Morris Bien papers, 1879-1932

Overview of the Collection

Bien, Morris
Morris Bien papers
1879-1932 (inclusive)
1.35 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Morris Bien (1859-1932) was an engineer and government attorney specializing in right of way and irrigation law. From 1879-1893 Bien did topographic field work and mapping for the United States Geological Survey. He was in charge of right of way on public lands with the General Land Office from 1893-1902, and from 1902-1924 was legal counsel and later assistant director and assistant commissioner of the Reclamation Service. Bien drafted a state irrigation code in 1904 which became the basis for irrigation laws in several Western states.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes love letters between Bien and his future wife, Lilla V. Hart (1884-1886); handwritten reminiscences dictated by Bien to his wife, ca. 1932 (typed transcription available); photographs (1879-1932); a small amount of business correspondence; an address book; and certificates and personal memorabilia.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Morris Bien at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

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Processing Note

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Subordinate Component # 1Return to Top

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Irrigation laws -- West (U.S.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Love letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Reminiscences.


  • Lawyers.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Bien, Lilla.