These on-line selections from the J. D. Black Papers (CSLA-15), the legacy of this life-long resident of the Owens Valley, richly illustrate aspects of the famed Water Wars between the City of Los Angeles and the people of that valley in the 1920s, the defining moment in the modern history of the valley. Presented here on-line, this collection’s valuable records of the reparations organizations of Big Pine active during the Owens Valley Water Wars of the 1920s depict well the valley residents’ passions in this controversy. The rare, and, in many cases unique, photographs of the water wars of the 1920s between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley also highlight well the water wars.
The William H. Hannon Library is grateful for the grant from Metabolic Studio that made possible the digitization of this portion of the J. D. Black Papers to commemorate the centennial of the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
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More resources about the water wars available at the Library can be found here.