The Digitizing Southern California Water Resources project, also known as the CLIRWater project, is a collaborative digitization and preservation project. The project aims to digitize and democratize Southern California’s water history to pave new avenues for research. Archival collections from seven partner institutions are now available in a central location. These collections originate from a variety of sources, such as federal, state and local governments, water companies, local agencies, engineers and other individuals involved in water resources development in the Southern California region.
The collaboration forms a regional network of Southern California private and public institutions that demonstrates our commitment to leveraging our individual strengths (collections, subject knowledge, and professional expertise) and technical infrastructures towards the open proliferation of water heritage collections.
- Unearth a critical mass of 19th- and 20th-century primary source documentation on the development, management, and exploitation of Southern California and western United States (U.S.) water.
- Facilitate digital, scholarly, and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology.
- Open the door for new scholarship on water and the environment in Southern California and the western United States.
This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Grant administration is provided by the Office of Foundation Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Pomona College.
Vacation land - Owens Valley High Sierra
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tourism publication encourages tourists and fishermen to visit the Owens Valley. Pamphlet lists ways to reach Owens Valley and cities in the area with hotel accommodations. Pamphlet also includes photographs and a map with the Los Angeles Aqueduct highlighted in red. Publication issued in July 1928.View on ContentDM
Water from the Colorado River: we need it let's go and get it!
A pamphlet printed July 20, 1931 for distribution in water bills regarding the Colorado River Aqueduct and the ways Southern California would use the water.View on ContentDM
World-famous engineers present Colorado River aqueduct report
A press release printed December 17, 1930 for distribution to 54 Southern California daily papers and a selected list of 46 Southern California weekly papers. The press release provides information about the engineers involved in the Colorado River Aqueduct.View on ContentDM