The San Luis Valley Irrigation District formed in 1908 to deliver water to farmers in Southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. The collection contains some records from the Farmers Union Ditch Company and the Farmers Union Irrigation Company, but most records pertain to district operations. Materials include meeting minutes, financial records, engineering reports, correspondence, legal documents, annual reports, election notices, contracts, clippings, maps, and photographs. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 1887 to 1924, includes the files of the San Luis Valley Irrigation District and its predecessor organizations. Except for several ledger books concerning the Rio Grande Reservoir, the collection has been digitized in its entirety.

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  • Letters and financial documents by Sievers 

    Author(s):Sievers, Charles H.; San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1911-1912
    Letterpress book for the Rio Grande Engineer Camp, September 15, 1911, to August 19, 1912, containing financial records such as customer accounts and daily expenses along with related outgoing correspondence. Entries are ...
  • Letters and financial documents by Pennock and Sievers 

    Author(s):Pennock, Oliver P.; Sievers, Charles H.; Ulrich, J. C.; San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1910-1913
    Letterpress book containing financial records such as customer accounts and daily expenses along with related outgoing correspondence. Entries are primarily by engineers O. P. Pennock and C. H. Sievers, with a few from J. ...
  • Clyde Belt vs. SLVID 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1937-1939
    Documents and correspondence regarding Clyde E. Belt lawsuit
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1938
    Rio Grande Water Users report, highway agreement on bridge
  • Reconstruction Finance Corp. 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1938
    Correspondence regarding Reconstruction Finance Corporation payments
  • SLV Irrigation District Improvement Association 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1971-1973
    Spillway repair
  • Decreed Water Rejection Tabulation in SLVID 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1966-1976
    Decreed water rejection tabulation, maximum decree tabulation, Rio Grande Reservoir calibration and release, water reports
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1973
    Special bond election, revised tabulation protest
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1972-1975
    Protest to tabulation, RG operating criteria, conservation pool, audit
  • Resource Conservation and Development Loan 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1973
    Correspondence regarding laws and advice pertaining to loan, loan forms, certified record and bonds, permit, project map
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1971-1972
    Holland agreement, Velasquez, Kuiper support sought
  • Saguache County Treasurer Reports 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1937
    Treasurer monthly reports for 1937
  • RC and D [Resource Conservation and Development] Water Management Measure Plan 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1972
    RC&D measure plan agreement between the Center Soil Conservation District, Rio Grande Soil Conservation District, Mosca-Hooper Soil Conservation District and San Luis Valley Irrigation District, State of Colorado, and the ...
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1971
    Foot-bridge contract, conservation pool, explosive permit, Stitt settlement, Myers history
  • General Correspondence and Actions - Spillway Repair 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1969-1972
    Spillway repairs, specifications and other documents, Burson contract, audit, photographs of the reservoir and spillway
  • Crop Damage and Rio Grande Compact 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1968
    Damage estimates and Rio Grande compact release and deliveries
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1968
    30 Mile Bridge right of way, free use permit, channelization of RG proposed, audit 1964-66 and 1968, study of surface and ground waters, dragline purchase, ditch lining, Hermit Lakes contract, Santa Maria cooperation sought, ...
  • Protest of SLVID to State Engineer and RG Compact Commission 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1968
    Protest of the San Luis Valley Irrigation District to the state engineer of the state of Colorado and the Rio Grande compact commission
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1969
    Spillway, Fahnestock lawsuit, Kuiper support
  • General Correspondence and Actions 

    Author(s):San Luis Valley Irrigation District
    Date:1968
    30 Mile Bridge right of way, free use permit, channelization of Rio Grande proposed, audit 1964-66 and 1968, study of surface and ground waters, dragline purchase, ditch lining, Hermit Lakes contract, Santa Maria cooperation ...

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