Inventory of the Fred D. Pyle Papers, 1926-1947

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University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
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© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Fred D. Pyle Papers, 1926-1947

Collection number: MS 86/4

Water Resources Collections and Archives



University of California, Riverside

Riverside, California

Contact Information:

  • Water Resources Collections and Archives
  • Orbach Science Library, Room 118
  • PO Box 5900
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Riverside, CA 92517-5900
  • Phone: (951) 827-2934
  • Fax: (951) 827-6378
  • Email: waterarc@ucr.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucr.edu/wrca
Processed by:
Water Resources Collections and Archives staff
Date Completed:
June 1990
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred D. Pyle Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1947
Collection number: MS 86/4
Creator: Pyle, Fred D., 1882-1950
Extent: ca. 2 linear ft. (4 boxes)
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

Access

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], Fred D. Pyle Papers, MS 86/4, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, papers, news clippings related to San Diego County water-supply, water storage, water transfer.

Access Points

Vista Irrigation District (Calif.)
Sweetwater Falls Project (Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.). Water Dept.
Water-supply -- California -- San Diego County
Water resources development -- California -- San Diego County
Water transfer -- California -- San Diego County
San Diego Aqueduct (Calif.)

Biography

Fred D. Pyle was born October 8, 1882 in Perry Township, Pennsylvania.
After graduating in 1903 from Utah Agricultural College he held positions of increasing responsibility with various irrigation districts in the western United States. From 1926 to 1928 he was Engineer/Manager of the Vista Irrigation District, a small district composed of 18,000 acres.
In 1928 he joined the San Diego Water Department, where as an Engineer and Assistant Hydraulic Engineer he served under H. N. Savage. From 1934 to 1947 he was Hydraulic Engineer, responsible for most of the major projects for the San Diego Water Department.
In 1947 he was appointed to the position of Hydraulic Engineer in charge of the Engineering Division, a position he held until 1950. In that capacity he was responsible for location, design, and construction of all major work for the San Diego Water Department.
Pyle died July 21, 1950.

Box Box 1, Folder 1.

Vista Irrigation District--newspaper clippings about the district and other water issues---various dates, none predominate.

Folder 2.

Vista Irrigation District--correspondence, water contracts, legal issues relating to riparian rights---1926-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 3.

Vista Irrigation District--photographs, schemata, showing the boundaries of the district and how pipeline is to be laid--costs involved for same---various dates, none predominate.

Folder 4.

San Diego Water Issues--consisting primarily of newspaper clippings made by Herbert Whitney when he was superintendent of water in San Diego prior to 1915. Acquired by Pyle from Mrs. Whitney---1947.

Folder 5.

Completion of the El Capitan Reservoir Project (connecting pipeline), American Canal Project, reinforcing Hodges Dam--correspondence, memorabilia, statistics-all relating to the aforementioned capital improvement projects. Samuel I. Fox, member of the Water Advisory Committee, (and, later, president of the San Diego County Water Authority) was the prime mover behind the effort to have these projects approved by the electorate. The main reason for their importance was to provide San Diego with an uninterrupted supply of water for the future---1934-1939 (dates not inclusive).

Box Box 2, Folder 6.

Conservation Association of Southern California--proposed legislation for curbing industrial pollution---1941-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 7.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California--maps, schemata, some correspondence---1944 (most material undated).

Folder 8.

Colorado River--San Diego requirements---1936-1946 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 9.

Planning, business, and housing surveys--San Diego---1943-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 10.

San Dieguito River reservoir development plan---1933-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 11.

Henshaw Dam and reservoirs--maps, statistics---1934-1944 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 12.

Morena-Barret-Otay reservoir system---1946-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Box Box 3, Folder 13.

San Diego Aqueduct--chronology, contracts, maps---1945-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 14.

Hodges Reservoir (dam)---1936-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 15.

San Dieguito River projects--dams, flood control at or near Hodges Dam---1937-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 16.

Sweetwater Falls project---1943-1944 (some material undated).

Folder 17.

Coronado/California Water and Telephone Company--litigation and miscellaneous papers regarding water supply to Coronado Island and the naval institution thereon---1942-1948 (some material undated).

Folder 18.

Colorado River--cost studies and reservoir requirements for obtaining Colorado River water--maps, computations, estimates---1939-1949 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 19.

San Diego County reservoirs--usage for recreation--includes information on fees to be charged, safety and hygenic considerations, extent of amenities to be offered to the public---1940.

Folder 20.

San Diego County Water Authority--water development--maps, charts, correspondence---1935-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Box Box 4, Folder 21.

San Diego County Water Authority--water supply--maps, charts, correspondence---1903-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 22.

San Diego County Water Authority--consumption and water costs--primarily statistics and projections---1942-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 23.

San Diego County Water Authority--correspondence with other water districts---various dates, none predominate.

Folder 24.

San Diego County Water Authority--miscellaneous architectural schemata of various water development projects---1936.

Folder 25.

San Diego County--population projections and water supply---1943-1950 (dates not inclusive).

Folder 26.

Ed Fletcher Company--real estate considerations regarding San Diego Water Development---1948.

Folder 27.

Pasadena vs. Basich--complaint brought against Basich Brothers (contracting firm) by the City of Pasadena for allowing excess water to accumulate in the Morris Reservoir, causing damge to the property of some individuals situated below the reservoir.--suit settled out of court to plaintiff's satisfaction---1939-1940.

Folder 28.

Fred D. Pyle--personal--miscellaneous--includes resume, articles that he co-authored, (one) photograph---material undated.