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Papers of Vujica M. Yevjevich

Identifier: WVMY

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Vujica M. Yevjevich consists of documents dated 1951 to 2006. The collection consists of maps, graphs, blueprints, technical notes, correspondence, reports, and essays written on topics in the field of hydrology and water resources. Much of the documentation found in the collection relates to Yevjevich's overseas consulting. The collection has little information on Yevjevich's work as a professor at CSU or on projects he may have been working on in Colorado, with the exception of his autobiography.


  • Creation: 1951-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1951-1985


Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

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


Vujica M. Yevjevich devoted his life to the study of hydrology. His impressive career spanned more than four decades and included projects in the United States and overseas. A professor of hydrology at Colorado State University's engineering department, Yevjevich also was an accomplished researcher, technical writer, international lecturer and consultant.

Yevjevich was born in a small town in Yugoslavia on October 12, 1913. He attended the University of Belgrade from 1932 to 1936, specializing in water resources engineering with a concentration on hydrology and hydraulics. Yevjevich's education was interrupted when he served in the Yugoslavian Army from 1936 to 1938, carrying out various engineering assignments in Belgrade. After this service, he returned to school at the University of Grenoble in France.

When Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1939, Yevjevich was in England. He returned to Yugoslavia, where he worked as an engineer and was put in charge of a special section for planning the hydraulic works on the Vardar River. During the invasion of Yugoslavia by Germany, he was taken as prisoner of war. Yevjevich was held as a prisoner of war from 1941 to 1943 in both Germany and Italy. After the war he returned home to Yugoslavia to work for the Ministry of Public Works and Electric Power Authority.

Yevjevich's first teaching assignment was at the University of Belgrade, Civil Engineering Department in 1946. While he was teaching at the University he also became the director of a special institute for water resources which was active in designing dams, tunnels, hydroelectric power plants and other structures in Belgrade. Shortly before leaving his job at the University of Belgrade, he earned his doctoral degree.

Yevjevich traveled to the United States in 1956 and spent the next four years working as a visiting scientist for the U.S. National Bureau of Standards and for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. Yevjevich traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas. As a lecturer and consultant he visited many countries, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, India, Taiwan, China and Lebanon. Because of his water resources expertise, Yevjevich also worked as a civil consultant for the United Nations.

In 1960, Yevjevich accepted a position at Colorado State University in the engineering department. He spent the next 19 years teaching hydro-engineering, mainly to graduate students. During his life, he wrote over 200 papers and 23 books and co-founded, with his wife, a publishing company called Water Resources Publications.

Among his many accomplishments in academics and civil engineering, Yevjevich was recognized as one of the most influential engineers from Serbia and was elected to the Serbian Academy of Engineering. A museum in his hometown of Priboj, Yugoslavia, was named for him and, along with CSU and the University of Belgrade, will house many of his professional papers.

Yevjevich passed away on March 26, 2006, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was survived by his wife Mirjana and their three daughters, Vera, Branka, and Rada.


1.5 linear feet (3 document boxes, 2 flat files)

Language of Materials



Vujica M. Yevjevich (1913-2006), a native of Yugoslavia, was a professor, lecturer, consultant, and researcher of hydrologic engineering. Yevjevich taught in Colorado State University's engineering department from 1960 until his retirement in 1979. The collection contains notes, essays, correspondence, graphs, maps, and technical information on his work in hydrology, mostly international in nature.


The collection consists of three boxes of materials, plus some oversized files, arranged in five categories: countries, hydrology topics, consultations, miscellaneous, and biographical information. Within each category, files have been arranged alphabetically.


The Papers of Vujica M. Yevjevich was acquired by the Water Resources Archive in June 2002, after having been stored at the Engineering Research Center at the CSU Foothills Campus for a number of years. In November 2013, Thomas G. Sanders donated Dr. Yevjevich's "Professional Autobiography" as well as some additional biographical materials.

Related Collections

In honor of his retirement in 1979, the University compiled 100 articles written by Yevjevich. These essays are available in Archives and Special Collections as Collected Papers of Vujica M. Yevjevich, call number GB653.2.Y48. The Papers of Daryl B. Simons, the Papers of Maurice L. Albertson, and the Papers of Everett V. Richardson also contain materials related to hydrology. All were CSU professors and experts in the fields of hydraulics and hydrology.


Processing was completed in December 2005 and included removal of all metal paperclips and staples. The documents were then placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Oversized documents such as blueprints and maps were placed in flat files. All books and journals acquired with the collection were removed to be added to library holdings. The 2013 addition was incorporated in January 2014.

Inventory Note

Note: Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e." Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of each copy. Authored articles, books, and studies are listed in bibliographic form.

Guide to the Papers of Vujica M. Yevjevich
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Gayle Sharp; revised by Patricia J. Rettig
Copyright 2014
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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