International Boundary and Water Commission

This collection of films comes to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image through a partnership with the International Boundary and Water Commission.

The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) has its roots in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsen Treaty of 1853, both of which established (and re-established) the U.S.-Mexico border, and also established commissions to survey and map the new U.S.-Mexico border, designating landmarks to mark the border. As the rivers that created the borders changed their courses naturally, land changed jurisdiction, and the International Boundary Commission (IBC), the IBWC's predecessor, was established in 1889 to apply rules that resulted from the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers' roles as the boundaries between the two countries. In 1906, the two countries signed their first water distribution treaty, the Convention of March 1, 1906, which designated portions of the rivers to each country. In 1933, the two countries began joint river projects to stabilize the Rio Grande, and in 1944, the countries formed the IBWC to enforce allocations of the river and began work on dams that would be operated and maintained by both countries. The IBWC has been integral in resolving boundary disputes for the two countries over the following decades and in constructing dams and reservoirs that stabilize the boundary rivers, keeping them on course to maintain consistent borders and benefits for the U.S. and Mexico.

Results  (16  1 from 1 pages)
Unidos en La Amistad (1969)
Film documenting the construction of the Amistad Dam, focusing on intergovernmental cooperation
Un Día de Honor (1968)
Film documenting the history and resolution of the Chazimal Dispute
U.S. and Mexico Sign Treaty for Mutual Use of Rivers’ Waters (1944)
Footage of the signing of the Water Treaty of 1944
Presidio Flood, September 29, 1978
Aerial survey of the flooding at Presidio, Texas on September 29, 1978
Presa Amistad (1966)
Short film documenting the construction of the Amistad Dam and the surrounding area in Val Verde County, ...
Inaugurado por Presa Falcon (1953)
Film documenting the inauguration ceremony of the Falcon Dam in 1953
Hydraulic Model Studies of Falcon Dam
Film providing a detailed demonstration of tests done to evaluate the performance of dam design
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Rectification Rio Bravo y Canones del Big Bend (2a. Parte)
Film documenting sections of the straightened Rio Grande from the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso area to the canyo...
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Cuidad Juarez Rectification de Rio Bravo (1a. Parte)
Aerial footage of the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso area, including footage of both cities and border crossings
Frontera Mexico Norteamericana - Bajo Rio Bravo, Presa de Anzalduas, Presa Falcon (3a. Parte)
Film documenting the border dams of the Lower Rio Grande River, featuring the Falcon and Anzalduas Dams
Flood, 1976
Footage of the June 1976 flooding of Houston
Falcon Dam Dedication (1953)
Film documenting the inauguration ceremony of the Falcon Dam in 1953
Falcon Dam Proves Itself (1954)
Film describing a severe flood that tested the Falcon Dam one year after its construction
Espiritu de Amistad (c. 1969)
Film describing the International Boundary and Water Commission’s work done in the spirit of friendship
Clay Slack Pump Construction (1975)
Film documenting the construction of a Clay Slack Pump
Amistad Dam
Survey footage of the Amistad Dam and Reservoir, as well as its surrounding region