Fort Collins farmer Harvey Johnson (1895-1991) was heavily involved in Northern Colorado’s water development and served on the Water Supply and Storage Company Board for 54 years beginning in 1936. Johnson was a member of the Fort Collins City Council and served two terms as mayor in the 1960s, and during that time he pushed the city to acquire and store water for future growth. Johnson’s collection contains family history information, such as oral history transcripts and biographies, as well as correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and land deeds. For more information see the finding aid.

This entire collection, with materials dated 1907 to 1986, is presented here, with the exception of collected newspaper clippings.

Recent Submissions

  • Photographs and negatives 

    Creator(s):Unidentified photographer
    Date:1978-1985
    Format:photographs
    Images of Harvey Johnson and of water structures.
  • Oral history transcript 

    Creator(s):Johnson, Harvey, interviewee; Hansen, James E., 1938-, interviewer
    Date:1985-08-27
    Format:transcripts; orals histories (literary works)
    Oral history transcript of Jim Hansen's interview with Harvey Johnson, focusing mainly on Johnson's work for Water Supply and Storage Company.
  • Mr. Harvey Johnson Water Supply and Storage Company 

    Creator(s):Johnson, Harvey, interviewee; McComb, David G., interviewer
    Date:1973-10-25
    Format:transcripts; orals histories (literary works)
    Oral history transcript of David McComb's interview with Harvey Johnson, focusing mainly on Johnson's work for Water Supply and Storage Company.
  • Harvey Johnson a remarkable man 

    Creator(s):Hartman, Bill, author
    Date:undated
    Format:biographies (literary works)
    Rough draft of biography of Harvey Johnson.
  • House full of Swedes, A 

    Creator(s):Hoover, Edna Johnson, author
    Date:1979
    Format:genealogies (histories)
    Remembrances and anecdotes relating to the John B. Johnson family and its immigration from Sweden to the United States of America.
  • Legal papers 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author
    Date:1907-1987
    Format:legal documents; insurance records
    Deeds, receipts, and insurance documents for water and land developments.
  • Family history 

    Creator(s):Unidentified author; Michener, James, author; Johnson, Harvey G., author; Burnham, William, author; Beatty, James D., author; Unidentified author "Watts"
    Date:1973-1989
    Format:genealogies (histories); correspondence
    Genealogy of the Johnson family and correspondence to Harvey Johnson or his family members.
  • Correspondence 

    Creator(s):Johnson, Harvey, author; Hartman, William, author; City of Fort Collins. Water & Sewer Utilities, publisher; Unidentified author
    Date:1974-1986
    Format:correspondence; brochures
    Correspondence concerning Water Supply and Storage Company, Fort Collins waste water, and Dr. James Hansen's research on Johnson's life.