Building the Los Angeles Aqueduct required large-scale planning, collaboration between engineers, urban planners, and construction teams, and no small degree of political maneuvering. Records of the aqueduct’s construction are dispersed at several archives along its length, from the Eastern Sierra to the heart of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform—a joint project of UCLA Library and the Metabolic Studio—is aggregating archival materials that document this massive undertaking as well as the aqueduct’s impact on Southern California’s urban growth, civic history, and regional environment. By providing access to these historical records through a centralized portal, the digital platform will facilitate their discovery and use in research and education. This slideshow features archived photographs from three repositories that have are digitizing aqueduct-related materials: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library of The Claremont Colleges; Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University; and UC-Riverside Library’s Water Resources Collections and Archives. These images help tell the story of the aqueduct through the eyes of people who worked to make this ambitious endeavor a reality.
And visit the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Digital Platform to explore the archives yourself.