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Driving over the Morris Dam and spillway
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
In 1934 president Hoover dedicated Morris Dam in honor of consulting engineer Sam Morris. The facility, a concrete, partially arched structure on the San Gabriel River and located a few miles below San Gabriel Dam, was built by the City of Pasadena and later relinquished to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. In 1995, Morris Dam was transferred to the Department of Public Works.
The size of the Morris Dam and spillway is apparent in this view of a tiny black car just approaching the massive spillway before crossing over the dam. The Morris Reservoir is barely visible between the two sides of the canyon.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-432 8x10
Dams--California--San Gabriel Canyon
Spillways--California--San Gabriel Canyon
Reservoirs--California--San Gabriel Canyon
Roads--California--San Gabriel Canyon
Flood control--California--Los Angeles County
Water-supply--California--Los Angeles County
Canyons--California--Los Angeles County
Mountains--California, Southern
Morris Dam (Calif.)
Morris Reservoir (Calif.)
San Gabriel Canyon (Calif.)
San Gabriel River (Calif.)
Angeles National Forest (Calif.)
San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
Panoramic views
Landscape photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs
Morris, Samuel B
Time Period

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