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Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Agriculture College: Columbia Basin Project Records, 1941-1968
Overview of the Collection
- Agriculture College: Columbia Basin Project Records
- 1941-1968 (inclusive)19411968
- 40 folders, ( 4 linear feet), ( 2 containers)
- Collection Number
- Archives 193
- Includes general correspondence, records on meetings, reports and committee activities; also records of investigations and general survey, etc.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
The Collection is open for research use.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
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.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
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.
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).
The papers were arranged and described by Ling Jinqi in September, 1987.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
1: Committees, Columbia Basin: Return to Top
Advisory Committee on the alloction of construction charges -- Dept. of Interior
Bureau of Reclamation - WSU Joint Committee
Settler assistance committee
Settler assistance committee
Tree Fruit Committee
2: General Correspondence Return to Top
3: Meetings, Reports and Speeches Return to Top
Reports, and minutes of meetings
Speeches presented before the Columbia Basin Interagency Committtee
4: General Survey Return to Top
Columbia Basin--An Assessment
Columbia Basin--Farmers Handbook, [1952?]
Research, investigation and extension work
State lands in Columbia Basin
5: Land Purchase and Repayment Return to Top
Land purchase for experimental work (WSU)
6: Reports Return to Top
Columbia Basin Project: Development Farm Reports
Vol. I Moses Lake Development Farm
Vol. II Pasco Development Farm
Vol. III Winchester Development Farm
Vol. IV Moses Lake, Pasco, and Winchester Development Farms, 1950, Moses Lake Farm, 1949
Vol. V Burke Development Farm
Vol. VI Moses Lake, Pasco, Winchester and Burke Development Farms
Vol. VII Moses Lake, Winchester, Burke and Othello Development Farms
Columbia River Basin Area: Agricultural Program Reports
7: Investigations, Columbia Basin : Joint Investigations Return to Top
I. Character and Scopes
II. Farm Experience Studies
Problems 2, 4 and 5
Problems 6, 7, 8 and 10
Problems 13, 14, 17, 19, 21 and 23, 1945
Problems 24, 25 and 26
8: General Studies Return to Top
Columbia Basin: General Studies
Columbia Basin : Prospect for Development
Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, Quincy District Appraisals
9: Miscellaneous Items Return to Top
Columbia Basin Irrigation Project
Columbia Basin Interagency Committee, Minutes of Meetings
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Agricultural development projects--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
- Irrigation projects--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
- Columbia Basin Groundwater Management Area--Research
- Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)--History--Archives
- Washington State University. College of Agriculture. Columbia Basin Project--Archives (creator)
- Washington State University. College of Agriculture. Columbia Basin Project--Records and correspondence