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Register of the Crittenden (Bradford Samuel) Papers, 1916-1955
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Crittenden (Bradford Samuel) Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1955
    Collection number: Mss237
    Creator: Thomas Crittenden and Barbara Crittenden Phillips
    Extent: 9.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Crittenden (Bradford Samuel) Papers, Mss237, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Crittenden, Bradford Samuel (1876-1952)
    Crittenden, Bradford MacChesney (1912-1982)
    Crittenden family
    MacChesney family

    corporate entry

    Central Valley Project (Calif.)


    Water resources development -California
    Irrigation -California
    San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -History
    Ranchers -California -San Joaquin County
    Legislators -California -Correspondence


    Graduate of the University of the Pacific and a practising attorney, Bradford Samuel Crittenden (1876-1952) was first elected Assemblyman (1920-1930), then State Senator (1930-1951) representing San Joaquin County. He was chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee (1933-1950). Crittenden also chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on State Water Problems. He and his wife, Edith MacChesney Crittenden, owned several Central Valley farms. The Crittendens had two children: Bradford M. (1912-1982) and Edith Eudora. The former was State Highway Patrol Commissioner during the 1950s. His papers (Mss238) are also in Holt Atherton Special Collections.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the materials in the B.S. Crittenden Collection are publications relating to the creation and development of the Central Valley Project (1923-1949). The collection also contains personal papers, including correspondence, photographs and business papers relating to Crittenden's San Joaquin County agricultural properties (1944-1952).