Consists of personal and job-related photographs and published and unpublished essays from his work as an irrigation engineer, much of which focused on flood control. Most of the essays are typed reports to government agencies.
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Luther M. Winsor, born in Hebron, Utah on January 21, 1884, spent his whole life working with water, irrigation, and flood control. With his experience and expertise he was appointed to governmental positions, on both the state and national level, and he also served as a specialist to private companies. The bulk of his work with irrigation and flood control kept him in Utah, but he also studied and developed water programs in Chile, Iran, Canada, and much of the western United States.
His early life in Hebron, Washington County, consisted of learning first-hand about irrigation, masonry, and railroad surveying. In 1904 he registered at Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan. From the outset of his education he focused on studying irrigation. For seven years he not only continued his studies in college, but he also gained valuable field experience such as working under the State Engineer in Logan measuring water levels in canals and studying water use in crop production with an appointment from the United States Division of Irrigation Investigations. In 1911 he became the first person in Utah to receive a degree in Irrigation Engineering. In 1926 Winsor earned a Masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Winsor held an extensive and varied array of positions, most of which were concerned with irrigation and flood control. Shortly after he received his degree, Winsor became the first County Agent in the West and served posts in the Uintah Basin and in Colorado, but returned to Utah in 1913 to serve as Irrigation Specialist, a position he held for more than 20 years. It was in this capacity that he assisted in analyzing floods and developed the barrier system of flood control, in which debris is channeled away from flood waters.
Besides assisting in many flood control projects in Utah, in 1918 Winsor was called upon by the American Smelting and Refining Company to investigate irrigation and, as a result, increase food production for the company's copper mine camp in northern Chile. He would also assist the company on future projects in Garfield, Utah and Black Lake, Quebec.
The project that Winsor himself deemed most important was his work in Iran under appointment from the President of the United States in the early 1940s. In Iran he served as Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture. Winsor spent almost five years in the Middle East working with irrigation problems.
L.M. Winsor's varied career as an Irrigation Engineer is difficult to summarize. He extensively published the results from the many projects he assisted on or developed. On January 18, 1968 Winsor passed away. His groundbreaking work set the pace for flood control and irrigation in many areas of the West, especially Utah.
The L.M. Winsor collection consists of personal and job-related photographs and published and unpublished essays from his work as Irrigation Engineer. Most of the essays are typed reports to government agencies. The first three boxes of the collection house these reports with the reports on his work in Iran located in Box 15.
The photographs in this collection are mounted on sheets of paper with hand written captions accompanying most of them, and are grouped into related topics as outlined in the register. The photographs themselves can be separated into two types: personal and job-related. Box 4 Folders 1-6 contains the personal photographs, while the remainder of the collection consists of job-related pictures.
There is also a separate L.M. Winsor photographic collection (P0343) which houses about 800 negatives and prints.
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"Report on the Status of Proposed Irrigation Expansion in Silver Creek Valley, Arizona", by D.E. Heywood. "Report Covering Investigations Relative to Proposed Irrigation Expansion in Silver Creek Valley, Arizona", by L.M. Winsor. Typescript reports, maps and photographs. Correspondence with William C. Smith, Bishop of Snowflake, Arizona
"Specifications for Construction of Erosion Control Dam Across Potatoe Wash Near Escalante - Garfield County". Typescript report. Sketches of proposed structures for Salina Canyon, Amerfork Camp and Wells Siding. Photographs of Ed Ise Farm. Abraham, Utah, 1925. "Los Angeles County Flood Control District Report on Check Dams", by E.C. Eaton and Frank Cillelin, May 22, 1931. Correspondence from J.P. Martin in reference to proposed dam for Salina Canyon
"Report Covering Cooperative Irrigation Work in Utah". Subtitled - "Extension Work in Irrigation and Drainage in the State of Utah, December 1, 1921 to November 30, 1922", by L.M. Winsor. Typescript, maps and photographs
Vol. 1 : - Boulder Refuge, Nevada, 1940. Cabeza Prula Refuge, Arizona, 1940. Damron Valley, Utah, 1939. Devil's Slide on Weber River, Utah, 1938. Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1937. Indian Battle Ground Camp above Preston, Idaho,1933. Willard, Utah, 1917. Kanab, Utah, 1917. Auto wreck in Spanish Fork Canyon. "Making camp along the Columbia Highway", Oregon, 1925. Photographs of Spokane, Washington cityscape and three photographs of the Winsor family dog, 1926
Vol. 1 : - Freight collision on the Great Northern Railroad, Minot, North Dakota, 1935. Lower and Upper Souris, North Dakota, 1935. Round barn in South Dakota, 1935. Deadwood, South Dakota, 1935. Water spout and cyclone at Medicine Lake, Montana, 1935. "Little Jim", Uintah Reservation, Utah, 1912. "Crazy Indian~, Whiterocks, Utah, 1912. Pipe Spring Fort, Utah, 1916. Strawberry Valley fishing, Utah, 1923. Castle Rock, Utah, 1933. Skyline in Searchlight, Nevada, 1923. Mt. Timpanogos, Utah, 1937. Donner Lake on California-Nevada line, 1937. Crib Dam on Yuba River, California, 1926. Golddredge near Canyon City, Oregon, 1926
Vol. 5 : Detail of construction of the barrier; preparing foundation; beaver dam; method of building first barrier along south margin of barrier basin; construction of temporary spillway; system of placing stream under control by use of an operator
Vol. 10 : Navajo Project (1934); other locations in New Mexico "near Glenwood", "near Silver City", "near Alma", "near Farmington"; Navajo Reservation (1934); Pueblo Chetro Ketl, Chaco Canyon, Kinnebito area and Pueblo Boineta , 1934
Vol. 12 : - Utah: Farmington (1923); Turnbull (1940) and Zion Camp (1933). Nevada: Bunkerville (1935); Moapa Valley (1935). California: Santa Anna River (1938). New Mexico: Pueblo Chetro Ketl, Chaco Canyon, Kennebito Area (1934). Arizona: Safford (1934). Ohio: Zanesville , 1934
Vol. 13 : - California: San Fernando Valley - Los Angeles (1937- 1941); Mojave Desert (1937-1938); Barstow (1938); Baker (1938); Dagget (1925); Foot Hill Boulevard near Los Angeles (1926); aerial photo of Los Angeles River , 1938
Vol. 19 : - Utah: Parowan (1925-1930); Mt. Pleasant (1929/1938); Willard (1923-1926); Virgin River Valley (1934); Alton (1933); Enterprise (1926/1933); Woodruff (1929); Davis Creek (1930-1932); Centerville; Ford Creek (1930-1932); Fiddler's Canyon, 1930-1931