Lynn Frederick Amis [RG5447.AM]


RG5447.AM:  Lynn Frederick Amis

Papers:  1970-2001

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Size:  2.5 cu.ft; 3 boxes


Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1944, Lynn Frederick “Fred” Amis attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana.  He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1967.  After graduation he went to work for his family’s business, Missouri Valley Machinery Company in Omaha.  He worked as a salesman, promotion manager, and eventually, as President of Marketing.  In 1983 the company was sold and Fred participated in the start-up of a cargo security company and a telemarketing company.  He then operated a consulting firm specializing in managing financially distressed and bankrupt companies.  In 1998 he returned to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to complete undergraduate requirements for teaching history.  He transferred to Arizona State University where he completed his Master of Arts degree in History in 2001.

Note: This background note is a condensed version taken from the “Biographical Sketch” located at the back of Amis’ thesis.


This collection consists of research compiled by Fred Amis for his 2001 M.A. thesis, A Tale of Two Dams: Environmentalism in Nebraska.  The materials relate to the North Loup Project and the proposed O’Neill Unit, two large water development projects on the North Loup and Niobrara rivers in Nebraska.  The collection includes copies of Amis’ completed thesis, interviews with various politicians and stakeholders, newspaper articles, government reports, correspondence, etc. dating from ca. 1970 to 2001.


Box 1


    1. A Tale of Two Dams:  Environmentalism in Nebraska by Lynn Frederick Amis, Master’s Thesis, Arizona State University, August 2001

    1. A Tale of Two Dams:  Environmentalism in Nebraska by Lynn Frederick Amis, Master’s Thesis, Arizona State University, August 2001 (copy 2)

    1. Interview transcripts:

      Jim Aucoin

      Robert Stowell

      Bob Warrick

      Robert Kerrey

      Joe Western

      Phil Karsting

      Jim Exon

      Virginia Smith

      John Cavanaugh

      Wes Sandall

      Doug Kuhre

      Burek Kuhre

      Franklin Egelhoff

      Ron Wolf & Don Hughs

      Vince Dreeszen

      Ron Klataske

    1. Interview tapes

    1. Interview tapes, cont.

    1. A Report prepared by the Honorable Doug Bereuter on the O’Neill Unit, Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program, June, 1981

    1. Documents, 1980

    1. Documents, 1981

    1. Documents, 1982-1983

    1. Documents, 1984-1989

    1. Documents, 1990-1991

    1. Documents, 1992-1999

    1. Newspaper articles, 1970-1972

    1. Newspaper articles, 1973

    1. Newspaper articles, 1976

    1. Newspaper articles, 1977

    1. Newspaper articles, 1978

    1. Newspaper articles, 1979

    1. Newspaper articles, 1980

    1. Newspaper articles, 1981

    1. Newspaper articles, 1982

    1. Newspaper articles, 1983

    1. Newspaper articles, 1984

    1. Newspaper articles, 1985

    1. Newspaper articles, 1986

    1. Newspaper articles, 1987

    1. Newspaper articles, 1989

    1. Newspaper articles, 1990

    1. Newspaper articles, 1979-1981

    1. Newspaper articles, 1982-1989

    1. Newspaper articles, 1991-2000

    1. Newspaper articles, undated

Box 2


    1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

    1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

    1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

    1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA) – Donation

    1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA) articles of incorporation

    1. Meetings – Save the Niobrara

    1. Niobrara Symposium, 1981

    1. Alfred Drayton

    1. Audubon Society

    1. Position papers, misc. organizations

    1. Position papers, misc. organizations

    1. Legal – Court documents

    1. Report of Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA), 1980

    1. Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA) – Bureau of Reclamation

    1. Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA) – Bruce Teichman

    1. Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA) – EPA

    1. Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA) – Finance

    1. Save the Niobrara River Association (SNRA) – Finance

    1. President Jimmy Carter

    1. Wes Sandall correspondence

    1. Canvasing – Nebraska Water Conservation Council

    1. Doug Bereuter

    1. Deauthorization, 1982-1983

    1. Thesis, government documents – found

    1. Thesis, government documents – pending

    1. North Loup history

    1. Maps and diagrams

    1. Scenic river designation

    1. Sources

    1. Sources

    1. Sources & ideas

    1. Timeline

    1. Ed Fogarty

    1. Pending interviews

    1. Bureau of Reclamation/Pick Sloan

    1. Nebraska Dam data

Box 3


    1. Norden court

    1. Court documents

    1. Court documents

    1. Court documents

    1. Water contracts – documents


Subject headings:

Amis, Lynn Frederick, 1944-

Nebraska — History — 20th century

Niobrara River (Wyo. and Neb.) — Environmental conditions

Water resources development — Environmental aspects — Nebraska — History


TMM     09-12-2018

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