Guide to the Columbia Basin Development League Records 1965-1976
Cage 177

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Columbia Basin Development League
Columbia Basin Development League Records
Cage 177
Date [inclusive]
1700.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Newspaper clippings and news releases, photographs, some correspondence and minutes, and other papers of a non-profit corporation organized to encourage and promote the completion of the Columbia Basin Project, an irrigation effort in Central Washington.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 177, Columbia Basin Development League Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Columbia Basin Development League was organized in March, 1963 as the Basin Development Committee in an attempt to promote more orderly development of the Columbia Basic Project. There was a real fear that the project was dying for lack of federal interest. Statistics revealed that the annual appropriations for the project declined markedly from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. In addition there was a radical decline in water service to additional lands after 1955. The first officers of the Basin Development Committee, Dale Jeffries of Royal City, chairman, Paul Hamilton of Ephrata, secretary, and Logan Beam of Moses Lake, treasurer, attempted to reverse this decline through a local organization. The Basin Development Committee was reorganized in September, 1964, as the Columbia Basin Development League, a non-profit corporation. The incorporators were Ned Thomas, James H. Taylor, M. H. Cherf, Logan O. Beam, Willard F. Hess, Edward J. Emry, and Richard A. Leith. The organization consisted of a president, vice-president, treasurer, an executive committee of eight and a forty member board of trustees chosen by the membership. Thomas was elected first president. Other past presidents include Robert G. Allen (Pasco), E. Roy Mundy (Ephrata), and David A. Gallant (Pasco).

The stated goal of the organization is to promote the completion of the full 1,095,000 authorized acres of the Columbia Basin Project, thereby stimulating economic activity in the Columbia Basin and bringing increased prosperity to the residents.

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Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the records of the Columbia Basin Development League consist of newspaper clippings and press releases from the period June, 1965 through November, 1976. The majority of the newspaper cited are from the Columbia Basin area. In addition to the newspaper clippings the collection consists of: some general correspondence, minutes of meetings (executive, trustee and general), membership lists (1968), publications (such as "Economic impact statement of second Bacon siphon and tunnel," 1970) and some financial records (lists of businesses and services contacted for donations and a bank deposit book). Also included in the collection are many photographs.

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Arrangement note

The newspaper clippings are arranged alphabetically by subject. The order at the time of accessioning has not been disturbed. It is apparent, however, that this is not the original filing order. There is an office filing code with each subject heading; this original code has been included to give the researcher an indication of the original office filing order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1977
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Columbia Basin Development League of Ephrata, Washington were donated to the Washington State University Library in August, 1977 by Mr. Niel Johnson, an officer of the League (77-42).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Columbia Basin Development League --Archives
  • Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Johnson, Neil. waps


  • Irrigation
  • Irrigation -- Columbia River Valley
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Office Files 1945-1982 

Box Folder

News--Columbia Basin Project (General) (G2) January 1967-July 1970   63.0 items.

1 1

News--Columbia Basin Project, Current Construction and Planning (3rd Power House) (G3) October 1966-September 1970   153.0 items.

1 2

News--Crops and Production Information (G3A) October 1968-March 1971   20.0 items.

1 3

News--District Problems, Action, Officers, Takeover, etc. (G4) January 1968-April 1972   112.0 items.

1 4

News--Drainage Problems (G7) October 1966-April 1970   22.0 items.

1 5

News--Diversion, Central Arizona Project (D6) February 1967-February 1970   58.0 items.

1 6

News--Diversion (G5) June 1965-June 1970   85.0 items.

1 7

News--Environmental Aspects (G7A)   35.0 items.

1 8

News--Farm Policy (G8) January 1968-February 1971   9.0 items.

1 9

News--Industrial Developments in Basin (G10) January 1968-May 1970   86.0 items.

1 10

News--Hanford Reactor Closure 1971   28.0 items.

1 11

News--Food Surplus and Shortages (G9) August 1968 - January 1971   21.0 items.

1 12

News--Land Limitations (Land Use) (G11) March 1968-April 1970   53.0 items.

1 13

News--Irrigation Approaches (Methods--Organizations, etc.) (G10A) May 1964-June 1970   42.0 items.

1 14

News--Population Problems (G13A) March 1969-August 1970   22.0 items.

1 15

News--Recreation (G13) October 1967-June 1971   17.0 items.

1 16

News--Pesticides Mar-71   2.0 items.

1 17

News--New Land Inclusions (G12) October 1966-November 1969   23.0 items.

1 18

News--Legal Problems (G11A) September - October 1969   5.0 items.

2 19

News--Power Developments (G14) October 1968-July 1969   87.0 items.

2 20

News--Power Developments (G14) August 1969 - August 1970   100.0 items.

2 21

News--Water Development, General (G15) January 1968-June 1970   40.0 items.

2 22

Hot Water Irrigation Aug-69   18.0 items.

2 23

News--Warm Water Irrigation (G14A) September 1969-September 1970   7.0 items.

2 24

Power Parks July 1967-May 1970   85.0 items.

2 25

News--Water Development, Local (G16) January 1968-April 1970   80.0 items.

2 26

News--Water rationing (G17A) Sep-70   12.0 items.

2 27

News--Water and Air Pollution (G17) January 1968-September 1970   55.0 items.

2 28

News Releases October 1967-December 1972   140.0 items.

2 29

Photographs (G18)   60.0 items.

2 30

Photographs (G18)   72.0 items.

2 31

Fish and Wildlife Service (H5)   4.0 items.

3 32

Water Resources, Northwest and National (H9)   15.0 items.

3 33

Reclamation, General (H6)   11.0 items.

3 34

General correspondence, minutes, news releases, clippings and pamphlets September 1968-November 1976   50.0 items.

3 35

Business and Services listing   1.0 item.

3 36

Membership lists 21-May-68   3.0 items.

3 37

East and West Banks proposal for joint bulletin   8.0 items.

3 38

Economic impact statement of the second Bacon siphon and tunnel Apr-70   1.0 item.

3 39

The Million Acre Program   1.0 item.

3 40

Deposit receipt book, Security State Bank of Washington 11/26/65-4/29/66   1.0 item.

3 41

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