This collection contains
the papers of Samuel Brooks Morris (1890-1962), a Southern California civil engineer
specializing in water issues, who worked for the Pasadena Water Department (1912-1934), as a Stanford University Professor
(1935-1944), and for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (1944-1955). The collection includes correspondence,
technical papers, and other material from his work and professional life.
Samuel Brooks Morris (1890-1962) was born in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating from Stanford University in 1911 with
a degree in civil engineering,
Morris took a job as a field engineer with the North
Pasadena Land and Water Company in Pasadena, California. This company was one of the private water companies
that were purchased and merged to form the Pasadena Water Department (PWD). He was
an Assistant Engineer in the PWD in 1912, and became Chief Engineer in 1913. He
remained with the PWD until 1935. While at the PWD, he designed and built the Pine
Canyon Dam, later renamed in his honor as Morris Dam. The Morris Dam was made of
reinforced concrete poured 328 feet high and was dedicated by Herbert Hoover in
176 boxes (88 linear feet)
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