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Papers of Ted C. Sheng

Identifier: WTCS

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Ted C. Sheng consists of documents dated 1989 to 2015. The collection contains a significant portion of Sheng's publications and presentations on watershed management and soil conservation planning and policy in emerging nations. These books, articles, lectures for international training courses, and CDs represent the culmination of Sheng's professional work. Two videotapes related to a watershed project in Taiwan document some of his earlier work. Sheng's biography and curriculum vitae are located at the beginning of the collection. Correspondence, lecture notes for courses at CSU, and manuscript materials, such as research files, data, and drafts, are not present. Sheng's important publications prior to 1992 are listed in this collection on page 2 of the folder, "Biography."


  • Creation: 1989-2015


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it 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.


Tse Cheng "Ted" Sheng was a professor in the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Earth Resources and an expert in international watershed management, especially in policy, education, and training. Sheng was born in Chiahsin (or Jiaxing), Chekiang (Zhejiang), China, on October 16, 1924. He relocated to Taiwan in 1947 after earning a degree in Soil and Agronomy from the National Chekiang (Zhejiang) University.

Sheng worked for the Taiwan Forest Bureau and Taiwan Tea Company for several years before taking a position with the Chinese-American Joint Committee on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR) in 1953. For 16 years, Sheng worked for the JCRR's soil conservation program as a planner and technical specialist.

While with the JCRR, Sheng met and worked with JCRR consultant and CSU Professor Robert E. Dils. Their relationship led Sheng to study at CSU's newly established Department of Watershed Science, and in 1966, he became the first Chinese person to earn a M.S. in Watershed Management at CSU.

Sheng returned to Taiwan and headed the nation's watershed program. He also helped establish the Department of Soil and Water Conservation at the National Chung Hsing University in central Taiwan and taught there as an associate professor.

Sheng left the JCRR in 1968 to work for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO stationed him in Jamaica, El Salvador, and Thailand and assigned him to assist many other emerging nations with watershed policy, planning, and training. Sheng's career also included international consulting work. Over the course of his career, the World Bank, Organization of American States, United Nations Development Program, and the U.S. Agency for International Development sponsored Sheng for short international missions to formulate new projects or to review and evaluate existing ones.

When Sheng retired from the FAO in 1984, CSU's Department of Watershed Science (later Department of Earth Resources) invited him to join the faculty and teach courses in international watershed management. He worked at CSU from 1984 to 1995 and then taught as an affiliated professor until 2014. Sheng served on committees for 28 masters and doctoral candidates; most students were from emerging nations.

While at CSU, Sheng also worked with Computer Assisted Development Inc. (CADI) as an international consultant to a dozen emerging nations. He conducted training courses and seminars in many countries, including Jamaica, El Salvador, Thailand, Taiwan, and Myanmar (Burma).

Sheng has received many professional honors. In 1991, the Soil and Water Conservation Society awarded him the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award, the society's most prestigious honor. CSU's Department of Earth Resources named him an Honored Professor in 1995. In 2015, he received the Chinese Soil and Water Conservation Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sheng was married and had two children. He wrote and published poetry under the nom de plume Hsia Ching. In the early 1950s, he was one of the founders of the Blue Stars Poetry Society in Taiwan. He has written fifteen volumes of poetry and five collections of essays, some of which are available at CSU's Morgan Library. Sheng died in October 2021.


1 linear foot (2 document boxes)

Language of Materials



Ted C. Sheng (b. 1924) is a retired professor from the Colorado State University Department of Earth Resources and an expert in international watershed management, especially in policy, education, and training. Sheng's career included serving as a leader of watershed management in Taiwan and as an expert consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as assisting with watershed programs in countries such as Jamaica, El Salvador, and Thailand. The collection contains a selection of Sheng's publications and presentations on watershed management and soil conservation. Material types include books, articles, lectures, videos, and CDs. A portion of the collection is digitized and online.


The materials arrived in rough chronological order and were arranged chronologically into one series.

The collection consists of 1 series in 2 boxes:

Series 1: Publications, 1989-2015


The Papers of Ted C. Sheng was donated to the Water Resources Archive by Dr. Sheng in April 2015. Two videotapes were added by Dr. Sheng in July 2016.

Online Materials

Some documents have been scanned, by either the donor or the Water Resources Archive, and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context. A portion of this collection's materials are available online, but due to copyright restrictions are not accessible through Colorado State University Libraries' website. In this document, the text "Access via publisher" links directly to an article or chapter's abstract and publisher's paywall.

Related Collections

The Papers of James R. Meiman include two publications by Ted C. Sheng, which have been made available through CSU Library's online repository.


Processing was completed in December 2015. Materials were placed in acid-free boxes. Individual articles and two CDs were placed in acid-free folders, and books were left unfoldered. Sticky notes used by the donor for inventory labelling were placed on acid-free paper and reinserted into books to mark chapter locations. The donor pursued copyright permission for all publications in the collection with partial success and provided electronic versions of several documents to be added to Colorado State University Libraries digital repository. Two videotapes were incorporated in August 2016.

Inventory Note

Authored articles, books, and studies are listed in bibliographic form.

Guide to the Papers of Ted C. Sheng
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Clarissa J. Trapp; revised by Patricia J. Rettig
Copyright 2016
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA