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USAID projects, 1892-2013 and undated

Identifier: Subseries 1.1

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains Richardson's files related to work on international development projects in Asia, Africa, and South America, through Colorado State University contracts with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Materials in this subseries include reference publications, research reports and articles, proposals and contracts, meeting minutes, and correspondence associated with international aid and development in Pakistan, Venezuela, Brazil, Swaziland, and Egypt. Richardson's involvement with Pakistan began in 1969 when he was invited to West Pakistan to determine what could be done to improve water storage and diminish sedimentation behind Tarbela Dam. The USAID-financed CSU On-Farm Water Management Project funded the trip. A thorough account of the trip can be found in Subseries 5.1. Beginning in 1968, Richardson also consulted for the Venezuela International Meteorological and Hydrological Experiment (VIMHEX). A failed attempt to extend the International Meteorological and Hydrological Experiment to Brazil is occasionally mentioned in the Venezuela materials, but it is covered more thoroughly in Subseries 5.1. In early 1985, Richardson was asked to conduct an appraisal of Swaziland's irrigation potential and to advise USAID/Swaziland what emphasis should be placed on irrigation as part of a larger agricultural production and marketing project. The category "MOU [Memoranda of Understanding and ERC research in the San Luis Valley]" not only includes annual reports and work plans related to international projects, but also contains administrative records and research conducted by CSU's Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Colorado's San Luis Valley (SLV) beginning in 1984. Multiple agencies funded the SLV, including USAID, which was intended to provide a domestic laboratory that addressed similar problems and solutions to those encountered by CSU faculty working on international farming and irrigation projects. The remainder of this subseries relates to Richardson's leadership of several irrigation and water use improvement projects in Egypt from the 1970s to the 1990s, including an On-Farm Water Management Project modeled on CSU's earlier Pakistan project. These projects sought to improve irrigation in Egypt and focused heavily on the Nile River and High Aswan Dam. Materials in the subseries are arranged by project and appear in rough chronological order by project start date. Documents on Egypt are further organized into reference materials, reports, and administrative materials.


  • Creation: 1892-2013 and undated


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, this collection is stored off-site, so advance notice is required. 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.


From the Collection: 49.25 linear feet (28 record cartons, 1 document box, 21 photo boxes, 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA