Osmer Lysander Waller Papers 1897-1935


Osmer Lysander Waller Papers, 1897-1935

Osmer Lysander Waller Papers 1897-1935

Correspondence, notes, drafts, reports, photographs, maps and drawings concerned with irrigation in Washington and Idaho, ca. 1900-1935, especially relating to the Columbia Basin Survey Commission (1919-1921) and other public agencies involved in the effort to reclaim the arid regions of central Washington. In addition, the papers document Waller's participation in the codification of the water laws of Washington, ca. 1910-1916. Also included are a portion of the papers resulting from Waller's teaching and administrative positions at Washington State University. Correspondents include Marvin Chase, Elwood Mead, J.W. Summers, and Ross Tiffany.

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Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

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Elwood Mead (1858-1936) was territorial engineer and later, the first state engineer of Wyoming, 1888-1899, and author of its first water code. From 1899-1907, he was in charge of irrigation investigations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was chairman of the Rivers and Water Supply Commission in Victoria, Australia, 1907-1915, professor of Rural Institutions at the University of California, 1915-1924, and Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1924 until his death in 1936....

Columbia Basin Survey Commission (Wash.)

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As early as 1918, settlers in the central Washington area dreamed of a big dam that could be used to irrigate their lands. The Columbia Basin Survey Commission was the first organization to study the conceivability of a dam on the Columbia River. In 1919 the Washington State Legislature created the Columbia Basin Survey Commission and appropriated $100,000 for its work. In 1933 the state legislature created the Columbia Basin Commission to replace the Survey Commission and to secure the construc...

Summers, John W. (John William), 1870-1937

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Tiffany, R. K. (Ross Kerr), 1879-

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Waller, Osmer Lysander

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Osmer L. Waller was born in Ohio in 1857. His young adulthood was spent moving between Ohio and Michigan and seemed to have been characterized by uncertainty about the choice of a profession. He began by receiving the type of literary-religious education then offered in most American colleges, going so far as to receive a graduate degree of that nature. Then he attended the University of Michigan law school and was admitted to the bar, but instead of practicing law he became a publi...

Chase, Marvin

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Marvin L. Chase was Washington State's Hydraulic Engineer. He was the supervisor of hydraulics for the Division of Water Resources for the Dept. of Conservation and Development. He held the position of Chairman of the State Reclamation Board until he resigned his chairmanship over a dispute about the removal of an engineer from the Board. In Mar. 1919 he was assigned the position of Chairman of the Columbia Basin Survey Commission, which he ran for many years. From the description of...

Waller, O. L. (Osmar Lysander), 1857-1935

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Irrigation engineer and educator, Pullman, Washington. From the description of Papers, 1897-1935. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29852571 ...