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Inventory of the Wilfred F. Langelier Papers, 1925-1974

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PO Box 5900
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
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Email: waterarc@ucr.edu
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2001
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Langelier Papers, 1925-1974
Inventory of the Wilfred F. Langelier Papers, 1925-1974

Collection number: MS 83/2

Water Resources Collections and Archives

University of California, Riverside


Riverside, California
Contact Information:
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Orbach Science Library, Room 118
PO Box 5900
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Phone: (951) 827-2934
Fax: (951) 827-6378
Email: waterarc@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/wrca
Collection Processed By:
Water Resources Collections and Archives staff
Date Completed
June 1983
2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary
Title: Wilfred F. Langelier Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1925-1974
Collection number: MS 83/2
Creator: Langelier, Wilfred F., 1886-1981
Extent: 1 manuscript box
Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives
staff for access to the materials.
Language: English.
Provenance
Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives in 1974 upon completion of the volume of collected works (see
Folder 21).
Access
Collection is open for research.
Publication Rights
Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Wilfred F. Langelier Papers, MS 83/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of
California, Riverside.
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Langelier Papers, 1925-1974
University of California, Riverside. Sanitary Engineering Research Laboratory.
East Bay Water Company.
Water--Purification--Research--California.
Sewage--Purification--Research--California.
Sanitary engineering--California.
McGauhey, P. H. (Percy Harold)
Biography
Wilfred F. Langelier was born in 1886 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1909 from New
Hampshire College (now University of New Hampshire) at Durham. From 1909 to 1916 he worked for the Illinois State
Water Survey, and also earned a M.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1911 from the University of Illinois. In 1916,
Langelier accepted an assistant professorship in Sanitary Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Professor
Charles Gilman Hyde was chiefly responsible for bringing in Langelier, a chemist by training, to teach water chemistry in
the Department of Civil Engineering. Langelier remained at Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
Langelier also served as a consulting sanitary engineer for the East Bay Water Company until 1928 when the company was
taken over by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and is responsible for developing the Langelier Saturation Index, used
to determine how corrosive water might be to pipes and plumbing.
Wilfred Langelier died September 13, 1981 at his home in Berkeley, California.
Additional biographical information can by obtained from: Teaching, Research, and Consultation in Water Purification and
Sewage Treatment, University of California at Berkeley, 1916-1955, with an introduction by Erman Pearson. An oral history
conducted in1970 by Malca Chall, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Riverside,
1982.
Scope and Content
Collection includes reprints of journal articles authored or co-authored by Langelier and articles that discuss Langelier's
work, P. H. McGauhey's draft (unused) introduction to the Langelier oral history, a photograph album, a bound volume of
Langelier's works, etc.
Related Collections
Charles Gilman Hyde Papers, 1904-1956. HYDE, Water Resources Collections and Archives.
P. H. McGauhey Collection. MS 77/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives.
California Bureau of Sanitary Engineering Papers, 1911-1963. MS 80/3, Water Resources Collections and Archives.

Reprints, 1929-1963

BoxBox 1, Langelier, Wilfred F., and Joseph D. DeCosta. Operating experiences with the water
Folder1 purification plants of the East Bay Water Company. 1929.
Physical Description: p. 318-330.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 21:3
(March 1929).

Folder2 Langelier, Wilfred F. Shallow sedimentation basins. 1930.
Physical Description: p. 1484-1489.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 22:11
(November 1930).

Folder3 Langelier, Wilfred F. The theory and practice of aeration. 1932.
Physical Description: p. 62-72.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 24:1
(January 1932).

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Langelier Papers, 1925-1974
Reprints, 1929-1963

Folder4 Langelier, Wilfred F. The analytical control of anti-corrosion water treatment. 1936.
Physical Description: p. 1500-1521.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 28:10
(October 1936).

Folder5 Langelier, Wilfred F. Die analytische berwachung der Wasserentsuerung. 1937.
Physical Description: p. 135-151.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Published: Sonderabdruck aus "vom Wasser XII". Berlin : Verlag Chemie,
1937.German translation of article originally published: Journal of the American Water
Works Association ; v. 28:10 (October 1936) - see Folder 4.

Folder6 DeMartini, Frank E. Corrosion and the Langelier calcium carbonate saturation index.
1938.
Physical Description: p. 85-111.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 30:1
(January 1938).

Folder7 Hoover, Charles P. Practical application of the Langelier method. 1938.
Physical Description: p. 1802-1807.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 30:11
(November 1938).

Folder8 Langelier, Wilfred F. A motorized apparatus for the rapid determination of calcium
and magnesium in water. 1940.
Physical Description: p. 279-293.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 32:2
(February 1940).

Folder9 Langelier, Wilfred F., and Harvey F. Ludwig. Graphical methods for indicating the
mineral character of natural waters. 1942.
Physical Description: p. 335-352.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 34:3
(March 1942).

Folder10 Langelier, Wilfred F. Chemical equilibria in water treatment and Effect of
temperature on the pH of natural waters. 1946.
Physical Description: p. 169-185.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 38:2
(February 1946).

Folder11 Langelier, Wilfred F., and Harvey F. Ludwig. Mechanism of flocculation in the
clarification of turbid waters. 1949.
Physical Description: p. 163-181.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 41:2
(February 1949).

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Langelier Papers, 1925-1974
Reprints, 1929-1963


Folder12 Langelier, Wilfred F. The electrochemical desalting of sea water with permselective
membranes-a hypothetical process. 1952.
Physical Description: p. 845-848.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 44:9
(September 1952).

Folder13 Langelier, Wilfred F.,Harvey F. Ludwig, and Russell G. Ludwig. Flocculation
phenomena in turbid water clarification. 1952.
Physical Description: 18 p.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers ; v. 78,
separate no. 118 (February 1952).

Folder14 Langelier, Wilfred F. Mechanism and control of scale formation in sea water
distillation. 1954.
Physical Description: p. 461-469.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 46:5
(May 1954).

Folder15 Caldwell, D. H., and Wilfred F. Langelier. Manometric measurement of the
biochemical oxygen demand of sewage. 1948.
Physical Description: p. 202-218.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Sewage works journal ; v. 20:2 (March 1948).

Folder16 A souvenir of the golden anniversary of the Water Purification Division : celebrated
at the 83rd Annual Conference of the American Water Works Association, Kansas
City, May 19-24, 1963 . 1963.
Physical Description: p. 1-38.
Scope and Content Note
Reprint. Originally published: Journal of the American Water Works Association ; v. 55:7
(July 1963).

Miscellaneous, 1925-1974

BoxBox 1, Draft of introduction to the oral history of Wilfred F. Langelier. 1973.
Folder17 Scope and Content Note
Written by P.H. McGauhey for Langelier's oral history, which was published in 1982 by the
Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library. Langelier refused to allow it as an
introduction because it extolled him too highly.

Folder18 Annual report of W.F. Langelier, chemist, to East Bay Water Company for the
calendar year 1925.
Physical Description: 14 leaves.

Folder19 Photograph album. 1929.
Physical Description: 80 photographs, mounted on paper and bound into album 13 x
19 cm., some with holograph captions.
Scope and Content Note
Includes views of Yosemite Valley, Davis University Farm, and water treatment plants in
various U.S. cities.

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Miscellaneous, 1925-1974


Folder20 Reese, Edward J. Causes of bulking of activated sludge. 1932.
Physical Description: 68 leaves : photographs.
Scope and Content Note
Thesis prepared in the College of Civil Engineering, University of California, May 1932,
Wilfred F. Langelier, advisor.

Folder21 Langelier, Wilfred F. Water quality technology : selected papers. 1974.
Physical Description: 1 v., bound.
Scope and Content Note
Collected works of Langelier, 1921-1954, with an introduction by P. H. McGauhey. Many
of the papers in this volume reproduce articles found in Folders 1-16.

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