The Papers of Delph E. Carpenter and Family

Delph Carpenter's papers documenting his work on Colorado's compacts are publicly available at the Water Resources Archive in Morgan Library on Colorado State University's main campus. Letters and telegrams between commissioners, politicians, state engineers and others show the exchange of ideas. Original maps and reports Carpenter used to gather information which shaped his thinking exist in the collection as well.

Compact-related materials include:

In addition to Carpenter's working papers, the collection contains personal and family items. Materials of his relatives, including Union Colony pioneers, a Civil War veteran and his son Weld County Judge Donald A. Carpenter, exist in the collection, too.

The Carpenter Papers can inform many research topics, including:

The complete collection contains 129 boxes of material--including over 1,200 photographs--as well as more than 130 oversized items. A detailed guide to the collection is available in print and online. For more information, call (970) 491-1844 or see the Water Resources Archive website at

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