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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward Hyatt papers
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1949
    Collection Number: HYATT
    Extent: 3 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Languages: English.


    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 Director of Distinctive Collections. 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], [date if possible]. Edward Hyatt papers (HYATT). Water Resources Collections and Archives. Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Biographical Information

    Edward Hyatt, the son of Edward and Margaret (Gill) Hyatt, was born near San Jacinto, Calif., on July 21, 1888. He received degrees in civil engineering from Stanford University. He began his thirty-five year career in the service of his native state as an engineer for the California Highway Commission. In 1916 he transferred to the State Water Commission, an agency created to administer state laws pertaining to water rights. In 1921 the State Water Commission became part of the Division of Water Rights of the State Department of Public Works; Mr. Hyatt was appointed deputy chief and then chief of that division. In 1927 he was appointed State Engineer of California. Mr. Hyatt directed surveys which led to the development of the State Water Plan, the basis for the water conservation program in California, and of the Central Valley Project. He was a member of several governmental planning committees, technical associations, and honorary societies. He was a Past-President of the Sacramento Section of the Society. Mr. Hyatt died on June 17, 1954.
    From: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Volume 120 (1955), p. 1568-1569

    Scope and Content

    Articles, addresses by Hyatt, and clippings, pertaining to dams, water rights, salt water intrusion, hydroelectric power, the California Water Plan, and other aspects of water in California.
    Select items from this collection have been digitized and are available online.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    California. Division of Water Resources
    California. Division of Water Rights
    California. Office of State Engineer
    California State Water Plan
    Central Valley Project (Calif.)
    Water resources development -- California
    Water rights -- California
    Dams -- California -- Design and construction
    Flood control -- California
    Saltwater encroachment -- California -- Delta Region
    Water-power -- California
    Saint Francis Dam (Calif.)