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Inventory of the Carl Jonas Rhodin Papers,bulk 1909-1930
MS 79/2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
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  • Biography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carl Jonas Rhodin Papers,
    Date (inclusive): bulk 1909-1930
    Collection number: MS 79/2
    Creator: Rhodin, Carl Jonas, 1877-1932
    Extent: ca. 3 linear ft. (7 boxes)
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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 orquote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given onbehalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include orimply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carl Jonas Rhodin Papers, MS 79/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Scope and Content

    Reports and papers on hydraulic power systems, hydroelectric developments in California and the West, land reclamation and valuation.

    Access Points

    Marin Municipal Water District
    Marin Water and Power Company
    Excelsior Water and Mining Company
    General Electric Power Company of California
    Great Western Power Company
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    San Joaquin Light and Power Corporation
    Chewacan Ranch Project (Or.)
    Western Canada Power Company
    Spring Valley water Company
    Southern California Edison Company
    Northern California Power Company
    Hydraulic machinery
    Water-power -- California
    Reclamation of land -- California
    Hydroelectric power plants -- California
    Wolverton Dam (Calif.)


    Carl Jonas Rhodin was born on May 11, 1877 in Kongelf, Sweden, the son of Carl Joseph Theodor and Caroline Gustava Nathalia (Trahn) Rhodin. He attended schools in England and at Gothenburg, Sweden, where he entered the university. He completed his training in civil and electrical engineering at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm, from which he was graduated in 1900. After some experience in harbor construction work, he came to the United States in 1902, and during the next two years was employed as construction engineer on the Thebes Bridge across the Mississippi River. Thereafter he practiced almost continuously as a construction engineer, principally in California and other Pacific coast states.
    Among the more important of Rhodin's works, which he either planned, constructed or supervised, were the extensions and additions to the De Sabla Hydraulic Power System for the California Gas and Electric Co. (1906), hydraulic improvements in Sacramento (1907-1908), and the design and construction of several of the largest buildings in San Francisco. After 1908 he devoted particular attention to investigations of hydroelectric developments, land reclamation, valuation and rate fixing, and projected railway extensions. Among the corporations retaining his services in such capacities were the Southern Pacific Railroad Co., Great Western Power Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co., and others in Japan and China.
    For many years Rhodin was chairman of the section on city planning of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Swedish Engineers and Engineers Club of San Francisco. He was an ardent yachtsman and wrote a number of articles for magazines devoted to the sport. His most valuable contribution was in the development of standards of performance and methods for handicap racing, which he calculated scientifically. Owing to his expert knowledge of the subject, he was selected as one of the judges of the international races during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. He was married April 22, 1908, to Grace Margaret Cook, daughter of Alexander Cook, of San Francisco, and had a son, Carl William Rhodin.
    Carl J. Rhodin died May 2, 1932 in Oakland, California.
    From National Cyclopedia of Biography, Vol. 24, p. 336-337.