Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

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Elwood Mead (1858-1936) was territorial engineer and later, the first state engineer of Wyoming, 1888-1899, and author of its first water code. From 1899-1907, he was in charge of irrigation investigations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was chairman of the Rivers and Water Supply Commission in Victoria, Australia, 1907-1915, professor of Rural Institutions at the University of California, 1915-1924, and Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1924 until his death in 1936. Mead supervised the construction of Hoover Dam; Lake Mead was named in his honor.

From the description of Papers, 1882-1958 (bulk 1899-1936). (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 27966019

Professor of engineering, UCB.

From the description of Elwood Mead papers, [ca. 1907-1924]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 26850125

Biography

Professor of Rural Institute; born Switzerland County, Ind, Jan. 16, 1858; son of Daniel and Lucinda (Davis) Mead; B.S. Purdue University, 1882; C.E. Iowa State College, 1883; Doctor of Engineering Purdue University, 1904. Assistant Engineer, U.S. Army, 1882; Professor Irrigation Engineering, Colorado Agricultural College. 1883; State Engineer, Wyoming, 1888; Chief of Irrigation & Drainage Investigations, U.S.D.A., 1898; Chairman State Rivers & Water Supply Commission, Australia, 1907; Professor of Rural Institutions, University of California, 1915, U S. Commissioner of Reclamation, April 1924 to date. Author: Irrigation Institutions, Helping Men Own Farms . Reports on Irrigation (U.S.D.A.). Member American Society of Civil Engineers, member British Institution, Engineers.

Who's Who in Engineering, 1925. p. 1414

From the guide to the Elwood Mead Papers, 1900-1942, (Water Resources Collections and Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Value of reservoirs in the arid region / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Irrigation in Australia. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Progress report on an investigation irrigation law and water rights in the western states / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Plan for the creation of organized rural communities in the South / by Elwood Mead. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf All-American canal board. The All-American Canal : preliminary report of The All-American Canal Board, Dr. Elwood Mead, W.W. Schlecht, C.E. Grunsky; together with the report of The Engineer in Charge of Surveys and Examinations, Porter J. Preston. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Irrigation canals. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Frank Adams Papers, 1889-1962 Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Elwood Mead papers, 1900-1942. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Yuma Project, Arizona : correspondence, etc. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Correspondence and printed material. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Adams, Frank, 1875-1967. Economic survey, 1929 : miscellaneous reports and correspondence of Frank Adams, Elwood Mead, and others. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood. Durham State Land Settlement, California : miscellaneous reports and forms. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. The rural credit system needed to develop West / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn James Dix Schuyler papers, 1886-1912, 1896-1907 Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Speech of Dr. Elwood Mead, Commissioner of Reclamation, on the problems and accomplishments of the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, broadcast by Station WJSV at Washington, D.C., at 8 p.m., February 5. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Elwood Mead Papers, 1900-1942 Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Wallace, Henry Cantwell, 1866-1924. Papers, 1904-1930. [microform]. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Bancalari, Ignacio Lopez. Report on the irrigation works of the Richardson Construction Company in the Yaqui Valley of Sonora. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Present policy of the United States Bureau of Reclamation regarding land settlement / by Elwood Mead. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. [Letter, 1917 March 5, Portland, Ore. [to] Franklin K. Lane, Washington, D.C., and Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Berkeley, Calif. / Elwood Mead, D.C. Henny, Joseph Jacobs]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Gill, Roy Roland, b. 1876. Columbia Basin Irrigation League papers, 1920-1942. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Shoshone Project, Wyoming : reports, testimony of farmers and correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. The water resources of Mexico / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. State aid in land settlement / by Elwood Mead. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Land settlement and rural credits : statement of the need for an investigation / by Elwood Mead, Professor of Rural Institutions, University of California. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf McRae, Lorne C. Durham Land Company. California State University, Chico, Chico State
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. On the reason for the retention of salts near the surface of soils / Thos. H. Means. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. Papers, 1812-1963 (bulk 1882-1939). Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Truckee-Carson Project : reports, correspondence, maps. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Arlett, Arthur M. Arthur Arlett papers, 1912-1921. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Agricultural colonization in Palestine / Report of Advisory Commission, Elwood Mead, chairman ... [et al.]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Titles to water / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Etcheverry, Bernard A. (Bernard Alfred), 1881-1954. [Correspondence on the Klamath Project], 1915. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Sun River Project, Montana : correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Federal reclamation : its achievements and needs. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Letter report to Secretary Work of the Interior Department on the Federal reclamation projects in the West. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn William Kent family papers, 1768-1961 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Mead, Elwood. Reports and correspondence relating to the refinancing of the Shasta View Irrigation District, Oregon. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf State Land Settlement, Durham, California, 1918-1919 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Papers, 1882-1958 (bulk 1899-1936). University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Dancy, Oscar Cromwell Papers 67-84; 73-162; 97-345; 99-112., 1917-1965 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Adams, Frank, 1875-1967. Draft of a memorial statement for Elwood Mead. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Extract from the report of Elwood Mead, chairman of the State Rivers' Commission, Victoria, Australia, to the government of New South Wales, Australia, on the development and administration of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation scheme, May, 1911. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. The irrigation profect [sic] of the Canadian Pacific Railway / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Federal reclamation : what it should include. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Wallace, Henry Cantwell, 1866-1924. Papers, 1904-1930. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Dancy, Oscar Cromwell, 1879-1971. Dancy, Oscar Cromwell, papers, 1917-1965. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Osmer Lysander Waller Papers, 1897-1935 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Quotations from various publications and articles bearing on the question of government aid to irrigation projects in Australia / [Elwood Mead?]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Beneficial and economical use of water / [Elwood Mead]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Elwood Mead papers, [ca. 1907-1924]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. How to secure the complete development of Wyoming's irrigation resources. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Uncompahgre Valley Project, Colorado : reports, maps, correspondence, etc. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Department of the Interior, speech delivered by Elwood Mead, Commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation at dinner at National Arts Club, New York City, Tuesday, May 5, 1925 [on how to make rural life more attractive]. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Yuma Project, Arizona : notes, reports and correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Kent, William, 1864-1928. William Kent family papers, 1768-1961 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Peterson, John T. Papers, 1949-1964. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Some economic aspects of Federal reclamation / address by Elwood Mead, Commissioner of Reclamation. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Umatilla Project, Oregon : proceedings, reports, maps, correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Imperial Valley Project : reports, law and legislation, correspondence, maps. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Reports of Central Board of Review / Elwood Mead, W.L. Marshall, I.D. O'Donnell. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Lampen, Dorothy. A report of an economic investigation of home conditions on federal reclamation projects, summer 1929 / by Dorothy Lampen. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Salt River Valley Project, Arizona : reports, correspondence and maps. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Teague, Charles Collins, 1873-. St. Francis Dam Disaster Papers, 1928-1929. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Kent, William, 1864-1928. William Kent family papers, 1768-1961 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mead, Elwood. Land settlement in California : miscellaneous meetings, reports, clippings, forms, etc. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Waller, O. L. (Osmar Lysander), 1857-1935. Papers, 1897-1935. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. State Land Settlement, Delhi, California [picture]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Irrigation in the United States / by Elwood Mead and B.A. Etcheverry. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Board of Review. Wyoming cooperative work : report of Board of Review, Department of the Interior, United States Reclamation Service in cooperation with State of Wyoming / Elwood Mead, E.G. Hopson, J.B. True. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Adams, Frank, 1875-1967. Elwood Mead, 1858-1936. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Final report on survey of irrigation resources of California / Elwood Mead and Frank Adams. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. State Land Settlement, Durham, California [picture]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Yakima Project, Tieton and Sunnyside Units : correspondence. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Solvency and value of Federal reclamation projects in all the Western States. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Methods and policies which should govern the agricultural development of Green River Valley, Wyoming : abstract of report of Board of Review / Elwood Mead, E.G. Hopson, Jas. B. True. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936. Federal reclamation as a national policy / Elwood Mead. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
creatorOf State Land Settlement, Delhi, California, 1920-1922 Bancroft Library
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associatedWith Adams, Frank, 1875-1967. person
associatedWith All-American canal board. corporateBody
associatedWith American Society of Civil Engineers. corporateBody
associatedWith Arlett, Arthur M. person
associatedWith Bancalari, Ignacio Lopez. person
associatedWith California Heritage Project. corporateBody
associatedWith California Heritage Project. corporateBody
associatedWith California. State Land Settlement Board (1917-1921) corporateBody
associatedWith California. State Land Settlement Board (1917-1921) corporateBody
associatedWith Canadian Pacific Railway Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Dancy, Oscar Cromwell person
associatedWith Dancy, Oscar Cromwell, 1879-1971. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943. person
associatedWith Etcheverry, Bernard A. person
associatedWith Gill, Roy Roland, b. 1876. person
associatedWith Harding, Hubert. person
associatedWith Henny, D. C. person
associatedWith Hopson, E. G. person
associatedWith Imperial Laguna Water Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Imperial Valley Project (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Jacobs, Joseph. person
associatedWith Kent, William, 1864-1928. person
associatedWith Kreutzer, George. person
associatedWith Lampen, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Marshall, W. L. person
associatedWith McCurry Foto Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Mead, Tom Chase. person
associatedWith Modesto Irrigation District (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme (Australia) corporateBody
associatedWith O'Donnell, I. D. person
associatedWith Online Archive of California Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Online Archive of California Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Palestine Joint Survey Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Peterson, John T. person
associatedWith Riverton Project (Wyo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Schuyler, James D. (James Dix), 1848-1912 person
associatedWith Shoshone Project (Wyo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sunnyside Project (Wash.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sunnyside Water Users' Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Sun River Irrigation Project (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Tieton Project (Wash.) corporateBody
associatedWith True, Jas. B. person
associatedWith Uncompahgre Valley Project (Colo.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Board of Review corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Board of Review. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Board of Review. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Board of Review. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Reclamation Service. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California (1868-1952). Dept. of Engineering. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. College of Agriculture. Rural Institutions. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. Rural Institutions. corporateBody
associatedWith Victoria. State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Henry Cantwell, 1866-1924. person
associatedWith Waller, O. L. (Osmar Lysander), 1857-1935. person
associatedWith Waller, Osmer Lysander person
associatedWith Wyoming. State Engineer's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Yakima Project (Wash.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yuma County Water Users' Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Yuma Project (Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yuma Project (Ariz.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yuma Project (Ariz.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
California--Delhi
United States
Wyoming
United States
Wyoming
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
United States
United States
West (U.S.)
Durham (Calif.)
West (U.S.)
United States
Laguna Dam (Calif.)
Southern States
California
West (U.S.)
United States
Australia
Imperial Irrigation District (Calif.)
Mexico
Australia--New South Wales
Colorado--Uncompahgre Valley
California--Durham
United States
West (U.S.)
Palestine
Yellowstone National Park
West (U.S.)
Australia--Victoria
United States
Wyoming--Green River Valley
California--Berkeley
California--Imperial Valley
West (U.S.)
Canada
United States
California
Australia
Montana
California
California
Australia
Mexico
Delhi (Merced County, Calif.)
Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico)
West (U.S.)
Subject
Farm equipment--Photographs
Agricultural development projects--Photographs
Irrigation--Mexico
Irrigation--Law and legislation
Crops--Photographs
Irrigation canals and flumes
Livestock--Photographs
Agricultural colonies--West (U.S.)
Agricultural credit
Salinity
Water resources development
Water-supply--Economic aspects
Reclamation of land
Agricultural colonies
Water-supply--Law and legislation
Engineers
Land settlement--Australia
Land settlement--Law and legislation
Agricultural colonies--Photographs
Irrigation--Australia
Irrigation--History--Sources
Land settlement
Agriculture--History--Sources
Agricultural colonization
Engineering--History--Sources
Water-supply
Agricultural exhibitions--Photographs
Irrigation--West (U.S.)
Agriculture--Photographs
Farmhouses--Photographs
Soils, Salts in
Reservoirs
Water rights
Irrigation
Irrigation engineers--Archives
Flood control
Land settlement--West (U.S.)
Rural development
Irrigation water--Arid regions
Dams
Occupation
Engineers
Function

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Birth 1858-01-16

Death 1936-01-26

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