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Inventory of the Wilfred F. Langelier Papers, 1925-1974
MS 83/2  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wilfred F. Langelier Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1974
    Collection number: MS 83/2
    Creator: Langelier, Wilfred F., 1886-1981
    Extent: 1 manuscript box
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access to the materials.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives in 1974 upon completion of the volume of collected works (see Folder 21).


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wilfred F. Langelier Papers, MS 83/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Access Points

    University of California, Riverside. Sanitary Engineering Research Laboratory.
    East Bay Water Company.
    Sanitary engineering--California.
    McGauhey, P. H. (Percy Harold)


    Wilfred F. Langelier was born in 1886 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1909 from New Hampshire College (now University of New Hampshire) at Durham. From 1909 to 1916 he worked for the Illinois State Water Survey, and also earned a M.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1911 from the University of Illinois. In 1916, Langelier accepted an assistant professorship in Sanitary Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Charles Gilman Hyde was chiefly responsible for bringing in Langelier, a chemist by training, to teach water chemistry in the Department of Civil Engineering. Langelier remained at Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
    Langelier also served as a consulting sanitary engineer for the East Bay Water Company until 1928 when the company was taken over by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and is responsible for developing the Langelier Saturation Index, used to determine how corrosive water might be to pipes and plumbing.
    Wilfred Langelier died September 13, 1981 at his home in Berkeley, California.
    Additional biographical information can by obtained from: Teaching, Research, and Consultation in Water Purification and Sewage Treatment, University of California at Berkeley, 1916-1955, with an introduction by Erman Pearson. An oral history conducted in1970 by Malca Chall, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Riverside, 1982.

    Scope and Content

    Collection includes reprints of journal articles authored or co-authored by Langelier and articles that discuss Langelier's work, P. H. McGauhey's draft (unused) introduction to the Langelier oral history, a photograph album, a bound volume of Langelier's works, etc.

    Related Collections

    Charles Gilman Hyde Papers, 1904-1956.  HYDE, Water Resources Collections and Archives.
    P. H. McGauhey Collection. MS 77/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives.
    California Bureau of Sanitary Engineering Papers, 1911-1963.  MS 80/3, Water Resources Collections and Archives.