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Records of the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts

 Collection
Identifier: WCSC

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts consists of documents dated 1945 to 1987 and created largely in relation to the Association's meetings, ordinary operations, and other activities. Materials include scrapbooks, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes and programs, financial documents, slides, cassette tapes, photographs, and publications.

Dates

  • 1945-1987

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, this collection 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

Following major dust storms and significant erosion in Colorado in the mid-1930s, the state realized the importance of soil conservation. In 1937, the state passed the Colorado Soil Conservation Act, which provided for locally controlled soil conservation districts to maintain and improve the state's soil and water resources. Such districts began to form that year, and by 1945 there were 56 soil conservation districts across the state.

On July 30, 1945, the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts (CASCD) was formed as a statewide organization to provide guidance for the individual districts as well as to promote conservation at state and national levels. The first meeting was held in Denver on February 18-19, 1946. The administration of the organization was based on having one director representing each of the seven watersheds in the state. Later, directors were added in order to have two from each of the large watersheds, Arkansas, Colorado, and North-South Platte.

The Association's work has included helping districts to secure grants for conservation machinery, influencing state and federal legislation, and holding workshops to discuss state laws. The CASCD has had several newsletters during their history, including Colorado Topsoil and The Colorado Conservator, which began in 1985 and is still being published. The CASCD leased its first office space in Denver in 1978 and currently has offices in Lakewood, Colorado.

Extent

15 linear feet (10 record cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

On July 30, 1945, the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts was formed as a statewide organization to provide guidance for the individual districts as well as to promote conservation at state and national levels. The Association's work has included helping districts to secure grants for conservation machinery, influencing state and federal legislation, and holding workshops to discuss state laws. The Association's records consist of documents created largely in relation to meetings, ordinary operations and other activities. Materials include scrapbooks, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes and programs, financial documents, slides, cassette tapes, photographs and publications.

Arrangement

Original order, being primarily chronological, has been maintained.

The collection consists of 2 series in 10 boxes:

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1949-1977

Series 2: Business and financial records, 1945-1984

Acquisition

The Records of the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts was donated to the Colorado Agricultural Archives on June 9, 1981. During fall semester 1983, two students created a finding aid to the collection and included a list of CASCD officers. This can be found in the administrative file for the collection. The Colorado State University Water Resources Archive acquired the collection in July 2001.

Online Materials

Some files 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.

Processing

Processing completed in July 2001 included removal and disposal of duplicate forms and publications beyond the second copy and of cancelled checks that duplicated information found in the Association's checkbooks. The collection was also reboxed. In 2015, the collection was reboxed into archival boxes. Rubber bands and some paper clips were removed. Loose documents were foldered, and loose cassette tapes were placed in archival cases. In 2016, one folder of receipts was removed.

Title
Guide to the Records of the Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
Date
Copyright 2001; 2003
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