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Papers of E. Bruce Jones

 Collection
Identifier: WEBJ

Scope and Contents

The Papers of E. Bruce Jones consists of documents dated from 1955 to 2013, with the bulk falling from 1956 to 2000. The collection documents Jones' career as a consulting engineer focused on water and environmental projects in the western United States. He worked extensively on environmental cleanups, including on Rocky Mountain Arsenal groundwater issues, and assisted in developing the airborne passive gamma snow measurement system. The collection also captures some of his early life in the Army and as a graduate student. The main subjects documented include remote sensing, snowpack and snowmelt, weather modification, groundwater, and environmental cleanups. Locations chiefly include Colorado and Wyoming but also extend to Utah and California. Predominant material types include correspondence, notebooks, data, reports, presentations, publications, and aerial photographs. The collection also includes personal materials such as resumes, appointment books and calendars, and graduate school notes and reports.

Dates

  • Creation: 1955-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1956-2000

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

E. Bruce Jones had a long and varied career as a consulting engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. His areas of focus included surface and groundwater hydrology, remote sensing, water rights, snow hydrology, and weather modification. His accomplishments included assisting in the development of a method for using airborne surveys of terrestrial gamma radiation to measure water in snowpack.

Everett Bruce Jones was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Donald and Muriel (Gwynn) Jones on September 23, 1933. The family moved to Wyoming in 1940. Jones earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1955, an M.S. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in watershed management from Colorado State University in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1955 to 1957.

At the start of his career, Jones served as assistant chief and then chief of water development for the Wyoming Natural Resource Board (1959-1961). Between 1965 and 1968, he worked as both assistant director of the Institute for Research on Land and Water Resources and assistant professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. In 1970, he held a temporary position as associate professor of watershed management at CSU.

For the bulk of his career, Jones developed, managed, and supervised water resources and environmental projects with multiple engineering firms. From 1969 to 1970, he was coordinator for water resources at EG&G in Boulder, where he assisted with the development of an airborne passive gamma snow measurement system, sponsored by the National Weather Service, to measure the amount of water in snowpack. During this time, Jones also conducted work related to weather modification and remote sensing and served as an expert witness in Colorado and Wyoming for cases related to water rights.

From 1970 to 1987, Jones was vice president, president, and then chairman of the Board of Directors of Resource Consultants, Inc. (formerly M. W. Bittinger & Associates) in Fort Collins. There he supervised projects on surface and groundwater studies in connection with water rights, mountain hydrology, and snow hydrology. He also worked on early plans for a water management program for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal site for the U.S. Army and Department of Justice. From 1987 to 1988, Jones worked for Environmental Services and Engineering, Inc., in Englewood, Colorado. There he continued work at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which included an investigation of the site's contaminated groundwater.

Jones concluded his career with positions at Bishop-Brogden Associates (1988-1990), Groundwater Technology (1990-1991), and Jacobs Engineering Group (1991-1994). He retired in 1994 and moved to Wyoming, but occasionally worked for Holm Blough and Company after that. Jones authored and co-authored dozens of publications on subjects such as interstate aquifers, management and administration of groundwater, precipitation augmentation, weather modification, snowmelt and snowpack, and more.

Bruce Jones met Minnie Margie Raben during their time at the University of Wyoming, and they married on May 27, 1956. They had two children, Elizabeth and Janet. Jones died on May 19, 2013.

Extent

18 linear feet (11 record cartons; 1 flat box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

E. Bruce Jones (1933-2013) spent most of his career working as a consulting engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. His areas of focus included surface and groundwater hydrology, remote sensing, water rights, snow hydrology, and weather modification. He spent many years as president of Resource Consultants (formerly M. W. Bittinger and Associates) in Fort Collins and later as senior engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group in Denver. He worked extensively on environmental cleanups, including on Rocky Mountain Arsenal groundwater issues, and assisted in developing the airborne passive gamma snow measurement system. His collection documents his work through resumes, correspondence, notebooks, data, reports, presentations, publications, and aerial photographs.

Arrangement

The collection had some loose groupings, so those were used to arrange materials as 5 series in 12 boxes:

Series 1: Personal materials, 1955-2013 and undated

Series 2: Professional files, 1956-2005 and undated

Series 3: EBJ publications, 1959-2006 and undated

Series 4: Reference materials, 1956-2003 and undated

Series 5: Photographs, 1974-1980 and undated

Acquisition

The Papers of E. Bruce Jones was donated to the Water Resources Archive by Margie Jones in March 2015.

Processing

Processing was completed in May 2024. Loose items were inserted in acid-free folders. Some existing folders were replaced. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips as necessary. Some inconsequential work files, duplicates, photocopies, and blank papers were removed, as were most floppy disks. Materials that appeared to have attorney-client confidentiality were removed. Where materials appeared to relate to Jones' service as an expert witness, only documentation showing his contributions were retained, not all the court documents. Slides were re-sleeved and photographs that were loose or in large envelopes were foldered. Photographs and negatives from NASA and other unidentified photographic materials were not retained. Materials were arranged into series.

Inventory Note

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.

Title
Guide to the Papers of E. Bruce Jones
Status
Completed
Author
Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig, Lauren Oliver, and Cameron Kacsh
Date
Copyright 2024
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

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