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Records of the American Water Foundation

 Collection
Identifier: WAWF

Scope and Contents

The Records of the American Water Foundation consists of documents dated 1982 to 1993. Materials in the collection document the operations of the organization as well as their training programs and tours. Files are not comprehensive but do give insight into activities over the course of the Foundation's existence. Meeting minutes can be found in the Board and ExCom (Executive Committee) files. Also present and related to operations are annual reports, newsletters, financial files, correspondence, publicity materials, membership information, and proposals. Additionally, files on a research study about technology transfer, the International Water Resources Assessment Program, can be found here. Materials documenting training programs focus on seminar manuals as well as logistical information. Several Bureau of Reclamation seminar manuals are also included.

Dates

  • 1982-1993

Creator

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

The American Water Foundation (AWF) existed for a decade as a Denver-based non-profit organization focused on transferring water resources technology to other countries. Its dual goals involved both assisting in the development of other countries and increasing U.S. exports. Primary activities of the Foundation included creating specialized training programs and conducting research projects.

The American Water Foundation formed in 1984 as an affiliate of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID). Its mission was "to conduct programs supporting the transfer of United States water resources technology while facilitating international business opportunities for engineering, construction and manufacturing companies." It worked to promote U.S. interests internationally and further dialogue with other countries particularly in relation to water resources technology and education.

During the organization's existence, it helped advance technology transfer through training programs, primarily by holding seminars, workshops, and study tours in the U.S. for personnel from other countries. It also organized teams for on-site training overseas. Additionally, the AWF worked on assisting American participation in international trade shows and exhibitions. It established a research fellowship, set up a database of water resources professionals, and created manuals in association with its training programs. Subjects of training programs included dam safety, canal lining, irrigation project management, construction management, and more. The AWF hosted and trained more than 1,000 water resources professionals representing 25 countries.

The AWF was a private, non-profit corporation led by a board of directors, heavily populated by Colorado engineers, including Everett Richardson, Maurice Albertson, Marvin Jensen, Larry Simpson, Jan van Schilfgaarde, and Ken Wright. The AWF's headquarters were in Denver, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Fort Collins. The Foundation worked closely with federal government agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation, the Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as with municipal water organizations, irrigation districts, universities, and private companies, to carry out their programs. The American Water Foundation dissolved in late 1993 or 1994.

Extent

15 linear feet (10 record cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The American Water Foundation, formed in 1984 as an affiliate of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, existed for a decade as a Denver-based non-profit organization focused on transferring water resources technology to other countries. It worked to advance technology transfer through training programs, primarily by holding seminars, workshops, and study tours in the U.S. for personnel from other countries. Subjects of training programs included dam safety, canal lining, irrigation project management, construction management, and more. The collection documents the operations of the organization as well as their training programs. Materials include meeting minutes, annual reports, newsletters, financial files, correspondence, publicity materials, membership information, proposals, and seminar manuals, as well as files on a research study about technology transfer.

Arrangement

The collection arrived with minimal arrangement, and it appeared to be the accumulated files of two or more people. Materials were grouped into series.

The collection consists of 2 series in 10 boxes:

Series 1: Administrative files, 1982-1993 and undated

Series 2: Program files, 1982-1993

Acquisition

The Records of the American Water Foundation was donated to the Water Resources Archive by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD) in 2009. That organization had stored the collection since the Foundation's dissolution. NCWCD's general manager, Larry Simpson, served in various board positions for the Foundation since its founding.

Related Collections

Collections in the Water Resources Archive that relate are those of board members Maurice Albertson, Everett Richardson, Marvin Jensen, and Ken Wright (Records of Wright Water Engineers).

Processing

Processing was completed in March 2018. Some materials were refoldered into acid-free folders, but others retain their original folders, with any labels present stapled on. Contents of all binders were foldered. Some metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips as necessary. Materials removed from the collection include files on program finances and participants, personnel information, office equipment, duplicates beyond two copies, most financial materials except for summary information, fellowship application support materials, and questionnaires and preliminary data related to the technology transfer study.

Title
Guide to the Records of the American Water Foundation
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
Date
Copyright 2018
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844