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Claremont Heights Irrigation Company Papers, Water Resources Collection

Identifier: H-Mss-0204

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Boxes 1 through 20 of the Claremont Heights Irrigation Company Papers consist of the records of the Secretary or Secretary-Treasurer, Board minutes, and other miscellaneous material related to the company. The most complete information about the Claremont Heights Irrigation Company’s financial records occurs from 1927 to 1948, when Kenneth B. Forbes held the position of Secretary. Since the Company also owned water stock in other private mutual water companies, some information, such as annual reports, can also be found for the Pomona Valley Protective Association, Adams and Garner, and Claremont Basin Mutual Water Company, Ltd. The papers also reflect local business activities in Claremont, Pomona, and Los Angeles. Boxes 1 through 14 cover the years 1913 to 1916. Boxes 15 through 20, which are composed mostly of cash books, ledgers and audit reports, cover the years 1913 to 1966.

Boxes 21 through 33 of the collection consist of materials and correspondence generated by the administration of the company and its closing and sale to the Southern California Water Company; financial records; and records generated by operational activities. Administrative documents include minutes of board meetings and annual stockholder meetings; notices sent to stockholders about meetings, assessments, rate changes, and the liquidation of the company; stock certificates and stockholder lists; blank forms; and correspondence. They also include the company’s articles of incorporation and amended by-laws, as well as legal documents and correspondence relating to lawsuits the company was involved in. The company’s financial records include bank statements, checks and check stubs, ledgers, tax records, financial statements, bills, and other related materials used in the company’s regular financial affairs. The operational materials document the company’s day-to-day water pumping and distribution activities and include records relating to its business partnerships with McCalla Brothers Pump and Drilling Company and the Valley View Water Company. Additional operational materials include meter and well reports, water permits, tract maps, and stereographic photographs of well interiors accompanied with two stereographic slide viewers. The collection also contains administrative files of the Claremont Basin Mutual Water Company and the contents of a letter box containing administrative records, financial records, correspondence, and a stock book belonging to the Valley View Water Company. This portion of collection came from the company’s president, Stanley R. Barnes, and documents the company’s annual meetings and related administrative activities particularly well. There are, however, significant gaps in its stockholder records.


  • Creation: 1909-1981 and undated


Language of Materials

Languages represented in the 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.

Biography / Administrative History

The Claremont Heights Irrigation Company was founded in 1912 by the Claremont Heights Land Development Company and incorporated on March 14, 1913. The company was formed to provide the growing citrus industry in north Claremont with local water for irrigation, as well as domestic use to a lesser extent. Claremont Heights held land roughly from San Antonio Wash to the east, Pomello Drive to the north, Baseline Avenue to the south, and beyond Mills Avenue to the west. The company had long-standing relationships with businesses in Claremont, Pomona, and Los Angeles, including Pomona Valley Machine Works, Pomona Manufacturing Company, Valley View Water Company, Pacific Southwest Pipe Company, Pacific Mill and Mine Supply Company, and Neptune Meter Company. Its known mailing addresses during its years of operation were 920 Pomello Drive, Claremont, California, 91711 and 143 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pomona, California, 91767. Stanley R. Barnes (1922-2021) served as the company’s final president and oversaw its sale to Southern California Water Company in August of 1977.


  • “Goodbye to a Water District.” Claremont Courier (Claremont, CA), April 2, 1977.
  • “Back Page.” Claremont Courier (Claremont, CA), August 17, 1977.


17.8 Linear Feet (8 records boxes, 14 document boxes, 1 slim document box, 10 oversize document boxes)


The Claremont Heights Irrigation Company was incorporated on March 14, 1913, as a mutual water company and was dissolved on August 1, 1977. Located in Claremont, California, the company provided water services for its stockholders. The collection consists of administrative files, financial records, and operational materials of the company between its founding in 1912 and its closing in 1977, with some supplemental materials dating between 1909-1981. The collection also contains materials from the Valley View Water Company and the Claremont Basin Mutual Water Company.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been organized into the following series and subseries:

  • Series 1: Administrative Files, 1909-1981 and undated
  • Series 2: Financial Records, 1912-1981 and undated
  • Series 3: Operational Materials, 1914-1978 and undated
File folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1-20: Gift of Stanley Barnes and Claremont Heritage, 1979. Boxes 21-33: Gift of Claremont Heritage, March 2015.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

An intitial arrangement and processing for boxes 1-20 was completed by Jacque Sundstrand in November 1982, with additional processing by Russell Michalak in 2008. An addition to the collection, materials in boxes 21-33 were processed by Claremont Graduate University students for ARCH 310 in the fall of 2022. Materials were removed from their original folders and rehoused in archival folders and boxes. Folder contents were kept in original order, when possible, but some loose materials were grouped together by content to facilitate access. Harmful fasteners were removed and replaced with folded archival paper slings, materials were unfolded, and photographs were placed in mylar sleeves. Processing also included eliminating duplicate materials and rehousing oversized items in oversized folders.

Claremont Heights Irrigation Company Papers, Water Resources Collection
Jacque Sundstrand, Russell Michalak, Students for ARCH 310, and Sean Stanley
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections & Archives, The Claremont Colleges Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States