Doris Fenton, an instructor in the Department of English at KSU from 1945-1962, collected these papers on the Big Blue river floods, the Tuttle Creek Dam, and conservation related to this project, because of her personal interest and involvement in these projects. The provenance of the Doris H. Fenton Collection is uncertain. However, she apparently donated the material to the K-State Libraries after she stopped collecting items in 1962.
The collection is contained in one document box and spans the years 1936-1962. It is divided in three series: 1) Floods, 1951, 2) Dams and Flood Control, 1944-1956 and 3) Conservation, 1936-1962.
The collection is identified as University Archives accession number P69, (revised number, PC 1988.06). The processing of the collection was completed by Leena Chakrabarti, University Archives volunteer, in April 1993.
A related collection in the University Archives is the Doris and Leona Velen Tuttle Creek Dam Collection. Doris and Leona Velen, whose grandfather homesteaded in the Blue Valley in 1867, initiated a valiant and persistent anti-dam campaign. Materials in this collection span the time from the Velen sisters' initial involvement in the Tuttle Creek project during the mid 1940s until construction of the dam was completed in 1962. A finding aid can be viewed at the following, http://www.lib.ksu.edu/depts/spec/findaids/pc2004-10.html
The Doris H. Fenton Collection on the floods, the Tuttle Creek Dam, and on conservation, spans the years 1936-62. However, the bulk of the information is from the years 1951-55.
This collection is divided into three series: 1) Floods, 1951; 2) Dams and Flood Control, 1944-1956; 3) Conservation, 1936- 1962. The first series, Floods, consists mainly of newspaper clippings on the devastating flood of 1951 that occurred in Manhattan and Riley County. It also contains some other miscellaneous items related to the flood.
Dams and Flood Control is divided into two subseries: correspondence and printed material. The majority of the material documents the building of Tuttle Creek Dam and the controversy surrounding the approval of the project. Correspondence contains letters written by Leona Velen, Edith Monfort, and Elmer T. Peterson. The printed material consists of newspaper clippings (1944-1955), printed booklets (1949-1953), mimeographed reports (N.D.), a Washington log (1955), a Congressional record (1955), a map, and miscellaneous items on the Tuttle Creek Dam. This subseries also includes some related information on the Missouri Valley Association, and Tennessee Valley Association.
The last series, Conservation, is subdivided into speech, speech notes and outline; and printed material. The bulk of material in this series is about soil and water conservation programs in Kansas, conservation awareness programs in Kansas, and Watershed programs in Kansas. The first subseries consists of speech notes on "Background of Soil Water Conservation Legislation," notes and bibliography on "The Delaware River Watershed Association," notes on "Kansas Conservation Programs under present statutes," outline of "Conservation of soil and water in Kansas," and bibliography on "Soil and Water Conservation." The printed material contains newspaper clippings (1946-1962), a journal article (1951), "They've cut the heart out of Soil Conservation," by H.H. Bennett; printed booklets (1936-1959); a map; and miscellaneous items. The printed material subseries also includes a work kit, called "Land-Water-People," which was probably used for a conference presented by Cooperative Extension Service at KSU.
Box Folder FLOODS Printed Material Newspaper Clippings 1 01 (1951 January-December) 1951 02 8 May-12 July 03 13-14 July 04 15-16 July 05 18-21 July 06 22-25 July 07 26-31 July 08 1 August-18 December 09 N.D. 10 Miscellaneous DAMS AND FLOOD CONTROL Correspondence 11 1955-56 Printed Material Newspaper Clippings 12 1944-49 13 1952 14 1953 15 1954 1955 16 April-May 17 10-12 June 18 13-19 June 19 20-26 June 20 N.D. 21 N.D. Printed Booklets 22 1949-1953 Mimeographed Reports 23 N.D. Washington Log 24 1955 Congressional Record 25 1955, 15 June MVA and TVA 26 N.D. Map 27 1949, January Miscellaneous 28 N.D. CONSERVATION Speech, Speech notes and outline 29 N.D. Printed Material Newspaper Clippings 30 1946-1953 1954 31 January-February 32 March-December 33 1955-1962 34 N.D. Journal Article 35 1951, March Printed Booklets 36 1936-1950 37 1951-1959 Land, Water and People 38 N.D. Map 39 N.D. Miscellaneous 40 N.D.