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Colorado River Commission of Nevada Reference Library Collection (MS-00427)

Abstract

The Colorado River Commission of Nevada Reference Library Collection (1922-2000) documents the history of the Colorado River Commission (CRC) and is predominately comprised of books, briefs, memoranda, motions, exhibits, and other documents pertaining to the Arizona v. California litigation occurring between 1931 and 2000. The collection also contains meeting minutes, correspondence, budgets, reports, and other work files relating to the CRC. The CRC, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is responsible for managing and protecting Nevada’s Colorado River water and power resources.

Date
1922-2000
Extent
59.21 Cubic Feet (22 boxes)
61.42 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, with the exception of materials that are restricted to protect personally identifiable information. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory and will be open for research use January 1, 2068. Where use copies do not exist, production of use copies is required before access will be granted; this may delay research requests. Advanced notice is required.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.

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Scope and Contents

The Colorado River Commission of Nevada Reference Library Collection (1922-2000) documents the history of the Colorado River Commission (CRC) and is predominately comprised of books, briefs, memoranda, motions, exhibits, and other documents pertaining to the Arizona v. California case and docket numbers: 283 U.S. 423 (1931) no. 19, original; 292 U.S. 341 (1934) no. _, original; 298 U.S. 558 (1936) no. _, original; no. 10, original (1952-1957); 373 U.S. 546 (1963) no. 8, original; 376 U.S. 340 (1964) no. 9, original; 383 U.S. 268 (1966) no. 8, original; 439 U.S. 419 (1979) no. 8, original; 460 U.S. 605 (1983) no. 8, original; 466 U.S. 144 (1984) no. 8, original; and 531 U.S. 1 (2000) no. 8, original. The collection also contains meeting minutes, correspondence, budgets, and reports relating to CRC and the work files of Gerald L. Edwards, Chief Engineer for the CRC during the 1980s and 1990s. Furthermore, the collection has a number of documents pertaining to negotiations with several Southwest Native American nations and Mexico, salinity, treaties, power generation, Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, Boulder Canyon, the Las Vegas Wash, and the Western Area Power Administration. The CRC is responsible for managing and protecting Nevada’s Colorado River water and power resources.

Biographical / Historical Note

The Colorado River Commission (CRC) of Nevada began as an informal commission appointed by Governor Emmett Boyle in 1920. The purpose of this early commission, formally named the Colorado River Development Commission (CRDC) in 1921, was to safeguard Nevada's interests in ongoing negotiations over water and power rights pertaining to the Colorado River. This commission operated between 1921 and 1935, actively participating in the development of the Colorado River Compact of 1922 and the Boulder Canyon Project Act of 1928.

In 1935, the Nevada Legislature created the Colorado River Commission of Nevada to take the place of the CRDC. The legislature assigned the CRC the task of securing and protecting Nevada's rights and interests in the waters of the Colorado River, as well as in the electric power generated by the river. The Nevada legislature expanded the power of the CRC over the next fifty years, allowing the organization to negotiate and procure federal property and enter into agreements regarding interstate and international water transfers, Colorado River augmentation, and the operation of federal dams and other facilities along the river.

The CRC began working with the Bureau of Reclamation in 1956 on the Colorado River Storage Project and in 1960 on the Southern Nevada Water Project, which consisted of the future Robert B. Griffith Water Project and the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility. The CRC was also instrumental in several power projects, including the Parker-Davis Project, the Boulder Canyon Project, and the Glen Canyon Dam, all of which now provide electricity to Nevada.

Between 1931 and 2000, the CRC was engaged in ongoing legal battles pertaining to water rights and access in the Arizona v. California litigation, much of which pertained to land and water usage rights for several Southwest Native American nations and various states. The CRC is still in operation today and continues to work with state and federal entities to ensure water and power rights for the state of Nevada.

Source:

The Colorado River Commission of Nevada. "Our History." Accessed August 1, 2018. http://www.crc.nv.gov/index.php?p=info&s=hist

Arrangement

These records are organized into four series:

Series I. Colorado River Commission (CRC) of Nevada files, 1922-2000;

Series II. Arizona v. California, 1961-1999;

Series III. Reference files, 1937-1998;

Series IV. Unboxed volumes, 1952-1998.

Related Materials

The following resources may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

State of Arizona vs. State of California Proceedings Concerning the Colorado River Usage Dispute, 1957-1961. MS-

00677. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Robert B. Griffith Collection, 1928-1975. MS-00315. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

A.J. Shaver Papers, 1925-1964. MS-00155. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Colorado River Commission of Nevada Reference Library Collection, 1922-2000. MS-00427. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00427
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 2001 by the Colorado River Commission of Nevada; accession number 2001-007.

Processing Information

Materials were processed by Aaron J. McArthur in 2011. In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Christina Lamoureux revised the finding aid and entered the data into ArchivesSpace to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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