Guide to the Milo Beyer Williams Papers, 1912-1941

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Guide to the Milo Beyer Williams Papers, 1912-1941

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 417

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Ellen Jones
Completed by:
Elizabeth Stephens
Date Completed:
February 1992
Encoded by:
Campbell J. Crabtree
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Milo Beyer Williams Papers,
Date: 1912-1941
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 417
Collector: Williams, Milo Beyer, 1882-
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 1 carton, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 1.4
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, field notes and reports and drawings relating to his work as an irrigation engineer in California & the west primarily with the Resettlement Administration.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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], Milo Beyer Williams papers, BANC MSS C-B 417, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The source and date of this gift to The Bancroft Library are undetermined at this time.

Scope and Content

Milo Beyer Williams was born September 15, 1882 in Manly, Iowa. Graduating from Iowa State College in 1905, he began post graduate work in agricultural engineering at the University of California in 1906. Williams served in California from 1908 in various capacities for the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the State Land Settlement Board of California, the Marysville River Farms, and as a consulting Agricultural Engineeer. In 1934-35 he worked for the Federal Land Bank of Berkeley. In 1935 Williams was hired by the Resettlement Administration, Washington D.C. to oversee their projects in the western United States.
The collection primarily concerns Williams' work with the Resettlement Administration and includes correspondence about projects, memoranda, reports, field notes, blueprints, and drawings. A few letters from his family, written to him while on business trips for administration projects, is included in Series 1. A small amount of personal material, mostly about his own agricultural holdings, is found in Series 3.

Container List

Box 1


Scope and Content Note

Primarily typed copies of letters written by Williams, 1935-1939, arranged chronologically, and relating mainly to his work with the Resettlement Administration.
Letters written to Williams, 1922-1939, arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. An A-Z miscellany precedes those who wrote three or more letters.


Box 1, folder 1

Letters written by Williams 1935-1939

Physical Description: 54


Box 1, folder 2

A-M Miscellaneous 1922-1939

Physical Description: 12
folder 3

N-Z Miscellaneous 1922-1939

Physical Description: 45
folder 4

United States. Resettlement Administration (by Jonathan Garst, et. al.) 1935-1937

Physical Description: 49
folder 5

Williams, Constance [daughter] 1937

Physical Description: 3
folder 6

Williams, Helen W. [wife] 1935-1939

Physical Description: 41
folder 7

Williams, Milo Woodbridge [son] 1937-1939

Physical Description: 11
Carton 1, folders 1-45


Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, and drawings, etc., mostly relating to Williams' Resettlement Administration projects.
Ctn. 1, folder 1

American Society of Agricultural Engineers n.d.

folder 2

Arizona Part-time Farms 1936

folder 3

Arizona Projects 1935-1937

folder 4

Bancroft Ranch Walnut Creek, California 1927

folder 5-6

Bosque Farm Project, New Mexico 1935-1936

folder 7

California Part-time Farms n.d.

folder 8

California Projects 1931-1936

folder 9

California State Planning Board Monthly Reports 1938

folder 10

Carson Irrigation District 1935-1936

folder 11

Casa Grande Valley Project 1935-1936

folder 12-14

Delhi State Land Settlement 1921

folder 15

Dos Palos Drainage District 1937

folder 16

Drainage Basin Committees members 1937

folder 17

Eastern Great Basin 1937

folder 18

El Nido Irrigaition District 1933

folder 19

Flood Control Committees— California 1938

folder 20

Flood Zoning Studies 1938

folder 21

Fort Sumner Area 1935-1936

folder 22

Goodyear Project— Arizona 1935

folder 23

Great Basin 1937

folder 24

Hope Irrigation Readjustment Project 1935-1936

folder 25

Irrigation [1931]

folder 26

Irrigation Districts Association of California 1937-1938

folder 27

Land Offerings 1935-1936

folder 28

Lower Colorado Drainage Basin 1937

folder 29

Lower Colorado River 1936-1938

folder 30

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy 1935

folder 31

Mills Land Use Adjustment Project 1936

folder 32

National Resource Committee 1936-1937

folder 33

Nevada—general 1937

folder 34

Nevada State Planning Board 1938

folder 35

New Mexico Projects 1934-1935

folder 36

Oregon, Washington, Idaho 1937-1938

folder 37

Resettlement Administration 1937

folder 39-39

San Diego County 1935-1937

folder 40

Santa Margarita Ranch 1936

folder 41

Southern California Projects 1935

folder 42

Utah—miscellaneous n.d.

folder 43

Vail and Santa Margarita Ranchos n.d.

folder 44

Virgin River, Littlefield, Arizona n.d.

folder 45

Widtsoe Project n.d.

Carton 1, folders 46-52

SERIES 3: PERSONAL, ca. 1912-1941.

Scope and Content Note

Includes field notes and daily reminders re projects; also miscellaneous financial and other personal material, mostly concerning his own agricultural holdings.
Ctn. 1, folder 46-47

Field Notes 1932

folder 48

Daily reminder 1932

folder 49

Financial records 1936-1941

folder 50

Sunset Ranch, Sutter Co., Calif. 1912-1939

folder 51

Personalia 1935-1939

folder 52

Miscellany 1936-1938; n.d.

Box 2, Oversize Folders 1-2


Scope and Content Note

Concerning pipe line construction at the Delhi State Land Settlement and other projects. Includes construction maps, ownership maps, blueprints, reconnaissance maps, preliminary maps, contour maps, hydographs, and pipeline profiles (rolled).
Box 2

Pipeline Profiles (Rolled items)


Delhi Colony (1) n.d.


Berryhill Ranch (2) 1922


Glen Ellen, Sonoma County (1) n.d.


Firebaugh Subdivision (1) 1921

oversize Oversize, folder 1

Irrigation Map of Reno Valley 1929


Hydrographs n.d.


Hunt Creek


Cottonwood Creek


Ranch Creek


Profile of Pipeline for Berryhill Ranch (2) n.d.


Miscellaneous drawings (3) n.d.


Nevada State Planning Board Paradise Valley Water Storage Surveys (6) n.d.

folder 2

Construction Map Firebaugh Subdivision (1) 1922


Ownership map (2) n.d.


Portions of Widtsoe land use adjustment project. Garfield County Utah n.d.


Concrete pipe distribution system, Marysville, Ca. (1) n.d.


Bunkerville diversion control structure, Clark Co., Nevada (1) n.d.


Bull Gap Reservoir Lincoln Co. New Mexico (3) n.d.


Hydrograph for Virgin River Littlefield, Arizona (1) 1935-1936