Materials in this
collection consist of Reuel Olson's notes, letters, newspaper clippings, government-related
documents, and other research materials that became his doctoral thesis on the Colorado
River Compact: a seven state agreement on the allocation of water resources in the Colorado
River basin. Olson, a law professor at University of Southern California School of Law,
wrote his thesis to satisfy requirements for his doctorate at Harvard University. These
materials provide historical background on the Compact, signed in 1922, and present Olson's
personal work in constructing a history of the Compact.