and Water Resources Center
    Consultant (Registered Civil Engineer, State of California):
    For the State of California and other agencies on litigation of the use of water from the Colorado River (1956-1958)
    For International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Department of State, on salinity in lower Colorado River (January 1962)
    For 20 farms, Gila River Basin, New Mexico (1963-1965)
    For State of Arizona on water use in Central Valley Project (January-February 1966) and consumptive use on farms in Colorado (January-November 1968)
    Memberships in Scientific Societies:
    American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1950-1968)
    Past member of evapotranspiration and nomenclature committees.
    American Society of Civil Engineers (1920-1976)
    Fellow and life member; past vice-president, Los Angeles Section; past chairman of National Executive Committee of Irrigation and Drainage Division; past member of committee on sedimentation of reservoirs and the hydrology sub-committee; past chairman of committee on water conservation; chairman of committee on consumptive use of water; member of publication committee.
    The Society of Sigma Xi (1951-1976)
    United States National Committee of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (1952-1960)
    Soil Conservation Society of America (1946-1963)
    American Geophysical Union, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council (1932-1976) Life member; delegate for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council to the Tenth General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Rome, Italy, September 1954; past member of evapotranspiration, infiltration and groundwater committees; past secretary and vice-president of hydrology section.
    Pacific Southwest Inter-Agency Technical Committee
    Member of subcommittee on phreatophytes.
    Honors and Awards:
    Superior Service Award and Silver Medal; U.S. Department of Agriculture (1951)
    Distinguished Service Award; Soil Conservation Society of America (California Chapter) (1961)
    The John Deere Medal; American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1966)
    Royce Tipton Award; American Society of Civil Engineers (1966)
    Service Award - Member for 28 years; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (Agricultural Committee)
    Honorary Member; Greek Committee of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage