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Ivan D. Wood, Civilian Conservation Corps Photographs

Title: Ivan D. Wood, Civilian Conservation Corps Photographs

Creator: Wood, Ivan D, 1888-1978

Dates: 1933-1935

Quantity: 1 box (0.25 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 11-04-06

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Ivan D. Wood, Civilian Conservation Corps, Photographs (RG 11-04-06). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Alternative Format: None

Biography:

Ivan Daley Wood was born in 1888 in La Platte, Nebraska. He graduated with a B.A. and M.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska (NU) in 1912 and 1914. He is considered the first person in the United States to receive a Master degree in agricultural engineering and is nationally recognized for his farm structure and soil conservation designs.

In 1919, Wood joined the NU faculty as an Agricultural Extension Engineer. He taught courses on land drainage and erosion control and oversaw the building of dams and terraces in 37 counties, including 18,216 acres, and 549 farms throughout Nebraska. In 1934-35, he served as the State Emergency Conservation Work Director and supervised 17 United States Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) erosion control camps. He was appointed Chief of Engineering for the Great Plains Shelterbelt Project in 1935 and supervised federal engineering projects in six states.

In 1940, Wood worked as a National Extension Program Leader in irrigation for the US Department of Agriculture and became a Soil Conservation Service irrigation engineer five years later, in 1945. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1951 and served as President of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) from 1952-53. In 1952, he received the ASAE John Deere Gold Medal award for his work in irrigation and erosion control. He recieved an honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree in 1954 from NU for his pioneering work in irrigation and soil conservation. He died in Colorado in 1948.

Scope and Content:

The Wood Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) photographs document the labor of the CCC, including erosion control, dam building, and terracing in Buffalo, Harlan, Johnson, and Pawnee counties, Nebraska, from 1933-1935. The photograph index is based on the descriptions written on the back of each photograph.

Subjects:

Wood, Ivan D, 1888-1978

Soil conservation

Soil erosion -- United States

Buffalo County (Neb.)

Harlan County (Neb.)

Johnson County (Neb.)

Pawnee County (Neb.)

Ravenna (Neb.)

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)

Container List: Series 1: Civilian Conservation Corps PhotographsBox 1. Folder 1. Envelope, note by Charles Fowler, 1954(?) Box 1. Folder 2. Photographs no. 1-30, 1934-1935Item 1. CCC at Ravenna. Concrete structure in terraced field to drain the excess water into a natural drainage and prevent erosion, 1935 Item 2. Dam failure, south of Alma, Nebraska, 1935 Item 3. Terracing in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 4. Grading a grassed terrace waterway in Harlan County, 1934 Item 5. Graded spillway with brush dam structure, 1934-1935 Item 6. Graded spillway with brush dam structure, 1934-1935 Item 7. Terrace spillway and a future hay meadow, 1934-1935 Item 8. Farm pond created by an earth dam in a gully built by CCC labor, Alma, Nebraska, 1934 Item 9. Building a terrace for moisture control in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 10. Work crew in soil erosion program in Harlan County, 1934 Item 11. Earth dam for farm pond in Harlan County, 1934 Item 12. Earth dam in Harlan County with low brush structure in spillway, 1934-1935 Item 13. Building earth dams for farm ponds and gully control in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 14. Building earth dams for farm ponds and gully control in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 15. Building earth dams for farm ponds and gully control in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 16. Finishing earth dam in Harlan County with CCC labor and supervisory personnel, 1934 Item 17. Building earth dams for a farm pond in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 18. Engineering staff for soil erosion work in Harlan County, 1934 Item 19. Building an earth dam for a farm pond near Alma, Nebraska, with CCC labor, 1934 Item 20. 20. Building an earth dam for a farm pond near Alma, Nebraska, with CCC labor, 1934 Item 21. Finishing an earth stock water damn near Alma, Nebraska, with CCC labor, 1934 Item 22. Building an earth dam for a farm pond in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 23. Building an earth dam for a farm pond near Alma, Nebraska, with CCC labor, 1934 Item 24. Building an earth dam in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 25. Hand finishing an earth dam with CCC labor in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 26. Building an earth dam for a farm pod in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 27. Earth dam to control a deep gully in a medium watershed area in Harlan County, 1934 Item 28. Building a terrace with CCC labor in Harlan County, 1934 Item 29. Building a terrace with CCC labor in Harlan County, 1934 Item 30. Building a terrace with CCC labor in Harlan County, 1934 Box 1. Folder 3. Photographs no. 31-75, 1934-1935Item 31. Terrace built in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 32. Terrace built in Harlan County with CCC labor, 1934 Item 33. Concrete drop in a terrace waterway outlet in Harlan County, 1934 Item 34. Earth dam, 1934-1935 Item 35. Earth dam, 1934-1935 Item 36. Earth dam finished spillway ready for seeding, 1934-1935 Item 37. Soil erosion work in Alma, Nebraska, 1934-1935 Item 38. Soil erosion work in Alma, Nebraska, 1934-1935 Item 39. Gully control with brush dam check, Johnson County, 1935 Item 40. Gully control with brush dam check, Johnson County, 1935 Item 41. Three stages of an intermediate post and brush gully control structure in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 42. Three stages of an intermediate post and brush gully control structure in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 43. Gulley control with brush check dam, Johnson County, 1935 Item 44. Johnson County, 1935. Farm pond by earth dam, CCC labor. Spillway ribbed with low brush checks. Job checked 10 years later and spillway well grassed and brush was still visible, 1934-1935 Item 45. Earth dam, finished spillway, ready for seeding, 1934-1935 Item 46. Starting to weave hedge limbs and brush in the hedge post anchors, 1934-1935 Item 47. Working on brush dam. All anchor posts and brush were from hedge rows around pastures, 1934-1935 Item 48. Starting a brush dam in a gully, 1934-1935 Item 49. CCC camp grounds, Tecumseh, 1935 Item 50. CCC camp in fairgrounds at edge of Tecumseh, Johnson County, 1935 Item 51. CCC campsite in Tecumseh fairgrounds, 1934-1935 Item 52. Building an earth dam for a farm pond and gully control in Pawnee County, with CCC labor, 1935 Item 53. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 54. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 55. Earth gully with control structure with a corrugated tube outlet in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 56. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 57. Starting a gully post and brush control structure at the head of a gully in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 58. Gully tube controlled in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 59.Terrace outlet built by CCC in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 60. Unidentified photo, 1934-1935 Item 61. Pawnee City CCC camp barracks, 1934 Item 62. Pawnee City CCC camp barracks, 1934 Item 63. Flood damage south of Ravenna. Middle Loup River. Ravenna CCC. Company sent to Cambridge to help in initial cleanup in towns along the Republican after 1935 flood, 1935 Item 64. Flood damage on Republican River. Car partly buried in silt, washed out of hills into Republican River, 1935 Item 65. Hurricane south of Grand Island, 1935 Item 66. CCC men, Pawnee City, 1934 Item 67. CCC men, Pawnee City, 1934 Item 68. Three stages of a brush type gully control structure in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 69. 5 stages of a large post and brush gully control structure, Pawnee County, 1935 Item 70. Men working on post placed across gully, 5 stages of a large post and brush gully control structure, Pawnee County, 1935 Item 71. Posts across gully, 5 stages of a large post and brush gully control structure, Pawnee County, 1935 Item 72. Post tops sticking out of brush in gully, 5 stages of a large post and brush gully control structure, Pawnee County, 1935 Item 73. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 74. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Item 75. Post and brush gully control structures in Pawnee County, 1935 Box 1. Folder 4. Photographs no. 76-92, negatives of Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska, 1933-1934Item 76. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 77. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 78. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 79. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 80. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 81. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 82. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 83. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 84. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 85. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 86. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 87. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 88. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 89. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 90. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 91. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Item 92. Alma, Harlan County negatives, 1933-1934 Box 1. Folder 5. Negatives, soil erosion control work at Tecumseh, Pawnee City, Ravenna with note on soil erosion, Tecumseh soil types, hedge planting, and dams, 1934-1935 Box 1. Folder 6. Negatives, soil erosion control work in Pawnee and Buffalo counties, 1935 Box 1. Folder 7. Unlabeled negatives, 1934-1935
Related Material and Resources: Colorado State University houses the Ivan D. Wood Papers including published articles, research, speeches, photographs, and slides. Access to the finding aid is available at The Water Resources Archive.Biographical information on Wood comes from his 1935 civil service application from RG 52-01-01 Biographical and Bibliography Records, "From the Archives-Ivan D. Wood,"The Scarlet, April 24, 2008, and W.E. Splinter, "Ivan Wood," in Biological Systems Engineering Department History, 15-16.



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