Inventory of the Doris O. Dawdy Papers, 1865-1995 (bulk 1980-1995)

Processed by Melissa McGann.
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Orbach Science Library, Room 118
PO Box 5900
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
© 2000
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Doris O. Dawdy Papers, 1865-1995 (bulk 1980-1995)

Collection number: MS 99/2

Water Resources Collections and Archives



University of California, Riverside

Riverside, California

Contact Information:

  • Water Resources Collections and Archives
  • Orbach Science Library, Room 118
  • PO Box 5900
  • 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
Collection Processed By:
Melissa McGann
Date Completed
October 2000
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Doris O. Dawdy Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1865-1995 (bulk 1980-1995)
Collection number: MS 99/2
Creator: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander
Extent: 15 manuscript boxes
Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access to the materials.
Abstract: This collection represents Dawdy's research files for her book: Congress In Its Wisdom: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Public Interest, Studies in Water Policy and Management, No. 13 (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989).
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Doris O. Dawdy donated these papers to the Water Resources Collections and Archives in 1995.

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], Doris O. Dawdy Papers, MS 99/2, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Access Points

San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program.
United States. Bureau of Reclamation.
Selenium--Environmental aspects--California--San Joaquin Valley.
Agricultural pollution--California--San Joaquin Valley.
Drainage--Environmental aspects--California--San Joaquin Valley.
Kesterson Reservoir (Calif.)
San Luis Drain (Calif.)
Westlands Water District (Calif.)

Biography

Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Doris Dawdy's first professional aspirations were very different from her present occupation as a researcher of water rights and other historical issues in the American West. In her late-teens, Dawdy played the clarinet, saxophone, and violin in addition to conducting her own orchestra. She attended the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota to train as a professional music instructor, but left the school just before graduation to pursue other interests.
Dawdy began her career as an author by documenting artists in the American West. Her most notable works include Annotated Bibliography of American Indian Painting (New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1968), and the three volume set Artists of the American West (Athens: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1980, 1981, and 1985, respectively). She also edited two journal accounts: A Voice in Her Tribe: A Navajo Woman's Own Story, Based on Navajo Activist Irene Stewart's Letters to Anthropologist Dr. Mary Shepardson (Menlo Park, CA: Ballena Press, 1980), and The Wyant Diary: An Artist With the Wheeler Survey in Arizona, 1873 ( Arizona and the West, Autumn 1980).
Her primary interests, however, are in the fields of politics and political science, with a particular focus on analyzing government agencies and their operations. She attributes these interests to her experiences as an aid to a Minnesota senator and as a lawyer's public stenographer. Through exposure to her husband's work, Dawdy added another dimension to her research interests: water rights in the western United States. Dawdy's extensive research into water quality issues, particularly in California, has given her over thirty-five years of experience and expertise with which she writes her books. Her diligent efforts to follow and report on trends in water management arise out of a concern over water use in the West, especially in California.
Dawdy continues to write about a variety of topics pertaining to the American West. She recently published George Montague Wheeler: The Man and the Myth (Athens: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1993), a critical look at Wheeler's explorations in the American West from 1869-1879, and has three more books in various stages of completion. The soonest to be released is an examination of the history of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is being published by the University of Ohio Press. The second book discusses water and land issues on Navaho/Hopi reservations and is currently under review. The third book is a work-in-progress that serves as a follow-up to Congress in its Wisdom: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Public Interest, Studies in Water Policy and Management, No. 13 (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989), by further examining the actions of the USBR.
Doris and her husband, prominent research hydrologist and consultant David R. Dawdy, currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Further bibliographical citations for Doris Dawdy are located in the Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in the West, World's Who's Who of Women, and Contemporary Authors.

Scope and Content

The Doris O. Dawdy Papers represent the research files Dawdy used to create her book Congress in Its Wisdom: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Public Interest, Studies in Water Policy and Management, No. 13 (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989). Congress in its Wisdom "provides a critical look at the Bureau and its works, arguing for a reform of the agency and a new mandate from a constituency of all citizens and representing all interest groups." (caption from back cover)
The collection is divided into seven series: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), Selenium, Westlands Water District (WWD), Subject Files, Geographical Files, Clippings, and Reports. The bulk of the Dawdy Papers is arranged first by subject matter, and then chronologically. Two additional topics prevalent in the collection but not represented by series are the Kesterson Reservoir and the San Luis Drain.

Additional Information

Material Cataloged Separately
Published and unpublished reports have been transferred to the general collection of the Water Resources Collections and Archives. See call numbers related to the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the San Luis Drain, Kesterson Reservoir, Westlands Water District, and selenium.
Related Collections
Brody (Ralph M.) Papers  (1959-1981) Water Resources Collections and Archives
Related item of interest is Dawdy's book Congress in Its Wisdom: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Public Interest, Studies in Water Policy and Management, No. 13 (Boulder: Westview Press, 1989). [WRCA Call number G2045 M9]

Boxes 1-3

I. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), 1900-1995

Arrangement

Organized according to original arrangement by Dawdy.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains files on USBR issues related to water issues in central California, including the Reclamation Reform Act, the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, the Friant Dam, and the San Luis Drain.
Boxes 4-7

II. Selenium, 1865-1994

 

A. Chronologies, 1984-1986

Scope and Content Note

Contains chronology fact sheets for the USBR in California, Kesterson Dam, and selenium.
 

B. Clippings, 1983-1994

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
 

C. Authors, 1865-1994

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author, and then chronologically where applicable.

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles and reports by, and notes about, authors addressing any of the key issues in this collection.
Boxes 7-8

III. Westlands Water District (WWD), 1956-1994

Arrangement

Organized according to original arrangement by Dawdy.

Scope and Content Note

This series addresses issues related to the Westlands Water District from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
Boxes 8-12

IV. Subject Files, 1925-1994

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The subjects in this series cover a variety of topics related to the key issues in this collection, including R.J. Claus litigation and other lawsuits, the Solicitor's Office of the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Public Trust Doctrine, and a variety of water issues.
Boxes 13-14

V. Geographical Files, 1885-1991

Arrangement

Organized according to original arrangement by Dawdy.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains files relevant to water issues within each state.
 

A. California, 1936-1991

 

B. Arizona, 1985-1992

 

C. Nevada, 1885-1991

Boxes 14-15

VI. Clippings, 1955-1995

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically except for the last six folders in the series, which are organized into three subjects: subsidies, California water policy, and U.S. Congress - George Miller.
Box 15

VII. Reports, 1966-1995

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied title pages of the reports Dawdy collected for her research. These reports have been removed from this manuscript collection and have been individually cataloged as part the Water Resources Collections and Archives main collection.

 

I. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), 1900-1995

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Reclamation Reform Act, 1978-1987

Folder 2

Projects, 1959-1987

Folder 3

San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program, 1987-1991

Folder 4

Friant Water Users Authority: lawsuit, 1989

Folder 5

Friant Water Users Authority: report, 1989

Folder 6

Friant Contracts, 1986-1992

Folder 7

Friant Dam, 1937-1988

Folder 8

Newlands Project, 1982-1988

Folder 9

Testimony of Lawrence F. Hancock before the State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA, October, 15, 1984

Box Box 2, Folder 1

San Luis Unit, 1955-1985

Folder 2

San Luis Unit, 1983-1984

Folder 3

Reclamation Service, 1900-1905

Folder 4

Miscellaneous, 1948-1984

Folder 5

Miscellaneous, 1985

Folder 6

Miscellaneous, 1986

Folder 7

Miscellaneous, 1987

Folder 8

Water Development: Central Valley/Delta, 1987

Box Box 3, Folder 1

Miscellaneous, 1988

Folder 2

Miscellaneous, 1989

Folder 3

Miscellaneous, 1990-1991

Folder 4

Finding of No Significant Impact: Proposed Use Agreement Allowing Use of the San Luis Drain for Conveyance of Agricultural Drainage Waters through the Grassland Water District and Adjacent Grassland Channels, October 18, 1991

Folder 5

Miscellaneous, 1992

Folder 6

EPA, 1992

Folder 7

Miscellaneous, 1993

Folder 8

Miscellaneous, January-July 1994

Folder 9

Miscellaneous, August-December 1994

Folder 10

Miscellaneous, 1995

 

II. Selenium, 1865-1994

 

A. Chronologies, 1984-1986

Box Box 4, Folder 1

Chronologies, 1984-1986

 

B. Clippings, 1983-1994

Box Box 4, Folder 2

1983-1984

Folder 3

January - June 1985

Folder 4

July - December 1985

Folder 5

1986

Folder 6

1987

Folder 7

1988

Folder 8

1989-1990

Folder 9

1991-1994

 

C. Authors, 1865-1994

Box Box 5, Folder 1

Speakers, 1985-1987

Folder 2

Authors: A-B, 1935-1993

Folder 3

Authors: C-D, 1968-1990

Folder 4

Authors: Ei, 1982-1994

Folder 5

Authors: El-En, 1923-1991

Folder 6

Authors: F-G, 1980-1991

Folder 7

Authors: H-K, 1967-1989

Folder 8

Authors: La, 1941-1989

Folder 9

Authors: Le-Lu, 1968-1993

Box Box 6, Folder 1

Authors: Ma-Mc, 1865-1987

Folder 2

Authors: Me, 1887-1993

Folder 3

Authors: Mo, 1983-1988

Folder 4

Authors: N, 1976-1990

Folder 5

Authors: Oh, 1984-1989

Folder 6

Authors: Ol-Or, 1986-1990

Folder 7

Authors: P-R, 1936-1994

Folder 8

Authors: Sa-Sk, 1972-1993

Folder 9

Authors: Smith, F., 1980-1984

Box Box 7, Folder 1

Authors: Smith, F., 1985-1987

Folder 2

Authors: Smith, F., 1988-1991

Folder 3

Authors: Smith, G.-Sy, 1970-1990

Folder 4

Authors: T-V, 1898-1990

Folder 5

Authors: W, 1934-1990

Folder 6

Authors: Y-Z, 1972-1983

 

III. Westlands Water District (WWD), 1953-1994

Box Box 7, Folder 7

Solicitors' Opinions and Memoranda, 1978-1986

Folder 8

Clippings, 1977-1985

Folder 9

General, 1984-1985

Folder 10

Clippings, 1986-1987

Folder 11

General, 1986-1992

Box Box 8, Folder 1

Brody, Ralph M./USBR documentation, 1953-1981

Folder 2

Contracts, 1963-1986

Folder 3

Westlands W.D. v. U.S.A., et al., 1994

Folder 4

Litigation, 1979-1985

Folder 5

Litigation, 1986

Folder 6

Litigation: clippings, 1985-1987

 

IV. Subject Files, 1925-1994

Box Box 8, Folder 7

Agriculture, 1987-1992

Folder 8

Army Corp of Engineers, 1983-1991

Folder 9

Baker, Clyde, et al, v. U.S.A., 1989

Folder 10

Bliss, Eldred S., 1984-1985

Folder 11

Bureau of Mines (U.S.), re: selenium, 1987-1994

Folder 12

California Institute for Rural Studies, 1980-1993

Box Box 9, Folder 1

California Trout, Inc., et al, v. SWRCB, et al., 1989

Folder 2

Carter, Lloyd, 1984-1992

Folder 3

Claus, R.J., 1984-1989

Folder 4

Claus, R.J. v. U.S.A., 1985

Folder 5

Claus, R.J. v. U.S.A., 1985-1987

Folder 6

Coercion and Harassment, 1985-1989

Folder 7

Commission on Organization of the Exec. Branch (U.S.), 1949-1953

Folder 8

Conflicts of Interest and Cover-Ups, 1983-1989

Folder 9

Congress (U.S.), 1949-1979

Folder 10

Department of the Interior: Office of Inspector General, 1978-1987

Folder 11

Department of the Interior: Solicitor's Office, 1947-1979

Box Box 10, Folder 1

Department of the Interior: Solicitor's Office, 1980-1985

Folder 2

Department of the Interior: Solicitor's Office, 1986-1990

Folder 3

Dunning, Harrison, 1977-1994

Folder 4

Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.), 1977-1991

Folder 5

Federal Water Laws and Implementation, 1970-1991

Folder 6

Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.), 1985-1986

Folder 7

Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.), 1987-1988

Folder 8

Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.), 1989-1994

Folder 9

Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.), re: selenium, 1986-1990

Folder 10

Food and Drug Administration, re: selenium, 1986-1989

Folder 11

Freitas, Janette, et al. (litigation), 1984-1987

Box Box 11, Folder 1

Gejdenson, Sam (U.S. Representative), 1988

Folder 2

Geological Survey (U.S.), 1925-1992

Folder 3

Geological Survey (U.S.), re: selenium, 1974-1991

Folder 4

Geomorphology, 1990

Folder 5

Grassland Resource Conservation District, 1953-1986

Folder 6

Groundwater, 1982-1990

Folder 7

Gustine Land & Cattle Co. v. U.S.A., 1966

Folder 8

Hallett Creek Stream System, 1984-1988

Folder 9

Instream/Wetlands Restoration: clippings, 1986-1991

Folder 10

Instream/Wetlands Restoration: general, 1976-1990

Folder 11

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1986

Box Box 12, Folder 1

Litigation, 1988-1990

Folder 2

National Audubon Society, et al. v. L.A. Dept. of Water & Power, 1981

Folder 3

Owens Valley/Mono Basin, 1966-1991

Folder 4

Peterson v. Dept. of the Interior (and Opinion by Judge Norris), 1986-1990

Folder 5

Privatization, 1988

Folder 6

Public Trust Doctrine, 1970-1990

Folder 7

Summers Engineering, Inc., 1985-1987

Folder 8

U.S.A. v. SWRCB (Racanelli Decision), 1986

Folder 9

Water and Power, 19811988

Folder 10

Water Marketing, Trading, and Reallocation, 1977-1990

 

V. Geographical Files, 1885-1992

 

A. California, 1936-1991

Box Box 13, Folder 1

General, 1961-1989

Folder 2

University of California, 1970-1991

Folder 3

Water Districts and Water Rights, 1951-1989

Folder 4

Water Laws and Implementation, 1966-1989

Folder 5

Water Policy: Research, 1936-1982

Folder 6

CVP/SWP Coordinated Operation Agreement, 1985

Folder 7

Peripheral Canal, 1971-1982

Folder 8

Ventura River Case, 1988

 

B. Arizona, 1985-1992

Box Box 13, Folder 9

General, 1985-1992

 

C. Nevada, 1885-1991

Box Box 13, Folder 10

Clippings, 1988-1991

Box Box 14, Folder 1

Reports, 1885-1990

 

VI. Clippings, 1955-1995

Box Box 14, Folder 2

1955-1984

Folder 3

January - June 1985

Folder 4

July - December 1985

Folder 5

January - June 1986

Folder 6

July - December 1986

Folder 7

1987

Folder 8

1988

Box Box 15, Folder 1

1989

Folder 2

1990

Folder 3

1991

Folder 4

1992

Folder 5

1993

Folder 6

1994-1995

Folder 7

Subsidies, 1975-1986

Folder 8

Subsidies, 1987

Folder 9

Subsidies, 1988-1989

Folder 10

Subsidies, 1990

Folder 11

California Water Policy, 1988-1989

Folder 12

U.S. Congress: George Miller, 1983-1987

 

VII. Reports, 1966-1995

Box Box 15, Folder 13

1966-1995