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Guide to the William A. Olson Papers 1964-1978

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: William A. Olson, 1911-1985
Dates: 1964-1978
Quantity: 6.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence concerning Idaho history, especially the Nez Perce War of 1877; also photocopies of historical records, handwritten and typed transcripts of published material, maps, newspaper clippings, and other papers.
Identification: MG393
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Some of the material in this record group was in unlabeled or poorly labeled three ring binders, and other material was in well-labeled folders. Since there appeared to be no order to the received arrangement, a series order based on format was imposed during processing.The first series contains the material which was removed from the three-ring binders. Since most of the binders were not labeled or had one or two word labels, these were given broad subject headings, e.g. Indians, Nez Perce; Mining; Florence, Idaho; then alphabetized using the name, if any on the binder, followed by a brief description of the type of material (handwritten notes, photocopies, etc.). If there was no title on the binder only a description of the type of material was used.The second series contains the material which was in labeled folders; it is divided into two subseries, letter size and legal size. These are also arranged alphabetically by folder heading, with an occasional description of contents. This series contains correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, about Olson's collecting activities as well as photocopies, handwritten excerpts from published sources, newspaper clippings, and photographs.Olson's bibliography and note cards are in series three. These are on 5x8 pieces of paper and are arranged alphabetically or, as in the case of the Nez Perce war of 1877, chronologically.Material in three ring binders was removed from the binders and placed in acid-neutral folders. Duplicate photocopies were discarded, as were carbon copies of the handwritten notes. Also discarded were the handwritten drafts of letters when the carbon-typed copy was present. USGS maps not in individual folders were sent to the gifts librarian for evaluation as possible additions to the University Library's map collection. This reduced the records by 2.5 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

Although the photocopies in this collection include material from as early as the 1860s the correspondence related to the collecting of the material spans the years 1964 to 1978.

Included in the records are photocopies of historical records, handwritten and typed transcripts of published material, maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence concerning Idaho history. Also included are several sets of bibliography and note cards.


Administrative/Biographical History

William A. Olson was born June 16, 1911, at Breckenridge, Minnesota, the son of Carl Henning and Laura Enderson Olson. As a young man he moved with his family to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho, graduating with a B.S. degree in business with a major in accounting in 1939. He served as secretary of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce, and in 1941 he became the first full time alumni secretary of the University of Idaho.

He married Julia Hunter on August 28, 1937, at Coeur d'Alene. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Air Corps and was stationed at the Salt Lake City Air Base, and later served in the South Pacific. In 1946, following his military service, he moved to Pocatello where he worked for M.T. Deaton Co. as an accountant for two years. In 1948 he opened his own public accounting firm in Boise where he continued until his retirement in January of 1979.

He was past president of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Elks Club, and a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was also an avid collector of Idaho history. He died in Boise on October 18, 1985.


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
Native Americans

Olson, William A., 1911-1985--Archives.

Nez Percé Indians -- Wars, 1877 -- Sources

Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of the William A. Olson were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his son William T. Olson in June 1996.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Notebooks
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1/1-31/1-3Books: Dealers and prices 224 items
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1/41/4Books: Titles of books on northwest history, possibly owned by Olson 15 items
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1/51/5Correspondence: A-Z 1964-1965 89 items
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1/61/6Correspondence: McDermott, John D. (material on Nez Perce) 1966-1967 13 items
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1/71/7Florence, Idaho. Docket book of Jaspar Rand, Justice of the Peace (typescript) 1862-1876 1 item
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1/81/8History: McDonald, Duncan, biographical sketch, handwritten 1 item
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1/91/9History: Rutledge, Louise. D. Boon, 1776, a western bicentennial mystery 1975 1 item
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1/101/10History, Salmon River 4 items
Excerpts from journals of M. Lewis and Sergeant John Ordway with miscellaneous notes, handwritten & typed
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1/111/11History, Winter Travel: Tracy & Co.'s express 1862 3 items
Typescript of story of men frozen to death in two parts, Cast & story, both handwritten
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1/121/12Idaho History: Benedict O. Kelly 2 items
Handwritten story, photocopies and typescript of sources. Photo of Geo. Cartwright family
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1/13-161/13-16Idaho History: Excerpts, typed and handwritten, from published sources, A-Z 1 item
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1/171/17Idaho History: Idaho in 1860 (handwritten) 1860 1 item
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1/181/18Indians, Big Foot: Johnson, Carolyn. He chose a life of revenge 1966 1 item (carbon typescript)
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1/191/19Indians, Big Foot: Photocopies of articles 1878-1963 20 items
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1/20-211/20-21Indians, Nez Perce: Brice, Patrick. Narrative 1877 10 items
Typescript & handwritten copy with notes.
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1/221/22Indians, Nez Perce: Lott, Sam & Peo Peo Tah Likt. Historical sketches of the Nez Perce 1935 1 item (photocopy of typescript)
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1/231/23Indians, Nez Perce: McDonald, Duncan. Articles appearing in New North West 1878 2 items (typescript)
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1/241/24Indians, Nez Perce: The Nez Perces. Photocopy from The North American Indian, by Edward Curtis, v.8 1911 1 item
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1/25-261/25-26Indians, Nez Perce: Reuben's Roster. Names of Nez Perce killed by soldiers in various battles (typed) 241 items
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1/271/27Indians, Nez Perce: Williams, Jonathon (Billy) 4 items
(Typed notes on Williams, his maps and place names)
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1/281/28Indians, Nez Perce, War: Article on Chief Joseph, Hand drawn maps of White Bird area, typescript article: The Battle of White Bird 4 items
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1/29-301/29-30Indians, Nez Perce, War: Court of Inquiry: typescripts and photocopies arranged by subject 18 items
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2/312/31Indians, Nez Perce, War: Howard, O.O., Reports 1877 2 items (Photocopies from microfilm)
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2/32-332/32-33Indians, Nez Perce, War: Indian order of battle 1977 118 items
(Alphabetical list of Nez Perce involved)
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2/34-392/34-39Indians, Nez Perce, War: Names and places, A-Z 376 items
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2/40-412/40-41Indians, Nez Perce, War: New North West 1877-1878 1 item
Photostats of newspaper articles
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2/42-432/42-43Indians, Nez Perce, War: War chronology, by date and place 190
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2/44-462/44-46Indians, Nez Perce, War: War Department files 1877 159 items
(Photocopy from microfilm)
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2/472/47Indians, Snake River, Massacre: Book. Geary, Edward R. Depredations and massacre by the Snake River Indians. Ye Galleon Press 1966 1 item
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2/48-492/48-49Indians, Snake River, Massacre: Otter (Elija?) Photocopies, typescripts, and handwritten notes 1860 36 items
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3/503/50Lewis & Clark: Excerpts from journals 1805 5 items (handwritten)
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3/513/51Lewis & Clark: Selections from the journals 1804-1805 20 items (handwritten and typed)
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3/523/52Mining: Boise Basin 4 items
(typed excerpts from various sources)
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3/533/53Mining: Healy 15 items
(Typed excerpts from journal and handwritten notes and lists of names)
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3/543/54Mining: Healy, John J. Frontier sketches (Ft. Benton, Montana Record) 1878 3 items (typescript)
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3/553/55Mining, Florence, Idaho: Babboon 3 items
Handwritten notes on mining claims in Babboon Gulch and its tributaries.
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3/56-573/56-57Mining, Florence, Idaho: Claims ca. 1861-1889 5 items
(Typed list)
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3/583/58Mining, Florence, Idaho: List of names from James Hawley's History of Idaho 2 items
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3/593/59Mining, Florence, Idaho: Scott 9 items
(Handwritten notes of Sylvester Scott and his family)
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3/60-633/60-63Mining, Newspaper excerpts 182 items
(arranged by newspaper)
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3/643/64Mining, Newspaper: Washington Statesman (Walla Walla) 1861-1865 3 items (typescript)
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3/653/65Mining & Indians: Alphabetical list of names & places undated 77 items (handwritten)
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3/663/66Miscellaneous 94 items
Workbook; Checklists; Teller-Lewiston; Idaho City papers; History - income tax; Lapwai Agency letters
Series II. Folders
A. Letter size
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3/673/67Babboon 2 items
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3/683/68Bannock War of 1878 1969 2 items
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3/693/69Bemis, Polly 1923-1971 2 items
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3/703/70Berg, August 1969 10 items
(inc. photograph)
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3/713/71Boise Basin 3 items
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3/723/72Boise County. Washington Territorial Legislature 12 Jan. 1863 2 items
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3/733/73Correspondence 1968-1976 35 items
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3/743/74Aoki, Prof. Haruo, Univ. of California 1967-1969 14 items
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3/753/75Battle of White Bird Canyon Forlorn Hope (John D. McDermott) 1966-1968 10 items
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3/763/76Book orders 1967-1978 37 items
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3/773/77California Historical Society 1978 1 item
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3/783/78Chapman, John S. & Thomas McGrath, Jr. 1974 1 item
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3/793/79Custer's Last Stand as told by John Frederic 1971 2 items
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3/803/80Idaho, University of 1965-1971 8 items
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3/813/81Idaho State University 1964-1968 18 items
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3/823/82Montana, University of 1969 4 items
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3/833/83Montana Historical society 1967-1970 7 items
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3/843/84National Archives 1967-1971 12 items
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3/853/85Olson, Wm. A., Idaho history 1965-1976 66 items
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3/863/86Otter party 1868-1970 13 items
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3/873/87Overland, Helen Howard 1966-1982 9 items
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3/883/88Peo Peo Hi Hi (White Bird) 1969-1970 29 items
(inc. photograph)
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3/893/89Smith, Neil B. and Opal 1966-1968 9 items
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3/903/90Smithsonian Institution 1966-1974 11 items
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3/913/91Standifer, J.J. 1970 7 items
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3/923/92Talbotte, H.J. 1971 1 item
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3/933/93Taylor, Quintard 1975 3 items
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3/943/94Washington State University 1964-1972 24 items
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3/953/95Yale University Press 1969-1974 3 items
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3/963/96Craig, William 2 items
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3/973/97Crooks, Jacob 2 items
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3/983/98Cynthia (Ann Ewing) 8 items
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4/994/99DeVeny, Betty. History of John Day drainage ca. 1971 2 items
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4/1004/100Devine, Richard 1967 1 item
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4/1014/101Fenn-Kooskia Mountaineer 1921 8 items
(photocopies from Early Idaho History series)
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4/1024/102Fisher, Don C. The Nez Perce War 1925 1 item
(U of I thesis)
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4/1034/103Florence. Handwritten notes 2 items
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4/1044/104Florence (includes photographs) 7 items
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4/1054/105Florence, Idaho. Newspaper clippings 3 items
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4/1064/106Florence, Claims 1861-1870 1 item
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4/1074/107Florence, Claims: Millers Creek 4 items
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4/1084/108Florence, Plat maps (hand drawn) ca. 1962 7 items
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4/1094/109Frederic, John W.H. 1971 2 items
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4/1104/110Gill, Clark 1964 3 items
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4/1114/111Golden Age 1862 1 item (reproduction)
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4/1124/112Hanson & Erickson - War photos (Nez Perce War) 1877 29 items
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4/1134/113Healy Creek (hand drawn map) undated 1 item
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4/1144/114Helm, Boone 3 items
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4/1154/115Jagger party - Scott 2 items
(handwritten and photostat copies)
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4/1164/116Kirkwood, Charlotte. The Nez Perce War undated 1 item
(photocopy of published work [195-?]
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4/1174/117Leland, Alonzo 1973 1 item
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4/1184/118Lewis, (Cougar) Dave, paper by Neil Williams 1975 3 items
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4/1194/119Long - Swarts 1968 4 items
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4/1204/120Manuel, Popham (handwritten notes, article) ca. 1972 42 items
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4/1214/121Map: Battle of White Bird, USGS 1963 1 item
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4/1224/122Boise, USGS 1962 1 item
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4/1234/123Burgdorff, USGS 1956 1 item
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4/1244/124Camas Prairie, White Bird, Salmon 1869-1904 5 items
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4/1254/125Coeur d'Alene Region 1917-1918 5 items
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4/1264/126Elk City, USGS 1963 1 item
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4/1274/127Fletcher. Nez Perce War 1878. Symons, Department of the Columbia, Reproduction 1892 1 item
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4/1284/128Florence 1808-1912 (copies); USGS, 1963 4 items
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4/1294/129Grangeville, USGS 1963 2 items
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4/1304/130Idaho. Salmon City-Florence railroad ca. 1877 1 item (photocopy)
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5/1315/131Lewis & Clark (includes post cards) 1945-1966 6 items
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5/1325/132McKenzie Creek, USGS 1963 1 item
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5/1335/133Nez Perce National Forest, USDA 1959 1 item
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5/1345/134Oreana, USGS 1949 1 item
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5/1355/135Oregon, Washington, Idaho (reproduction) 1878 1 item
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5/1365/136Steen, (Maj. E.) route against Snake Indians, Walla Walla - Boise 1860 1 item (photocopy)
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5/1375/137Membership cards 1967-1968 4 items
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5/1385/138Nez Perce, War of 1877, newspaper clippings 1957-1958 26 items
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5/1395/139Norton - Chamberlain 3 items
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5/1405/140Oliphant, Judge E.P. 1920 1 item
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5/1415/141The Oregon Trail 1974 1 item
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5/1425/142Osborn - Mason 1 item
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5/1435/143Otter party 37 items
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5/1445/144Owen, John, notes from his journal 1 item
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5/1455/145Petition - Salmon River 1877 2 items (photostat and typescript)
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5/1465/146Photographs, Idaho County 1922-1967 58 items
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5/1475/147Pierce, E.D. 5 items
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5/1485/148Rawn, Capt. Chas. C. 1877 6 items
(handwritten transcripts of letters)
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5/1495/149Robbers Gulch 1 item
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5/1505/150Salmon River - First ones (photocopies) 9 items
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5/1515/151Seibert, John A. 1 item
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5/1525/152Seven Devils mines, by Winifred Lindsay 1 item
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5/1535/153Slate Creek Boot Hill 23 items
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5/1545/154Space, Ralph. Lewis and Clark through Idaho [1964?] 1 item
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5/1555/155Sandifer, J.J. (photocopies of articles) 17 items
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5/1565/156Swarts, Theodore 5 items
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5/1575/157Thunder Mountain Story [1963?] 1 item
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5/1585/158Unfoldered notes, articles and photocopies ca. 1974 42 items
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5/1595/159Walla Walla 1876 1 item (copy of lithograph)
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5/1605/160Ward massacre 1854 1 item
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5/1615/161Weiser, Jacob 2 items
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5/1625/162Weiser, Peter 16 items
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5/1635/163White Bird Hill archaeology 1964 1 item
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5/1645/164Wire Bridge 5 items
B. Legal size
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6/1656/165Bledsoe, Matt 26 items
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6/1666/166Correspondence: Florence, Idaho 1970-1972 18 items
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6/1676/167F-1 (photocopies from microfilm, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings) 43 items
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6/1686/168Florence library (photocopies of account book and rental library record 1862-1863 1 item
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6/1696/169Howard, O.O. Nez Perce Joseph 1881 1 item (photocopy of typescript)
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6/1706/170Keating, John J. Correspondence & clippings 1966-1974 14 items
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6/1716/171Land sales 1860s 2 items
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6/1726/172Reddington, J.W. Scouting in Montana (copy of typescript) 1 item
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6/1736/173Redfield, Frank. Autobiography undated 1 item (Photocopy of typescript)
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6/1746/174Scott family (photocopies of legal documents) 1891-1944 5 items
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6/1756/175Teller Extras 1877 20 items (photocopies of newspapers)
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6/1766/176White Bird (Nez Perce Indian) 5 items
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6/177-1786/177-178Miscellaneous to be filed 148 items
Series III. Note cards
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7/1797/1795x8 bibliography cards A-Z 1900
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8/1808/180Fur trade - Astorians, 5x8 note cards 700 items
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8/1818/181Nez Perce War 1877 350 items
5x8 note cards, chronological and alphabetical

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