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Map of future water development along the Owens River Valley in Inyo County.

Water Works

Documenting Water History in Los Angeles

The monumental completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 secured the City of Los Angeles  as an oasis for opportunity.  Over decades, growing populations demanded more water development to support the ever-expanding metropolis.  However, water in this arid region came with great costs, determination, contestation and labor, which sharply contrasted with the vision of prosperity it provided.  Selected from six archival collections, this database offers unique and diverse perspectives into the history of  the municipal water system in Los Angeles during the 20th century.

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MULHOLLAND

HALVERSON

NORDSKOG

GEORGESON

FEATHER

RIVER

NELSON

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View 1901-1910 (227 items) View 1911-1920 (67 items) View 1921-1930 (19 items) View 1931-1940 (51 items) View 1951-1960 (278 items) View 1961-1970 (66 items) View 1971-1980 (28 items) View 1981-1993 (31 items) View 1941-1950 (23 items)
View 1887-1900 (1 item)

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1890                1900                 1910                  1920                  1930                 1940                  1950                 1960                  1970                 1980                1990

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About the Database

Documents in this database were selected, in part, for their ability to contribute to a comprehensive view of the history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and waterworks. This includes (but is not  limited to) its conception, design, funding, planning, construction, use, maintenance and effects on the public, public works, environment, organizations and communities in so far as these are represented in and by the above collections.

 

This digital collection was made possible by the generous support of Metabolic Studio.

Production Staff:

Kimberly Thomas - selection, scanning and description

Alexander Kratofil - selection, scanning and description

Nancy Steinmann - scanning and description

Cindy Holsey - selection, scanning, description and accessibility

 

To view physical materials from these collections, search the Oviatt Library Finding Aids Database and/or contact the Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives.