A Guide to the Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, 1995
Established in 1934 by the Texas Legislature, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is a public agency and conservation and reclamation district in the ten Texas counties through which the Colorado River flows. Between 1935 and 1951 LCRA built six dams along the river above Austin to help control flooding and create a reliable water supply. Charged with the operation of energy services, water and wastewater services, parks and land, and economic and community development since 1995, the agency is also involved in environmental monitoring and pollution reduction. LCRA operates on revenues from its electricity and water sales and other services.
McCann, William. "Lower Colorado River Authority." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 5, 2011.
Comprised of film reels and a videotape, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, 1995, documents the early work of the LCRA and flooding in Austin, Texas. Four silent 16 mm film reels (1936-1937) illustrate construction of Buchanan Dam and Inks Dam in 1937, including the presence of Texas politicians Harold Ickes, Tom Miller, and Alvin J. Wirtz at tours and groundbreakings. Additionally, the films show sites flooded by the Colorado River in 1936, such as the uncompleted Buchanan Dam, Austin Dam, Marble Falls, Barton Springs, and various bridges. The videotape (1995) contains the footage from all four reels with no additional material.
This collection is open for research use.
Use of film reels restricted; please contact repository for more information.
Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, 1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
[DVD access copy is available in box 3W96c]
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