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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, 1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lower Colorado River Authority
Title: Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
Dates: 1936-1937, 1995
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 95-054
Extent: 5 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.

Source:

McCann, William. "Lower Colorado River Authority." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 5, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of film reels restricted; please contact repository for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
Miller, Tom, 1893-1962
Wirtz, Alvin, 1888-1951
Subjects (Organizations)
Lower Colorado River Authority -- Archives
Subjects
Austin Dam (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Buchanan Dam (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Inks Dam (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Floods -- Texas -- Colorado River
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Colorado River (Tex.) -- Flood, 1936
Colorado River (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Marble Falls (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, 1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Alternate Format Available

[DVD access copy is available in box 3W96c]

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
3W96c Film reels, 1936-1937
[DVD access copies in box 3W96c][Click for video: Reel 1][Click for video: Reel 2][Click for video: Reel 3][Click for video: Reel 4]
“Historic Films: Construction of Buchanan and Inks Dams and 1936 Flooding of Colorado River" Videotape, 1995

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