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Papers of David M. Freeman

 Collection
Identifier: WDMF

Scope and Contents

The Papers of David M. Freeman consists of documents dated 1911 to 2011, with the bulk falling from 1990 to 2011. The collection includes documents, notes, and drafts related to Dr. Freeman's research for Implementing the Endangered Species Act of the Platte Basin Water Commons. Basin-wide negotiations about water use and the Endangered Species Act began in the mid-1970s and finally concluded in 2006. The main parties to the negotiation process were the U.S. Department of the Interior and the states of Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. In 1997, representatives from those four groups formed the Platte River Cooperative Agreement Governance Committee to continue the negotiations and later oversee enforcement of the Endangered Species Act in the basin. All of this is well documented in the collection. Specific subject areas include the Platte River negotiations, endangered species such as the whooping crane, piping plover, least tern, and pallid sturgeon, the Endangered Species Act, water law, and sociology of water. Material types include book drafts, notes, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings, CDs, photographs, and publications.

Dates

  • 1911-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2011

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Series 2 is restricted until January 1, 2041. The 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.

Biography

David M. Freeman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. For over 40 years he has taught, researched, and written about how people have organized themselves to manage water in the western United States and South Asia. He has authored four books, as well as numerous book chapters, articles, and technical reports. His scholarship specialty areas include water resources social organization, social conflict, the sociology of developmental change, and the sociology of technology and technology assessment. His teaching duties primarily consisted of classes pertaining to technology and society, the sociology of water resources, and the introduction to sociology.

Dr. Freeman was born on January 27, 1939, to Simon Peter and Helen Luella Freeman of Glendive, Montana. He received a B.A. in 1961 from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1968. He was hired by the Colorado State University Department of Sociology in 1967 and served as the department's chair from 1985 to 1997. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Policy Studies Association, among others. He married Sandra Kay Bradford on August 30, 1960. They have four children: Brent, Bradford, Bryan, and Rebecca.

Dr. Freeman began studying western water in the 1980s while developing and expanding his course on the sociology of water resources. Much of his early-career research focused on water sociology in South Asia. However, he felt it necessary to incorporate local water sociology into his teaching and research; thus, he began exploring Platte, Poudre, and other western water communities. He committed to studying the Platte River project in 1996 after hearing stories about the situation from water users over the previous two years. Through those stories and his own observations, Dr. Freeman recognized that the Platte River proceedings were going to be historically significant. At the start, those proceedings were projected to last only three to four years. The negotiation process eventually took nearly fifteen years. He attended Platte River negotiating sessions as an impartial observer for more than ten years, observing and recording the positions and issues. Those sessions, as well as related interviews and secondary research, formed the information pool for his book Implementing the Endangered Species Act on the Platte Basin Water Commons (2010).

Extent

17.5 linear feet (36 document boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

David M. Freeman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. As part of his four-decade long career, Dr. Freeman began studying western water use in the 1980s, and began to focus specifically on the Platte River project in the late 1990s. The collection includes Dr. Freeman's research for Implementing the Endangered Species Act of the Platte Basin Water Commons (2010). Subject areas include the Platte River negotiations between Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the federal government, endangered species such as the whooping crane, the least tern, and the pallid sturgeon, the Endangered Species Act, water law, and sociology of water. Material types include book drafts, notes, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings, CDs, photographs, and various collected publications.

Arrangement

Dr. Freeman is a very organized researcher, and his collection was easily separated into three series. Dr. Freeman's original order was retained for the first two series. The remaining files were loosely grouped by state, entity, or topic; they formed the third series, which was reorganized into six subseries and subsequently alphabetized to facilitate researcher access.

The collection consists of 3 series in 36 boxes:

Series 1: Platte ESA book drafts, 2003-2009

Series 2: Platte ESA notebooks, 1996-2007

Series 3: Platte ESA reference materials, 1911-2011 and undated

Subseries 3.1: Background and environmental materials, 1933-2009 and undated

Subseries 3.2: MOA and Governance Committee, 1911-2010 and undated

Subseries 3.3: Federal, 1973-2009 and undated

Subseries 3.4: Colorado, 1938-2011 and undated

Subseries 3.5: Nebraska, 1943-2009 and undated

Subseries 3.6: Wyoming, 1991-2008

Acquisition

The Papers of David M. Freeman was donated to the Water Resources Archive by Dr. Freeman in January 2011.

Related Collections

The Water Resources Archive holds the Records of the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust. The Trust was also involved in negotiations about implementation of the Endangered Species Act on the Platte River. In addition, Special Collections holds a copy of Dr. Freeman's book.

Processing

Processing was completed in July 2012. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and reboxed. Acid-free paper was inserted to protect other documents from newspaper clippings. Paper clips, rubber bands, and rusted staples were removed. Series 3 was rearranged into six subseries to facilitate researcher access. Folders in each subseries of Series 3 were arranged alphabetically according to Dr. Freeman's original folder titles.

Title
Guide to the Papers of David M. Freeman
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Alan E. Barkley
Date
Copyright 2012
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