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Water Resources Artifacts Collection

Identifier: WART

Scope and Contents

The Water Resources Artifacts Collection consists of items dated 1900 through 2009. It is an artificial collection comprised of objects gathered from various donors since about 2006. The collection includes a Thacher calculator, four water level recorders, a textile, a painting, and two water bottles from the memorial service for W. D. Farr, one of which is unopened. The collection documents aspects of water resources history--especially technology--that are often lost in document-based collections.


  • Creation: 1900-2009

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.


The Water Resources Artifacts Collection aggregates materials acquired from several different sources.


9.5 linear feet (2 record cartons, 1 document box, 1 flat box, 3 large boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Water Resources Artifacts Collection aggregates objects acquired from several different sources. The collection includes a Thacher calculator, four water level recorders, a textile, a painting, and two water bottles.


The collection consists of 7 boxes and 1 oversize folder. Objects are arranged chronologically according to actual or estimated date of creation.

Custodial History

The Thacher calculator was donated to the Engineering Department of Colorado State University from the Edward P. Goodrich Trust in 2006. Dr. Marvin Stone acquired the water level recorders in about 1975 when the Agricultural Engineering Laboratory at Colorado State University moved to what is now the Agricultural Engineering Resource Center. Dr. Stone found two of the recorders in a box marked with Ralph Parshall's name.


The Water Resources Artifacts Collection was created by the Water Resources Archive from various accessions. The Thacher calculator (2007005) was transferred from the Engineering Department to the Water Resources Archive in February 2007. The four water level recorders (2007006) were donated to the Archive by Dr. Marvin Stone in February 2007. The other artifacts were collected from various sources and were compiled in July 2011. The painting of Benjamin Eaton's cabin was donated by Tersha d'Elgin in January 2018 (2018001).

Related Collections

The Water Resources Archive holds the Ralph L. Parshall Collection, the Irrigation Research Papers, and the Irrigation Photograph Collection as well as the Papers of W. D. Farr. Additionally, materials related to the Eaton family can be found in the Papers of Delph E. Carpenter and Family.


Special storage boxes were made for three of the water level recorders. The textile was unrolled and housed in an acid-free map folder. The water bottles were housed in an archival box.

Guide to the Water Resources Artifacts Collection
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Alan E. Barkley; revised by Patricia J. Rettig
Copyright 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA