Papers of David M. Freeman
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.
- Creation: 1911-2011
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1990-2011
- Freeman, David M. (Person)
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.
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).
17.5 linear feet (36 document boxes)
Language of Materials
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.
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
The Papers of David M. Freeman was donated to the Water Resources Archive by Dr. Freeman in January 2011.
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.
Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Estimated paginationis preceded by an "e." Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by thephrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of eachcopy.
- United States. Dept. of the Interior. (Organization)
- United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973. (Organization)
- Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (U.S.) (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Endangered species -- Law and legislation -- South Platte River Watershed (Colo. and Neb.)
- Fisheries law and legislation -- South Platte River Watershed (Colo. and Neb.)
- Wildlife conservation -- Law and legislation -- South Platte River Watershed (Colo. and Neb.)
- Guide to the Papers of David M. Freeman
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Alan E. Barkley
- Copyright 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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