Papers of the National Water Resources Association
Scope and Contents
The Papers of the National Water Resources Association includes documents from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the personal files of J. R. Barkley while he served on the National Reclamation Association (1934-1969), the National Water Resources Association (1970-1974), the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy Board (1937-1942), and various other water-related committees. The chronological section of the main portion of this guide shows the development of the National Water Resources Association from 1932 to 1974. Additional miscellaneous folders, originally filed separately from the National Reclamation Association, are arranged alphabetically. The use and allotment of water in the western United States, and Colorado in particular, are well documented in this collection. The collection contains newspaper clippings, early photocopies, smudging carbon and pencil copies, and low-grade paper.
- National Water Resources Association (U.S.) (Organization)
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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 National Water Resources Association is comprised of the water users of seventeen western states. It was known as the National Reclamation Association from 1932 until 1970. The Association currently publishes a biennial National Water Resources Association Directory, a monthly magazine National Waterline, and a biweekly Water Report.
The National Reclamation Association published the Proceedings starting in 1932. Its title has varied slightly through the years, being called the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting and Proceedings of the Annual Convention and Compendium.
Water Life, the monthly publication of the Association, was issued under several titles including Reclamation Facts in 1936; Reclamation News from 1937 to October 1969 (also called Bulletin of News Bulletin 1937-Aug 1951); National Reclamation Association Bulletin until 1969; Reclamation News, in 1969; Water Resources News in 1969-1970; became National Waterlife in 1976; and is continued by National Water Line.
According to Ian Lyle, current Executive Vice President of the National Water Resources Association, the Association keeps past issues of its publications but does not maintain an archive of historical information. The Association's offices are located at 4 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
J. R. "Bob" Barkley was born in Denver, Colorado, on January 4, 1910. He obtained his B.S. in Civil and Irrigation Engineering from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1932 and became a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. In 1974 he received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from his alma mater. He has been associated with water conservation efforts in Colorado for many years. He guided the Colorado-Big Thompson Project construction from its early stages to completion and full operation.
Barkley played an important role in the development of allotment contract procedures, rules, and policies regarding water use today. For example, he helped implement a system of water allocation based on exchanges among users for the Colorado-Big Thompson project water.
Barkley was a leader in the field of water resources on the national level. He served as the Colorado Director of the National Water Resources Association from 1966 to 1974. In 1974, he became the president of the National Water Resources Association. As chair of the Colorado River Advisory Committee, he negotiated the Colorado River Storage Project Act. This Act eventually resulted in the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Curecanti Dam, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and the Dolores Project.
He was one of the organizers and a past chair of the Colorado Water Congress. He served as president of the Four States Irrigation Council, which awarded him its Headgate Award in 1974.
A long-standing relationship between the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Colorado State University was established because of Barkley's close association with CSU president Dr. Charles Lory.
7.5 linear feet (5 record cartons)
Language of Materials
The National Water Resources Association (NWRA) is comprised of the water users of seventeen western states. It was known as the National Reclamation Association from 1932 until 1970. J. R. "Bob" Barkley served as the Colorado Director of the NWRA from 1966 to 1974, when he became its president. The collection includes papers from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy Board and the personal files of Barkley while he served on the National Reclamation Association (1934-1969), the NWRA (1970-1974), the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy Board (1937-1942), and other water-related committees. Document types include meeting minutes, photographs, publicity, speeches, reports, periodicals, correspondence, and memoranda.
The collection consists of 4 series in 5 boxes. Within the series the folders are organized: annual meeting programs, publications and information; business of the Association, including budgets, committee lists, quota statements, minutes of meetings, and photographs; legislation and federal government information; publicity and news releases; speeches and reprints of the Association; reports, speeches, reprints, and official publications of other groups and individuals; periodicals; miscellaneous correspondence and memoranda.
Series 1: National Reclamation Association, 1932-1969
Series 2: National Water Resources Association, 1970-1974
Series 3: Miscellaneous folders of the National Reclamation Association, 1946-1969
Series 4: Proceedings of the National Reclamation Association, 1932-1968
J. R. Barkley donated his National Water Resources Association papers to the Colorado State University Libraries in 1992. The collection remained in its original organization from 1997 until 2001 when the Water Resources Archive added it.
Some folders have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.
When the collection was transferred to the Water Resources Archive, the finding aid was scanned into a computer, as the original disk was not available, and altered according to a template.
- Guide to the Papers of the National Water Resources Association
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by Elizabeth A. Fuseler; Revised by Cynthia Rand; Revised by Patricia J. Rettig
- Copyright 2019
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- Finding aid written in English.
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