Guide to the Papers of W. D. Farr

Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
Colorado State University Water Resources Archive
A joint effort of the University Libraries and the Colorado Water Institute
Copyright 2011 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Patricia J. Rettig, 2011.
Creator: Farr, W. D. (William Daven), 1910-2007
Title: Papers of W. D. Farr
Dates: 1890-2010
Bulk Dates: 1980-2005
Quantity: 13+ linear feet (20 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 flat file, 1 oversized item)
Identification: WWDF
Abstract: William Daven "W.D." Farr (1910-2007) was a leading water pioneer, cattleman, and businessman in northern Colorado. He was extensively involved in many local and national water and agricultural organizations, including the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Greeley Water and Sewer Board, and the American National Cattlemen's Association. Materials document little of Farr's professional life but more of his service activities and personal life. Beyond Farr and his family, the collection also provides useful documentation on Greeley and northern Colorado water issues. Along with speeches, correspondence, clippings, and subject files, the collection contains photographs, CDs, DVDs, and artifacts.
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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-supply -- Colorado.
  • Water resources development -- Colorado.
  • Cattle -- Feeding and feeds.
  • Beef cattle.
  • Beef industry.
  • Banks and banking.
Persons:
  • Farr, W. D. (William Daven), 1910-2007.
Organizations:
  • Greeley (Colo.). Water and Sewer Board.
  • National Cattlemen's Association (U.S.)
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association (U.S.)
  • National Cattlemen's Foundation.
Places:
  • Greeley (Colo.)
  • Weld County (Colo.)
  • South Platte River Watershed (Colo. and Neb.)
  • Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Colo.)
Special Document Types:
  • Photographs.
  • Artifacts.
  • DVDs.
William Daven "W.D." Farr was a leading water pioneer, cattleman, and businessman in northern Colorado. He served on Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's board and the Greeley Water and Sewer Board for forty years and was extensively involved in other local and national water and agricultural organizations.
Farr was born in Greeley in 1910, the first child of Harry and Hazel Farr. He learned irrigated farming as a boy by assisting his father and early on developed an enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. He spent two high school summers working cattle on a ranch west of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which greatly influenced his later career.
After high school, Farr left Colorado to attend the University of Wisconsin but returned during his second semester due to a severe sinus infection. This brought him back to irrigated farming as well as his father's lamb-feeding business. W.D. became engaged in finding solutions to various water problems and also helping with the lambs. After discussions with Warren Monfort, a prominent Greeley cattleman, new cattle-feeding techniques caught Farr's interest. He began trying these out in 1930 and quickly made a profit.
The severe drought of the early 1930s motivated Farr to work for a new reliable water supply for northern Colorado. Farr's work alongside his father and many others turned into the Colorado-Big Thompson transmountain diversion project. Farr was appointed to the board of the project's overseers, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD), in 1955, and he served for more than forty years. He was also appointed chairman of the Municipal Subdistrict of the NCWCD, which built the Windy Gap project after a decade of negotiations, led by Farr.
With his increasing experience and interest in water issues, Farr was appointed to the Greeley Water Board in 1958 and served for 39 years. His local involvement in water and national involvement in cattle organizations, including the American National Cattlemen's Association among many others, contributed to being appointed by President Richard Nixon to the Water Pollution Control Advisory Board in 1970. Farr's extensive professional service continued throughout the next two decades and into the 1990s, including a term as the first chairman of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, an organization created in 1981. Personal interests included the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, the Congregational Church, and the Greeley Independence Stampede.
Farr received many awards and honors in his life, from a number of organizations. He was named Aspinall Leader of the Year by the Colorado Water Congress in 1985, inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1995, and named the 1999 Citizen of the West. He received the honor of having the NCWCD pump plant at Lake Granby named for him in 1994.
W.D. married Gladell Judy (who dropped her first name and went by "Judy") in 1933. They had four sons: John Daven, William Robert ("Bill"), Harry Richard ("Dick"), and Randal James ("Randy"). Judy passed away in 1997, and W.D. followed in 2007. For additional information on Farr's life and family, see Daniel Tyler, WD Farr: Cowboy in the Boardroom (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2011).
The Papers of W. D. Farr consists of documents dated 1890 to 2010, with the bulk falling from 1980 to 2005. Materials document little of Farr's professional life but more of his service activities and personal life. Farr's speeches and correspondence along with articles about him give substantial biographical information; other such information is found among the personal files. Little information exists on Farr's cattle-feeding and ranching work or his involvement in the banking industry except in the files on organizations he served in or belonged to. Overall, the collection documents more of Farr's last thirty years than his first sixty. Beyond Mr. Farr and his family, the collection also provides useful documentation on Greeley and northern Colorado water issues. Along with paper-based files, the collection contains photographs, CDs, DVDs, and artifacts.
Preferred Citation

Papers of W. D. Farr, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University.

Custodial History

Prior to his death, W. D. Farr loaned the materials in this collection to Daniel Tyler for the purposes of writing a biography. When Dr. Tyler completed the biography in 2010, he returned the boxes to son William R. Farr, who removed some personal folders from the collection before donating the materials to the Water Resources Archive.

Acquisition

The Papers of W. D. Farr was donated to the Water Resources Archive by son William R. Farr in January 2011.

Processing

Processing was completed in August 2011. All materials were rehoused using acid-free folders and boxes. Some folders had numbers that appeared to be part of a file numbering system, but these were not transferred to folders as they were inconsistently applied. Metal fasteners were removed as necessary, and photographs were sleeved. A few framed items were removed from their frames. Social Security numbers of still-living people were redacted. A few publications, personal files, and files concerning award nominees were removed from the collection and returned to the family. Confidential documents (typically due to attorney/client privilege) were returned to the originating agency, with the exception of one given clearance by Northern Water.

Related Collections

Series 1 of the Papers of Daniel Tyler in the Water Resources Archive contains research materials for Tyler's biography of Mr. Farr. The Farr family also donated various artifacts to the Greeley Museum, which also has an oral history interview conducted by Peggy Ford with W. D. Farr in 2004.

Online Materials

Some 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: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e." Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of each copy.

Series 1: Speeches, 1951-2000 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

Mr. Farr generally spoke to widely varied groups on one of two subjects: cattle or water. Those two subjects are well represented here. The cattle speeches most often relate to cattle feeding or the U.S. beef industry. The water speeches vary more in coverage, though often concern Colorado's water history or its future, especially in terms of water management. Farr also spoke a few times specifically about water conservancy districts. In addition to the speeches, a few articles written by Farr are mixed in, and some folders contain related letters, clippings, publications, brochures, or programs. The folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
1 1 Dedication, Ensminger Room, Iowa State, Oct. 31, 1998. 1998-1999. e20pp. VIEW
1 2-3 Farr cattle talks. 1951-1986. e200pp. VIEW 2 3
1 4 Greeley 1910. 1995, undated. 11pp. VIEW
1 5 Greeley -- Thoughts on water, City of Greeley. 1999-2000. e25pp. VIEW
1 6 "Greeley Water and Sewer Board -- Its history, purpose and need" by W.D. Farr. 1981-1990, undated. e150pp. VIEW
Includes photocopy of untitled publication on Greeley's water supply and water rights
1 7 Leave a Legacy [speech] May 16, 2000. 2000. e15pp. VIEW
1 8 Speeches -- W. D. Farr. 1956-1983, undated. e200pp. VIEW
Main topic is cattle feeding
1 9 Thoughts on Greeley water - copies. 1999-2000. e40pp. VIEW
1 10 Water Program UNC, March 17, 1990, Water - The Next 100 Years. 1989-1990. e80pp. VIEW
Includes "Colorado citizens' water law handbook" by George Vranesh and letters about the program, but no speech
1 11 Water talk 4/24/90, Social Sciences. 1990-c. 1991. e20pp. VIEW
1 12 Water talks, W. D. 1977-1991. e170pp. VIEW


Series 2: Organizations, 1951-2004 and undated (3.6 linear feet)

Mr. Farr actively served on the boards of several institutions for a number of years. The materials in this series represent only a small amount of documents he must have received during forty years of service. They give a sense of Farr's work but mostly document issues the organizations were dealing with during his involvement. The two largest portions of this series concern Greeley Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservation Board, but materials on the National Cattlemen's Association, renamed the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in 1996, and the National Cattlemen's Foundation are represented here as well. There are also a few files on some other organizations with which Farr was involved. Because there were only two files on Farr Farms, those were included in this series. Materials consist mainly of letters, agendas, legal documents, brochures, and reports, but there are also clippings, maps, and charts. Materials are organized alphabetically by organization name and therein by folder title.
Box Folder
2 1 Agriservices Foundation. 1964, 1993-1995. 9pp.
2 2 Agriservices Foundation, Iowa State agreements. 1995-1996. e30pp.
2 3 [Farr Farms]. 1951, 1968, 1986, undated. 17pp.
2 4 Farr Farms - Oil and Gas Commission hearing on spacing. 1992. e20pp.
Greeley Water.
2 5 1992 water supplies. 1984, 1992-1995. 8pp.
2 6 1996 water rates. 1996-1998. e80pp.
2 7 Boyd Lake water treatment. 1998. 5pp.
2 8 Broomfield water sale. 1989. e30pp.
2 9 Budget. 1996-1997, undated. e20pp.
2 10 Capital improvements, Water and Sewer. 1994-1995, undated. e150pp.
2 11 Comanche Reservoir. 1984, 1990-1992. e50pp.
2 12 Drouth studies: Loveland, Fort Collins, South Platte Valley. 1978, 1985, 1988. e100pp.
Contains "Droughts and their effect on the water supplies for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado"; "City of Loveland 100-year drought study"; and "A drought relief study in the South Platte River Valley emphasizing conjunctive use"
2 13 Evans Water Agreement. 1978-1994. e150pp.
2 14 Farmers Spur sewer. undated. 1 folded map
2 15 Fees: Inspection Fees. 1993. 2pp.
2 16 Fish & Wildlife, Endangered Species. 1993-1994. e150pp.
3 1-3 Forest Service permits. 1992-1994. e400pp.
3 4 Forest Service problems, Congressional delegation. 1992-1994. e180pp.
3 5 Forest Service procedural appeal. 1994-1996. e80pp.
3 6 Frank Stephens, Director Water & Sewer. 1978, 1991-1994. e40pp.
3 7 Gateway Park. 1996-1997. e25pp.
3 8 Greeley Irrigation [Company] negotiation. 1971, 1978-1989. e100pp. Includes folded map of Canal No. 3
3 9 Greeley Loveland facts and figures. 1991-1992, 1997. 6pp.
3 10 Growth and services areas - 2020. 2000. 1p.
3 11 Guiding principles for outside service. 1995. 2pp.
3 12 History of outside city resolutions. 1995. e20pp.
4 1 Important facts, Water & Sewer. 1991. 10pp.
4 2 Meeting schedule 1996. 1996-1997. e20pp.
4 3 Organization plan, Roger Hartman. 1996-1997. e40pp.
4 4 Paul Grattet, City Mgr., Council's goals and objectives. 1991. 9pp.
4 5 Proposal for rehabilitation of Seaman Dam Spillway and Reservoir. 1992, undated. e20pp.
4 6 [Raw water]. 1993. e20pp.
4 7 Reserved rights case, Greeley stipulated out. 1989. 5pp.
4 8 Roger Hartman, interim manager. 1995-1996. 7pp.
4 9 Salazar letter to Forest Service. 1994. 6pp.
4 10 Sludge removal study. c. 1993. 44pp.
4 11 South Adams County [Water and Sanitation District]. 1991-1994. 6pp. Includes folded map
4 12 South Platte Basin vs. Fish & Wildlife. 1993. e100pp.
4 13 Threatened and Endangered Species. 1994. e120pp.
4 14 Waste water plant. undated. 12pp.
4 15 Waste water plant addition. 1993-1994, undated. e30pp. Includes folded maps
4 16 Waste water plant, construction report 12/95. 1995. 2pp.
4 17 Waste water plant, planning of expansion. undated. 16pp.
National Cattlemen's Association (NCA).
4 18 Beef Grading Task Force Report. 1993, 1996. e20pp.
4 19 Convention 1996, San Antonio. 1995-1996. e30pp.
4 20 National Beef Quality Audit. 1992-1993. e25pp.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
4 21 National Cattlemen's Beef Association. 1995-1996. e60pp.
4 22 1998 convention. 1997-1998. e30pp.
4 23 1998 Officer's Committee. 1998. e25pp.
4 24 1998 Summer NCBA conference, July 15-19. 1995, 1998. e50pp.
5 1 2004. 2003-2004, undated. e25pp.
5 2 Beef Tenderness Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska. 1996-1998. 9pp.
5 3 BSE problem Great Britain. 1996. 6pp.
5 4 Centennial Task Force. 1996-1997. 10pp.
5 5 Charles Schroeder, CEO. 1995-1996. e15pp.
5 6 Convention, Kansas City 1997. 1996-1997. e25pp.
5 7 Correspondence. 1996-1997. e100pp.
Includes annual report and management plan
5 8 Current correspondence. 2000-2001. e100pp.
5 9 Facts 1995-96 cattle industry. 1995-1997. e30pp.
5 10 Growing pains. 1999-2000. e20pp.
5 11 Letters and replies, 1996 leadership. 1996. 13pp.
5 12 Letters to newspapers. 1996. e20pp.
5 13 LMA [Livestock Marketing Association] disagreement. 1998. 10pp.
5 14 New Building Committee. 1999-2000. e50pp.
5 15 Newspaper comments after merger. 1996. e25pp.
5 16 Summer conference. 2000. e15pp.
5 17 Summer meeting, July 19-21, 1999. 1999. e30pp.
5 18 Various committees and problems 1999. 1998-1999. e120pp.
National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF).
5 19 National Cattle[men's] Foundation. 1996-1998. e100pp.
5 20 National Cattlemen's Foundation. 1998-2001. e40pp.
5 21 National Cattlemen's Foundation, 2001. 2001-2002. e50pp.
5 22 1998 Centennial Celebration. 1996-1997. e20pp.
5 23 Cattlemen's Centennial marketing plan. 1996. e40pp.
5 24 Editorial Board. 1996-1997. e100pp.
History book.
6 1 Reader's comments. 1994-1996. e30pp.
6 2 History: the next 100 years. 1997. 8pp.
Contains drafts of Farr's epilogue
6 3 Monfort. 1996-1997. e25pp.
6 4 Susannah Borg, summer 1996. 1996-1997, undated. e25pp.
6 5 Mission statement. undated. 2pp.
Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD).
6 6 [NCWCD]. 1988, 1998. e20pp.
Includes folded poster commemorating 50 years since the signing of the 1938 repayment contract
6 7 1992 water laws. 1992. e25pp.
6 8 American Heritage Rivers. 1997. 12pp.
6 9 Beebe Draw. 1995. e20pp.
6 10 Betsy Rieke, Law Center, Boulder. 1997. 4pp.
6 11 Boulder Forest Service. 1996. e30pp.
6 12 Broomfield Firming Contract. 1991-1994. e50pp.
6 13 Budget. 1996. 69pp.
6 14 Bureau of Reclamation transfers. 1988-1994, undated. e80pp.
6 15 Carter Lake 1996 water delivery problems. 1996. 1p.
6 16 CBT tours. 1997-2002. e50pp.
6 17 City of Lafayette. 1994. 5pp.
6 18 Clinton Gulch. 1992. e30pp.
6 19-20 Colorado-Big Thompson - Historical. 1942-1981, undated. e150pp.
Includes brochures, maps, progress reports, newspaper clippings, and other publications
6 21 Colorado River: 1993-1994. 1993-1994. e25pp.
7 1 Current CBT and Windy Gap, 1989. 1963, 1984-1989, undated. e80pp. Includes folded map of Clear Creek Project drainage basin
7 2 Denver Aquaflow. 1996. 1p.
7 3 Denver - Raw water agreement. 1991. e30pp.
7 4 Director elections. 1992-1996, undated. e20pp.
7 5 District headquarters. 1996. 11pp.
7 6 Domenigoni Valley Reservoir Project [California]. 1995. 6pp.
7 7 Dry year options [Platte River Project]. 1994. 9pp.
7 8 Farm Bill. 1996. 9pp.
7 9 Flatiron explosion. 1995-1997. e20pp.
7 10 Forest Service. 1993-1996. e40pp.
7 11 Forest Service filing, instream flow and Rio Grande. 1995. 8pp.
7 12 Fort Lupton pipeline. 1995. e40pp.
7 13 Front Range Water Forum. 1992-1993. e15pp.
7 14 Goals and objectives. 1995. 8pp.
7 15 Golden case. 1996-1997. 6pp.
7 16 Granby critical fill, 1995. 1995. 5pp.
7 17 Granby Pump Plant modification. undated. 12pp.
7 18 Harber. 1995. 7pp.
7 19 Hobbs, Trout, Raley - legal firm agreements. 1993-1996. e15pp.
7 20 Hunt, Spillman - Auditors. 1994, 1998. e15pp.
7 21 Integrated resource planning. 1993. 2pp.
7 22 Interruptible water contract. 1996. e25pp.
7 23 Kinney-Barriger (ditch owners). 1994. 8pp.
7 24 Legislative Council. 1997-1998. 12pp.
7 25 Letter to Secretary of Agriculture regarding forest management. 1996. e20pp.
7 26 Long-range goals - Brown, Caldwell, Fiske, Alleno, Bergman. undated. 11pp.
7 27 Louisville inclusion. 1994-1995. e40pp.
7 28 Meadow Hollow Reservoir. 1996. 8pp.
7 29 Misc. water stories. 1978-1988, undated. e25pp., primarily clippings
7 30 New facility study. 1995-1997, undated. e50pp.
7 31 Organizational chart, 1995. 1995. 1p.
7 32 Possible water deliveries, run off forecast, etc., 1996. 1996. 3pp.
7 33 Ranch Creek Reservoir. 1996. 8pp.
7 34 Rate study, 1995. 1995-1997. e80pp.
8 1 Riprap. 1995-1997. e40pp.
8 2 Roan Creek. 1993. e80pp.
8 3 Rocky Mountain National Park wilderness. 1994. 7pp.
8 4 Rolly Fischer's resignation. 1996. e15pp.
8 5 Siphon repair. 1998. 2pp.
8 6 Snowmass. 1995. e30pp.
8 7 Supreme Court invalidating public trustee initiative. 1995. 13pp.
8 8 "Taking Questions". 1994. 11pp.
8 9 Thornton court appeal. 1995. e130pp.
8 10 Thornton water case. 1990-1993. e110pp.
8 11 Trout & Raley Senate Bill 64. 1996. e30pp.
8 12 Trout Unlimited lawsuit. 1995. 2pp.
8 13 Water carryover policy, September 1990. 1990-1995. 13pp.
8 14 Water deliveries from Carter Lake, 1996. 1996. 2pp.
8 15 Water filing, Districts #1 and #5, 1993. 1993-1995. e20pp.
8 16 Water Legal News [Colorado Water Congress]. 1993, 1996. e40pp.
8 17 Water Right Definition Bill. 1996. 9pp.
8 18 Wetlands. 1993. e50pp.
8 19 Windy Gap. 1992-1998, undated. e40pp.
8 20 Windy Gap decrees. 1988. e100pp.
8 21 Windy Gap - Estes Park to Superior Metropolitan District. 1988, 1996. e30pp.
8 22 Windy Gap - Ground breaking - forward. 1981-1985, undated. e100pp.
9 1 Windy Gap - WAPA power contract. 1993-1995. e30pp.
9 2 Texas and Southwest meeting, Ft. Worth, May 28-29, 1998. 1998. 12pp.
9 3 U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 1996-1999. 7pp.


Series 3: Correspondence, 1942-2005 and undated (1.9 linear feet)

This series contains files of Mr. Farr's letters. Many of the files contain both incoming letters and copies of Farr's outgoing letters. Most of the correspondence is with family and friends, though some professional and political contacts are represented as well. Folders of correspondence with Farr's sons might also include their wives and children. The "Departed friends" files contain funeral programs, sympathy thank-you notes from the bereaved, articles, and obituaries; these folders prove to be a "Who's Who" of Greeley and the Colorado water community. Arrangement of the series is alphabetical by company name, person's last name, or subject.
Box Folder
9 4 75th Stampede and Rodeo, 1997. 1996-1997, 2003. e20pp.
9 5 Adams Land and Cattle Co. 1998. 9pp.
9 6 Ag Forum, February 28, 2001, Fort Morgan. 2000-2001. 14pp.
9 7 Agriservices correspondence, 1995. 1995-1997. e100pp.
9 8 Agriservices Foundation correspondence. 1996-1999. e130pp.
9 9 Jack Bass. 1942-1945. 7pp.
9 10 Book letters. 1997-1998. e100pp.
Letters relate to book: Building the Beef Industry -- A Century of Commitment
9 11 Bruno Borhy. 1985-1997. e20pp.
9 12 John Bromley - water history. 1988-1991. e40pp.
Includes article by Bromley: "A proud legacy: Water and W. D. Farr"
9 13 Hank Brown. 1989-1990, 1997. 7pp.
9 14 Kristen Chandler. 1995-1999. e30pp.
9 15 George Chiga. 1997-1998. e60pp.
Includes "Up-dating thoughts of a beef industry in transition"
9 16 Christmas letters 1997. 1997-1998. e80pp.
10 1 Colorado Business Hall of Fame, 1994. 1994-2000. e50pp.
10 2-3 Departed friends. 1990-1997. e150pp.
10 4-5 Departed good friends. 1996-2004, undated. e200pp.
10 6 Herman Drache, Fargo, ND. 1998-1999. 3pp.
10 7 Andreas Farr. 1997-2001. 8pp.
10 8 Dick Farr. 1996-2004. e25pp.
10 9 John D. Farr. 1992, 1995-2005. e80pp.
10 10 Kristen Farr. 1999-2003. e40pp.
10 11 Lisa Farr. 1992-1997. 3pp.
10 12 R. D. Farr. 1997-2005. e120pp.
11 1 Ralph Farr. 1996-2003. e40pp.
11 2-3 Randy Farr. 1997-2005. e160pp.
11 4 William R. Farr. 1996-2005. e80pp.
11 5 Farr family cemetery plot. 1978. 10pp.
11 6 [Farr son, unsigned letter]. 1964. 2pp.
11 7 Good friends. 1991-1996. e100pp.
11 8 Good friends. 1995-2005, undated. e100pp.
11 9 Craig Harrison. 1994-1998. e30pp.
11 10 Heritage Foundation. 1999-2003. e40pp.
11 11 Int'l Livestock Congress. 1994-1995. 7pp.
11 12 Uli Kappas. 1994-1997. e25pp.
11 13 Paul Kiser, Encampment and Platte fishing. 1999. 3pp.
11 14 Lee Leachman. 1995. 7pp.
11 15 Letters to Chinese friends. 1983-1986. e25pp.
11 16 Lisa Liakat. 2001-2003. 9pp.
11 17 [Richard D. MacRavey]. 1998. 1p.
11 18 Marilyn Musgrave. 2002. 2pp.
11 19 Michael J. O'Connor. 1980-1988. 11pp.
12 1 Republican support. 1995-1996. e30pp.
12 2 Republican support. 1998, 2000-2003. e20pp.
12 3 Mark Ritter (Union Colony Trust). 2002. 1p.
12 4 Andy Russell correspondence. 1982-2005, undated. e180pp.
12 5 Ken Salazar, Attorney General. 1998. 9pp.
12 6 Congressman Bob Shaffer. 1999-2001. e15pp.
12 7 [John Smith]. 2004. 6pp.
12 8 Frank Stephens. 1996. 8pp.
12 9 Tribune editors. 1989-1996. 8pp.
12 10 Dan Tyler - Delph Carpenter and the Colorado River Compact. 1994-1996. e100pp.
Includes several articles about Carpenter by Tyler
12 11 [Water-related matters]. 1983-1984. 19pp.
12 12 Wilson Family Ontario: Lloyd and Norma Smith. 1997-2003. e70pp.
12 13 Zhu Baochen - summer trip 1984. 1984-1996. e100pp.


Series 4: Personal files, 1916-1927, 1943-2008 and undated (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains files relating to Farr's family, hobbies, activities, finances, charitable giving, and household items and maintenance. Fishing and hunting were among Farr's hobbies, and several files relate to favorite locations for these. Unique in this series are the grade school report cards of both "Billy" (W.D.) Farr and Gladell Judy. Files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box Folder
13 1 60th high school reunion. 1978, 1983. e25pp.
13 2 1984 hunting: White River Resort (Budges). 1984-1987. e20pp.
13 3 1996-1997 gifts. 1997. e20pp.
13 4 1998-1999 Greeley Rotary Club. 1997-1999. 60pp.
13 5 American Growth Fund. 1991-2001. e30pp.
13 6 Beebe Draw Gun Club. 1997-2005. e200pp.
Contains annual yearbooks.
13 7 [Biographical sketches]. 1979, 1986, undated. 12pp. VIEW
13 8 Birth certificates and marriage certificate [copies]. undated. 3pp. VIEW
13 9 Book material. 1942, 1980-1988, undated. e100pp.
Includes reproduction of first issue of Greeley Tribune (1870), transcript of interview conducted by Sherm Ewing with W.D. Farr (1987), and other items related to Greeley and Farr family history.
13 10 Boy Scouts (Longs Peak). 1991-1997. e80pp.
13 11 Boy Scouts 1998. 1997-1998. e60pp.
13 12 Centennial Blacksmith Shop, gift to City - 6/4/83. 1980-1989. e25pp.
13 13 CM Electronics, Telesensory repair. 1994. 6pp.
13 14 Colony Trust management. 1997-1998, undated. 11pp.
13 15 Dean River, 1994. 1992-1995. 21pp. VIEW
13 16 Dean River, 1995 (July 23-30). 1995-2001. e50pp. VIEW
13 17 Dean River Diary. 2001. 7pp. VIEW
13 18 Encampment Community Center. 1990-2003, undated. e40pp.
14 1 W. D. Farr family history. undated. e100pp. VIEW
14 2 Farr family name history. 1989. e100pp.
14 3 Farr family tree. 1983-1993, undated. e25pp.
14 4 Farr papers: inventory of folders, boxes 1-11 [created by Dan Tyler]. 2008. e30pp.
14 5 First Congregational Church annuity agreement. 1997-1999. 8pp.
14 6 Fishing: Big Horn River, Wyoming. 1985-1989. 11pp.
14 7 Food items: Enstrom's Candies. 1993-1994, undated. 9pp.
14 8 Food items: Eva Gates Homemade Preserves. 1999-2003, undated. e40pp.
14 9 Food items: Peaches. 1983-1987. 6pp.
14 10 Greeley Philharmonic. 1997-2001. 8pp.
14 11 Green River 1999, John and W.D. 1999, undated. e15pp.
14 12 Green River, Bill and John. 1994-1999. e20pp. VIEW
14 13 Greenhouse: Greenhouse bronze water valves. 1967, 1975. 3pp.
14 14 Greenhouse: Wadsworth Electric. 1970-1987. e20pp.
14 15 Greg Silkensen interviews. undated. 1p.
14 16 International Life: UNC Foundation. 1989-1992. e50pp.
14 17 Knight Inlet Resort. 1992-1995. e25pp.
14 18 Monfort Children's Clinic. 1997-2001. 12pp.
14 19 NCMC [Northern Colorado Medical Center] Foundation President's Circle. 1991-1997. e30pp.
14 20 Newcomen Society. 1994-1999. e40pp.
14 21 Orchids - OFE. 1994-1998, undated. e150pp.
Contains catalogs
14 22 Passports and photos. 1982-1984, undated. e20pp.
Photographs relocated to Series 8
15 1 Personal property: Garland's Navajo Rugs. 1981, 1993, undated. 12pp.
15 2 Personal property: House - water and gas information. undated. 1p. 2 copies
15 3 Personal property: Navajo rugs. 1979-1987. 12pp.
15 4 Personal property: shuffleboard. 1965, undated. 3pp.
15 5 Personal property: Williamson furnace. 1972-1975. 8pp.
15 6 Poems, prayers, stories, etc. 1943-1973, undated. e60pp.
15 7 Ranching Heritage. 1995-2002. e120pp.
15 8 [Report cards]. 1916-1927. e25pp.
For Gladell Judy and William Farr
15 9 [Robert A. Cameron School]. 1995. 7pp.
15 10 Rotary (7/1/94 thru 6/30/95). 1994-2000. e200pp.
15 11 Rotary International. 1998-2002. e250pp.
15 12 Sanger Fishing Club. 1990-2004. e50pp. VIEW
15 13 Sanger Fishing Club 1993. 1982, 1993-1996. e40pp. VIEW
15 14 Social Security cards. 1979-2002, undated. e25pp.
16 1 Stewart's Lodge and Camps, Bob Stewart. 1980-1993. e25pp.
16 2 Stewart's Lodge. 1994-1995. e20pp.
16 3 T-Bone Club - Articles of Association. undated. 10pp.
16 4 UNC Foundation, Farr Family Scholarships. 1985, 1989-1994. e120pp.
16 5 UNC Foundation, Farr Family Scholarships. 1995-1999. e200pp.
16 6 UNC - President's Circle. 1991-1997. e60pp.
16 7 United Airlines Mileage Plus. 1992-1997, 2001. e30pp.
16 8 Xerox Imaging Systems, yearly maintenance contract. 1991-1994. e25pp.
16 9 Yard care: Gilbert H. Wild and Sons, day lilies. 1994-1995. 6pp.
16 10 Yard care: Larry Torrez, Lawncare Professionals 1989. 2002-2003, undated. 10pp.
16 11 [Yard care:] 1995 new sprinkling system, Koehn Bros. 1993-1996. 13pp.


Series 5: Subject files, 1908, 1920, 1948-2005 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

These files reflect various subjects of Farr's interest, primarily beef cattle and water management. Other subjects include banking, city planning, and health. Files related to speeches are either reference materials or speeches given by other people, not Mr. Farr. Material types include articles, clippings, magazines, letters, speeches, brochures, and maps. Files are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
16 12 Argentina. 1991. 1p.
16 13 The Bottom Line - Leachman. 1985. 10pp.
16 14 Cattle Genetics. 1997-1998. e20pp.
16 15 Cattle information. 1988-1990. e40pp.
16 16 Colorado banking 1994. 1994. e20pp.
16 17 Colorado Water Center CSU. 1996. e40pp.
16 18 "Colorado Water Law: an historical overview" by Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. 1997. 74pp.
16 19 Con Agra. 2000. 5pp.
16 20 Confined livestock feeding. 1998. 3pp.
Includes editorial by Farr
Counseling.
16 21 Beef. 1992-1994. e150pp.
16 22 Beef brands. 1995-1996. e25pp.
17 1 Certified Angus Beef Program. 1992, 1997. 3pp.
17 2 Quality Audit, blueprint for improving competitiveness. 1992, 1997, undated. e20pp.
17 3 Strategic plan, value based. 1992, 1996. 3pp.
17 4 Water. 1992-1996, undated. e80pp.
Includes several documents about Rocky Flats
17 5 Eaton history. c. 1908, 1991-1997, undated. e60pp.
Includes "Views of Eaton"
17 6 EDAP [Economic Development Action Partnership]. 1992, undated. e30pp.
17 7 EDAP. 1994-2000. e60pp.
17 8 Ensminger health advice. 1993-1994, undated. 15pp.
17 9 Ensminger publications. 1983-1986, undated. 12pp.
17 10 Eric Eidsness EPA. c. 2000. 4pp.
17 11 Federal Reserve Bank. 1995-1999. e20pp.
17 12 Foreign water in the Cache la Poudre Valley [M.A. thesis by Russell N. Bradt, photocopy]. 1948. 139pp.
17 13 Future of beef. 2001. 3pp.
17 14 Good agriculture and livestock articles. 1953-1968. e60pp.
17 15 Greeley National Bank history. 1961, 1979-1982, undated. e40pp.
17 16 Greg Hobbs poems. 1996-2000. e180pp.
17 17 Healthy Directions. 1990-1995. 9pp.
17 18 Historical Points Denver Growth. 1999. 4pp.
17 19 History, Colorado Cattle Feeders, John Matsushima. 1993-1995, undated. e90pp.
17 20 Iowa Beef Packers. 1978-1979. 18pp.
18 1 John Matsushima manuscript ["A journey back: a history of cattle feeding in Colorado and the United States"]. 1994-1995. e200pp.
18 2 Leachman sale: What size critter fits the box 4/12/83. 1983-1985. e20pp.
18 3 Maps showing counties of Colorado. 1920. 6pp. folded
18 4 Misc. cattle statistics and ideas. 1980-1991, undated. e60pp.
18 5 Misc. good speeches. 1971-1985, undated. e60pp.
18 6 [North Platte River]. 2005. 1p.
18 7 Prime rate changes. c. 1980s. 3pp.
18 8 Regional Cities Planning, Fort Collins. 1996. 6pp.
18 9 [The Riverside (Wyoming) Record]. 2002. 2pp.
18 10 Speech material. 1970-1985. e60pp.
18 11 Speeches - banking. 1965-1971, undated. e25pp.
18 12 Speeches - farm. 1953-1965. e100pp.
18 13 [The Territorial, v. 8, no. 2]. 1988. 40pp.
18 14 Tucson water conservation. 1992. 14pp.
18 15 Water canal lining pipelines. 1989. e30pp.
Seminar presented to the People's Republic of China
18 16 Water management, Front Range cities - Two Forks. 1988-1989. e60pp.
18 17 Weather: El Nino. 1953-1954, 1989-1990, 1999. e150pp.
Includes National Geographic, v. 195, no. 3
18 18 [Weld County]. 1963, undated. e50pp.
Includes "Little Drops of Water"
18 19 Windchill information. 1986. 2pp.


Series 6: Clippings and research, 1949-2010 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

Many newspaper articles were written about Farr, his business and board activities, his awards and accomplishments, and his family. Those articles, accompanied by some magazine and newsletter articles are found in the first six folders in this series, arranged chronologically. These are followed by additional folders of clippings, mostly photocopied, and additional research materials compiled by biographer Daniel Tyler. The folder of photographs for Tyler's book Cowboy in the Boardroom contains photographs printed on computer paper and associated notes; all original photographs found here were relocated to Series 8 in appropriate categories. The research files are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
19 1 [Clippings]. 1949-1958. e20pp.
19 2 [Clippings]. 1965-1969. e100pp.
19 3 [Clippings]. 1972-1979. e50pp.
19 4 [Clippings]. 1980-1988. e60pp.
19 5 [Clippings]. 1990-1998. e100pp.
19 6 [Clippings]. 2000-2005. e25pp.
19 7 70, 71 Ranches and N. Platte ranches; Crystal River Ranch. 1999, 2010. e20pp.
19 8 "Cowboy in the Boardroom" pictures. 2008-2010. e60pp.
19 9 Early life and family. 1969, undated. 2pp.
19 10 England-Ontario pics. 2007, undated. 4pp.
19 11 Misc. farming. 2000, undated. e20pp.
19 12 Misc. water. 2008. 3pp.


Series 7: Awards and honors, 1988-2004 (0.5 linear feet)

Farr received many awards and honors late in life, including honors from magazines, induction into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, being named the 1999 Citizen of the West, and having the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's pumping plant named for him. Files on these awards and honors, along with ones on his retirement from Greeley Water's and Northern's boards, are found here. Most of them contain event programs, letters about the honor, and newspaper articles. Files are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
19 13 Beef magazine - 25th anniversary issue. 1989. e170pp.
19 14 Bravo Award. 1998. e30pp.
19 15 Citizen of the West. 1998-1999. e40pp.
19 16 Citizen of the West. 1998-2000. e100pp.
19 17 Citizen of the West letters. 1998-1999. e100pp.
19 18 City of Greeley reception, June 17, 1997. 1997. e100pp.
Includes Congressional Record of June 12, 1997
19 19 Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame 2/18/95. 1994-1995. e30pp.
19 20 Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees 1989-2004. 2004. 52pp.
20 1 El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence. 1996-1998. e100pp.
20 2 Farr pumping plant. 1994. e80pp.
20 3 [Headgate Award]. 1994. 15pp.
20 4 International Stockman School, Houston, TX. 1996-1998. e200pp.
20 5 Litton Award 1/ 27/97, Denver. 1997. 7pp.
20 6 Northern/Greeley reception, November 15, 1995. 1995-1996. e50pp.
20 7 Tribune 10 most influential in Weld County. 1988. e20pp.
20 8 United Way Humanitarian Award. 1997. e20pp.
20 9 Water Board retirement. 1997. e15pp.


Series 8: Photographs and media, c. 1890-2010 (1.25+ linear feet) SEARCH photographs

This series is primarily comprised of photographs of W.D. Farr. The media found here, CDs and DVDs, contain scanned photographs and Farr's memorial service. Most of the physical photographs are snapshots of Farr, along with some family and friends. One set is of the Farr Pumping Plant ceremony in 1994. Others show Farr at conferences or with his hunting or fishing trophies. Photographs from other series were relocated here and integrated into appropriate categories. Materials are listed alphabetically by material type; within the photograph categories they are in approximate chronological order.
Box Folder
20 10 CDs. 2010. 5 CDs
CDs all contain scanned photographs of W. D. Farr that Daniel Tyler planned to use in the biography. The photos are similar across the CDs, but some contain more images than others.
20 11 DVDs - In loving memory of W. D. Farr. 2007. 2 DVDs
One DVD contains Farr's entire memorial service, the other contains the automated slide show, with background music, shown at the service.
20 12 Negatives - W. D. Farr. c. 2000. 1 negative strip
Farr with R.J. and Melanie Farr on Trail Ridge Road
20 13 Negatives - Canada. 2007 November. 7 negative strips
21 Photographs.
21 1 W. D. Farr. 1910-2007. e130 photographs
21 2 Family. c. 1895-2003. 8 photographs
21 3 Friends. c. 1983, 2001. 2 photographs
21 4 Farming and ranching. c. 1890, 2008, undated. 21 photographs
Includes Farr properties.
21 5 Canada. 2007 November. 8 photographs
Photographs taken by Daniel Tyler: "Pictures of Farrs' roots near Sparta, Ontario"
21 6 Farrs' English roots. c. 2007. 15 photographs
Photographs taken by Betty Henshaw
21 7 Buildings and other. 1920-2008. 18 photographs
Includes various Farr family homes, Sigma Kappa house, and Farr Pumping Plant
22 1 Photographs, oversize - W. D. Farr. 1970. 1 photo and 1p.
Photograph of group meeting with President Richard Nixon in White House Cabinet Room
20 14 Photographs, oversize - W. D. Farr. 2005. 1 photo and 1p.
Autographed photograph of Aspinall Award recipients


Series 9: Artifacts, 1947, 1972-2007 and undated (2+ linear feet)

This series mostly contains framed objects commemorating W. D. Farr. Most are resolutions in relation to his service, but also included are a poster made after his death, a photograph with him in it at the Adams Tunnel opening, and the painting of Rainbow Bridge and Glen Canyon Dam given to him as the Aspinall Award. Materials are arranged by size for storage purposes.
Box Folder
20 15 Name tag. 1998. 1 item
20 16 Executive order. 1981. 1 framed item
Executive order from Colorado Governor Richard Lamm appointing Farr as a member of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
22 2 Resolution. 1972. 1 oversize page
Resolution upon Farr's retirement as chairman of Greeley National Bank board of directors
22 Windy Gap Participants' Committee, Resolution of Appreciation. undated. 1 framed item
22 A resolution acknowledging W.D. Farr's contribution to the City of Fort Lupton. 1991. 1 framed item
22 City of Greeley, Proclamation of appreciation for W. D. Farr for his service as director of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and as president of the Municipal Subdistrict. undated. 1 framed item
23 Colorado Water Congress, Honorary Life Membership. 1996. 1 framed item
23 Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, in appreciation of W. D. "Bill" Farr. 1995. 1 framed item
23 Colorado-Big Thompson Project, first water arrives on east slope. 1947 June 23. 1 framed photograph
Shelf 1 Wayne N. Aspinall Water Leader of the Year Award, presented by the Colorado Water Congress. 1985. 1 framed painting of Rainbow Bridge and Glen Canyon Dam
Drwr 1 1 W.D. "Bill" Farr, 1910-2007. 2007. 1 mounted poster