Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Irwin E. Farrar Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1911-1973
Collection number: 1127
Creator: Farrar, Irwin E., 1893-1983
Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
2 oversize boxes
Abstract: Irwin Elmer Farrar (1893-1983) was the president of Sierra Alfalfa Company, and later of the Farrar-Loomis Seed Company, experimenting
with a new kind of sugar beet and seed. He served as secretary of the Corona Chamber of Commerce, founded the Hemet chapter
of Chamber of Commerce (1919), and helped in the formation of the San Jacinto River Protection Committee. He remained involved
with water supply issues until the completion of California State Water Project in 1973. The collection consists of Farrar's
autobiography and related research materials, correspondence from many California political figures, materials about Farrar's
political interests, his personal life and business activities, and materials related to his involvement with water issues
and the California State Water Project.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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Irwin Elmer Farrar was born in 1893 near Camarillo, California; attended University of Southern California and Stanford Law
School; admitted to the California bar and began practicing law in 1916; became president of Sierra Alfalfa Company, and later
of the Farrar-Loomis Seed Company, experimenting with a new kind of sugar beet and seed; secretary, Corona Chamber of Commerce;
founded Hemet chapter of Chamber of Commerce in 1919; in 1944 he became interested in water seepage from San Jacinto tunnel
of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which lead to the formation of the San Jacinto River Protection
Committee; he remained involved with water supply issues until the completion of California State Water Project in 1973; died
Expanded Biographical/Historical Note
Irwin Elmer Farrar was born in 1893, near Camarillo, California. He studied at the University of Southern California and Stanford
University, where he studied law. In 1916 he was admitted to the California bar and started private practice. He became president
of La Sierra Alfalfa Company and later the Farrar-Loomis Seed Company, which experimented with a new type of sugar beet and
new methods of producing that seed.
From the beginning of Mr. Farrar's professional and business career, he took an interest and initiative in business and civic
affairs, first as secretary of the Corona Chamber of Commerce. In 1919 he founded in Hemet a chapter of the Chamber of Commerce
and in 1922 the Kiwanis Club. He served in several other civic capacities.
In 1944 he became interested in the problems of water seepage from the San Jacinto tunnel of the Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California. This resulted in the formation of the San Jacinto River Protective Committee and led to his involvement
with problems of water supply which did not end until the completion of the California State Water Project in 1973.
The materials in this collection were for the most part assembled and organized by Mr. Farrar when writing his reminiscences
Biography, a copy of which is in the collection. As far as possible, Mr. Farrar's headings for his own files and his own groupings
of materials have been retained in the registering of this collection. Materials collected since the writing of the
Biography were also organized with headings by Mr. Farrar and these, too, have been retained.
The collection is rich in materials dealing with water resources and the long processes involved in accomplishing goals through
commissions and studies and eventual legislation. The collection contains correspondence from many important California political
figures, such as Governors Edmund. G. Brown and Ronald Reagan, as well as many legislators--both state and national. The collection
contains materials about Mr. Farrar's other political interests, his business activities (the sugar beet experiments, his
years as bank director) and personal life (items collected and observations written from his various travels).
Scope and Content
Collection consists of Irwin E. Farrar's autobiography and related research materials. Includes correspondence from many California
political figures, such as Governors Edmund G. Brown and Ronald Reagan, as well as from state and national legislators. Also
includes materials about Farrar's political interests, his personal life, and business activities related to sugar beet experiments
and his years as a bank director. Contains materials related to his involvement with water issues and the California State
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Farrar autobiography (Box 1).
- Early life, family background and education (Box 1).
- Beginning professional career (Box 1).
- Seed production and the beginning of the domestic sugar beet industry (Box 1).
- Political activities and election as bank director (Box 2).
- San Jacinto tunnel problems (Box 3).
- Metropolitan water district (Boxes 4-6).
- State water project (Boxes 7-11).
- Notes on foreign and other travels (Box 9).
- Other materials written or collected by Farrar (Box 11).
- Notes from Stanford Law School (Boxes 12-13).
- Pipeline plans, Perris Dam completion (motion picture), personal clipping (Box 14).
- Proceedings of American Society of Sugar Beet Technologies (Box 15).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.
Farrar, Irwin E., 1893-1983--Archives.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.)
California State Water Project.
Civic leaders--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Agricultural industries--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Sugar beet industry--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Water resources development--California, Southern--Archival resources.