The National Water Resources Association (NWRA) is a national federation of water users that encourages the conservation, development, and efficient management of water in the United States. Founded in 1932 as the National Reclamation Association (NRA), the organization promoted federal financing for western water reclamation projects. In 1969, it rebranded as the National Water Resources Association. This collection contains meeting minutes, conference programs and proceedings, photographs, pamphlets, speeches, reports, correspondence, legislation, and newsletters that reflect NRA and NWRA activities and interests. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 1932 to 1974, includes the National Reclamation Association’s annual conference proceedings (1932-1968) as well as correspondence, pamphlets, newsletters, reports, photographs, and other items created by the NRA or collected by long-time Colorado Director (1966-1974) and NWRA President (1974) J.R. Barkley.

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  • Routine correspondence 

    Creator(s):Bronn, Carl H., author; Sorenson, James F., author; Christy, Harold H., author; National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1967-1968
    Format:correspondence; telegrams
    Letters from National Reclamation Association leaders requesting information and planning policy and convention activities, several handwritten notes, and a telegram from the 1968 NRA to President Lyndon Johnson urging him ...
  • Resolutions 

    Creator(s):Bronn, Carl H., author; National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1967-1968
    Format:resolutions (administrative records); correspondence
    Cover letter and list of National Reclamation Association resolutions adopted at the NRA's 1967 convention.
  • Recreation committee 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1965-1966
    Format:correspondence; minutes (administrative records); reports; legal documents
    Documents of concern to the National Reclamation Association Recreation Committee, including correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and Public Law 88-578.
  • Public land development 

    Creator(s):Black, David Statler, 1928-2015, author; Bronn, Carl H., author; National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1968-01
    Format:correspondence
    Two letters concerning the National Reclamation Association's position on development of public lands using non-federal water projects.
  • Reports and memos 

    Creator(s):Seaton, Fred A. (Fred Andrew), 1909-1974, author; Allott, Gordon, 1907-1989, author; National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1958-1966
    Format:correspondence; speeches (documents); bills (legislative records)
    Correspondence and congressional bills in which the National Reclamation Association took an interest and speech given by Gordon Allott, U.S. Senator from Colorado, on October 28, 1959, to the National Reclamation Association.
  • Public investment planning: multi-purpose; benefit-cost 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1968-1969
    Format:drafts (documents); correspondence; reports
    Documents related to public investment planning, especially related to the interests of the National Reclamation Association, including highlights of the first hearing on the Report of the Task Force of the Water Resources ...
  • President's corner 

    Creator(s):Barkley, J. R., author
    Date:1974
    Format:drafts (documents); correspondence
    Handwritten drafts and final typescripts of President's Corner letters to the National Water Resources Association membership.
  • Water rights 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1967
    Format:correspondence; bills (legislative records)
    Correspondence and a congressional bills related to water rights and federal law in which the National Reclamation Association took an interest.
  • Policy statements (letters, addresses, testimony) 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1967-1968
    Format:correspondence; newsletters; reports; speeches (documents); bills (legislative records)
    Correspondence, congressional bills, newspaper clippings, speeches, press releases, and Reclamation News.
  • Wild and scenic rivers 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1968
    Format:drafts (documents); correspondence; speeches (documents)
    Correspondence and a draft statement concerning Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation opposed by the National Reclamation Association.
  • Water conservation conference, 1948 

    Creator(s):National Water Conservation Conference, institution
    Date:1947-1948
    Format:newsletters; programs (documents); resolutions (administrative records); memorandums; bills (legislative records); reports; speeches (documents)
    Speeches, Summary of Proceedings, The Challenging Letters, congressional bill, reports, newsletters, conference programs, resolutions, and other materials related to the business of the National Water Conservation Conference.
  • Water conservation conference, 1949 

    Creator(s):National Water Conservation Conference, institution
    Date:1948-1949
    Format:newsletters; resolutions (administrative records); memorandums; bills (legislative records); reports; speeches (documents)
    Speeches, congressional bills and laws, newspaper clippings, reports, newsletters, resolutions, and other materials related to the business of the National Water Conservation Conference.
  • Water conservation conference, 1947 

    Creator(s):National Water Conservation Conference, institution
    Date:1946-1947
    Format:newsletters; programs (documents); resolutions (administrative records); constitutions
    Newsletters, conference programs, constitution, resolutions, and other materials related to the business and first two meetings of the National Water Conservation Conference.
  • Washington Associations vs. WRC 

    Creator(s):National Water Resources Association, institution
    Date:1973
    Format:legal documents; memorandums
    Materials created and gathered by the National Water Resources Association as part of the Water Resources Congress concerning their suit to block the Principles and Standards for Planning Water and Related Land Resources. ...
  • Oklahoma convention data 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1968-1969
    Format:programs (documents); correspondence; resolutions (administrative records); reports; minutes (administrative records)
    Program draft, meeting minutes, recommendations and resolutions, press releases, public relations plan, "The Struggle for Market Power in Agriculture," and correspondence related to the 1968 National Reclamation Association ...
  • Subcommittee on pollution 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1965-1966
    Format:correspondence; reports; legal documents; bills (legislative records)
    Materials of importance to the National Reclamation Association Subcommittee on Pollution, including correspondence, press releases, federal laws, congressional bills, analysis of bills amending the Federal Water Pollution ...
  • Alternative financing proposals (Hoddle or others) 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution
    Date:1967
    Format:correspondence; speeches (documents)
    Address for presentation before the Annual Meeting of the Washington State Reclamation Association, Ephrata, Washington, October 26, 1967, by Charles W. Hoddle, Chairman of the Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission and ...
  • Acreage limitations 

    Creator(s):National Reclamation Association, institution; California, institution
    Date:1968-1969
    Format:correspondence; reports
    State of California Report of the Governor's Task Force on the Acreage Limitation Problem and correspondence related to the National Reclamation Association's efforts to amend and lift acreage limitations imposed by the ...
  • 1974, 4th quarter 

    Creator(s):National Water Resources Association, institution
    Date:1974-06-1974-11
    Format:correspondence; drafts (documents); memorandums; reports
    Draft programs for the National Water Resources Association annual convention, "Review of Federal Water Resources Legislation for the Wyoming Water Development Association," Boise Magazine Fall 1974, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • 1974, 3rd quarter 

    Creator(s):National Water Resources Association, institution
    Date:1974-04-1974-09
    Format:drafts (documents); minutes (administrative records); correspondence; reports; judicial records
    Draft programs for the National Water Resources Association and Nebraska Irrigation Association annual conventions, resolutions, meeting minutes, photocopies of legal decisions, excerpts from the Congressional Record, ...

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