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Ival V. Goslin Water Resources Collection

Identifier: WIVG

Scope and Contents

The Ival V. Goslin collection consists of documents dated 1907 to 2004, with the bulk of the material falling from 1960 to 1991. Most of the collection relates to Ival Goslin's career in water resources, including documents from various employers throughout his career and his involvement with water organizations. Subjects relate to water resources in the Upper Colorado River Basin region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The collection includes feasibility studies for potential water projects in Colorado, reports and legal papers relating to the filling of Lake Powell and the protection of Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Arizona and Utah, correspondence, memoranda, and legislative drafts regarding the Animas-La Plata Project and the Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988. The collection also contains documents relating to Ival's personal life and his wife, Marcelyn. A large number of slides are included in the collection, with subjects relating to his professional career and personal life. Other materials include books, news clippings, newsletters, speeches, published articles, videos, photographs, and artifacts.


  • Creation: 1907-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1991


Restrictions on Access

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.


Ival V. Goslin served a key role in the development of water resources in Colorado, specifically, and the Upper Colorado River basin, more broadly. He was born in Pullman, Washington, on May 7, 1911, and died in Grand Junction, Colorado, on June 15, 1991. He began his education at the University of Oregon from 1929-1930 and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Utah University in 1931 and 1935, respectively. Goslin attended the University of Idaho for postgraduate studies from 1940 to 1942, and, subsequently, received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1944 from Utah State University.

In 1939, Goslin began his career in water resources as a hydrographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, working until 1943 in Idaho and Wyoming on the Snake River and its diversion canals and tributaries. Promoted by the U.S.G.S. to Assistant Project Engineer from 1943 until 1945, Goslin conducted hydrological studies of the Bear River in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

From 1946 to 1952, Goslin served as General Manager of Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Company, one of Idaho's largest irrigation companies. During this time (1948-1950), he was a member of the Snake River Compact Commission (Wyoming and Idaho) and an original member of the Columbia River Compact Commission (1950-1952). He served as Chairman of the Upper Snake River Valley Water Users Protective Association and Vice Chairman of the Snake River Committee of Nine (an advisory committee).

From 1953 through 1979, Goslin worked for the Upper Colorado River Commission in Grand Junction and Salt Lake City, serving as Assistant Chief Engineer (1953-1955), Acting Secretary (1955), and Executive Secretary (1955-1979). He was responsible for administering the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact for the States of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

In 1963, Ival Goslin married Marcelyn Bridal. From 1979 to 1982, Goslin served as a water resources consultant for Western Engineers, Inc. He consulted on conservancy and recreational access issues for Jerry Creek Reservoirs.

For over 30 years, Goslin worked closely with Congressman Wayne N. Aspinall, who was Chairman of the House Interior Committee, as well as with other members of Congress, their staffs, and committees of Congress, in matters related to water development, land resources, and protection of the environment.

Goslin was one of the primary developers of the repayment formula and plan for the Colorado River Storage Project, using basin fund revenues in the Participating Projects Act. As a result of this work, Goslin developed extensive knowledge in complex water project funding. He was also involved in obtaining Congressional authorization and appropriations, as well as planning and development, of water projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin, including Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Curecanti, Fryingpan Arkansas, the Utah Project, and the Central Arizona Project.

From 1982 to 1985, Goslin served as the first Executive Director of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. From 1985 until his death in 1991, he continued as a special consultant to the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. In this capacity he led the negotiations with members of Congress, Indian Tribes and various representatives of Colorado's water community that resulted in the Indian Water Rights Settlement and Cost Sharing Agreements for the Animas-La Plata Project.

In 1981, the Colorado Water Congress honored Ival V. Goslin with the Wayne N. Aspinall Water Leader of the Year Award. Goslin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Water Resource Congress in 1981, and was a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Works Association. He was a member of the Colorado Water Congress, the National Rifle Association, and the American Public Works Association. He was affiliated with the Masons and the Shriners.


As settlers moved to Colorado in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they recognized the need to store water during times of plenty (e.g., spring runoff) for use later in the summer when water availability was not sufficient to support crops. During early settlement, many small dams and irrigation projects were financed and constructed by local irrigation companies. As people continued to settle in Colorado, the need for irrigation water grew to where the size of the water projects needed exceeded the ability of local irrigation companies to finance and construct the projects. Thus, in 1902, with creation of the forerunner of the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal government became a partner with state water leaders and local farmers in constructing water projects to store and distribute irrigation water.

The Bureau of Reclamation established a process whereby it developed the background information needed to plan and fund new water projects. This process operated until the late 1970s when President Jimmy Carter produced the water project "hit list" -- a list of projects in the planning and design stage targeted for no further federal funding.

The apparent exit of the federal government as a partner in planning and building water projects in the West concerned many water users in Colorado. There was a strong feeling that Colorado needed to continue to plan for future water projects if sufficient water was to be available to support Colorado's population and economic growth. In response to the federal government no longer funding the design and construction of water projects, the Colorado legislature created the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority in 1981.

The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority was created to "initiate, acquire, construct, maintain, repair, and operate projects or cause the same to be operated pursuant to a lease, sublease, or other agreement with any person or governmental agency and may issue its bonds and notes payable solely from revenues to pay the cost of such projects." The Authority used this directive by the Colorado Legislature to conduct feasibility studies on various water resource projects and basin-wide studies in the 1980s. In 1988, the Authority's statute was expanded to incorporate the funding of wastewater treatment projects by creating the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to make loans from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants under the federal Clean Water Act of 1987. In 1989, the Authority's statute was again revised to give the Authority's Board of Directors sole responsibility for funding projects of $10 million or less. (In 1998 this was expanded to projects of $25 million or less.) In late 1989, it was clear that the Authority had changed directions from conducting water project feasibility studies to creating and implementing financing programs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Drinking Water Revolving Fund was created in 1995 in anticipation of the re-authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act. (The Safe Drinking Water Act was re-authorized in August 1996 and also provided EPA grants to the Authority to make loans.) As of June 2001, the Authority had executed over $695 million in loans under these programs.

In addition to the financing programs mentioned above, the Authority was heavily involved with the federal Animas-La Plata Project in southwestern Colorado. In 1985, Ival Goslin retired as executive director, but was retained as the Authority's consultant and representative to assist the state in negotiating the Agreement-in-Principle (1986) with the Colorado Ute Indian tribes, state of New Mexico, and the federal government. In addition, Goslin assisted the state in negotiating the Animas-La Plata Project cost-sharing agreement (1986) with New Mexico and the federal government. In 1989, the Authority placed $30 million in escrow to be used in constructing the Animas-La Plata Project. In December 2000, Congress approved funding for a much smaller project.

The Authority has contributed other funds to state activities. The first contribution was the funding and construction of the satellite-monitoring network in the mid-1980s. The Authority expended over $2.3 million for 160 stream gaging sites that would electronically send stream flow information via satellite to a central computer system at the Division of Water Resources. Upon the completion of these sites, the Authority donated the system to the Division of Water Resources. In addition, in 1999, the Authority contributed $2.4 million to the Species Conservation Trust Fund, a fund set up to promote the conservation of native species.

Since 1990, the Authority's mission has been to provide an economical source of capital to cities, towns, districts and counties for financing water and wastewater infrastructure.

Executive directors have been: Ival V. Goslin (1982-1985), Uli Kappus (1985-1989), Daniel L. Law (1990-2010), and Michael Brod (2010-2020).


78.5 linear feet (53 record cartons, 1 document box, 5 photo boxes, 7 flat boxes, 7 giant boxes, 25 tubes)

Language of Materials



For over 50 years, Ival V. Goslin (1911-1991) worked in water resources. This collection contains records from throughout his career. The bulk of the collection contains records from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority where Goslin served as the first executive director and later as a consultant. The Authority (est. 1981) has conducted water project feasibility studies and created and implemented financing programs for water and wastewater infrastructures. The collection includes considerable basic engineering, environmental, hydrologic, and economic data surrounding water planning in the 1980s. Records from Goslin's career at the Upper Colorado River Commission and Western Engineers, Inc. are also included. Common subjects are the filling of Lake Powell and the effects on Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the recreational use of Jerry Creek Reservoirs. Materials include correspondence, newsletters, reports, legislative drafts, news clippings, speeches, books, pamphlets, slides, photographs, videos, and artifacts. A portion of the collection is digitized and online.


The materials in Series 1, the original collection, were maintained in original order, grouped by project. Additional materials received were sorted and arranged into appropriate new series.

The collection consists of 7 series in 66 boxes and various tubes and oversize boxes.

Series 1: Water project planning studies, 1907-1991 and undated

Subseries 1.1: Lemon Dam/Turkey Creek Project, 1960-1986

Subseries 1.2: St. Vrain Basin, 1967-1986

Subseries 1.3: Cache la Poudre, 1981-1991

Subseries 1.4: Joint-Use Reservoir and Green Mountain Exchange Projects, 1937-1987

Subseries 1.5: San Luis Valley Confined Aquifer Study, 1971-1987

Subseries 1.6: Cherry Creek Water Resources Project, 1937-1988

Subseries 1.7: Clear Creek Project, 1948-1991

Subseries 1.8: Fraser River Basin, 1907-1989

Subseries 1.9: Upper Gunnison - Uncompahgre Basin, 1948-1991

Subseries 1.10: Miscellaneous maps and posters, 1974 and undated

Series 2: Papers, speeches, and seminars, 1960-1985 and undated

Series 3: Professional papers, 1940-1990 and undated

Subseries 3.1: Upper Colorado River Commission, 1940-1985 and undated

Subseries 3.2: Western Engineers, 1966, 1977-1985 and undated

Subseries 3.3: Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, 1980-1990 and undated

Subseries 3.4: Other, 1936-1991 and undated

Series 4: Personal papers, 1941-2000 and undated

Series 5: Printed materials, 1921, 1946-1991 and undated

Series 6: Visual materials, 1937, 1952-2004 and undated

Subseries 6.1: Slides, 1952-1989

Subseries 6.2: Photographs and negatives, 1937, 1955-2004

Subseries 6.3: Videos, 1989-2000

Series 7: Artifacts, 1934-1991 and undated


The reports, maps, data, and operational papers contained in the Goslin Collection were held by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority until November 18, 1998, when they were transferred to the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute (CWRRI). CWRRI maintained the collection until 2001 when the Colorado State University Libraries initiated development of a water archive. CWRRI transferred the collection to Morgan Library on April 26, 2001.

An additional donation to the collection was made in June 2002 by Marcelyn B. Goslin. These materials, all by Ival Goslin, were added as Series 2: Papers, Speeches, and Seminars. A third donation was received in July 2006 from the estate of Marcelyn Goslin. These materials were added as a portion of Series 2 and as Series 3 through 7.

Online Materials

Some materials 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.


The Goslin Collection arrived in a dozen large transfer cases, 25 map tubes, and assorted oversized packages, some of the containers having lists of contents. After the transfer cases were numbered in order by date and topic, the contents of each were divided into four or five standard record center cartons.

Photocopies of the lists of contents provided worksheets for documenting the location of the contents of the transfer cases as they were divided into 50 record center cartons. Staff members itemized the contents in original order. Following the box inventory, the maps and other oversized documents that accompanied each project were examined. Oversized documents were placed in custom-made boxes.

Maps are inventoried according to their original arrangement and any accompanying original documentation. All dimensions are to the next largest inch. Individual maps are described as items if there are fewer than ten maps in a tube. Where there are ten or more maps per tube, each map set is described as a single group with its contents counted. Dimensions given are for the largest item in the group.

The items forming Series 2 were placed in acid-free folders in chronological order. The finding aid was revised for this addition by Patricia J. Rettig in 2003.

All diskettes in the collection were copied onto a compact disc by Shirley Miller of the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute during Summer 2002. The diskettes were not returned to the collection. The CD was placed in box 17, where the bulk of the diskettes had been filed.

The third donation to the collection arrived in 21 boxes and two oversized packages. These items form Series 3 through 7, added to the collection in a finding aid revised by Angeline Allen in 2007. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and rehoused in record center cartons. All metal clips were replaced with archival plastic clips. When not in bulk, news clippings were photocopied. VHS tapes were placed in archival cases. Speeches loose in boxes were removed and interfiled in Series 2. Folders with similar names and similar contents were interfiled. Duplicate records were discarded. Oversized items and artifacts were placed in custom-made boxes.

Slides were removed from slide carousels, cardboard slide boxes, and a metal slide container and rehoused in archival slide sleeves and acid-free three-ring boxes. Tourist landmark slides relating to the East Coast and Washington, D.C., were removed from the collection. Written indexes included with the slide carousels were discarded. Photographs not included in published reports were removed from their original location and placed in archival photograph sleeves and in acid-free folders. A box of photography equipment was discarded.

Subseries selected for digitization in 2018 were weeded of general photocopies and government documents and boxes were condensed. There is now no box 24, 40, 41, 42, or 49.

Inventory Note

Note: Wording of titles may be truncated or otherwise edited for clarity without the insertion of ellipses. Supplied information is bracketed. Authored articles, maps, or studies are listed in bibliographic form. 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. Dissimilar copies of the same item are listed separately. Map dimensions are given in inches.

Guide to the Ival V. Goslin Water Resources Collection
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Linda C. McGehee and John Newman; Revised by Patricia J. Rettig, 2018
Copyright 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA