Scope and Content
Key to the Arrangement
Title: Harry F. Blaney Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1920-1969
Collection number: MS 92/2
Blaney, Harry French, 1892-1976
Extent: 14 linear ft. (31 boxes)
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Shelf location: Water Resources Collections and Archives
Collection is open for research.
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.
[Identification of item], Harry F. Blaney Papers , MS 92/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California,
Scope and Content
Reports pertaining to consumptive water use by irrigated crops and native vegetation in desert areas of Southern California,
Arizona, and other parts of the Southwest; to irrigation costs in California; to irrigation in Israel; and to irrigation and
water supply studies of the Pecos, Colorado, and other rivers.
This collection contains not only the extensive holdings donated by Mr. Blaney to the Los Angeles collection of the Water
Resources Collections and Archives, but also items from several limited bibliographies of his writings. Published works, mimeographed
reports, draft copies, and letters are also included.
Any item also cataloged in the main collection of the Water Resources Collections and Archives shows the call number in parenthesis.
Collection described in:
Writings of Harry F. Blaney, Distinguished Water Conservation Engineer (1892-1976), compiled by Robert J. Cullen, under supervision of Beth R. Willard. Davis, Calif.: California Water Resources Center, University
of California, 1978 (Archives report; no. 24).
Irrigation -- California
Irrigation -- West (U.S.)
Evapotranspiration -- West (U.S.)
Water conservation -- West (U.S.)
Water-supply -- West (U.S.)
Young, Arthur A.
Criddle, Wayne D.
Key to the Arrangement
The Blaney collection is divided into three sections, although all reports are numbered and indexed as a single group. Items
1-317 consist of publications and reports by, or under the supervision of, Mr. Blaney. Material is arranged chronologically
with undated or irregularly dated reports at the end of the section. Items 318-367 are reports prepared during World War II
for the Emergency Rubber Project of the U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Blaney's geographic organization of these reports has been
preserved. Items 368-393 are reports and publications in chronological order, with additions to the cover or title page indicating
Mr. Blaney's involvement.
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Harry French Blaney, a water conservation engineer, made significant contributions to irrigation research not only in his
native California, but also throughout the world. In 1915, Mr. Blaney received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the
University of California; and upon graduation, he worked two years for the Southern California Gas Company. He began a career
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May 1917 that continued until his retirement in 1962. From that time until 1973,
he was a research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Blaney was awarded the John Deere Medal from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Superior Service Award
and Silver Medal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Royce Tipton Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He is probably best known for his work in the development of the Blaney-Criddle Formula, a method for calculating water loss
from plants by evapotranspiration.
In 1969, his oral history,
Harry F. Blaney: Water Conservation Engineer, was published by Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles (G4702/J9-5).
Harry French Blaney
Born in Los Angeles, California, July 1892. Died in October 1976.
Educated at Los Angeles Polytechnic High School (1907-1911) and the University of California at Los Angeles (1911-1915) with
a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
|September 1915 - April 1917
Engineer, Southern California Gas Company, Los Angeles
|May 1917 - May 1918
Agent, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Silt Studies, Colorado River and Imperial Valley in California, and Mexico
|May 1918 - December 1918
Master Gunner, Non-commission Staff Officer, U.S. Army
|January 1919 - January 1962
Irrigation Engineer, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, in California and other areas as follows:
||In charge of Denver Irrigation Field Laboratory, evaporation and evapotranspiration studies.
|1919 - 1927
||Studies of sedimentation in Imperial Valley and Colorado River; cost of irrigation water; evapotranspiration.
|1927 - 1934
||Consumptive use of water by irrigated crops and native vegetation and rainfall disposal.
|1934 - 1935
||Water conservation engineer, developing water for drought areas, New Mexico.
|1935 - 1936
||Water utilization studies, Mojave River, and irrigation, California.
|1936 - 1937
||In charge of consumptive-use studies, Upper Rio Grande, for National Resources Committee, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
|1937 - 1939
||Water utilization studies, Beaumont and San Jacinto Basins and San Fernando Valley, California.
|1939 - 1941
||In charge, consumptive water requirements, Pecos River Joint Investigations, New Mexico and Texas.
||Member of technical mission to Cuba to investigate rehabilitation of agriculture, 12 dam sites, soils, and water supply for
|1941 - 1942
||Water utilization studies, San Luis Rey Valley.
|1942 - 1943
||In charge, irrigation surveys on quantity, quality and cost of water in southwestern states of Guayule Rubber Project, Forest
|1943 - 1951
||Project supervisor, consumptive irrigation requirement studies in Arizona, Colorado River Basin, and Pacific Southwest; drainage
studies in Imperial Valley, California.
|1951 - 1954
||State research supervisor, in charge of cooperative irrigation studies with the State Engineer of California and U.S. Soil
|1954 - 1962
||Principal irrigation engineer, U.S. Agriculture Research Service in Pacific Southwest.
||Irrigation engineer consultant in Israel for U.S. Department of State, International Cooperation Administration.
|January 1962 - July 1965
Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Irrigation and Soil Sciences
Collaborator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
|July 1965 - March 1973
Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Engineering and Water Resources Center
Consultant (Registered Civil Engineer, State of California):
For the State of California and other agencies on litigation of the use of water from the Colorado River (1956-1958)
For International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Department of State, on salinity in lower Colorado River (January 1962)
For 20 farms, Gila River Basin, New Mexico (1963-1965)
For State of Arizona on water use in Central Valley Project (January-February 1966) and consumptive use on farms in Colorado
Memberships in Scientific Societies:
American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1950-1968)
Past member of evapotranspiration and nomenclature committees.
American Society of Civil Engineers (1920-1976)
Fellow and life member; past vice-president, Los Angeles Section; past chairman of National Executive Committee of Irrigation
and Drainage Division; past member of committee on sedimentation of reservoirs and the hydrology sub-committee; past chairman
of committee on water conservation; chairman of committee on consumptive use of water; member of publication committee.
The Society of Sigma Xi (1951-1976)
United States National Committee of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (1952-1960)
Soil Conservation Society of America (1946-1963)
American Geophysical Union, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council (1932-1976) Life member; delegate for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council to the Tenth General
Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Rome, Italy, September 1954; past member of evapotranspiration,
infiltration and groundwater committees; past secretary and vice-president of hydrology section.
Pacific Southwest Inter-Agency Technical Committee
Member of subcommittee on phreatophytes.
Honors and Awards:
Superior Service Award and Silver Medal; U.S. Department of Agriculture (1951)
Distinguished Service Award; Soil Conservation Society of America (California Chapter) (1961)
The John Deere Medal; American Society of Agricultural Engineers (1966)
Royce Tipton Award; American Society of Civil Engineers (1966)
Service Award - Member for 28 years; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (Agricultural Committee)
Honorary Member; Greek Committee of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage