Colorado Water History
Find Materials in the Water Resources Archive
Start your search with "Collections Suggestions" below. For more options, conduct a keyword search in the Archive's finding aids.
Need archival materials about a specific subject in the Water Resources Archive? Unsure where to start? Try these selected collections.
|Ditch & Reservoir Companies
|Water Research at Colorado State University
|1976 Big Thompson Flood
Need archival materials for a specific river basin in the Water Resources Archive? Unsure where to start? Try these selected collections.
|Cache la Poudre
Need specific material types in the Water Resources Archive? Unsure where to start? Try these selected collections.
|Photographs & Slides
|Diaries & Journals
The Water Resources Archive's collections include materials related to water in other states and countries. See these selected collections.
Missouri River Basin
Platte River Basin:
Arkansas River Basin:
Rio Grande Basin:
New Mexico, Texas
Colorado River Basin:
Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Washington, Oregon, Idaho
San Joaquin, Sacramento, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
What is a Finding Aid?
A finding aid serves as a guide to an archival collection. It provides an overview of the collection, as well as a description of its contents. Finding aids vary from collection to collection, but most include:
- a collection summary
- a history or biography of the creator
- a description of the size, composition, and organization of the collection
- a list of containers (boxes, folders, etc.) and their contents divided into series (groups) by material type or subject.
Tips: When keyword searching, also try synonyms and abbreviations. Archivists often retain the folder titles assigned by the collection's creator, so expect quirkiness and inconsistency within and across finding aids. Also remember that specific information may be within folders with general titles (e.g., "Correspondence" or "Meeting minutes").