Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University

Wouldn’t it be great if every day were like Christmas? If you had the joy of opening a mysterious box to discover what wonderful contents it beheld?

Well, that’s what the days are like at the Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University. Almost. We love it when we receive collections of historical documents and experience the joy of finding unique treasures that tell the stories of Colorado’s water history. Some of our favorite discoveries are those related to ditch and reservoir companies. The musty minute books, the fragile stock certificates, the voluminous legal documents — these are the materials that hold our history!

The Water Resources Archive works to store, organize, and provide access to these sorts of important documents. We can help separate the wheat from the chaff, stabilize deteriorating documents, and digitize materials as funding allows.

If your ditch or irrigation company would like to benefit from such services, please contact archivist Patty Rettig at 970-491-1939 or patricia.rettig@colostate.edu. If you have your own (or grandpa’s!) stash of ditch rider notebooks, diversion data, or ditch maps that you would like to have a good home, please let Patty know. She will happily visit with company boards or individuals to discuss potential partnerships.

The Water Resources Archive houses a number of ditch- and irrigation-related collections, protecting these often at-risk materials. See the Archive’s website at http://lib.colostate.edu/archives/water/ for details, or contact Patty with questions.

Patricia J. Rettig
Head Archivist
Water Resources Archive
Colorado State University
Morgan Library
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019