Diablo Surveyors Historical Society was founded in October 1990, with an
initial membership of eight Land Surveyors. The society is a California
Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, incorporated on April 2, 1991 and
organized under IRS 501(c) (3) guidelines. The Society is governed by a Board
of 5 Directors pursuant to Articles of
Incorporation (see in HTML or in PDF) in accordance with Society Bylaws adopted on
October 2, 1991 (see in HTML - or in PDF)
To date, we have been able to acquire a two-construction foreman's trailers to store our “treasures” and are looking for a long-term site with electricity for equipment storage. If you know of a site or can suggest one on the east side of San Francisco Bay, please contact us.
Major donations to date have been some of the instruments and papers of Albert J. Givan, R.C.E. 1, an original member of the California Engineer's Licensing Board; the records of John A. Mancini, R.C.E. 1592; Leroy Martin, P.L.S. 2578 and R.C.E. 7996 which also include the records of Thomas B. Russell, C.E. and Robert H. Goodwin, R.C.E. 473.
The society was instrumental in the placement of the bronze plaque commemorating the establishment in 1851 of the Mt. Diablo Initial Point by Leander Ransom of the General Land Office (G.L.O.) (Now the Bureau of Land Management or BLM) and its recovery in 1984 by John W. Pettley, P.L.S. while he was a student at California State University, Fresno.
The Society's treasures are presently being stored in various locations thanks to the generosity of public agencies with space. But because the locations are not readily available for public viewing or use. When a building has been acquired, it is the society's goal to convince retired surveyors to donate time as docents and caretakers, allowing for proper public access. To make this dream a reality, the society needs members, donors and corporate sponsors. If you are not a member, please join. If your firm has old instruments or artifacts just gathering dust in a closet, please consider donating them. This will make you feel good and provide for a tax write-off. Your firm might also wish to make a corporate donation to the building fund. Gifts are acknowledged and memorialized in the societies newsletter, and identified on the artifact.
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