Register of the California Weather Bureau Journals, 1893-1927

Processed by Don Walker; machine-readable finding aid created by Don Walker
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2810
URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
© 1998
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.



Register of the California Weather Bureau Journals, 1893-1927

Collection number: Mss234

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
1994
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: California Weather Bureau Journals,
Date (inclusive): 1893-1927
Collection number: Mss234
Creator: C. Robert Elford
Extent: 2 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Weather Bureau Journals, Mss234, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

C. Robert Elford was the State Climatologist of California, serving in the San Francisco Office between 1958 and 1972. The San Francisco Office was at one time the principal west coast office and made forecasts for the wesern United States. Later, forecasting was moved to South San Francisco and the former San Francisco Office became a Climatological Center. In 1973 field offices were closed and staff was directed to dispose of records. At that time Elford salvaged these early diaries.
In the early days each Weather Bureau Office kept a diary of daily activities in handwritten form. Many of the entries found in these journals are very routine, but some contain interesting accounts. The Weather Bureau maintained its own communication lines to its remote locations, such as the Farallon Islands, Mt. Tamalpais and Point Reyes. Maintenance was often difficult and required frequent innovation.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of thirteen ledgers of weather observations from various California weather stations, including: Independence (1894-1925); Mt. Tamalpais (1898-1921); the Farallon Islands (1906-1913); San Francisco (1906-1917); and, Point Reyes (1893-1927).

Container List

Box BOX 1

INDEPENDENCE

 

-10/14/94 to 6/30/95

 

-7/95 to 6/03-10/3/05 to 1/20/25

Box BOX 2

MT. TAMALPAIS 1898-1902

 

-9/20/98 to 5/31/99

 

-6/1/99 to 4/30/00

 

-5/00 to 3/31/02

Box BOX 3

MISCELLANY

 

Mt. Tamalpais -4/03 to 12/05

 

Mt. Tamalpais -11/8/05 to 4/19/21

 

-Farallon Is. 1/1/06 to 8/8/13

 

-San Francisco 4/18/06 to 12/31/17

 

Point Reyes -1/93 to 12/31/93

 

Point Reyes

 

Point Reyes -6/15/08 to 6/20/17

 

Point Reyes -6/22/17 to 3/21/27