A. Alvin Bishop papers, 1922-1993

Overview of the Collection

Bishop, A. Alvin (Avery Alvin)
A. Alvin Bishop papers
1922-1993 (inclusive)
6 boxes, (2.75 linear feet)
Collection Number
This collection contains materials pertaining to the projects, committees, businesses, and seminars A. Alvin Bishop was involved in, both within Cache Valley and internationally. Of particular note are the extensive records related to the development of the culinary water systems of Logan and Nibley, Utah.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Avery Alvin Bishop was born in 1913 in Delta, Utah. Bishop attended the Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) to study civil engineering, from which he received his B.S. in 1934 and his M.S. in 1939. In 1939 he enrolled in Colorado State University from where he later received his Ph.D. in 1961. After World War II Bishop took a position at the USAC as a professor of civil engineering. In 1965 he was named first head of the Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering Department upon its creation in 1965. In that same year, Bishop became heavily involved with the Near-East South Asia (NESA) Irrigation Practices Seminars, which occurred biennially across several countries. According to the USU Alumni publication Outlook, "His projects and teaching assignments in forty-three international countries earned him accolades from his peers" (1982, p. 7).

Source: The Outlook, November/December 1982.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains materials pertaining to the projects, committees, businesses, and seminars in which Bishop was involved, both within Cache Valley and internationally.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the A. Alvin Bishop papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: A. Alvin Bishop papers USU_COLL MSS 528, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 528, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection has been arranged by document type.

Processing Note

Processed in February of 2017

Acquisition Information

This collection was given as a gift from A. Alvin Bishop’s wife, Anna Beth Bishop, in July 2005.

Related Materials

Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers (COLL MSS 45)


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 USU staff materials 1977-1983
1 2 Contract and salary materials 1969-1985
1 3 Job application response letters 1978-1985
1 4 Professional correspondence 1970-1983
1 5 Notebook with letter drafts 1960-1966
1 6 Thesis
"A Critical Analysis of Methods of Securing Basic Irrigation Data Used in Water Right Determination"
1 7 Paper and publications
"Logan Golf and Country Club Water Supply and Irrigation Data Used in Water Right Determination", "Drought-Proofing By Use of Ground-Water Reserves", "The Surface Irrigation System", "A Design Method for Furrow and Border Advance Length", "Evaluation of Intake Rate Constants as Related to Advance of Water in Surface Irrigation", "Expressing Irrigation Efficiency in Terms of Application Time, Intake and Water Advance Constants", "Relation of Intake Rate to Length of Run in Surface Irrigation", "Some Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Methods of Application Used in Irrigation", "Levels of Water Use Efficiency", "Irrigation Engineering", "Transient Drain-Flow"
1 8 Letters and drafts on surge flow 1980-1982
1 9 Publication on surge flow 1980-1982
1 10 Neighborhood Council 1980
1 11 National Academy of Sciences' World Food and Nutrition study 1976
1 12 USU Dairy Farm proposal 1973-1980
1 13 Small farm project proposal 1976
2 1 Utah Agricultural Experiment Station annual project reports 1976-1980
2 2 Raft River geothermal program proposal and reports 1975-1980
2 3 Cache County water reports 1954-1980
2 4 Cache County water rights 1922-1988
2 5 Logan, Hyde Park and Smithfield Canal 1961-1989
2 6 Logan City water system 1956-1986
2 7 Draft report: Logan City culinary water system 1949
2 8 Final report: Logan City culinary water system 1949
2 9 Logan City culinary water wells 1961-1964
3 1 Logan City culinary water wells 1961-1962
3 2 Logan City pipeline diversion discharge data 1922-1966
3 3 Logan City pipeline diversion 1961-1964
3 4 Nibley water system 1959
3 5 Nibley water system 1963-1964
3 6 Nibley water system undated
3 7 Nibley water system: estimating information 1975-1976
3 8 Nibley water system: general information 1972-1975
3 9 Nibley deep well pumping plant and pipeline report 1976
3 10 Nibley water system: miscellaneous file 1976
3 11 Nibley water system: feasibility 1975
3 12 Nibley water system: computations and reports 1974-1976
4 1 Nibley water system: right of ways 1976
4 2 Nibley water system: "do file" 1976
4 3 Nibley water system: prestressed composite tanks 1975
4 4 Nibley water system: booster station 1976-1977
4 5 Nibley water system: Yeates Spring 1976
4 6 Nibley water system: log, Nibley well 1976-1977
4 7 Nibley water system: Nibley well pumping plant and pipe 1975-1977
4 8 Nibley water system: specifications 1975-1977
4 9 Nibley water system: report guidelines 1955-1975
4 10 Nibley water system: final report 1977
5 1 Utah State University water system 1933-1993
5 2 Utah State University water rights 1959-1987
5 3 Utah State University water system memorandum and correspondence 1958-1986
5 4 Cache County Water Conservancy District 1987-1990
5 5 Proposals and statements 1949-1965
6 1 Egypt Water Use Project (EWUP) itinerary and observations 1985
6 2 India, Bangladesh, Pakistan field trip itinerary and observations 1980
6 3 Diary of Tokyo visits 1956-1957
6 4 Brazil water management research project reports 1972
6 5 Iran irrigation photographs and negatives undated
6 6 Index and table of contents of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th NESA Seminar books 1955-1962
6 7 Afghanistan NESA Seminar country report 1968
6 8 5th NESA Seminar documents in New Delhi, India 1963-1964
6 9 6th NESA Seminar documents in Amman, Jordan 1965-1966
6 10 6th NESA Seminar memo books 1965
6 11 6th NESA Cairo diary 1965-1966
6 12 7th NESA Seminar documents in Lahore, Pakistan 1967-1968
6 13 7th NESA Seminar notebook 1968
6 14 8th NESA Seminar documents in Kabul, Afghanistan 1970
6 15 8th NESA Seminar notebook 1970

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Municipal engineering--Utah--Cache County.
  • Municipal water supply--Utah--Hyrum
  • Municipal water supply--Utah--Logan
  • Municipal water supply--Utah--Logan

Corporate Names

  • A. Alvin Bishop Professional Engineer (Logan, Utah)