Explore the Sources


Water is the primary source! Explore maps, oral histories, photos, and more.


All year long the Utah State Archives has been sharing #WaterWednesday content to highlight the fact that water-related records are abundant! From state agency reports and photos to water-related legislation, there is a diverse array of records highlighted!

Think Water Utah

Think Water Utah is a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners. Catch up on Utah’s water stories on the Beehive Archive.

Bear River Watershed Collection

Funded by grants from the Utah State University Water Initiative, this project digitized selected photographs of the Bear River from the 1860s-1990s, records of local irrigation companies, and research on the societal impact of reclamation development in the Bear River Basin.

Western Waters Digital Library

The Western Waters Digital Library (WWDL) provides free public access to digital collections of significant primary and secondary resources on water in the western United States. These collections have been made available by research libraries belonging to the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and other academic library partners.

Primary Sources at the USU Library

Utah State University has crafted a unique guide that showcases records and research tips related to the documentation of Water Resources in Utah and the Intermountain West.

Utah Water Ways

Water ways are the product of both nature and culture; they are built where human beliefs and actions meet the natural world. Explore Utah’s water ways in this essay by Dr. Gregory E. Smoak.

Central Utah Project: Capturing Utah’s Share of the Colorado River

In this digital collection of 71 oral histories, stakeholders from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the Ute Nation, join with Utah water users, members of the environmental community and Utah’s political establishment to tell the complex and oftentimes controversial story of the Central Utah Project (CUP). The CUP captures the excess flow of the Duchesne River and its tributaries in the Colorado River Basin of eastern Utah and transfers it to the Wasatch Front through a trans-mountain diversion consisting of pipelines, tunnels, and reservoirs.

Great Salt Lake Wetlands History Project

The Great Salt Lake Wetlands History Project is a joint effort of Westminster College, Utah State University, Weber State University, the University of Utah, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, community partners, and scholar. The project’s aim was to gather oral histories, photographs of material and wetlands culture, and records to document the fascinating history of the Great Salt Lake wetlands (GSLW) and the people who work and play along its shores and marshes as well as to enhance the existing GSLW collections at the four institutions.

L.M. Winsor Papers and Photographs Digital Collection

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 consultant 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.