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Guide to the Hal Riegger Papers ; Riegger (Hal) Papers

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Guide to the Hal Riegger Papers 1981-1986

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: Papers
Creator: Hal Riegger
Dates: 1981-1986
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:Research files, including newspaper and journal articles, maps, correspondence, oral history tapes and transcripts, and photographs, pertaining to Riegger's book, The Camas Prairie: Idaho's railroad on stilts (1986).
Identification: MG183
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The majority of the material in this record group was in labelled folders or envelopes; while these headings were preserved, a series order was imposed during processing.The first series contains background material on the railroad and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, illustrative items such as time tables, and annual reports, journal articles, maps of Northern Pacific lands (the parent company of the Camas Prairie), track laying records and a souvenir of a 1960 passenger excursion from Lewiston to Grangeville.The second series contains a large number of photographs of trains, engines, and bridges. These are arranged alphabetically by the collector. Some collectors have only their own photographs, while others added photographs of other collectors to their own collections. For this reason there is a small amount of duplication in the folders. Some folders also contain correspondence concerning the identification of photographs. Many of the photographs are copies. Photographs used in the book are identified on the verso with the chapter and photograph number within the chapter, e.g. 2-12 is chapter 2, the 12th photograph.The final series contains permits allowing Riegger on railroad property, track profiles, and tapes of oral history interviews with retired Camas Prairie employees; transcripts of these tapes are also included.

Scope and Content

Photocopies of newspaper and journal articles, maps, correspondence, oral history tapes and transcripts, and a large collection of photographs dealing with the Camas Prairie Railroad, one of America's most scenic and fascinating railroads. With headquarters in Lewiston, one line ran northwest to Ayer, Washington, while one of the three Idaho lines went to Grangeville, another to Stites, both east and south of Lewiston, while the fourth line ran east and north to Headquarters.

Although the research material in this record group contains photocopies of material dating back to 1879, it was collected between 1981 and 1986.


Administrative/Biographical History

Hal Riegger earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees at the New York State College of Ceramics and Ohio State University. He taught ceramics for a number of years, and wrote three books on the subject.

His interest in trains dates back to his childhood and a set of Lionel O gauge trains formerly belonging to his aunt. He has been active in the field of rail history and model railroading. He is a member of the NMRA and has served on its standards committee. He was involved with the founding of Ntrak, the N scale modular system. He lives in the Sierra foothills of California.


Subjects

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.

Idaho
Transportation

Riegger, Hal, 1921- --Archives.

Camas Prairie Railroad Co.

Railroads -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The research materials for his book The Camas Prairie: Idaho's Railroad on Stilts (Edmonds, Washington, Pacific Fast Mail, 1986), were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Hal Riegger in May 1987.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Background Material 1879-1986
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1/11/1Correspondence 1982-1985 45 items
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1/21/2Newspaper clippings 1960-1986 18 items
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1/31/3Illustrative/background material 1907-1982 24 items
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1/4-51/4-5Journal and other articles 1903-1984 42 items
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1/61/6Maps of Northern Pacific lands ca. 1900-1984 32 items
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1/71/7Track laying records, Northern Pacific Railroad 1879-1945 1 item
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1/81/8Souvenirs 1960 2 items
Series II. Photographs 1902-1984
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1/91/9Herb Banks 1902-1948 13 items
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1/101/10A.E. Bennett 1949-1952 15 items
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1/111/11Ken Brovald 1970-1984 37 items
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1/121/12Al Butler 1929-1955 13 items
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1/131/13Bruce Butler 1954-1960 13 items
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1/141/14Camas Prairie Railroad 1949-1976 36 items
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1/15-161/15-16Earl Cash 1920-1984 57 items
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1/171/17Bill Clem (Movie: Breakheart Pass) 1975 6 items
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1/181/18Gruber-Potlatch Collection undated 27 items
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1/191/19Phil Hastings 1950-1983 33 items
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1/201/20Dick Herman: Army Corps of Engineers 1962-1973 10 items
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1/211/21Dale Johnson ca. 1910 4 items
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1/221/22Lewiston Tribune Photocopies 1984 18 items
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1/231/23Wally Meckstroth collection 1956-1958 7 items
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1/241/24Jim Morefield 1981-1982 10 items
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1/251/25Ron Nixon 1908-1953 49 items
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1/261/26Maynard Rikerd 1945-1984 32 items
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1/271/27Irvin Sullivan 1956 3 items
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1/28-291/28-29Todd Sullivan 1976-1984 39 items
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1/30-311/30-31Everett Watson 1983-1984 10 items
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1/321/32Will Whittaker 1941-1958 11 items
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1/331/33Winchester Museum 1915-1934 33 items
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1/341/34Dan Wayt undated 15 items
Series III. Other Items 1968-1983
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1/351/35Permits to be on railroad property 1981-1983 3 items
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1/361/36Track profiles 1968-1981 2 items
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1/37-381/37-38Oral history tapes and transcripts 1983 14 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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