Scope and Content
Title: Crittenden (Bradford Samuel) Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1955
Collection number: Mss237
Thomas Crittenden and Barbara Crittenden Phillips
Extent: 9.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Crittenden (Bradford Samuel) Papers, Mss237, Holt-Atherton
Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Crittenden, Bradford Samuel (1876-1952)
Crittenden, Bradford MacChesney (1912-1982)
Central Valley Project (Calif.)
Water resources development -California
San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -History
Ranchers -California -San Joaquin County
Legislators -California -Correspondence
Graduate of the University of the Pacific and a practising attorney, Bradford Samuel
Crittenden (1876-1952) was first elected Assemblyman (1920-1930), then State Senator
(1930-1951) representing San Joaquin County. He was chairman of the Senate Agriculture
Committee (1933-1950). Crittenden also chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on State
Water Problems. He and his wife, Edith MacChesney Crittenden, owned several Central
Valley farms. The Crittendens had two children: Bradford M. (1912-1982) and Edith Eudora.
The former was State Highway Patrol Commissioner during the 1950s. His papers (Mss238)
are also in Holt Atherton Special Collections.
Scope and Content
The bulk of the materials in the B.S. Crittenden Collection are publications relating to
the creation and development of the Central Valley Project (1923-1949). The collection
also contains personal papers, including correspondence, photographs and business papers
relating to Crittenden's San Joaquin County agricultural properties (1944-1952).