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Guide to the Beacon for Mountain and Plain Papers 1889-1962

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Overview of the Collection

Title: Beacon for Mountain and Plain Recordss
Creator: Rafe Gibbs, 1912-
Dates: 1889-1962
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Collected research material for the book Beacon for mountain and plain, a history of the University of Idaho: early photographs; typescript of final draft; correspondence of Rafe Gibbs with Caxton Printers; and other papers.
Identification: MG049
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this record group was in no discernable order when received. It was therefore divided into two series, research and publication during processing.The writing of any historical work involves a great deal of research, and the history of a university is no exception. In writing his history of the University of Idaho Rafe Gibbs relied on personal interviews, correspondence, news releases, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as the extensive research files of Professor C.J. Brosnan of the University of Idaho History department. Only a small portion of Gibb's research material is in this record group, and it is contained in Series I.Series II contains material related to the publication of Beacon for Mountain and Plain. Included are the revised typescript in three bound volumes, correspondence with Caxton Printers, mock-ups of the illustrations and end paper illustrations, correspondence from those to whom the book was sent by President Theophilus, and newspaper reviews of the book.Photographs scattered throughout the material are listed in a separate appendix.

Scope and Content

The papers relating to Rafe Gibbs Beacon for Mountain and Plain span the years 1889 to 1962, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1930 to 1961.

Included in the records are historical materials related to the University of Idaho, a typescript of the book, a few photographs, the art work used for the end-papers, correspondence with Caxton Printers relating to the publishing of the book, and correspondence from those to whom the book was sent.

The research materials of C.J. Brosnan, from which Gibbs drew heavily, are in Manuscript Group 18.

Raphael Sanford Gibbs, educator and writer, was born in Yakima, Washington, on April 29, 1912, to Sanford Oliver and Anna (Sandmeyer) Gibbs. He attended the University of Idaho where he majored in journalism and from which he graduated with highest honors and a Phi Beta Kappa key in 1934.

Following his graduation he was employed by the university as Director of Sports Publicity. He resigned that position in 1935 to join the editorial staff of the Milwaukee Journal where he remained until called to active military duty in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps on the staff of the Air Inspector until 1946. Upon leaving the military he returned to the University of Idaho where, in addition to teaching, he assumed the position of Director of Information and editor of publications.

After his retirement from the university in 1970 he became Assistant Dean of University Relations at Florida International University, Miami, from 1971 to 1974.

In 1962 Gibbs published Beacon for Mountain and Plain, a history of the University of Idaho, and in 1974 was commissioned by Governor Cecil Andrus to write a history of Idaho as a bicentennial project; Beckoning the Bold (University Press of Idaho, 1976) was the result. In addition to these two books, he has, since he published his first article at the age of 13, published several hundred articles in such magazines as This Week, Ford Times, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Sports Afield. He is also the author of the Idaho article in the International Encyclopedia.

Rafe Gibbs married Elizabeth Ferne Egeland on October 3, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; they have two sons and three daughters. The Gibbs now live in Cape Canaveral, Florida where he divides his time between writing and fishing.


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities

Gibbs, Rafe--Archives.

Caxton Printers
University of Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information


The papers related to the book Beacon for Mountain and Plain were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the author prior to 1970.

Processing Information

The papers were originally processed by Judith Nielsen in March 1982; when they were reprocessed in December 1997 the three volume corrected typescript of Beacon was transferred from MG 350 to this manuscript group.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Research 1889-1961
1/11/1Agriculture, Grange 1919-1945 15 items
1/21/2Fortieth anniversary 1932 26 items
1/31/3Lewis-Clark Normal School 1940 3 items
1/41/4Magazine articles 1937-1959 13 items
1/51/5Margaret McCallie Moore 1897-1961 31 items
1/61/6Newspaper clippings 1929-1960 7 items
1/71/7Semi-Centennial 1938-1939 27 items
1/81/8Semi-Centennial brochure drafts 1938 5 items
1/91/9Speeches on University history ca. 1932-1960 4 items
1/101/10Student and campus life 1901-1961 39 items
1/111/11Tape recording: Interview with Mervin G. Neale 1961 1 item
1/121/12Typescript notes 1931-1958 26 items
1/131/13University alumni 1938-1961 26 items
1/141/14University faculty 1899-1961 14 items
1/151/15University publications 1889-1961 24 items
1/161/16University statistics 1938-1950 21 items
Series II. Publication 1962
1/17-191/17-19Corrected typescript for book 1962 3 items
2/202/20Correspondence with Caxton Printers 1962 21 items
2/212/21Illustration mock-up 1962 19 items
2/222/22Book mock-up with cover 1962 1 item
os/23os/23End paper illustrations 1962 1 item
2/23-242/23-24Correspondence from recipients of book 1962 177 items
2/252/25Newspaper reviews 1962 6 items
Appendix: Photographs
1/21/2Group of notables attending Fortieth anniversary ceremonies 1932 1 item
1/21/2President Mervin Gordon Neale 1932 1 item
1/21/2Florence May Corbett Johnson and unidentified woman 1932 1 item
1/21/2Florence May Corbett Johnson, Louis Fourniquet Henderson, Mervin Gordon Neale, John E. Ostrander, Charles Luther Kirtley 1932 2 items
1/51/5Administration Building after fire 1906 1 item
1/51/5Franklin B. Gault on his last day as president 1898 1 item
1/51/5Aurelia Reinhardt and Permeal French 1919 1 item
1/51/5Aurelia Henry Reinhardt 1919 1 item
1/51/5Albert Napoleon "Nervy" and Otto Ludwick "Lude" Brunzell 1898. 1 item
1/51/5Charles Armstrong, George Snow, Clem Herbert, taken in Manila, P.I. 1 item
1/51/5Gub Mix, Hal Tilley, Harvey Hoagland undated 1 item
1/51/5Jim Jewell ca. 1898 1 item
1/51/5Moscow, looking east from music building driveway, showing "Lake de puddle" ca. 1893 1 item
1/51/5Moscow, looking northeast from Administration Building 1890s 1 item
1/51/5Moscow, looking northwest from campus 1890s 1 item
1/131/13Phillip Tillinghast (Regent, 1893-1895) undated 1 item
1/141/14Isaac J. Cogswell and John M. Aldrich 1930 1 item

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