Agriculture College: Columbia Basin Project Records 1941-1968
Archives 193

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Agriculture College: Columbia Basin Project Records
ID
Archives 193
Date [inclusive]
1941-1968
General Physical Description note
40 folders  4 linear feet  2 containers
Abstract
Includes general correspondence, records on meetings, reports and committee activities; also records of investigations and general survey, etc.

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Organizational History:

The Columbia Basin Project was a vast effort of the United States government, authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act in 1935 and reauthorized by the Columbia Basin Project Act 1943. The Project aimed at transforming a vast area of dry, unproductive and thinly populated land in to a well-watered, highly productive and compactly populated region. The available materials show that the project started in 1941 with a series of investigations, estimates and research work that lasted into 1948. The participating agencies were: the Bureau of Reclamation, the State College of Washington, and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics.

It was not until the mid-1950s that large-scale settlement in the area began. In step with the development of the Basin area, irrigation and conservation projects were involved.

The records of WSU participation cover the period from 1941 to 1968.

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Arrangement note

The records are arranged in nine series held in two separate boxes. Box 1 contains Series One to Five; Box 2 contains Series Six to Nine.

Series One contains records on committee activities, arranged alphabetically. Series Two is general correspondence, arranged chronologically. Series Three contains records on meetings, reports and speeches, in alphabetical order. Series Four is general survey, alphabetically arranged. Series Five is entitled Land Purchase and Repayment, alphabetically arranged. Series Six contains reports in aphabetical order. Series Seven is comprised of investigations, arranged according to the years and issue numbers. Series Eight consists of general studies in alphabetical order. Series Nine contains miscellaneous items.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Records of the Washington State University College of Agriculture's involvement in the Columbia Basin Project were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries in 1974 (Accession Number UA84-34).

Processing Information note

The papers were arranged and described by Ling Jinqi in September, 1987.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Columbia Basin Groundwater Management Area--Research
  • Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)--History--Archives
  • Washington State University. College of Agriculture. Columbia Basin Project--Archives
  • Washington State University. College of Agriculture. Columbia Basin Project--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural development projects--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
  • Agriculture
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Irrigation
  • Irrigation projects--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 Committees, Columbia Basin: 

Box Folder

Advisory Committee on the alloction of construction charges -- Dept. of Interior 1946-1954 

1 1

Bureau of Reclamation - WSU Joint Committee 1950-1952 

1 2

Settlers' assistance 1952 

1 3

Settler assistance committee 1946-1958 

1 4

Settler assistance committee 1953-1963 

1 5

Tree Fruit Committee 1956-1958 

1 6

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 2 General Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1946-1956 

1 7

 1952-1956 

1 8

 1957-1959 

1 9

 1966 

1 10

 1958 

1 11

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 3 Meetings, Reports and Speeches 

Box Folder

Reports, and minutes of meetings 1951-1953 

1 13

Speeches presented before the Columbia Basin Interagency Committtee 1950 

1 14

Summary Report 1953 

1 15

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 4 General Survey 

Box Folder

Columbia Basin--An Assessment 1950-1958 

1 16

Columbia Basin--Farmers Handbook, [1952?] 

1 17

Research, investigation and extension work 1948-1958 

1 18

State lands in Columbia Basin 1966-1968 

1 19

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 5 Land Purchase and Repayment 

Box Folder

Land purchase for experimental work (WSU) 1954-1960 

1 20

Repayment problem 1961 

1 21

Repayment contracts 1960-1961 

1 22

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 6 Reports 

Columbia Basin Project: Development Farm Reports 

Box Folder

Vol. I Moses Lake Development Farm 1946-1948 

2 1

Vol. II Pasco Development Farm 1947-1949 

2 2

Vol. III Winchester Development Farm 1947-1949 

2 3

Vol. IV Moses Lake, Pasco, and Winchester Development Farms, 1950, Moses Lake Farm, 1949 

2 4

Vol. V Burke Development Farm 1950 

2 5

Vol. VI Moses Lake, Pasco, Winchester and Burke Development Farms 1951-1952 

2 6

Vol. VII Moses Lake, Winchester, Burke and Othello Development Farms 1953-1954 

2 7
Box Folder

Columbia River Basin Area: Agricultural Program Reports 1953 

2 8

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 7 Investigations, Columbia Basin : Joint Investigations 

Box Folder

I. Character and Scopes 

2 9

II. Farm Experience Studies 1941-1942 

2 9

Problems 2, 4 and 5 1945 

2 10

Problems 6, 7, 8 and 10 1945-1947 

2 11

Problems 13, 14, 17, 19, 21 and 23, 1945 

2 12

Problems 24, 25 and 26 1945 

2 13

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 8 General Studies 

Box Folder

Columbia Basin: General Studies 1948-1956 

2 14

Columbia Basin : Prospect for Development 1943-1948 

2 15

Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, Quincy District Appraisals 1950 

2 16

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 9 Miscellaneous Items 

Box Folder

Columbia Basin Irrigation Project 1948-1958 

2 17

Columbia Basin Interagency Committee, Minutes of Meetings 1951-1952 

2 18

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