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Inventory of the Elmer Chester Marliave Papers, 1956-1967
MS 80/10  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points
  • Biography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elmer Chester Marliave Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1967
    Collection number: MS 80/10
    Creator: Marliave, Elmer Chester, 1910-1967
    Extent: ca. 3 linear ft. (7 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], Elmer Chester Marliave Papers, MS 80/10, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Scope and Content

    Collection includes correspondence, reports, drafts, notes, legal documents, maps, diagrams, and photographs relating to geologic investigation done for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and other firms and agencies. The more important projects include Bodega Bay Atomic Park, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and Union Valley Dam. Also includes material on water disputes in Southern California.

    Access Points

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    Diablo Canyon Nuclear Powerplant (Calif.)
    Humboldt Bay Power Plant (Calif.)
    Montezuma Nuclear Power Plant (Calif.: Proposed)
    Pt. Arena Nuclear Power Plant (Calif.: Proposed)
    Nevada Irrigation District
    San Benito County Water Conservation and Flood Control District
    San Luis Rey Water Conservation District (Calif.)
    Central Basin Municipal Water District (Calif.)
    Mantaro Valley Project (Peru)
    Nuclear power plants -- Earthquake effects -- California
    Nuclear power plants -- Location -- California
    Electric power-plants -- Location -- California
    Geothermal power plants -- California -- Geysers, The
    Hydroelectric power plants -- California -- Pit River
    Lake Almanor Project, Calif
    Bodega Head (Calif.)
    Bodega Bay Atomic Park (Calif.)
    Union Valley Dam (Calif.)
    Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Calif.)
    Saint-Amand, Pierre, 1920-
    Schlocker, Julius
    Bonilla, Manuel G., 1920-
    Tocher, Don, 1926-
    Housner, G. W. (George William), 1910-
    Wiegel, Robert L.
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Dept. of Engineering Research
    U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Division of Reactor Development
    Northern California Association to Preserve Bodega Head and Harbor


    Elmer Chester Marliave (1910-1967) was an engineering geologist with interest in California water resources development. After receiving his A. B. from the University of California in 1932, he worked for the California Division of Water Resources from 1935 to 1956, being Chief Engineering Geologist from 1939 on. His work there included studies of dams and reservoirs, tunnels, power plants, ground water and water quality problms. As a consulting geologist in private practice after 1956 he worked on similar projects.
    The collection, donated by his widow, includes material on most, but not all, projects he worked on between 1956 and 1967. The bulk of the material deals with work done for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, especially preliminary geologic investigation for the Bodega Bay and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plants.
    The arrangement of the collection is basically that used by Marliave. The PG & G material is broken down by project. The rest is arranged by company and/or project. In most cases the arrangement of papers within the folders has been maintained as he left it. Longer reports and important documents, however, have been listed individually.