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Finding Aid to the Milton N. Nathanson Papers, 1855-1995, bulk 1965-1985
WRCA MS 2001/2  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Milton N. Nathanson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1855-1995,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1965-1985
    Collection Number: WRCA MS 2001/2
    Creators : Nathanson, Milton N
    Extent: Number of containers: 9 cartons, 1 box Linear feet: 11.65 linear feet
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Phone: (951) 827-2934
    Fax: (951) 827-6378
    Email: waterarc@ucr.edu
    URL: http://library.ucr.edu/wrca/
    Abstract: The Milton N. Nathanson Papers consists of files Nathanson compiled during his work as an attorney specializing in Colorado River water issues, including his employment at the Department of Interior as Assistant Regional Solicitor and Field Solicitor and as special consultant to the Department of Interior and the Coachella Valley Water District, as well as notes and drafts written by Nathanson while he was authoring the book, Updating the Hoover Dam Documents, and materials related to his involvement in the Colorado River Board of California.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton N. Nathanson Papers, WRCA MS 2001/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Some maps have been transferred to the Map Collection of the Water Resources Collections and Archives.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Nathanson, Milton N.--Archives
    Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Water-rights
    All-American Canal System (U.S.)
    Central Arizona Project (U.S.)
    Colorado River Salinity Control Program (U.S.)
    Glen Canyon Dam (Ariz.)
    Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)
    Coachella Valley Water District (Calif.)
    Imperial Irrigation District (Calif.)
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.)
    Colorado River Board of California

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Milton N. Nathanson Papers were given to the Water Resources Collections and Archives by the Law Offices of Redwine and Sherrill in June 2001.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by David Uhlich in 2008.

    Biographical Information

    Milton Norman Nathanson (1910-2000) was a prominent water rights attorney, specializing in Colorado River water issues, specifically "The Law of the River." Born on December 19, 1910 in Philadelphia, Nathanson attended college in his home state at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from its Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1932 before receiving his Juris Doctorate from Penn Law in 1935. In 1941, Nathanson joined the Office of the Solicitor at the United States Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. after briefly practicing law in the private sector; he served in the counterintelligence division of the United States Army during the Second World War from 1943-1945 before returning to Washington, D.C. following the war.
    Nathanson transferred to the Department of Interior's Los Angeles office in 1947, where he served as Assistant Regional Solicitor until the early 1970s, and then Field Solicitor until his retirement in 1975. During his time at the Department of Interior's Los Angeles office, Nathanson was involved in many important projects and cases regarding Colorado River water issues, including the protracted Arizona versus California litigation, the authorization and construction of the Central Arizona Project, and the passage of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act.
    Nathanson continued to act as a special consultant to the Department of Interior after his retirement, and later served as legal consultant to the Coachella Valley Water District for nearly two decades during its protracted litigation with the Imperial Irrigation District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California regarding their respective Colorado River water rights and allotments. In addition to his consulting work, Nathanson was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a Public Member of the Colorado River Board of California, a position he held from 1975 until 1981; he also served as a technical expert for the United Nations, and as Water Rights Expert for the State Department of Guyana, helping to draft the country's water code.
    Demonstrating his stature as one of the leading experts of "The Law of the River" of his time, Nathanson was commissioned by the Department of the Interior to author the book Updating the Hoover Dam Documents, which he completed in 1978 for publication in 1980. Nathanson died on October 29, 2000.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Milton N. Nathanson Papers consists of files Nathanson compiled during his work as an attorney specializing in Colorado River water issues. The bulk of the collection is comprised of files documenting Nathanson's employment at the Department of Interior as Assistant Regional Solicitor and Field Solicitor, as well as his work as special consultant to the Department of Interior and the Coachella Valley Water District after his retirement from government service; also prominent in the collection are Nathanson's notes and drafts written while he was authoring the book, Updating the Hoover Dam Documents, and materials related to his long involvement in the Colorado River Board of California. The collection encompasses a range of materials--including correspondence, contracts, legal works, manuscripts, maps, periodicals, clippings and ephemera--documenting such Colorado River projects and issues as: the construction and maintenance of the All American Canal; Colorado River Basin Project operating and filling criteria; the Arizona versus California legal battle; the Central Arizona Project; the Bureau of Reclamation's acreage limitation law and related litigation; the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act; and the numerous legal battles and agreements between the Coachella Valley Water District, the Imperial Irrigation District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California regarding their respective Colorado River water rights and allotments.
    The Milton N. Nathanson Papers are subdivided into four series:
    • Series I: Department of Interior
    • Series II: Private Consulting
    • Series III: Updating the Hoover Dam Documents
    • Series IV: Colorado River Board of California