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Inventory of the Luna B. Leopold Papers, 1910-1998 (bulk 1948-1991)
MS 83/4  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Luna B. Leopold Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1998 (bulk 1948-1991)
    Collection number: MS 83/4
    Creator: Leopold, Luna Bergere, b. 1915
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft. (4 boxes)
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: Water Resource Collections and Archives.
    Abstract: Collection of reprints, miscellaneous rainfall and streamflow data, and raw data for discharge measurements and channel dimensions for Pacific Slope basins in California.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives by Luna B. Leopold in various installments from 1983 to 1999.


    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], Luna B. Leopold Papers, MS 83/4, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Access Points

    Stream measurements--California.
    Stream-gaging stations--California.
    River channels--California.
    Channels (Hydraulic engineering)
    Rain and rainfall--California--Berkeley.
    Streamflow--California--East Bay.
    San Pablo Creek (Calif.)
    Pinole Creek (Calif.)
    San Lorenzo River (Calif.)
    Geological Survey (U.S.). Water Resources Division.


    Luna Bergere Leopold, professor emeritus of geology and landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, was born October 8, 1915 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a master's in meteorology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1950).
    His early career includes experiences with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Pineapple Research Institute in Hawaii. From 1957 to 1968, he served as chief hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Division. In 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. In September 1991, he received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Previously, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of the Interior (1958) and the Rockefeller Public Service Award (1971).
    Luna Leopold is the second son of Aldo Leopold, pioneer in scientific wildlife management and author of A Sand County Almanac, a collection of reflective essays which stands alongside the works of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir as philosophic underpinnings for the modern environmental movement.
    In 1990 and 1991, the Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, conducted a series of interviews with Leopold that were published in 1993: Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Environmental Policy : U.S. Geological Survey, 1950-1972, and UC Berkeley, 1972-1987. Berkeley: Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, University of California, 1993. [WRCA call no. G4072 N3 Locked Cage]

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of selected reprints and conference addresses, miscellaneous rainfall and streamflow studies (primarily for East Bay locations), and the original field forms (U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division form 9-207) containing the raw data for discharge measurements and channel dimensions (channel width, channel depth, and streamflow velocity at bankfull stage) for Pacific Slope basins in California. The data was used for flood frequency analyses and rating curves and some of the results were incorporated into Water in environmental planning, by Thomas Dunneand Luna B. Leopold (W.H. Freeman, 1978). Also included are some summaries and hand-drawn discharge vs. hydraulic geometry graphs for selected stations.
    In addition to the title above, Leopold has written and published many papers and books. Please consult the University of California's Melvyl catalog for additional works.

    Related Collections

    Title: Luna B. Leopold Term Papers Collection,
    Date (bulk): 1967-1986 (bulk 1983-1986).
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 83/3
    Contributing Institution: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Title: Strawberry Creek Collection.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 88/1
    Contributing Institution: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Title: Luna B. Leopold Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1991.
    Identifier/Call Number: CU-452
    Contributing Institution: Bancroft Library. University Archives
    University of California, Riverside