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Papers of Marvin D. Hoover

Identifier: WMDH

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Marvin D. Hoover consists of documents dated 1957 to 1975, with the bulk falling from 1971 to 1975. The materials cover Hoover's involvement with municipal water-supply issues in Colorado Springs as well as his work on environmental and water-storage concerns in Fort Collins. Document types include correspondence, reports, notes, clippings, streamflow data, and maps. Much of the correspondence is related to the Joe Wright Reservoir--some sixty miles west of Fort Collins--and environmental debates surrounding this project.


  • Creation: 1957-1975


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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


Marvin DeWard Hoover, a hydrological researcher and consultant, dealt with municipal water-supply issues impacting Colorado Springs and Fort Collins from the 1950s to the 1970s. Hoover earned forestry degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1938) and the University of California Berkeley (M.S., 1939) before embarking on his career as a hydrologist in 1940 at the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station in Asheville, North Carolina. He began research at the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station in Fort Collins in 1953, serving as a consultant on water-supply issues for Colorado Springs before focusing on the environmental effects of water storage in the Fort Collins area.

Born in Iowa in 1916, Hoover was married in 1940 to Bernice Bostick, with whom he had two children. He became a faculty affiliate at Colorado State University in 1953 and was an important member of the Environment Task Force in Fort Collins, an organization dedicated to local urban and environmental planning. Hoover was also a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Soil Science Society of America. He died in 2003 in East Wenatchee, Washington.


0.25 linear feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Marvin D. Hoover served as a hydrological researcher in Colorado for several decades, beginning in 1953. These papers illuminate his work concerning the water supply of Colorado Springs and his later involvement as an environmental consultant on water-storage issues for Fort Collins. Document types include correspondence, reports, notes, clippings, streamflow data, and two maps.


The collection consists of three subject files arranged chronologically in one box.


The Papers of Marvin D. Hoover was transferred from the manuscripts section of the Archives and Special Collections Department to the Water Resources Archive in May 2006.


Processing was completed in June 2006. Materials were refoldered using acid-free supplies. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Newspaper clippings were inserted between sheets of acid-free paper. Photocopies of deteriorating documents were placed alongside originals. Materials regarding Joe Wright Dam and Fort Collins urban planning were separated into two folders; otherwise, little rearrangement took place.

Inventory Note

Note: Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e."

Guide to the Papers of Marvin D. Hoover
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Nicolai Kryloff
Copyright 2006
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA