Preserving the Source
An e-newsletter from the Water Resources Archive
at Colorado State University

July 2010
Issue XX

Photo Fun Issue!

It has been a busy summer so far at the Water Resources Archive. Here are some photos of recent activities and accomplishments to enjoy.

WRA Participates in Whitewater Festival

Hooligan race photo

Colorado State University supported FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas) for the first time this year, and the Water Resources Archive joined the Alumni Association and other CSU groups in the festivities. Pictured here is the CSU entry in the Hooligan race, which took place June 19th in Salida. Patty Rettig represented the Archive at the festival booth and in the parade, but unfortunately not in the race!

New Finding Aids

Arthur Littleworth collection

The summer has seen the completion of several finding aids. Pictured here is just one box of the 78 that comprise the Papers of Arthur L. Littleworth. The completed finding aid details the box contents, which are entirely related to Kansas vs. Colorado. Also recently finished is the finding aid for the Digital Photographs of Bill Green as well as an update for an addition to the Climate Data Collection.

Digital Water Documents Online

Western Waters Digital Library screenshot

A partnership of five academic research libraries just concluded a three-year project, The Foundations of Western Water Policy, adding significant new material to the Western Waters Digital Library. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project was led by Colorado State University and included Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Washington State University, and the Water Resources Center Archives at the University of California-Berkeley. The Western Waters Digital Library (WWDL) provides free public access to digital collections of significant primary and secondary resources on water in the western United States. These resources cover a wide range of topics, and include items such as government reports, legal transcripts, personal papers, photographs, and audio/visual materials.

New Students Join the WRA Team

water archive student assistants

A big thank you to our friends and supporters whose funds have enabled the Water Resources Archive to hire three new students in addition to an existing one. Clarissa Trapp (left) is a graduate student in history who would like to become a history professor. Vanessa Baca (middle) has worked for the Archive for a number of years while completing her undergraduate education; she will soon be attending medical school. Ben Valentino (right) is an undergraduate history major aiming to become a librarian. History graduate student Alan Barkley (not pictured) would like to become a museum curator. There is plenty of work for them to do, and their diversity of interests and skills will help accomplish a variety of tasks, including organizing and digitizing materials.

A Collection Suitable for Summer

Ivan D. Wood papers

The main collection being organized this summer is all about irrigation: the Papers of Ivan D. Wood. Mr. Wood was an irrigation engineer who saved hundreds of slides, photographs, articles, clippings, brochures, and reports about irrigation, soil, and related issues.

Water in Seattle

locks cruise in Seattle

At the end of April, archivist Patty Rettig presented at the Western Round Up, a conference of western archivists held in Seattle. Her presentation focused on Water Tables, giving colleagues pointers for holding a successful fundraiser. While at the conference, Patty (second from left) enjoyed a locks cruise with fellow archivists.

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E-newsletter created by Patty Rettig and Jane Barber.