The bulk of the materials in the B.S. Crittenden Collection are publications relating to
the creation and development of the Central Valley Project (1923-1949). The collection
also contains personal papers, including correspondence, photographs and business papers
relating to Crittenden's San Joaquin County agricultural properties (1944-1952).
Graduate of the University of the Pacific and a practising attorney, Bradford Samuel
Crittenden (1876-1952) was first elected Assemblyman (1920-1930), then State Senator
(1930-1951) representing San Joaquin County. He was chairman of the Senate Agriculture
Committee (1933-1950). Crittenden also chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on State
Water Problems. He and his wife, Edith MacChesney Crittenden, owned several Central
Valley farms. The Crittendens had two children: Bradford M. (1912-1982) and Edith Eudora.
The former was State Highway Patrol Commissioner during the 1950s. His papers (Mss238)
are also in Holt Atherton Special Collections.
Collection is open for research.