Correspondence, writings, speeches, and report materials. Hutchins served for 62 years in various bureaus and offices of the
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; his major work dealt with water laws and water rights in the Western States. He also lectured on
water law and institutions at the University of California.
Wells A. Hutchins, a nationally recognized authority on Western water laws, had completed over 62 years of service with the
Department of Agriculture at the time of his death in Berkeley, California, on September 19, 1970. As an employee of Natural
Resource Economics Division, he was completing the final draft of his comprehensive, multi-volume work, State Water Rights Laws of the Nineteen Western States.
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