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Papers of Charles W. Howe

 Collection
Identifier: WHAD

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Charles W. Howe consists of documents dated 1942 to 2017, with the bulk falling from 1971 to 2015. The collection consists of notes, correspondence, background documents, and some photographs, all related primarily to projects he was involved with in the 1970s and 1980s, both in the United States and overseas. He provided assistance and testimony in two legal cases documented here, El Paso v. New Mexico and the Pecos River Compact (Texas v. New Mexico). He also consulted on a number of international projects, including those in Gambia, Botswana, and Kenya and Senegal, documented here. His service on Boulder's Water Resources Advisory Board is documented through agendas, minutes, emails, and supporting materials. Additional assorted project files, publications, and professional correspondence are also included.

Dates

  • 1942-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1971-2015

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. All "confidential" markings on correspondence or other materials have been determined to be for administrative purposes, not national security information; therefore, these materials are open for access. However, 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

Charles W. Howe, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Colorado Boulder and director emeritus and faculty research associate at the Environment and Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder, has focused his research on environmental and natural resource economics with emphasis on water resources, including water resources development, water rights, and river basin and watershed management.

Howe was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 28, 1931. He received his B.A. in economics from Rice University in 1952, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, in 1955 and 1959 respectively. Howe taught at Purdue University between 1958 and 1964 and then moved to the Water Resources Program at the Resources for the Future. He began his work at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1970 and served as chairman of the Economics Department from 1972 to 1976.

He frequently contributed his expertise in water issues as a consultant in the United States and overseas. Howe provided assistance and testimony in two legal cases documented here, El Paso v. New Mexico and the Pecos River Compact (Texas v. New Mexico). He also consulted on a number of international projects, including those in Gambia, Botswana, and Kenya and Senegal. Howe served on the Water Resources Advisory Board for the City of Boulder from 2009 to 2014.

Howe's awards have included the the Icko Iben Award (1994) and the Warren A. Hall Medal (2003). Howe married JoAnne Blanke in 1952, and they have four children.

Extent

18.25 linear feet (11 record cartons, 4 document boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Charles W. Howe (b. 1931), professor emeritus of economics at the University of Colorado Boulder and director emeritus and faculty research associate at the Environment and Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder, has focused his research on environmental and natural resource economics with emphasis on water resources, including water resources development, water rights, and river basin and watershed management. He frequently contributed his expertise in water issues as a consultant in the United States and overseas. Howe provided assistance and testimony in two legal cases, El Paso v. New Mexico and the Pecos River Compact (Texas v. New Mexico), the latter came before the Supreme Court. He also consulted on a number of international projects, including those in Gambia, Botswana, and Kenya, and served on the Water Resources Advisory Board in Boulder. The collection contains papers, background material, and publications related to this work, including transcripts and other information from the legal cases, and a set of correspondence.

Arrangement

The materials in the collection were roughly grouped by project, which were made into series. Further rearrangement was minimal, with the exception of creating subseries within two of the larger series.

The collection consists of 11 series in 15 boxes:

Series 1: El Paso v. New Mexico, 1967-1988 and undated

Series 2: Pecos River Compact, 1942-1998 and undated

Subseries 2.1: General information, 1942-1998 and undated

Subseries 2.2: Supreme Court documentation, transcripts/testimony, 1942-1989 and undated

Subseries 2.3: Reference documents, 1959-1989 and undated

Series 3: Governor's Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), 1983-1987 and undated

Series 4: Gambia River Basin Development, 1980-1988 and undated

Subseries 4.1: Background information, 1981-1987 and undated

Subseries 4.2: Publications, 1980-1988 and undated

Series 5: Botswana water resources planning, 1967-1977 and undated

Series 6: UNDP [United Nations Development Programme]: Tana River Basin Project, 1971-1986 and undated

Series 7: Senegal River Basin, 1968-1987 and undated

Series 8: World Bank multi-purpose project, 1975-1996 and undated

Series 9: Water Resources Advisory Board, 1991-2015

Series 10: Other projects and publications, 1966-2005

Series 11: Correspondence, 1971-2017

Acquisition

The Papers of Charles W. Howe was acquired by the Colorado State University Libraries in 2003 from Charles W. Howe. He added some publications and project files in 2009 and 2014, his Water Resources Advisory Board files in 2016, and his professional correspondence in 2017.

Separated Collections

The Papers of Charles W. Howe was received together with the Papers of Robert K. Davis as one collection. The Davis papers were separated and the collections processed as distinct units.

Processing

Processing was completed in August 2006 and included removal of all metal spring clips and rubber bands. Photographs were placed in protective sleeves and duplicates of documents with more than two copies were removed from the collection. The collection was housed in acid-free folders and boxes. The 2016 donation was processed in August 2016 and consisted of the same actions above. The 2009, 2014, and 2017 accessions were processed in March 2021 and consisted of the same actions as above. Additionally, materials written by Howe and items pertaining to projects he was involved in were retained, while general reference materials were removed. The correspondence was also screened for confidential documents related to students, peer reviews, and tenure reviews, along with materials protected by non-disclosure agreements. All such items were removed.

Title
Guide to the Papers of Charles W. Howe
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Holley R. Lange; revised by Patricia J. Rettig and Taylor Schulze
Date
Copyright 2021
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