Guide to the Papers of James L. Ogilvie

Prepared by John Newman; Revised by Patricia J. Rettig and Ruth Williamson
Colorado State University Water Resources Archive
A joint effort of the University Libraries and the Colorado Water Institute
Copyright 2006 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Alicia Conrardy, 2003.
Creator: Ogilvie, James L.
Title: Papers of James L. Ogilvie
Dates: 1889-1992
Bulk Dates: 1955-1980
Quantity: 16 linear feet
Identification: WJLO
Abstract: James L. Ogilvie (1911-1995) had a long and fruitful career with the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the field of irrigation and water management. He worked successfully on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project and was the Project Manager for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in southeast Colorado. The collection contains professional files related to Ogilvie's career as well as desk diaries, which serve as a guide to his daily activities, and photographs.
Contact Information: Water Resources Archive
Archives and Special Collections
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Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: library_dl_specialcollections@mail.colostate.edu
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/water
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection. All "confidential" markings on correspondence or other materials have been determined to be for administrative purposes, not national security information; therefore, these materials are open for access.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Water resources development -- Colorado.
  • Water-supply -- Colorado.
  • Watersheds -- Colorado.
  • Reservoirs -- Colorado.
  • Dams -- Colorado.
Persons:
  • Ogilvie, James L.
Organizations:
  • Fryingpan-Arkansas Project (U.S.)
  • United States. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Denver (Colo.). Board of Water Commissioners.
  • Colorado State University.
Places:
  • Fryingpan River (Colo.)
  • Arkansas River.
  • Fryingpan River Watershed (Colo.)
  • Arkansas River Watershed.
Special Document Types:
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Maps.
  • Videotapes.
  • Artifacts.
James L. Ogilvie had a long and fruitful career with the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the field of irrigation and water management. He worked successfully on the Colorado-Big Thompson project and was the Project Manager for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in southeast Colorado.
Born January 4, 1911, on the family farm in Weld County, Colorado, James Ogilvie attended the State Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) and earned a Civil Engineering degree in 1933. After graduating, he found employment with the Bureau of Public Roads (now the Department of Transportation), surveying areas for new roads. In 1938, he embarked upon his career with the Bureau of Reclamation, where his responsibilities included collecting, surveying, and planning design data.
Ogilvie continued this work until called to military duty during World War II. From 1942 until 1946, he served with the Aviation Engineer Battalion of the Corps of Engineers in the South Pacific, helping to construct a major airport and base in New Guinea. After an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Colonel, he returned to the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado.
At the Bureau, his responsibilities steadily grew. He worked successfully on the Colorado-Big Thompson project and performed office engineering, contract administration, budgeting and reporting duties. This was followed by Denver regional office work that included activities in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. Subsequently, he became Assistant Regional Director with responsibility for major programs and staff functioning in a four-state area. When the Bureau began planning for the multi-million-dollar Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in southeast Colorado, the Bureau named Ogilvie the Project Manager. For this work he subsequently earned the agency's highest recognition for excellence, the Distinguished Service Award.
After retiring from the Bureau in 1970, James Ogilvie continued to focus his attention on the water needs of Colorado. He worked with the Denver Board of Water Commissioners as its manager and oversaw the implementation of water policies affecting the Denver area until his retirement in 1980.
Ogilvie was also active in other Colorado organizations. He served on the Denver Regional Transportation District Board, held leadership positions with the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and participated in the Denver Rotary Club. He also maintained close ties with Colorado State University, conducting several guest lectures and serving on the Dean's Council Board of Directors for the College of Engineering. His Alma Mater recognized his outstanding service to the state and the school by designating him an Honor Alumnus in 1992.
James Ogilvie was married to Freda (nee Schank) in 1934. They raised two sons, James Thomas, a doctor, and David Allen, a lawyer. James Ogilvie died in Denver on November 13, 1995.
The Papers of James L. Ogilvie consists of documents dated 1889 to 1992, with the bulk falling from 1955 to 1980. The collection contains professional files related to Ogilvie's career with the Bureau of Reclamation, largely related to the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Significant among these are his desk diaries, which serve as a guide to his daily activities. The other dominant topic is the Denver Water Board. Main material types are correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports, clippings, publications, maps and speeches. Also included are a small amount of personal papers; professional, military and personal photographs; a videotape; and some drafting tools and equipment.
The files are largely retained in original order. Their folder labels and thus their entries in this guide reflect James Ogilvie's methods of handling and identifying his own records. The exception is the photographs, which were isolated from the other materials for better storage.
The collection contains 3 series in 15 boxes:
Preferred Citation

Papers of James L. Ogilvie, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Papers of James L. Ogilvie was donated to the Colorado Agricultural Archives on July 1, 1999, and transferred to the Water Resources Archive on July 5, 2001.

Processing

After arriving in the Water Resources Archive, the collection was weeded, and several boxes of professional books and journals and CSU publications were selected out. A box of photographs, originally designated to be returned to the Ogilvie family, was processed in July 2006. At that time, other photographs in the collection were relocated to be with these and all were sleeved. Duplicates and photos of animals were discarded, as were all nitrate negatives. Reboxing and some refoldering of the rest of the collection also took place. Some unneeded documents were removed as well. Additional photographs and negatives originally with the collection were found and added in March 2017.

Related Collections

The Water Resources Archive has the collections of Whitney M. Borland and Carl J. Hoffman, who were similarly Bureau of Reclamation engineers, as well as the collection of Gilbert G. Stamm, who was Bureau Commissioner during the 1970s. The Archive also holds the Papers of Charles C. Fisk, who worked at the Denver Water Board. The Water Oral Histories Collection contains a December 13, 1996, oral history interview with Ogilvie's wife, Freda, in which she discusses his personal and professional life.

Online Materials

Some daily diaries, speeches, photographs, and other materials have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Note: Supplied information in the inventory is bracketed. Abbreviations used are ASCE for American Society of Civil Engineers, DWB for Denver Water Board, and JLO for James L. Ogilvie.

Series 1: Papers, 1934-1992 and undated (12 linear feet)

This series contains mainly documents related to Ogilvie's career with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Denver Water Board. Significant documentation of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project exists. Also important are his desk diaries, which cover in detail his daily activities. Other main material types are correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports, clippings, publications, maps, and speeches. Also included are a small amount of personal papers and a videotape. The papers remain arranged as found.
Box Folder
1 1 Rumbles publications. 1970 March, 1977 September.
1 2 Water use articles and pamphlets.
1 3 American Water Works Association Journal. 1977 April.
1 4 Civil Engineering. 1976 January.
1 5 Colorado Business. 1974 November/December.
Holograph note: "Save article Denver Water. p.30."
1 6 Colorado Business. 1973 October 15.
1 7 Colorado Business. 1973 November.
1 8 "Changing Responsibilities of the Engineer in Public Works." ASCE National Convention talk by JLO [pamphlet]. 1975. 4 copies
1 9 "Technology and the Cities" [pamphlet]. 1972.
1 10 "Summary Report: Water and Energy in Colorado's Future" [pamphlet]. 1980.
1 11 "Certificate of Appreciation" Sertoma Club. 1963.
1 12 "Hearings: Fryingpan-Arkansas Project". 1957.
1 13 "Ark-Fryingpan Materials including Rotary Spokes (1962-1971)".
1 14 "Best Boss" [certificate from secretary].
1 15 "Frypan-Arkansas Project articles". 1962, undated.
1 16 "Fryingpan-Arkansas Project Data September 1963". 1963-1964.
Report and program from groundbreaking at Ruedi Dam, July 19, 1964.
1 17 "American Water Work Assn.: Meetings, awards, newsletters". 1970-1980.
1 18 "DWB Misc. Newsletters and Info". 1970-1974.
1 19 "DWB Material Re: Bond Issue Election, including Thomas Hornsby Ferrk Brochure". 1972.
1 20 Folder with the following items.
1 20 Newsclipping [laminated]. 1969.
1 20 Photograph of JLO and attached letter, "Citation for Distinguished Service, James L. Ogilvie".
1 20 Map [Water Supply System, Denver].
1 20 Correspondence from Ralph Williams [notification of commissioner position].
1 20 Correspondence from Mr. and Mrs. Asborno and clippings. 1978 March.
1 20 "Ladies Program 1978 Annual AWWA [American Water Works Association]".
1 20 Watering calendar. 1978.
1 20 Legal statement [Mr. Bermingham notes on P.K. Bryant]. 1978 March 9.
1 20 "Spokes" [newsletter]. 1968-1969. 2 copies
1 20 AAWA Program for the 1978 Conference.
1 20 "The Pipeline" [newsletter]. 1978. 5 issues
1 21 Folder with the following items.
1 21 2 newsletters. 1978.
1 21 "Dedication Aug 6, 1978 - Administration and Shops Buildings. Denver Water Department". 3 copies
1 21 Floor plans.
1 22 "Foothills Project-Articles, statement by CO Contractors, and program for JLO speech".
Aurora newspapers, statement by CO Contractors, and program for JLO speech to Denver Lions Club on 9/6/1977.
1 23 "Clippings, Schroeder".
1 24 "Clippings, DWB '79".
Includes letters on retirement.
1 25 "Department of the Army".
Military papers, i.e.: Certificate of Service, promotion papers, Separation Qualification Record.
1 26 Copies of military papers.
1 27 Certificate, "Lieutenant Colonel" [JLO's appointment as Lt. Col. in Army Reserves]. 1952 October 18.
1 28 DWB News clippings. 1978.
1 29 "Newspapers, Arkansas Valley Journal". 1966.
1 30 "CSU - Materials".
Includes CSU Commencement Programs, "A Year in Review, 1990-91", Engineering Dean's Council Bylaws, various programs.
1 31 Newspaper, Pueblo West News. 1970 February.
1 32 Colorado Water Newsletter [has article on JLO]. 1992 June.
1 33 "Suburbs vs. Denver Rates". 1992.
Affidavit and subpoena for JLO as a witness.
1 34 "Misc. Travel and Activities" [notes on yellow legal pad]. 1994.
1 35 Material on Two Forks Project.
Includes water rights laws, EIS Issues, Governor's position. Also, papers re Portland Water Bureau, South Platte River, "Drought Analysis of the Metropolitan Denver Water Supply."
1 36 "Magazines: Engineering Review (Fall 1990), Annual Report (RTD-1992)".
1 37 "Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis" [paper]. 1978.
1 38 "Pueblo Monday Evening Club" [Includes JLO paper, "So, You Think You Are Listening?"].
1 39 "Mr. Ogilvie's Testimony." Includes the following items.
1 39 Letter to editor. 1988 June 21.
1 39 "Statement to Hearing Panel re Denver Water".
1 39 "Statement for Feis Hearing".
1 39 Correspondence from Roy Romer.
1 39 Metropolitan Denver EIS. 1988.
1 39 Handwritten notes re speech for the ASCE.
1 39 Rumbles magazine. 1981.
1 40 Blue folder, which includes the following items.
1 40 Handwritten notes re: EPA.
1 40 Water Committee listing.
1 40 Clippings re Abel Wolman.
1 40 Other items re Denver Water supply.
1 40 Correspondence from White House.
1-2 41-2 3 black binders labeled, "Presented to James L. Ogilvie, February 1970". 1970. 3 vol.
Contain photographs from JLO's career with accompanying documents. Presented on his retirement from the Bureau?
2 3 Correspondence re Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. c. 1969-1970.
Includes good biographical information on JLO.
2 4 Fryingpan-Arkansas information. 1959-1969.
Maps, correspondence, reports, clippings, handwritten notes.
2 5 Management and decision-making materials.
Includes magazine articles from Paperclip.
2 6 Management materials [re management, leadership styles, etc.].
2 7 "JLO Misc. Information and facts re: Water". 1970's.
Maps, notes, reports, correspondence.
2 8 "Membership Info. 1992" [includes items re: Water Resources Congress].
2 9 "WRC 6/2-6/91" [includes items re: Water Resources Congress]. 1991.
2 10 "Water Resources Congress - By-laws" [amended]. 1991.
2 11 Water Resources Congress Minutes for January 17, 1992 meeting.
2 12 "WRC Orlando Notes, Jan. 18, 1992".
Brochures, notes, agendas.
2 13 "South Platte River Compact" [booklet].
2 14 "Water Agriculture Wetlands" [booklet].
2 15 "Our Changing Planet" [booklet].
2 16 Draft Report, "Evolution of the South Platte River". 1989 June.
2 17 File folder with misc. re JLO.
Resumes, correspondence with CSU, clippings, Tau Beta Pi info.
2 18 Alumnus Quarterly. Fall 1987.
2 19 Alumnus Quarterly. Fall 1986.
2 20 Alumnus Quarterly. Winter 1990.
2 21 Alumnus Quarterly. Spring 1987.
2 22 Review Engineering. Fall 1989.
2 23 "CSU - Misc. Items".
CSU College of Engineering pamphlets, CSU Eng. Council bylaws, various committee minutes and various correspondence re CSU.
2 24 "Graduation Talk". 1987 December 18.
JLO's speech, "Meeting the Challenge," for College of Engineering graduation.
2 25 "CSU Materials".
Includes items re CSU College of Engineering: reports, magazines, research bulletins, etc.
2 26 CSU folder with Engineering Dean's Council Items.
Meeting minutes, brochures, etc.
3 1 Brown folder with several folders inside re Bureau of Reclamation Projects.
Includes South Platte River Basin, "Fact Finders Act of 1945", "Briefing Notes", "Proposed Repayment Plan, Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Colorado."
3 2 Maps. 1957-1967, undated.
Fryingpan area.
3 3 Misc. water conservation articles.
3 4 Misc. folder.
Correspondence, pay stubs, efficiency ratings.
3 5 "Jordan 1981 Oct-Nov.". 1981.
Includes information from Water Conservation and Management Seminar, Amman, Jordan. Contains programs, notes, reports, inspections, handwritten diary of the trip, and miscellaneous items.
3 6 Fountain Valley Authority.
Envelope with handwritten notes, typed notes, clippings.
3 7 [Misc. clippings, articles]. 1970s.
3 8 Misc. articles (several written by JLO); copy of speech to Leadville, CO Chamber of Commerce, January 25, 1963; misc. correspondence; misc. newsletters; certificate of appreciation from International Water Quality Symposium, 1974; participation certificate from CO Water Supply and Resource Development Course, June 27-July 1, 1977. c. 1960-1980.
3 9 "Dam Safety Seminar". 1979.
3 10 Manual for Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams. 1978.
3 11 Urban Water Systems: Problems and Alternative Approaches to Solutions. 1980 June.
3 12 Report to the Congress of the United States. 1979.
3 13 Panel Report to U.S. Agency for International Development on Sanitary Services During 1980-1990. 1979.
3 14 Executive Summary: Denver Water Department. 1979.
3 15 Fryingpan-Arkansas Project House of Representatives Documents. 1953-1961.
3 16 "JLO Career - Bureau of Rec. General".
4 1 "JLO Career - Bureau of Rec. Fry-Ark".
4 2 "JLO Career - Bureau of Rec. Citation for Distinguished Service Award".
4 3 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - General".
4 4 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Awards and Honors".
4 5 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Bond Election". 1972-1973.
4 6 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Clippings". 1971-1974.
4 7 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Publications".
4 8 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Retirement".
4 9 "JLO Career - Denver Water Dept. - Speeches". VIEW
4 10 "JLO - RTD Board".
4 11 "JLO Personal - Correspondence and honors".
4 12 "JLO Personal - CSU graduation and engineering articles". 1995.
4 13 "JLO Personal - Family".
4 14 "JLO Personal - Rotary Club".
4 15 "JLO Personal - Death".
4 16 "JLO Personal - Correspondence at DWD".
4 17 "JLO - Miscellaneous".
4 18 "JLO Items to Review".
4 19 DWD Advisory Council.
4 20 Binder - Fry-Ark Clippings and Data.
4 21 Videotape - "Troubled Water; Wealth of Water".
4 22 Binder - Manager, James L. Ogilvie.
4 23 U.S.... vs. Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, et al. Final Decree. 1955.
4 24 Basin Survey, Field Estimating Data, Bureau of Reclamation. 1944.
4 25 Misc. articles. 1943-1966.
4 26 Misc. correspondence. 1962-1974.
4 27 Misc. CSU. 1989-1990.
4 28 Misc. Fryingpan-Arkansas. 1963-1967. VIEW
4 29 Wedding announcement. 1934.
5-8 Daily diaries.
Daily notes on mostly work related items (projects worked on, people talked to, etc.). Mostly typed, some handwritten.
5 1 "1957-1959". VIEW
5 2 "1960". VIEW
5 3 "1961". VIEW
5 4 "1962". VIEW Part 1 Part 2
5 5 "1963". VIEW
5 6 "1964". VIEW
5 7 "1965". VIEW
5 8 "1966". VIEW
5 9 "1967". VIEW
6 1 "1968". VIEW
6 2 "1969". VIEW
6 3 "1969". VIEW
6 4 "1970". VIEW
6 5 "Feb. 16, 1970 - May. 31, 1970". VIEW
6 6 "June 1, 1970 - Aug. 31, 1970". VIEW
6 7 "Sept. 11, 1970 - Nov. 30, 1970". VIEW
6 8 "Dec. 1, 1970 - Feb. 28, 1971". VIEW
6 9 "Mar. 1, 1971 - May 31, 1971". VIEW
6 10 "June 1, 1971 - Sept. 30, 1971". VIEW
6 11 "Oct. 1, 1971 - Feb. 29, 1972". VIEW
7 1 "Mar. 1, 1972 - May 31, 1972". VIEW
7 2 "June 1, 1972 - Oct. 31, 1972". VIEW
7 3 "Nov. 1, 1972 - Mar. 31, 1973". VIEW
7 4 "Apr. 1, 1973 - July 31, 1973". VIEW
7 5 "Aug. 1, 1973 - Oct. 31, 1973". VIEW
7 6 "Nov. 1, 1973 - Mar. 31, 1974". VIEW
7 7 "Apr. 1, 1974 - July 31, 1974". VIEW
7 8 "Aug. 1, 1974 - Nov. 30, 1974". VIEW
7 9 "Dec. 3, 1974 - Mar. 31, 1975". VIEW
7 10 "Apr. 1, 1975 - July 31, 1975". VIEW
7 11 "Aug. 1, 1975 - Dec. 31, 1975". VIEW
7 12 "Jan. 1, 1976 - Mar. 31, 1976".
8 1 "Apr. 1, 1976 - June 30, 1976".
8 2 "July 1, 1976 - Oct. 31, 1976".
8 3 "Nov. 1, 1976 - Jan. 31, 1977".
8 4 "Feb. 1, 1977 - Apr. 30, 1977".
8 5 "May 1, 1977 - July 31, 1977".
8 6 "Aug. 1, 1977 - Sept. 30, 1977".
8 7 "Oct. 3, 1977 - Dec. 30, 1977".
8 8 "Jan. 3, 1978 - Mar. 31, 1978".
8 9 "Apr. 3, 1978 - May 31, 1978".
8 10 "June 1, 1978 - July 31, 1978".
8 11 "Aug. 1, 1978 - Sept. 29, 1978".
8 12 "Oct. 4, 1978 - Nov. 29, 1977".
8 13 "Dec. 4, 1978 - Feb. 15, 1979".


Series 2: Photographs, 1889-1986 and undated (2.5 linear feet)

The photographs are arranged in three categories: professional, military, and personal. The professional category contains images of Bureau of Relcamation events, people, and work sites as well as portraits of Ogilvie. See three black binders labeled "Presented to James L. Ogilvie" in Series 1 for additional career-related pictures. Personal photos are further categorized under Ogilvie family, Shank family, cabins and trips, unidentified, and miscellaneous. Photo albums (which are mostly of family members and activities and contain some clippings), photos in decorative folders, large photos, and negatives are housed in a separate box.
Box Folder
10-11 Professional photos. 1907-1974, undated. VIEW 10 11
Related negatives in box 15.
11 Military photos. 1943, undated.
Related negatives in box 15.
12 Personal photos: Ogilvie family. 1913-1986, undated.
Related negatives in box 15.
13 Personal photos: Shank family. 1889-1967, undated.
Related negatives in box 15.
13 Personal photos: Cabin and trips. 1952-1968, undated.
Related negatives in box 15.
14 Personal photos: Unidentified. 1913-1961, undated.
14 Personal photos: Miscellaneous. 1931-1968, undated.
15 1 Professional photograph negatives. undated.
15 2 Military photograph negatives. undated.
15 3 Personal photograph negatives. undated.
15 4 Reudi Reservoir site. undated.
15 5 James S. Ogilvie [JLO's father]. undated.
15 6 Margie Shank. undated.
15 7 Thomas and Connie Shank. 1912.
15 8 Albums. 1951-1952, undated.
Includes negatives.
15 9-10 Photo albums. 1930-1931, undated. 2 bound volumes


Series 3: Artifacts, undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series contains various drafting tools and equipment, including rulers, erasers, and a compass.
Box Folder
9 Drafting tools and equipment.