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Owens Valley collection, Water Resources Collection

Identifier: H-Mss-0595

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

Materials consist of a multitude of newspaper sources from the Los Angeles and Owens Valley region. Collection also includes government reports from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, propaganda, and published papers from committees supporting Owens Valley residents and the region. Includes association reports such as those from the Association of American Portland Cement Manufacturers and American Society of Civil Engineers as well as a map of the Owens Valley region by the United States Geological Survey. Travel brochures created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, magazine articles, a typewritten correspondence, a speech, and other materials tell of the Los Angeles Aqueduct's construction and value as well as its impact on Owens Valley residents.


  • 1907-1981
  • Majority of material found within 1927 - 1933

Language of materials

Languages represented in collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 documents boxes)


Collection consists of newspaper clippings, government publications, reports, a map, and other documents related to the Los Angeles Aqueduct and conflict with Owens Valley residents. Papers represent the voices of Los Angeles County government officials, disgruntled Owens Valley residents, engineers, and individuals writing about the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Materials detail the water battle between Owens Valley residents and Los Angeles officials through newspapers, propaganda, and other publications. Also included are later publications on the environmental impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct as well as written histories of the Owens Valley project and Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Series Arrangement

  • Series 1: City of Los Angeles versus Owens Valley residents
  • Subseries 1.1: Los Angeles Government publications
  • Subseries 1.2: Owens Valley Citizens Committees
  • Subseries 1.3: Newspaper clippings
  • Series 2: Environmental concerns
  • Series 3: History of the Owens Valley Project
  • Subseries 3.1: Single author manuscripts
  • Subseries 3.2: Magazine articles
  • Series 4: Map of Owens Valley
  • Series 5: Reports on Owens Valley Project
  • Subseries 5.1: Associations/groups/etcetera
  • Subseries 5.2: Individuals
  • Series 6: Travel brochures
  • Physical location

    Please consult repository.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Portions of collection have been purchased from Dawson's bookstore in 1946. Additional items have been culled from a variety of sources by Special Collections staff.


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak in 2008. Collection rearranged and re-catalogued by Jamella Gow in 2013.

    Guide to the Owens Valley collection, Water Resources Collection
    Russell Michalak; Jamella Gow
    2008; 2013
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    Script of description
    Language of description note
    Finding aid written in English.

    Repository Details

    Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

    800 North Dartmouth Ave
    Claremont CA 91711 United States