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The oral history collection contains nearly 500 interviews preserving the memories of the people of the Wood River Valley. Subject matter ranges from the industries that created our lives in the valley – mining, ranching, timber, railroad, recreation, and tourism – to pioneer life and tragedies. Listen to the recordings or read the transcripts of interviews with people from all walks of life sharing their recollections of life as it was and how it is becoming.
Our photograph collection numbers nearly 10,000 photographs taken by many of the outstanding photographers of the area. Among the early photographers whose work is featured in our collection are: Martyn Mallory, Eugene Antz, Lou Holliday, and many others. In 1983, the Union Pacific Railroad donated over 6,000 photo negatives and transparencies which were taken between 1936 to 1964, when U. P. owned and operated the Sun Valley Resort
The RHD has one of the most extensive collections of information on Ernest M. Hemingway in the nation. Our holdings encompass collections amassed by his ardent fans Professor John Bittner of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Victor Gould. It also includes books by and about Mr. Hemingway as well as oral history interviews with many people who were his personal friends or family members. We have photos not found in any other collection. On loan to the department is a Royal typewriter that traveled with Hemingway on an Italian liner from Genoa to Havana Cuba. Could this be the typewriter on which he typed The Old Man and the Sea?
Bill Lash was instrumental in founding our ski information collection. From his initial donation in 1988 of video tapes, books and ski publications, our collection is developing into one of the country’s best. In our department, visitors can trace the evolution of skiing and ski instruction through the ages.
The term “ephemera” is simply an archivist’s word for “things of the day.” Included in this collection are some of the more entertaining items housed in the department. We have menus from local restaurants, brochures, calendars, greeting cards, invitations, and an assortment of interesting artifacts from the early days of the Valley.
Access to the collection
Researcher’s writing area
Microform reader (both microfilm and microfiche)
Museum-quality archival photograph reproduction
In-department access to audio-visual equipment
Long-term storage and preservation of items donated to the Library by people like you.
U.S. Forest Service Oral History Project
Weather reports from 1930s – 1960s
Lewis Family Albums
Edith Ellis Hyde scrapbooks
James Knipe photos and scrapbooks
Cora Marie Stroh scrapbooks
George Matsumoto scrapbooks
The Ladies Plastered Golf Association
Art Ensign Collection, including documents of court proceedings handled by the Ensign family law firm.
Institute of the American West