Collection of 3 x 5.5-in. black-and-white photographic prints taken by Charles H. Lee,
covering a wide range of water resources development projects in California and New
Mexico in which Lee was involved. Major projects documented include the construction of
the Los Angeles Aqueduct, construction of various dams and reservoirs in San Diego County
and other Southern California locations, water development in Inyo County and Mono
County, and construction of Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico. Also included are many
views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite Valley, and the aftermath of the San
Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.
Charles Hamilton Lee was born February 1, 1883, in Oakland, California, and graduated
from the University of California, Riverside, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1905. He
began his career as a hydrographer for the U.S. Geological Survey but resigned in 1906 to
become assistant engineer for the city of Los Angeles. From 1906-1911, he was involved in
the design and construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. During this period his report on
the groundwater basin of the Independence region of the Owens Valley was published as
U.S.G.S. Water-Supply Paper 294.
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Collection is open for research.