Water Resource Collections and Archives


San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

National Archives & Records Administration - Pacific Region - San Francisco

1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
Note: Appointments are strongly recommended for researchers wishing to view original documents.

Daniel Nealand, Director of Archival Operations
Phone: 650-238-3501
Fax: 650-238-3510
Email: sanbruno.archives[at]nara.gov

About the Collection
Description of San Francisco water-related materials:
Records concerning the Hetch Hetchy project in Yosemite National Park, and the related application of the Raker Act by the City and County of San Francisco, may be found in the files of the Bureau of Land Management "Record Group 49", National Park Service "Record Group 79", U.S. Attorneys Office "Record Group 118", Army Corps of Engineers "Record Group 77" and the Federal Courts "Record Groups 21 and 276".

Time Period: 1900-1920, 1921-1949
Types of Material: Government Documents, Photographs

Open to the Public? Yes
Reservations Required? Appointments are strongly recommended
Public Fee? No
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm; Wedn 7:30am-5:30pm
Open to Scholars? Yes
Reservations Required: Appointments are strongly recommended
Scholars Fee? No
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm; Wedn 7:30am-5:30pm

Access Procedures:
When you visit a NARA facility to examine original records rather than microfilm, you will usually be issued a researcher identification card unless you already possess one. A card issued by one NARA facility is valid at all other NARA facilities. To obtain a researcher identification card, you must show identification that includes a photograph, such as a driver_s license. You must also complete a short form giving your name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of your research topic. This card must be presented during each research visit.

When performing research here, you must leave personal belongings in coin-operated lockers. This includes bags, carrying cases, briefcases, purses, and books. You may bring a coin purse or wallet into the research room. Each locker operates when a quarter is inserted the quarter is returned to you when you open the locker and remove your belongings. The lockers are adjacent to the research room and under surveillance by NARA staff.

Equipment available to researchers include photocopiers, mirofilm readers and printers, public access computers

Coins are not required to operate the copy machines. Self-service microfilm-to-paper copies cost $0.50 per page. Self-service paper-to-paper copies cost $0.20 per page. The standard fee for electrostatic copies of records larger than 11 inches by 17 inches is $3.50 per linear foot, with all lengths rounded up to the next whole foot. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card after you have completed your copying and counted the pages copied.

You may use a video, digital or still camera to photograph original documents in our research room. The equipment should be compact in size so as not to disturb or displace our other patrons. Our research room is small and frequently filled to capacity. Any lighting equipment should be kept to a minimum and must fit on a tabletop. Light sources must not raise the surface temperature of the records being photographed. Extremely bright or hot incandescent lighting equipment will not be allowed because of the potential for damage to the documents. Electronic flash equipment and large studio lights are not allowed in our research room. Any equipment that could potentially damage documents will not be approved. We reserve the right to discontinue the privilege of using such equipment at any time without notice.

Researchers may bring their own scanner, camera, or similar equipment --except personal paper-to-paper copiers-- provided that the equipment meets NARA's preservation standards. Equipment that could potentially damage documents will not be approved. In particular, drum scanners and automatic feeder devices are prohibited. Also, no part of the equipment may come in contact with records in a manner that causes friction, abrasion, or otherwise damages records. Space considerations in our research room may also be a factor. NARA reserves the right to discontinue the privilege of using such equipment at any time without notice.

Collection Management Information
Archival Finding Aids to Record Groups are available for viewing in the Research Room.

Digital Formats:


Submitted: 12/10/2007
Last Updated: 12/10/2007

Last modified: 5/31/2011 3:51 PM by S. Haren

UCR Contact Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th Floor
PO Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, CA 92517-5900

Tel: 951-827-3233    Fax: 951-827-4673    email Email

CSUSB Contact Information

Water Resources Institute, CSUSB
Boykin Witherspoon III, Institute Director
California State University, San Bernardino
PL-401 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407-2318

Tel: 909-537-3685    email Email