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John F. Streiff

Papers, 1965-1977
9 linear feet

This descriptive inventory of the Papers of John F. Streiff in the University of Idaho Library was prepared by Judith Nielsen in December 1979.


The nine boxes of material which were given to the University of Idaho Library consist exclusively of water resource material. When the Idaho Water Resource Board was created on July 16, 1965, John Fridolin Streiff was among the original eight members. His file of the minutes of this organization extends from August 2, 1965 to December 9, 1977. The folders include not only the official minutes of the meetings, but copies of correspondence and reports, copies of newspaper clippings, reprints of articles and occasionally minutes of related meetings.

On January 18, 197l Streiff was selected by the Idaho Water Resource Board to be Idaho's member of the Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission. His file of minutes begins with the December 2, 1970 meeting and ends with the minutes of the meeting held December 8, 1977. There are also minutes from several subcommittees of this organization.

In addition to these two major organizations, Streiff attended meetings of other water related organizations including the Water Resources Council, Inland Empire Waterways Association, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee and the Port of Lewiston. He was also a member of the Westwide Study Group.

There are folders dealing with the American Falls Dam, Bear River development, Blackfoot Reservoir, Boise Project, Lower Granite Dam, Lucky Peak, Malad Canyon, Middle Snake development, Swan Falls, the State Water Plan, Desert Entry hearings, Port Law and material on the Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation.

The final box contains miscellaneous publications which do not relate to a specific series.

The contents of each folder are described in the following Description of Series. A name index is provided for correspondence involving John Streiff.


A regard for provenance, or original order, was the main factor affecting the organization of the papers of John Fridolin Streiff; therefore information on specific topics may be found in more than one place.

The minutes of the Idaho Water Resource Board, with their various attachments, including correspondence and reports, are in chronological order, as are the minutes of the Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission.

The other water resource related meetings which Streiff attended are arranged first alphabetically, each organization having its own folder. The material within these folders is then arranged chronologically.

Correspondence addressed to Streiff or written by him is contained in three folders, and is arranged in chronological order. An index of correspondents has been prepared for this material.

Each of the various water resource projects has a separate folder. The folders are arranged alphabetically by project; the material within each folder is chronological. In some cases where there is more than one folder, newspaper clippings, legal material and correspondence are kept separate.

File cards have been prepared for series I and II which list reports found in the minutes or attachments thereto, especially if the material is related to items found in another series. A personal name index has been prepared for the correspondence.


I. Idaho Water Resource Board File Boxes 1-4

II. Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission File Boxes 4-6

III. Other Organizations File Box 6

Water Resources Council

Inland Empire Waterways Association

Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee

League of Women Voters Snake River Seminar

Metropolitan Water District of So. California

National Conference on Water, 1977

Port of Lewiston

Westwide Study

IV. Legislative Material File Box 6

V. Newspaper Clippings & Reprints File Box 6

VI. Correspondence, 1965-1978 File Box 6

VII. Projects File Box 7

VIII. Miscellaneous Folders File Box 8

Desert Entry

Port Law

State Water Plan

Wild Rivers

Maps and Charts

IX. Miscellaneous Publications File Box 9


I. Idaho Water Resources Board. (August 2, 1965 - December 9, 1977)

When the Idaho Water Resource Board was created as a State agency in 1965 its eight members were George L. Crookham, Jr., Leonard E. Graham, Dr. Evan M. Kackley, Charles J. Marshall, Arlie L. Parkins, Edward Reichert, John Streiff, and George L. Yost. Charged with formulating and implementing a State Water Plan, constructing and operating water projects, appropriating public waters and acquiring real property for water projects, the minutes of the board reflect their methods of fulfilling that charge.

Included with the minutes are legislation, correspondence, reports, and budgets. A selected list of this material follows. The number in parentheses is a reference to the folder in which the material is found. The first twenty-four meetings of the board were numbered consecutively, therefore (15th) indicates the material will be found in the folder for the fifteenth meeting. Beginning in 1968 the meetings were numbered by indicating the number of the meeting within the calendar year, therefore(3-68) refers to the third meeting in 1968. The contents of several miscellaneous IWRB folders are listed following the list of material found with the minutes.

II. Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission. (December 2, 1970-December 8, 1977)

The Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission is composed of representatives from the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and from ten federal departments. In addition to the official minutes of the meetings each folder contains minutes of subcommittees, copies of correspondence, reports, and speeches. Material concerning the PNRBC prior to December 1970 can be found in the following folders of the Idaho Water Research Board (Series I): 23d meeting, 5-69, 4-70, 6-70, and 8-70. In the following list the number in parentheses indicates the number of the meeting in which the material is found. There are several folders from the PNRBC program development committee and also several miscellaneous folders in this series, the contents of which are described following the list of material found with the minutes.

III. Other Organizations

John Streiff was also active in other water related organizations. The records for each individual organization are contained in separate folders, the contents of which are briefly described below.

Columbia Basin Inter-Agency Committee: Columbia North Pacific Region. Comprehensive Framework Study. Information brochure. 1965; Minutes of the 135th meeting, September 29, 1966.

Inland Empire Waterways Association: Correspondence, 1969-71; The Log (newsletter) December 1970; By-laws

League of Women Voters. Snake River Basin Seminar: Western Water (newsletter) no-3, April 1971; Letters from Mrs. Eugene Smith, April 27, May 21, August 26, 1971; Letter from Judy Minshall, October 15, 1971; Copies of speeches of John Streiff, Norman H. Moore, Col. Richard M. Connell, Donel Lane, and Travis S. Roberts.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: Aquaduct News. January, March 1971; Itinerary of Colorado River Project Tour, February 23-27, 1971; Pamphlets on Colorado River, Parker Dam, California State Water project.

National Conference on Water. 1977: Reports; Program

Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (formerly Inland Empire Waterways Assoc.): Resolutions of 38th convention, 1971; and 39th convention, 1972; Programs and policies. 1973, 1975-6, 1976-7, 1978, 1979; Newsletter, 1972-1978 - miscellaneous issues; Correspondence; Minutes of the Board of Directors meetings; The Log. September 1972; Articles of incorporation and bylaws; Six maps showing PNWA projects.

Port of Lewiston: Newspaper article--Lewiston Morning Tribune, October 12, 1969; Port of Lewiston, Idaho (booklet) 1966; Master plan to 1985, Lewiston, Idaho. 1956; Lewiston-Clarkston urban transportation study (maps) 1965; Cornell, Howland, Hays, & Merryfield. North Lewiston site, proposed development, phase I; Proposed budget. July 1, 1971 - June 30, 1972, July 1, 1972 - June 30, 1973, July 1, 1973 - June 30, 1974, July 1, 1977 - June 30, 1978

Water Resources Council: Correspondence, 1975-1976; Summary of the meeting of all River Basin Commission Vice-Chairmen, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., January 13, 1976.

Westwide Study: Correspondence, 1971-1973; Advisory Committee meeting minutes, October 17-18, 1972; May 14, 1973; December 4, 1973; Critical water issues submitted by the states; Revised outline for 1974 Westwide report. September 17, 1973; Western U.S. Water Plan. 1977 report, form and content working document. October 1972; Western U.S. Water Plan. 1973 progress report. (See also IWRB folders 2-70, 5-71, 10-71)

IV. Legislative Material

In addition to the legislative material contained in other series, there is also a separate folder labeled "Legislative Material." This folder contains state and federal legislation, and some typescripts of proposed legislation, all dealing with water resources. The material spans the years 1968-1976. Only legislation introduced in either state or federal legislatures is listed below.

V. Newspaper Clippings & Reprints (1964-1976)

Although most folders, especially those dealing with specific projects, contain newspaper clippings and reprints of articles, John Streiff also had a separate file of articles and clippings dealing with the more general water resource information. The numerous newspaper clippings span the years 1964-1976; the reprints of journal articles are listed below.

VI. Correspondence (1964-1976')

Whereas the correspondence in the other series consists of copies of third party letters sent to Streiff for his information, the letters in these folders directly involve Streiff either as writer or recipient. Although the file cards indicate whether the letters are incoming or outgoing, that distinction is not made in the following list, only the year of the letter is given. Almost without exception, the letters deal with water resources matters.

VII. Projects

The information in the water resource projects listed below includes correspondence, legal material, newspaper clippings, and reprints of journal articles. In addition to the material in this series, there is also additional information in Series I, and occasionally Series II. The location of this material is indicated in parentheses after the list of contents.

American Falls Dam, 1967-1973

Bear River Project, 1967-1975

Blackfoot Reservoir, 1972

Boise Project, 1972-1973

Lower Granite, 1969-1970

Lucky Peak - Twin Springs, 1968

Malad Canyon, 1974

Middle Snake Development, 1967-1969

Publications, 1967-1970

Legal Documents, 1964

Legislative Material, 1970

Swan Falls-Guffey, 1971-1973

Reprints, 1971-1972

Legal & legislative, n.d.

VIII. Miscellaneous Folders

These folders also deal with the Idaho Water Resource Board Studies, but contain mainly legal or legislative material, with some correspondence. Locations of material in Series I which pertain to items in this series are listed in parentheses following the contents of each folder.

State Water Plan Hearings: 1976

Desert Entry: 1965-1971

Port Law, 1968

Wild Rivers, 1968-1972

Maps and Charts, 1965-1974

IX. Miscellaneous Publications

The final series in this collection is a box of miscellaneous publications. Included are preliminary drafts of reports, journals, and. in-depth studies of water resources problems.

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