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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

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

  3. 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

  4. Interview tapes

  5. Interview tapes, cont.

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

  7. Documents, 1980

  8. Documents, 1981

  9. Documents, 1982-1983

  10. Documents, 1984-1989

  11. Documents, 1990-1991

  12. Documents, 1992-1999

  13. Newspaper articles, 1970-1972

  14. Newspaper articles, 1973

  15. Newspaper articles, 1976

  16. Newspaper articles, 1977

  17. Newspaper articles, 1978

  18. Newspaper articles, 1979

  19. Newspaper articles, 1980

  20. Newspaper articles, 1981

  21. Newspaper articles, 1982

  22. Newspaper articles, 1983

  23. Newspaper articles, 1984

  24. Newspaper articles, 1985

  25. Newspaper articles, 1986

  26. Newspaper articles, 1987

  27. Newspaper articles, 1989

  28. Newspaper articles, 1990

  29. Newspaper articles, 1979-1981

  30. Newspaper articles, 1982-1989

  31. Newspaper articles, 1991-2000

  32. Newspaper articles, undated

Box 2


  1. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

  2. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

  3. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)

  4. Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA) – Donation

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

  6. Meetings – Save the Niobrara

  7. Niobrara Symposium, 1981

  8. Alfred Drayton

  9. Audubon Society

  10. Position papers, misc. organizations

  11. Position papers, misc. organizations

  12. Legal – Court documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. President Jimmy Carter

  20. Wes Sandall correspondence

  21. Canvasing – Nebraska Water Conservation Council

  22. Doug Bereuter

  23. Deauthorization, 1982-1983

  24. Thesis, government documents – found

  25. Thesis, government documents – pending

  26. North Loup history

  27. Maps and diagrams

  28. Scenic river designation

  29. Sources

  30. Sources

  31. Sources & ideas

  32. Timeline

  33. Ed Fogarty

  34. Pending interviews

  35. Bureau of Reclamation/Pick Sloan

  36. Nebraska Dam data

Box 3


  1. Norden court

  2. Court documents

  3. Court documents

  4. Court documents

  5. 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