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About the archives

The Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives primarily focuses on the Santa Ana River watershed, the Mojave Watershed and the Salton Sea/Whitewater Watershed, as well as records that have no geographical ties.  The Archives also include materials from many Inland Southern California watersheds including many areas of the West.

The Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives holds books, newspaper articles, technical journals, pamphlets, government documents, engineering and planning reports, well records, maps, and aerial photos as well many other materials relating to water. Additionally there are over 30 smaller collections of note that come from a wide-ranging group of donors, including individuals and public agencies, elected officials, engineers, and businessmen.

Most of the archives are historic in nature. Our archives include digital data, geospatially based data, digital books, and digital images such as aerial photos and historic well records. 

The Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives is named in honor of the cornerstone collection of the WRI Archives, the library of Joe Rowe.  The Rowe collection began with State Hydrologist Penn Rowe.  His son Joe, following in his father's footsteps, also became an engineer. Their combined library of documents, books, personal papers and all manner of materials spans nearly 100 years. 

The Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Resources Archives are part of the holdings of the Pfau University Library’s Special Collections. Many of the printed materials have been cataloged and can be accessed through the Pfau Library online catalog.Cataloging materials is an on-going process so please check back often to see what has been added. More information about Special Collections & University Archives.

Many thanks to the Pfau Library and Pfau Library staff for their continuing partnership and support, allowing greater accessibility to the Joseph Andrew Rowe Water Archives.