Scope and Content
Title: Charles Gilman Hyde Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1904-1956 (bulk 1930-1950)
Collection number: HYDE
Hyde, Charles Gilman, 1874-1971
Extent: 10 linear ft. (23 boxes)
Water Resources Collections and Archives
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[Identification of item], Charles Gilman Hyde Papers, HYDE, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California,
Water quality management --Law and legislation --California
Water quality --California
Municipal engineering --California
Refuse and refuse disposal --California
Sewage disposal --California
Sewage disposal plants --California
Water-supply, Municipal --California
Water --California --Pollution
Groundwater --California --Quality
Charles Gilman Hyde was born on May 7, 1874 in Yantic, Town of Norwich, Connecticut, the
son of Rodney and Kate Rhode (Dickey) Hyde. He attended Norwich Academy and was graduated
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in sanitary engineering
Charles Hyde married Margherita Isola on May 21, 1901 in Newton, Massachusetts, and had
The first four years of Hyde's professional career were spent as an assistant engineer
with the Massachusetts State Board of Health. He then journeyed to Pennsylvania where he
worked on major water supply projects for the cities of Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
Hyde joined the faculty of the University of California in 1905 where he served
continuously, except for service as a major in the Sanitary Corps, U.S. Army (1918-19),
until he became emeritus in 1944. Following his retirement he remained extremely active
as a consulting engineer and he engaged in major water projects the world over.
Professor Hyde was an extremely productive educator, scholar, consulting engineer, and
statesman whose talents and counsel were sought from all segments of society. He was an
inspiring teacher whose interests in students and their personal and professional welfare
were truly distinguished. In addition to serving two years as dean of men (1926-28), his
professional contributions were so numerous, original, and distinguished he became widely
known as the "Dean of Sanitary Engineering of the West." His social and humanitarian
interests were extensive, and he found time to serve for over twenty years on executive
councils of the Boy Scouts of America, Berkeley YMCA, the Red Cross, and he was a long
time active member of the Bohemian Club. He was also an active member of the First
Congregational Church of Berkeley.
Professor Hyde's noteworthy accomplishments include the establishment of the first
sanitary engineering educational program in the West, and his active leadership played a
major role in the formation of a pioneering Bureau of Sanitary Engineering in the State
Department of Public Health.
As an active consulting engineer, Hyde played a major role in shaping many of
California's major water projects. He was responsible for the original water supply
source selection and the design of the first Sacramento water treatment plant, which was
an original and advanced contribution to technology. He served on many boards of
consultants, which helped to set the pattern of environmental engineering practice as
well as make an important contribution to California's health and ecology. Some of the
notable projects include the comprehensive plans for the collection, treatment, and
disposal of wastewater from the East Bay cities (now EBMUD), San Francisco, Los Angeles,
San Diego, the counties of Santa Clara and Orange, the cities of Auckland, New Zealand,
and Vancouver, British Columbia.
A fitting summary of Hyde's life was made by President Robert Gordon Sproul upon the
conferring of an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1944 when he summed up as follows:
"The West is a fairer, sweeter land because of his concentrated work on its water."
Professor Hyde died on September 21, 1971 at the age of 97.
Scope and Content
Reports and papers on various aspects of sewerage, sewage treatment, groundwater and
surface water pollution from municipal and industrial wastes, water quality, and sewage
treatment systems for many California municipalities. Described in
Catalog of the Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside
(G.K. Hall and Co., Boston, 1970).