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L.M. Winsor papers, 1912-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Winsor, L. M. (Luther Martin), 1884-1968
Title
L.M. Winsor papers
Dates
1912-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
16 boxes, (7.75 linear ft. )
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 98
Summary
Consists of personal and job-related photographs and published and unpublished essays from his work as an irrigation engineer, much of which focused on flood control. Most of the essays are typed reports to government agencies.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Luther M. Winsor, born in Hebron, Utah on January 21, 1884, spent his whole life working with water, irrigation, and flood control. With his experience and expertise he was appointed to governmental positions, on both the state and national level, and he also served as a specialist to private companies. The bulk of his work with irrigation and flood control kept him in Utah, but he also studied and developed water programs in Chile, Iran, Canada, and much of the western United States.

His early life in Hebron, Washington County, consisted of learning first-hand about irrigation, masonry, and railroad surveying. In 1904 he registered at Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan. From the outset of his education he focused on studying irrigation. For seven years he not only continued his studies in college, but he also gained valuable field experience such as working under the State Engineer in Logan measuring water levels in canals and studying water use in crop production with an appointment from the United States Division of Irrigation Investigations. In 1911 he became the first person in Utah to receive a degree in Irrigation Engineering. In 1926 Winsor earned a Masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Winsor held an extensive and varied array of positions, most of which were concerned with irrigation and flood control. Shortly after he received his degree, Winsor became the first County Agent in the West and served posts in the Uintah Basin and in Colorado, but returned to Utah in 1913 to serve as Irrigation Specialist, a position he held for more than 20 years. It was in this capacity that he assisted in analyzing floods and developed the barrier system of flood control, in which debris is channeled away from flood waters.

Besides assisting in many flood control projects in Utah, in 1918 Winsor was called upon by the American Smelting and Refining Company to investigate irrigation and, as a result, increase food production for the company's copper mine camp in northern Chile. He would also assist the company on future projects in Garfield, Utah and Black Lake, Quebec.

The project that Winsor himself deemed most important was his work in Iran under appointment from the President of the United States in the early 1940s. In Iran he served as Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture. Winsor spent almost five years in the Middle East working with irrigation problems.

L.M. Winsor's varied career as an Irrigation Engineer is difficult to summarize. He extensively published the results from the many projects he assisted on or developed. On January 18, 1968 Winsor passed away. His groundbreaking work set the pace for flood control and irrigation in many areas of the West, especially Utah.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The L.M. Winsor collection consists of personal and job-related photographs and published and unpublished essays from his work as Irrigation Engineer. Most of the essays are typed reports to government agencies. The first three boxes of the collection house these reports with the reports on his work in Iran located in Box 15.

The photographs in this collection are mounted on sheets of paper with hand written captions accompanying most of them, and are grouped into related topics as outlined in the register. The photographs themselves can be separated into two types: personal and job-related. Box 4 Folders 1-6 contains the personal photographs, while the remainder of the collection consists of job-related pictures.

There is also a separate L.M. Winsor photographic collection (P0343) which houses about 800 negatives and prints.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the L.M. Winsor papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

L.M. Winsor papers, 1912-1964. (COLL MSS 98). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Reports, Published and Unpublished EssaysReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Effect of consolidation of related irrigation enterprises on the utilization of water resources (version 1) Click to Access  
Circa 1926
1 2
Effect of consolidation of related irrigation enterprises on the utilization of water resources (version 2) Click to Access  
Circa 1926
1 3
Irrigation system maps sketches and charts Click to Access  
Circa 1926
1 4
What shall be done with the remnants of the public domain? report Click to Access  
Typescript report
Circa 1923
1 5
Bibliography of literature pertaining to management and utilization of the public domain Click to Access  
Circa 1923
1 6
Control of floods in mountain streams Click to Access  
Typescript report and holograph
Circa 1931
1 7
The barrier system of flood control Click to Access  
Typescript report and photographs
Circa 1954
1 8
Covering investigations relative to proposed irrigation expansion in Silver Creek Valley, Arizona Click to Access  
Typescript reports, maps and photographs
1928
1 9
Canal management and use of water in irrigation studies of East Millard Canal, Utah and Silver Creek Valley, Arizona Click to Access  
1921
1 10
Correspondence on the Winsor Diversion Dam Click to Access  
Circa 1937
1 11
Reports on and sketches of dam structures in Utah and California Click to Access  
Typescript, holograph and photos
Circa 1930
1 12
Utah Lake diking problem, report of investigations (version 1 - signed) Click to Access  
Typescript, clippings and photographs
Circa 1947
1 13
Utah Lake diking problem, report of investigations (version 2) Click to Access  
Circa 1947
1 14
Los Angeles County Flood Control basins Click to Access  
1934
1 15
Five Mile Gulch erosion control correspondence Click to Access  
Holograph and transcript
1954
1 16
Flood control work at Mt. Pleasant Click to Access  
Transcript report with photographs and news clippings
Circa 1947
2 1
Summary of Cooperative irrigation studies and demonstrations in Utah during the period of July 1922 to December 1924 Click to Access  
1925
2 2
Report covering cooperative irrigation work in Utah, by L. M. Winsor, copy 2 Click to Access  
Typescript, maps and photographs
1922
2 3
Report covering cooperative irrigation work in Utah, by L. M. WinsorClick to Access  
1922
2 4
Irrigation activities report, UtahClick to Access  
1923
2 5
Summary of irrigation activities in UtahClick to Access  
1923
2 6
Photographic summary to accompany annual report of co-operative irrigation activities in the state of Utah during the year 1923, copy 2 Click to Access  
1922-1923
2 7
Map of Ashley Valley, Uintah County, Utah, showing ownership plats, canals and laterals
1920-1921
2 8
Annual Report covering cooperative irrigation activities in the state of Utah Click to Access  
Typescript report with photographs
1924
2 9
Annual Report covering cooperative irrigation activities in the state of Utah, 1924, copy 2 Click to Access  
1924
2 10
Garfield Smelter and flood control report by L. M. Winsor Click to Access  
Typescript report with photographs
1927
2 11
Experience Summary of L. M. Winsor in handling water and related problems Click to Access  
Typescript and photographs
1950s
2 12
Experience Summary of L. M. Winsor in handling water and related problems, copy 2 Click to Access  
1950s
2 13
Correspondence and report to W. W. McLaughlin Click to Access  
1933
3 1
Master Storm drainage study of Salt Lake county Click to Access  
1964 June 1
3 2
Basis of Jordan River design, chapter 3 Click to Access  
1964
3 3
Basis of storm drainage design, Chapter 4 Click to Access  
1964
3 4
Existing storm drainage facilities, Chapter 5 Click to Access  
1964
3 5
Proposed drainage improvements, Chapter 6 Click to Access  
1964
3 6
Proposed drainage improvements, second half of Chapter 6 Click to Access  
1964
3 7
Chapters 7, 8, and Appendix of Winsor report Click to Access  
1964
3 8
Tabulation of Areas for the Salt Lake County project Click to Access  
1964
3 9
Storm drainage design sample sheet and Salt Lake County computations Click to Access  
1964
3 10
Storm drainage design computation Click to Access  
1964 January 1
3 11
Computation sheets for the Jordan River project Click to Access  
1963 June 1
3 12
Photographs of the construction of a dam Click to Access  
Unknown
3 13
Irrigation and flood control book by L. M. Winsor Click to Access  
1963 December 1
3 14
Garfield Smelter and flood control Click to Access  
1964
4 1
Construction of Winsor Castle, Logan Click to Access  
1921-1938
4 2
Photographs of A. P. Winsor farms and ranch Click to Access  
1924-1934
4 3
Photographs of Yellowstone and Jackson Hole Click to Access  
1929-1937
4 4
Views of Bryce and Zion Canyon Click to Access  
1930-1937
4 5
Family photographs of L. M. Winsor Click to Access  
1933-1940
4 6
Various photographs taken throughout the Western United States Click to Access  
1923-1937
4 7
Photos of flood control methods throughout Utah Click to Access  
1917-1933
4 8
Flood control in Kanosh, Manti, and Mona, Utah Click to Access  
1923-1925
4 9
Photographs from various locations throughout Utah, including Beaver, Cedar City, and Alton Click to Access  
1915-1933
4 10
Photos of flood control and canal systems throughout Southern Utah Click to Access  
1917-1938
4 11
Views of Daniel, Utah Click to Access  
1922-1941
4 12
Flood control in Nephi, Utah Click to Access  
1917-1940
4 13
Salduro, Utah flood control images Click to Access  
1927
5 1
Irrigation analysis and construction at local lands and farms in Northern Utah Click to Access  
1921-1934
5 2
Flood control, results of floods damming rivers, and water wells in Ogden Valley water systems, UtahClick to Access  
1921-1941
5 3
Photographs of locations throughout Utah, including Beck's hot springs, SLC, Zion Camp, and Blue Springs watershed Click to Access  
1920-1938
5 4
Images of reconstruction program in Washakie, Utah and other random images from around the state Click to Access  
1922-1940
5 5
Kessler Canyon, Utah Click to Access  
1938-1939
5 6
Flood control works and flood protection, Kessler Canyon, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1938
5 7
Photographs of Kessler Canyon, Utah Click to Access  
1925-1937
5 8
Various views of Kessler Canyon check dams before new dam structures were erected Click to Access  
1925-1927
5 9
Views of Kessler Canyon showing flood damage and remnants of check dams Click to Access  
1927
5 10
Kessler Canyon flood control works, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1930
5 11
Foundation work for flood control structures, Kessler Canyon, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1930
5 12
Foundation conditions and excavation for flood control structures Click to Access  
1927-1930
5 13
Barrier construction in Kessler Canyon, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1930
5 14
Kessler Canyon, Utah barrier construction Click to Access  
1927-1930
6 1
Willard and Farmington, Utah flood control Click to Access  
1925-1937
6 2
Willard Canyon flood control channels Click to Access  
1925-1927
6 3
Aftermath of Flood of 1923 in Willard, Utah Click to Access  
1923-1925
6 4
Willard flood from failed dam Click to Access  
1924
6 5
Willard basin gravel control Click to Access  
1924-1927
6 6
Willard, Utah, floods on high street and construction of barrier Click to Access  
1924-1927
6 7
Willard, Utah gravel barrier Click to Access  
1924-1927
6 8
Spring flooding around Willard barrier Click to Access  
1924-1933
6 9
Willard, Utah spillway Click to Access  
1925
6 10
Panoramas and landscape views of Willard barrier Click to Access  
1924-1933
6 11
Willard dikes and enbankments Click to Access  
1923-1933
6 12
Flood damage near Willard Click to Access  
1923-1927
7 1
Winsor dam repairs on the Santa Clara Creek Click to Access  
1933-1941
7 2
Santa Clara Creek Flood Control Project, Utah Click to Access  
1926-1935
7 3
Salina Canyon spillway Click to Access  
1933, 1941
7 4
Salina Canyon Click to Access  
1933
7 5
Salina Canyon flood control and spillway construction Click to Access  
1930-1935
7 6
Parowan, Utah Click to Access  
1924-1928
7 7
Parowan, Utah Click to Access  
1923-1933
7 8
Woodruff Reservoir and dam Click to Access  
1926-1932
7 9
Summit Creek, Utah flood control Click to Access  
1922-1930
7 10
Willard barrier spillway Click to Access  
1923-1941
7 11
Willard Creek spillway Click to Access  
1924-1933
7 12
Farmington flood spillway, Utah Click to Access  
1920
7 13
Flood damage in Davis County Click to Access  
1922-1930
7 14
Kessler Canyon and Santa Quin flood and erosion Click to Access  
1925-1930
7 15
Flood control and barriers in Mona, Manti, Nephi, Filmore, Kanosh, Parown, and Kanarrah, Utah Click to Access  
1920-1933
7 16
Flood damage and control in Enterprise, Utah Click to Access  
1916-1933
7 17
Santa Clara Creek, San Pete County, Mt. Pleasant, and Salina County Click to Access  
1922-1935
7 18
Flood control projects in Escalante, Orderville, Alton Camp, and Daniel, Utah and El Paso, Texas Click to Access  
1916-1934
7 19
Soil erosion studies, arroyos, spillway and check dam construction across the United States Click to Access  
1933-1934
8 1
Farmington, Utah, flood of August 1923 Click to Access  
1923, 1924
8 2
Farmington, Utah, 1925 and Casa Grande, Arizona, 1938 flood control Click to Access  
1925, 1938
8 3
Farmington, Utah flood control barrier Click to Access  
1925
8 4
Farmington, Utah, floods and measures of prevention Click to Access  
1925-1927
8 5
Farmington flood images, 1928-1932, with images from 1937 Click to Access  
1928-1937
8 6
Davis Creek and Ford Creek, Utah Click to Access  
1923-1930
8 7
Ford Creek, Utah Click to Access  
1930-1934
8 8
Parrish Creek floods Click to Access  
1930-1932
8 9
Steed Creek, Haights Creek, and Layton Creek, Utah mud flows Click to Access  
1922-1932
8 10
Perry, Utah flood path and gravel control project Click to Access  
1923-1928
8 11
Enterprise, Utah dam and reservoir Click to Access  
1912-1938
8 12
Enterprise, Utah dam construction and use Click to Access  
1916-1922
8 13
Enterprise, Utah narrows dam site construction and storage reservoirs Click to Access  
1924-1933
8 14
Enterprise, Utah dam construction and storage reservoirs Click to Access  
1926-1933
8 15
Enterprise and Beryl, Utah Click to Access  
1915, 1925
9 1
Water works and flood control structures on the Zuni and Navajo reservation, New Mexico Click to Access  
1934-1939
9 2
Alma and Farmington, New Mexico check dams Click to Access  
1934
9 3
Mexican Springs spillway construction Click to Access  
1934
9 4
Bitter Lake, New Mexico Click to Access  
1940-1941
9 5
Building dikes in Bitter Lakes, New Mexico Click to Access  
1938-1939
9 6
Bitter Lake project in New Mexico shows images of deep springs and drainage trenches Click to Access  
1936
9 7
Bitter Lake, New Mexico, and miscellaneous New Mexico Click to Access  
1936-1939
9 8
Flood control structures break with rivers breaking through causing flooding, Bosque, New Mexico Click to Access  
1941
9 9
Water works and flood control structures in New Mexico Click to Access  
1941
9 10
Bosque del Apache Soil Conservation Photographs Click to Access  
1936-1941
9 11
Bosque de Apache, Soli Conservation Aerial photos Click to Access  
1939
9 12
Bosque del Apache, New Mexico Click to Access  
1939
9 13
Bosque de Apache, New Mexico, additional images Click to Access  
1939
10 1
Rawley Mines and Pueblo, Colorado Click to Access  
1926, 1931
10 2
Camas, Idaho, and other ID locations Click to Access  
1925-1939
10 3
Kansas, Missouri, and Montanta flood and irrigation photographs Click to Access  
1926-1940
10 4
Benton Lake, Montana and other locations Click to Access  
1926-1936
10 5
Fort Peck and Bowdoin Refuge, MT Click to Access  
1935-1939
10 6
Mt. Pleasant, UT flood control Click to Access  
1923-1928
10 7
Flooding and flood management in Utah Click to Access  
1927-1933
10 8
Nephi, Santa Quin, Spring City, Parowen, and Payson, UT flood control methodsClick to Access  
1922-1938
10 9
Flood control failure and debris throughout UtahClick to Access  
1923-1941
10 10
Flooding and erosion control in various locations throughout the United States Click to Access  
1923-1940
10 11
Imperial Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and Salton Sea, CA Click to Access  
1926-1938
10 12
Mojava Desert and other California locations Click to Access  
1937-1938
10 13
Los Angeles, Santa Anna River area, and Devil's Canyon Creek evidences of flooding Click to Access  
1938
10 14
ExcheQuer Dam, Modesto, CA Click to Access  
1926
10 15
Sacramento, CA, flood control structures Click to Access  
1939
10 16
Dredging channels around Sacramento, CA Click to Access  
1923, 1937-1938
10 17
Tule Lake Wild Life Refuge, California Click to Access  
1938
10 18
Various locations throughout California showing irrigation techniques and flood prevention Click to Access  
1926, 1941
11 1
Saskatchewan reservoirs and city dams, Canada Click to Access  
1935
11 2
Raising Highway 28 grade and bridge crossing Upper Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935-1936
11 3
Upper Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935
11 4
Water control on the Upper Souris River, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935-1936
11 5
Upper Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1936
11 6
Construction of storage dam and flood control dam on the Upper Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935
11 7
Upper Souris, North Dakota dam construction Click to Access  
1935
11 8
Upper Souris River dam near Minot, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935-1936
11 9
Construction of reservoir gate control structure on the Upper Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935
11 10
Upper Souris flood management structures, ND Click to Access  
1935, 1936
11 11
Upper Souris dam construction, ND Click to Access  
1936
11 12
Lower Souris flood control and snow conditions, ND Click to Access  
1935, 1940
11 13
Lower Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935, 1936
11 14
Nesting island construction on the Lower Souris, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935
11 15
Souris River Project, North Dakota Click to Access  
1934-1935
12 1
Medicine Lake, Montana Click to Access  
1935, 1938, 1939
12 2
Medicine Lake, Montana Click to Access  
1931, 1935
12 3
New State Gun Club and Bear Bay, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1932
12 4
Klamath, Oregon Click to Access  
1934, 1938
12 5
Malheur, Oregon Click to Access  
1937-1940
12 6
Hart Mountain, Lake Abert, and other Oregon locations Click to Access  
1937, 1940
12 7
Various locations throughout Oregon Click to Access  
1926, 1937
12 8
Arkansas Refuge water images Click to Access  
1938, 1940
12 9
Arkansas Refuge water images Click to Access  
1940, 1941
12 10
Arkansas Refuge water images Click to Access  
1941
12 11
Flood control project, El Paso, Texas Click to Access  
1938
12 12
El Paso, Temple, and Muleshoe, Texas Click to Access  
1934, 1940
12 13
Turnbull, Grand Coulee, and various other locations throughout Washington Click to Access  
1939, 1940
12 14
Irrigation images throughout Washington Click to Access  
1926
12 15
La Crosse, Wisconsin and Jackson, Wyoming Click to Access  
1939
13 1
Bear River Refuge spillbox Click to Access  
1927-1941
13 2
Bear Bay and Logan, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1928
13 3
Bear Bay and Bear River Marsh, Utah Click to Access  
1927-1929
13 4
Bear Bay and surrounding areas, Utah Click to Access  
1928, 1929
13 5
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Bear Bay, Utah Click to Access  
1929
13 6
Bear River overflowed banks Click to Access  
1928-1929
13 7
Bear Bay construction barges for River Control Works and images of Bear River migratory bird refuge Click to Access  
1928, 1929
13 8
Bear Bay: Old River Channel, Bear Bay Marsh, and Bear River Bird Refuge with images of draglines at work and the building of dikes with large machinery Click to Access  
1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
13 9
River control works at Bear Bay, Utah Click to Access  
1929-1932
13 10
Bear Bay, Utah migratory bird refuge development project Click to Access  
1923-1932
13 11
Bear Bay, Utah migratory bird refuge development project
1930-1932
13 12
New State Gun Club, Utah Click to Access  
1927
14 1
Soil erosion control project projects in Arizona and New Mexico Click to Access  
1926-1941
14 2
River channel images of canal intakes with depictions of outlets and inlets to culverts, Arizona Click to Access  
1937-1941
14 3
Images depict intakes to canals, effects of flooding, and various means of flood control Click to Access  
1927-1938
14 4
Soil erosion and flood control near Ganada, Arizona Click to Access  
1934
14 5
Diversion dams made to improve and secure existing structures by making reparations Click to Access  
1927-1941
14 6
San Pedro River, Arizona Click to Access  
Undated
14 7
Bitter Lake and Bosque del Apache, New Mexico Click to Access  
1941
14 8
Flood control and spillway construction near Mexican Springs, New Mexico Click to Access  
1934
14 9
Flood water control on the Des Lacs and Upper Souris Rivers, North Dakota Click to Access  
1935-1939
14 10
Farmington, Utah early 1900s Control Barriers Click to Access  
1900s
15 1
River control structures, Ogden, Utah Click to Access  
1937-1941
15 2 1937
15 3
Ogden Bay, Utah Click to Access  
1937, 1938, 1939
15 4
Ogden Bay, Utah Click to Access  
1938
15 5 1933-1941
15 6
Kessler and Salina Canyon spillways and barriers, Utah Click to Access  
1933-1937
15 7
Photographs of various locations throughout the United States and Canada showing flood damage Click to Access  
1926-1934
15 8
Photographs of flood management in various Utah locations Click to Access  
1925-1933
15 9
Photographs of Escalante, Utah Click to Access  
1916-1933
15 10
Escalante, Utah flood control Click to Access  
1933-1934
15 11
Covering investigations relative to Wheeler Canyon flood Click to Access  
Typescript report
1955 December, 1956 January
15 12
Iran (Persia): A land of opportunity, by L. M. Winsor Click to Access  
Holograph
1941-1946

Articles by L.M. Winsor concerning IranReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 13
What can America do to help Iran? report Click to Access  
Typescript
1941-1946

L.M. Winsor correspondence concerning IranReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 14
Correspondence to A. T. Michelson, 1946, and E. B. Debler Click to Access  
1946, 1949

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 15
Various images of construction and excavation in throughout the United States Click to Access  
(original order)
1918-1952
15 16
Various personal and professional photographs for Winsor's life Click to Access  
(original order)
1899-1915
15 17
Images of flooding in Northern Utah, various dates Click to Access  
(original order)
1922, 1933, 1958
15 18
Photographs of international travel and flood control in Utah Click to Access  
(original order)
1931-1958

ReportsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 19
Utah State Road Commission rental agreement Click to Access  
16 1
Rural Life Trends project Click to Access  
1945 June 1
16 2
Correspondence regarding gravel control, stream discharge, and professional development Click to Access  
1926-1936
16 3
Plan of work and day notes Click to Access  
1928
16 4
Blue graphs showing climates and water elevation of Bear River watershed Click to Access  
1930-1932
16 5
Correspondence pertaining to Bear River Bird Refuge Report Click to Access  
1932-1933
16 6
Review of first year's operation of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Click to Access  
1933
16 7
Progress reports for Bear River Bay Bird Refuge for the months of September, November, and December Click to Access  
1928
16 8
Bear River diking project and Migratory Bird Refuge reports Click to Access  
1930