Colorado Water History

A guide to finding and using historical information about water in Colorado and beyond

Colorado Water History: Prezi

Click through the presentation below for a basic orientation to Colorado's water history.

Starting Point: Water Websites

These websites will introduce you to a few of Colorado's current water organizations and issues.

There are many more organizations, issues, and websites! Use the Colorado Water Center's list of agencies and organizations. Or search online with keywords such as "Colorado," "water," and the geographical feature or issue you are researching.

Starting Point: Online Publications

  • Irrigation Age
    • Find issues from the late 19th and early 20th century through the USDA's NWISRL publications, HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, and Google Books.
  • Colorado Encyclopedia
    • Includes many articles about state water issues, people, and places, as well as a timeline of Colorado water history.

Starting Point: Books

For a longer (though slightly out-of-date!) list, try Colorado Water History: A Bibliography. Compiled in 2008 by Nikolai A. Kryloff and Patricia J. Rettig, this bibliography lists nearly 250 books, theses, and dissertations.

Also (because good bibliographies are a treasure!):

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Patricia Rettig
Archives & Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019
Subjects: Water

Subject Specific Help

Colorado water history touches on many subjects. To find a CSU librarian directly related to your academic discipline, go to the Research Help page, where you can also find more research guides like this one.

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