Oral Histories

Interview of R. M. Edmonston

Assistant district engineer for the California State Department of Water Resources and engineering consultant for Bookman and Edmonston.
Preliminary Studies: The California Water Plan
Oral History of California Water Resources Development
Urban Planning and Land Use
Water Resources
Biographical Note:
Assistant district engineer for the California State Department of Water Resources and engineering consultant for Bookman and Edmonston.
Schippers, Donald J.
Edmonston, R. M.
Persons Present:
Edmonston and Schippers.
Place Conducted:
Edmonston's office in Glendale, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Donald J. Schippers, Interviewer-Editor, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., History, UCLA; M.A.,History, Occidental College.
Processing of Interview:
The interviewer edited the verbatim transcript for spelling and punctuation. He made changes in grammar and syntax according to the editing style of the Program at that time. The transcript was also arranged into chapters and sections shifted to attain a strict chronological order.Edmonston reviewed the edited transcript, making some deletions, additions, and changes.The index was compiled by Joel Gardner, Editor, UCLA Oral History Program, and he also wrote the introduction, based on biographical information provided by the interviewee. The Program staff prepared the other front matter.
6 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series had its origin in a grant from the University of California Water resources Center in 1965. The project was a joint effort by the UCLA Oral History Program and the Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley. For some years after the close of the grant period, limited interviewing in this area continued.
Education in Sacramento, at Stanford University, and at University of California, Berkeley; career of father, Arthur D. Edmonston, as engineer involved in development of water resources in California and as state engineer for thirty years; R. M. Edmonston's employment with California Division of State Water Resources, 1947-59; investigation of water resources in Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties; work for Max Bookman in Southern California water resource planning; role in investigations for California Aqueduct System; relations between state agencies and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; entering private practice, Bookman and Edmonston, Consulting Civil Engineers, 1959.