Guide to the John E. Hayes Papers
1902-1937

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Creator: Hayes, John E., 1877-1962
Title: John E. Hayes Papers
Dates: 1902-1937 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9 cubic feet
Collection Number: MG 013
Summary: Reports and other materials collected or written by Twin Falls hydraulic engineer Hayes in connection with his hydrological survey of the Snake River.
Repository: University of Idaho Library
Special Collections and Archives

850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951
http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/special-collections/

Languages: This collection is in English. 

Content Description

This archival group contains reports, memoranda, charts, graphs, maps, photographs, and other material collected by or written by John E. Hayes, a Twin Falls hydraulic engineer, in connection with his survey of the Snake River. This study, which was financed by the Milner Corporation, representing the original Twin Falls Land and Water Company, "began in 1932 and for more than two years, Mr. Hayes devoted most of his time pursuing Snake River Waters above ground and under ground. His purpose was to determine sources of increment, conditions affecting losses as well as increment, fluctuation of supply and influences contributing to fluctuation; diversions from the river, manner and effect of utilization of water, conditions determining successful irrigation, etc. Mr. Hayes was convinced that much water was being wasted, too much water being applied to certain crops, needless seepage conditions developing and most important, there remained in Idaho thousands of acres of fertile land unused for lack of water that could be diverted from the Snake River." (Typed letter signed Anna H. (Mrs. John E.) Hayes to Siegfried B. Rolland, Department of History, University of Idaho, January 14, 1964.)

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

John E. Hayes Papers, MG 013. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Since the material in this group is almost exclusively concerned with the Snake River Water Survey, the physical nature of the material was the only basis for organization. Within each group material relating to one particular portion of the survey has been brought together.

Processing Note :  

The Descriptive Inventory of the Papers of John E. Hayes relating to a survey of Snake River waters in the University of Idaho Library was prepared by Judith Nielsen, March 1982.

In January 2007 the papers were rearranged to improve access. Apparently, materials could then only be retrieved by means of file cards. The new arrangement, however, presented inconsistencies, causing it to be revised again in November 2007. The revision included restoring Judith Nielsen's inventory order and adding box and folder numbers to it.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1:  Reports

This series consists of typescripts of reports on various aspects of the Snake River waters in southern Idaho. Thirty-seven of these reports were indexed and abstracted by John E. Hayes. In the following list both indexed and non-indexed reports are combined.

Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Index to reports
1 2 Baldwin, G. Clyde, F.A. Banks, and W.O. Cotton. "Reports to Water Users' Committee of Nine, District no.36", 1923
1 3 Coffin, Mans H. "Report on experiments conducted to show the comparative evaporation from swamped areas, seeped areas, and open water surface, in the Pioneer Irrigation District in Boise Valley, 1918 and 1919”
1 4 Cotton, W.O. "Report on distribution of Snake River Storage, season of 1913”
1 5 Cotton, W.O. "Report on distribution of Snake River Storage, season of 1914”
1 6 Cotton, W.O. "Report on distribution of Snake River Storage, season of 1915”
1 7 Crandall, Lynn. "Crandall on Snake River and related data" (Plaintiff's exhibit no.249), 1917 May 2
1 8 Crandall, Lynn. "Losses and gains in the Snake River between Heise and King Hill, Idaho, and in the Henry's Fork of the Snake River", 1931
1 9 Crosby, W.O. "Report on the American Falls Project of the Snake River Valley, Idaho", 1919
1 10 Empey, John, D.G. Martin, and C.F. Elford. "Report on canal deliveries of natural and stored water from Snake River between Jackson Lake, Wyoming and Milner, Idaho for the period July 1st. to September 21st. inclusive”, 1918
1 11 Empey, John. "Watermaster's general report of Water District no.36, season of 1917”
1 12 Haight, H.G. "Preliminary report and general information regarding project conditions, Twin Falls South Side Project", 1930
1 13 Haight, H.G. "Report on return flow accruing to Snake River and the American Falls Reservoir Basin from lands in the vicinity of Blackfoot and the Fort Hall Project, Idaho", 1928
1 14 Haight, H.G. "Report on the ground water conditions with regard to return flow accruing to Snake River and the American Falls Reservoir from lands in the vicinity of Blackfoot, Idaho and the Fort Hall Project", 1927
1 15 Hamming, Henry. "Clear Creek District, report of assistant commissioner, for 1936"
1 16 Hanna, F.W. "Water supply and uses for Boise Project, Idaho", undated
1 17 Harding, S.T. "Report on irrigation investigations made on the North Side Minidoka Project in 1915, for irrigation investigations, U.S. Department of Agriculture", undated
1 18 Hayes, John E. "Analysis of 1931 report of Watermaster, district no.36”, undated
1 19 Hayes, John E. "Comparative analysis of natural flow rights together with duty of water and consumptive use on Twin Falls tract", 1932
1 20 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1914 to October 31, 1915”
1 21 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1915 to October 31, 1916”
1 22 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1916 to October 31, 1917”
1 23 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1917 to October 31, 1918”
1 24 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1. 1918 to October 31, 1919”
1 25 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1919 to October 31, 1920”
1 26 Hayes, John E. "General report of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company's system, November 1, 1920 to October 31, 1921”
1 27 Hayes, John E. Photographic negatives showing conditions on Twin Falls South Side Project for amplification of evidence, Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company, 1931
1 28 Hayes, John E. Photographs showing conditions around American Falls Basin and Lake Walcott, 1931
1 29 Heroy, W.B. "Report on geology and ground-water investigations of the Twin Falls tract", 1914
1 30 LaRue, E.C. "Report of investigations made on Snake River from Blackfoot to Twin Falls" and LaRue, E.C. "Report of investigations on Snake River between Montgomery’s Ferry and Shoshone Falls", 1905
1 31 LaRue, E.C. "Report of Snake River investigations, Jackson Lake, Wyoming to Milner, Idaho", 1909
1 32 LaRue, E.C. "Report, Snake River Storage, 1910", 1911
1 33 Lewis, M.R. "Experiments on the proper time and amount of irrigations, Twin Falls Experiment Station, 1914, 1915, 1916"
1 34 Martin, D.G. "Snake River Storage Project - Wyoming; report on distribution at Minidoka and Milner, Idaho, season of 1916”
1 35 Meeker, R.I. "Discussion on evaporation on United States reclamation projects", 1926
1 36 Meeker, R.I. "Report: Snake River water problems concerning operation, Jackson Lake Reservoir, transmission losses reservoir water, water district 36, Idaho", 1924
1 37 Minear, V.L. "Report on hydrological investigations on American Falls Reservoir, June to December inclusive, 1924”, 1925
1 38 Nelson, Elias. "Seepage measurements on Twin Falls canals in 1906”
2 1 Newell, Thomas R. "Segregation of water resources: American Falls Basin and American Falls Reservoir, April 15 to October 15, 1927"
2 2 Newell, Thomas R. "Segregation of water resources: American Falls Basin and American Falls Reservoir, May 21 to October 17, 1928”
2 3 Newell, Thomas R. "Segregation of water resources: Jackson Lake and Jackson Lake Reservoir, Moran, Wyoming, 1924”
2 4 Paul, D.J. "Report on drainage investigation of Pioneer and Nampa-Meridian districts of Boise Project, Idaho, for the year 1917”
2 5 Piper, Arthur M. "Possibilities of petroleum in Power and Oneida counties, Idaho", 1924
2 6 "Report of Board of Engineers to consider projects in Snake River Valley which may affect the proposed American Falls Reservoir, Idaho", 1920
2 7 Riles, E.H. "Report on the distribution and the losses and gains of water for the Twin Falls Canal Company for the season of 1927”
1 29 Ross, D.W. "Reports on investigations of Snake River between Montgomery’s Ferry and Shoshone Falls", 1905
2 8 Sloan, W.G. "A report of investigations on the South Side Twin Falls Project, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1914-15-16”
2 9 Smith, Burton. "Annual report of manager of Twin Falls Canal Company, 1927-1928”
2 10 Smith, T.R. "Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation hydrometric report of American Falls Reservoir area for 1925"
2 11 Smith, T.R. "Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation hydrometric report on American Falls Reservoir area for 1926”
2 12 Steward, W.G. "Consumptive use or net duty of water as related to irrigation on the Twin Falls South Side Project, Idaho", 1931
2 13 Steward, W.G. "Report on consumptive use or net duty of water as related to irrigation under southern Idaho conditions", 1930
2 14 Steward, W.G. "Report on consumptive use--net duty of water as related to the proper adjudication of water rights on the Boise River", 1931
2 15 Steward, W.G. "Report on the investigation of the losses and gains in the flow of Snake River between Blackfoot and the Clough Ranch during the irrigation season of 1926”
2 16 Steward, W.G. "Report on the water situation along the Snake River between American Falls and Milner for the irrigation season of 1927”
2 17 Steward, W.G., and H.G. Haight. "Water resources of the Snake River Valley showing the origin and amount of natural flow available to the lower rights", 1931
2 18 "Surface runoff, Twin Falls Project", 1931
2 19 “Temporary decrees and stipulations for the delivery of water to the Twin Falls Canal companies for 1910, 1911, and 1912”

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Series 2:  Alphabetical Folders

The folders in this series may contain brief reports, hand-written notes, printed material, charts, maps, or correspondence. Below is a list of folders with the major reports noted under them.

Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 20 Agricultural Data – Idaho
Hobson, Karl and Ezra T. Benson. “1938 agricultural outlook for Idaho", 1937
Idaho. Agricultural Experiment Station, Moscow. "Science serves Idaho agriculture", 1936
Vogel, Harold A. and Neil W. Johnson. "Types of farming in Idaho, part 1. Agricultural resources and factors affecting their use", 1934
2 21 Alton Reservoir - Sheep Creek Drainage Basin
Hayes, John E. "Area proposal: Alton Reservoir - Sheep Creek Drainage Basin", 1939
2 22 American Falls Reservoir
U.S. Reclamation Service, Burley, Idaho. "Compilation of information for use of Appropriations Committee, House of Representatives, 66th Congress", 1920 June 30
2 23 Bench Marks - Hot Spring to Buhl
2 24 Big Wood River Data
"Brief history of the Idaho Irrigation Company's project, now and better known as the project of the Big Wood Canal Company", undated
2 25 Black Canyon Project
Lyman, Ray J. "Black Canyon reclamation project." n.d., undated
2 26 Castle Creek Data
2 27 Center Irrigation District
Wells, Clyde E. "Report on Center Irrigation District, Valley County, Idaho", 1932
2 28 Civil Works Administration
2 29 Cohn Ranch (Arimo, Idaho)
2 30 Crops
2 31 Drainage and Levee Districts
2 32 Drought Relief Program
Hayes, John E. "Accomplishments through Drought Relief Program", 1934
2 33 Dry Creek Reservoir
Hayes, John E. "Memoranda: East end of Dry Creek Reservoir", 1933
2 34 Duck Valley Reservation
2 35 Emmett Project, Idaho
2 36 Expenses of J.E. Hayes, 1931 September
2 37 Grants Pass, Oregon
"Arable land traversed by railroad", undated
Hayes, John E. "Report on water supply and drainage for the proposed resettlement development near Grants Pass, Oregon", 1936
2 38 Gray's Lake
2 39 Hansen Butte
3 1 Idaho Projects (Proposed)
Hayes, John E. "Memoranda relating to Salmon and Lemhi River Basins", 1938
Hayes, John E. "Proposed Jesse Creek Reservoir Project", 1938
Hayes, John E. "Water supply for school at Pierce", 1938
3 2 Idaho Falls
"Annual report of the Committee of Nine to the water users of district 36 for the year 1934”
"Annual report of the Committee of Nine to the water users of district 36 for the year 1935”
"Irrigation report on proposed resettlement project in the Idaho Falls Area, Idaho", 1938
3 3 King Hill Project, Idaho
3 4 Kootenai Valley Drainage District
3 5 Legal
3 6 Lewiston Orchards
3 7 Little Lost River
3 8 Little Willow Irrigation District
Hayes, John E. "Area proposal: Little Willow Canyon and Washington Counties", 1939
3 9 Little Wood River Drainage Basin
Hayes, John E. "Area proposal: Little Wood River Canal Co., Blaine County, Idaho", 1939
3 10 Lost River
Livingston, D.C. "Geological report on Big Lost River Valley", 1931
"Report of the Board of Engineers on Big Lost River, Idaho", 1931
3 11 Madison River
3 12 Malad River
Hayes, John E. "Informal memoranda on Malad Valley, Idaho", 1936
Hayes, John E. "Report of investigation of Malad Valley project, Oneida County, Idaho", 1936
3 13 Malad River
Thompson, David G. and R.W. Faris. "Preliminary report on water resources of Malad and Curlew Valleys, Oneida County, Idaho", 1932
3 14 Malad River
Smith, J. Winter. "Malad Valley, Idaho, water utilization report", 1938
Smith, J. Winter. "Malad Valley project", 1938
3 15 Mesa Orchards
Hayes, John E. "Report on water supply and drainage for the Mesa Orchards project, Adams County, Idaho", 1936
3 16 Minidoka
3 17 Miscellaneous Correspondence and Notes
3 18 Montpelier Creek Reservoir Project
Hayes, John E. "Montpelier Irrigation District, project proposal", 1939
3 19 Oakley
Hayes, John E. "Oakley Project area plan", 1938
3 20 Opalene
Hayes, John E. "Area proposal: Opalene Irrigation District, Owyhee County, Idaho", 1939
3 21 Owyhee Project
3 22 Percentage Loss Equation
"Percentage loss equation: analysis of the PLE as used by the operators of Snake River in district 36”
3 23 Portneuf River
3 24 Raft River Valley
Hatch, William R. "Raft River area water facilities program area plan", 1939
Hayes, John E, "Memorandum: Almo area, within the Raft River Drainage Basin", 1938
Hayes, John E. "Supplemental information on Raft River area plan, Cassia Creek-Bar M unit", 1939
McDole, G.R. and H.P. Magnuson. "Soils of the Raft River Valley, Idaho", undated
Stearns, Harold T. "Quantity of ground water in Raft River Valley, Idaho", 1929
3 25 Releases (Press Releases)
3 26 Robin School Water Supply
Hayes, John E. "Proposed water supply for Robin School, Robin, Bannock County, Idaho", 1938
3 27 Snake River Irrigation District
Hayes, John E. "Area proposal: Snake River Irrigation District, Ada County, Idaho", 1939
Hayes, John E. "Disposition of water in the Snake River Valley", 1932
Hayes, John E. "Draining a desert of the past" (In Dupont Magazine), 1930 October
Hayes, John E. "Relation of American Falls Reservoir to natural flow"
Steward, W.G. "Report on the investigation of the losses and gains in the flow of Snake River between Blackfoot and the Clough Ranch curing the irrigation season of 1926"
3 28 Salmon Basin
3 29 Steward, W.G.
3 30 Texas Creek Dam
3 31 Twin Falls Canal Company
3 32 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs.Twin Falls Canal Company
3 33 Twin Falls South Side Project
Bark, Don H. "Report of seepage investigations on the South Side Twin Falls Project” , 1912
Hayes, John E. "Memorandum re: Snake River water rights", 1930
Hayes, John E. "Memorandum to accompany Twin Falls South Side Project data", 1931
3 34 U.S. Geological Society Maps (Non-Snake River)

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Series 3:  Daily Summaries of Data, 1919-1929

This series consists of large sheets of paper containing information on water distribution collected at various points along the Snake River Gaging Stations from Jackson Lake, Wyoming to Milner, Idaho.

Container(s)
Description
Box
4 Daily summaries of data

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Series 4:  Miscellaneous Reports, Folders, Maps, and Charts

The type of material in this series is similar to the materials in the previous three series and is listed the same way.

Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
Miscellaneous Reports
5 1 American Falls Reservoir, Minidoka Project. Three party agreement for lease of reserved capacity in American Falls Reservoir, 1931 June 1
5 2 Application of Little Wood River Irrigation District of the County of Blaine, State of Idaho, to Reconstruction Finance Corporation ... for funds, 1938
5 3 Area and capacity tables for American Falls Reservoir (15 sheets)
5 4 Baldwin, G. Clyde. "Water distribution and hydrometric work in district no.36”, 1919
5 5 Baldwin, G. Clyde. "Water distribution and hydrometric work in district no.36”, 1924
5 6 Carpenter, Jay A., Russell Richard Elliott, and Byrd Fanita Wall Sawyer. The history of fifty years of mining at Tonopah, 1900-1950. Reno, Nevada Bureau of Mines, 1953
5 7 Crandall Lynn. "Use of water on Twin Falls North Side Project, Idaho”, 1923
5 8 Crandall, Lynn. "Water distribution and hydrometric work, Snake River, Idaho, district no.36, 1931”
5 9 Crandall, Lynn. "Water distribution and hydrometric work, Snake River, Idaho, district no.36, 1932”
5 10 "Detailed report on low water conditions on Boise River from Notus Bridge to Parma Bridge for 1914”
5 11 Diagrams to accompany report on water supply for T.F.N.S.L. and W. Co. project 1917. 59 diagrams
5 12 Hurlebaus, Harvey W. "Twin Falls North Side Project, reminiscences and a forecast", 1936
5 13 LaRue, E.C. "Report, Snake River storage, Idaho", 1910
The set of plates is more complete than in Report 2, listed in series I
5 14 LaRue, E.C. "Snake River water investigations", 1909
5 15 Meeker, R.I. "Snake River water problems, water district no.36, Idaho" Preliminary report, 1923 May 6
5 16 Meinzer, Oscar E. Outline and glossary of ground-water hydrology. Washington, D.C., U.S. Geological Survey, 1919
5 17 Paul, D.J. "Detailed report on low water conditions on Boise River from Canyon Bridge above Caldwell to Notus Bridge opposite Notus”, undated
5 18 Piper, Arthur M. Geology and water resources of the Goose Creek Basin, Cassia County, Idaho. Moscow, Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1923
5 19 Russell, Israel C. Geology and water resources of the Snake River Plains of Idaho. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 1902
5 20 Smith, T.R. "Hydrometric report on American Falls Reservoir area for 1925”
5 21 Smith, T.R. "Hydrometric report on American Falls Reservoir area for 1926"
5 22 Steward, W.G. "Report on return flow and seepage into Boise River during the low water period of 1914”
6 1 Twin Falls Canal Co. vs. Charles N. Foster. Decree, 1913 June 13
6 2 Twin Falls Canal Co. vs. Charles N. Foster. Decree, 1916 September 12
6 3 Twin Falls Land and Water Co. vs. Twin Falls Canal Co. Brief of the Plaintiff, 1932 June 28
6 4 Twin Falls Land and Water Co. vs. Twin Falls Canal Co Statement of Facts (opinion of Judge Fee), 1933
6 5 Water Resources of Idaho. Volume 2: Hydroelectric Power in Idaho. By the Idaho State Planning Board in Cooperation with the National Resources Committee. Boise, 1937
6 6 West, S.W. and S.W. Fader. "Records of wells and groundwater withdrawals in the Dry Creek area, Cassia and Twin Falls Counties, Southern Idaho", 1952
Miscellaneous Folders
6 7 Albion-Idaho Land Co. vs. NAF Irrigation Company
6 8 Drainage
6 9 Gray's Lake Seepage
6 10 Milner, A.C. (Correspondence)
6 11 Newspapers
6 12 Photographs (of railroad line and crossing)
6 13 Shodde, Thomas
6 14 Snake River Data
6 15 Trees (Fifield Basin juniper cut in 1928)
6 16 Twin Falls Canal Company
6 17 Twin Falls Land and Water Company
6 18 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company
6 19 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company. Typed copy of J.E. Hayes's personal notes
7 1 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company. Transcript of the record volume I
7 2 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company. Transcript of the record volume II
7 3 Twin Falls Land and Water Company vs. Twin Falls Canal Company. Transcript of the record volume III
7 4 Water Distribution and hydrometric work, district no.36, 1920-1928. Extracts from annual reports
7 5 Water Use
8-10 Miscellaneous Maps, Charts, etc.
American Falls Reservoir Basin, Snake and Portneuf Rivers and Tributaries. Map showing springs and rating stations
Daily Gage Reports:
Blackfoot River near Mouth, 1929
Deep Creek near Malad, 1932-1937
Devil Creek near Malad, 1932-1937
Malad River near Malad, 1932
Lake Milner at Milner, 1929
North Canal at Milner, 1909-1929
North Canal at Minidoka, 1909-1919, 1929
Rock Creek at Twin Falls, 1927-1931
South Canal at Milner, 1909-1919, 1929-1930
South Canal at Minidoka, 1909-1919, 1929
Daily Gage Height and Discharge Records. Snake River at:
Blackfoot, 1910-1919
Clough's Ranch, 1929
Milner, 1909-1920, 1928-1929
Minidoka, 1910-1919, 1928-1929
Montgomery's Ferry, 1895-1910
Neeley, 1906-1923, 1928-1929
Dr. Harris’s water requirements for various crops. Seven charts and graphs for water requirements and soil analysis
Dry Creek Reservoir maps and charts
Evaporation and Diversion charts
Hydrographs. Snake River discharges at various stations:
Cloughs , 1910-1930
Howells Ferry , 1911-1930
Montgomery's Ferry , 1895-1910
Milner , 1909-1930
Neeley , 1906-1930
Lynwood Shopping Center, Twin Falls. Plat maps
Minidoka Irrigation Project: map showing wells measured and rise of ground water , 1927 April-October
Minidoka Irrigation Project: map showing rights of way
Natural flow of Snake River at Neeley, 1911-1930
Snake River Basin in Idaho and Wyoming (map)
Snake River Decree: map showing points of diversion and locations of dams
Snake River distribution charts, 1911-1918
Snake River Plain, Idaho, and adjacent areas that contribute ground water to the Snake River. U.S.G.S. map
South Fork of Snake River through Jefferson and Madison Counties (1928 map)
Twin Falls Canal Company's project map
Twin Falls Canal Company's project, map showing mileages
Twin Falls South Side project, map
U.S. Geological Survey map showing gaging stations on Snake River, 1918
Upper End of Snake River Valley, map showing irrigation diversions from Snake River

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Subject Terms :
  • Hydrology--Idaho--Snake River, South Fork
    • Personal Names :
    • Hayes, John E., 1877-1962--Archives.

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