Water Resource Collections and Archives


San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

San Francisco Water Supply: Sources of Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives



Email: waterarc@ucr.edu

About the Collection
Description of San Francisco water-related materials:
WRCA collects contemporary and historical materials on all aspects of water resources, the bulk of which are geographically focused on Colorado and the West. Therefore, a large portion of the collection is relevant to the history and contemporary body of knowledge pertaining to San Francisco water supply. Included are publications from government agencies (municipal, county, state, and federal), newsletters, journals, monographs, maps, and manuscript collections of engineers and environmental organizations.

Time Period: 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present
Types of Material: Books, Digital Files, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Government Documents, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Large Format Papers, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Oral Histories, Photographs, Printed Works, Rare Books, Serials, Technical Drawings, Unprocessed

Open to the Public? Yes
Open to Scholars? Yes
Reservations Required? To view archival material
Fee? No

 Access Procedures:
Contemporary materials circulate; the stacks are publicly accessible. Archival collections, unique materials, and historic documents are non-circulating and must be paged by WRCA staff. On-site materials are generally paged immediately upon request. Holdings stored off-site require at least two days notice to retrieve.

A photocopy machine is available that accepts one dollar bills, coins and campus copy cards. WRCA performs its own interlibrary loan (OCLC code=WCA). Digitization requests are out-sourced; see applicable fees.

Collection Management Information
The primary online catalog is Scotty.
Finding aids for archival collections are available from the Online Archive of California (OAC)

Digital Formats:
WRCA manages the Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information. The Clearinghouse database includes many full-text documents, some of which are relevant to San Francisco water supply (e.g., Sunol/Niles dam removal on Alameda Creek).

WRCA's eScholarship repository includes contemporary full-text restoration and hydrology papers, many of which pertain to San Francisco water resources.

Other digitized materials are available from Scotty records, OAC, and the Western Waters Digital Library.


Submitted: 1/31/2007
Last Updated: 5/31/2011

Last modified: 2/23/2015 1:01 PM by E. Milenkiewicz

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