Mountain Rescue Association records, 1952-2013  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Mountain Rescue Association
Title
Mountain Rescue Association records
Dates
1952-2013 (inclusive)
1980-1999 (bulk)
Quantity
6.27 cubic feet (7 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
5559
Summary
Files and publications relating to the operation of the national Mountain Rescue Association
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided by a donation from the Mountain Rescue Association


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Mountain Rescue Association was founded in 1959 at Mt. Hood, Oregon. It was a continuation of the Mountain Rescue Council, sometimes also known as the Mountain Rescue and Safety Council, which was founded in 1948 by Ome Daiber, Wolf Bauer, and Otto Trott in Washington. The Association is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization which provides mountain rescue and promotes mountain safety education. Administratively it is divided into regions and then into teams.

The association disseminates and provides exchange of information about all aspects of rescue procedures, safe practices, equipment, and mountain rescue operations. It also provides coordination and standardization for use of alpine techniques, regardless of terrain.

Interest in creating a national association developed at a training conference attended by 400 people at Timberline Lodge around 1957. Such conferences had been occurring for a number of years, initially organized by The Mountain Rescue and Safety Council, later growing to attract attendees from across the west. Eleven rescue teams primarily from Washington and Oregon signed the original Mountain Rescue Association bylaws in 1959.

In 2011, there were 100 teams including two in Canada.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Early organizing documents, officers' files, business meeting documents, policies, committee files, publications, correspondence, membership and officer directories, newsletters, meeting minutes, applications submitted for membership in the organization, research files, multimedia, clippings about search and rescue missions, and other materials relating to the national Mountain Rescue Association.

The Clearinghouse series includes materials gathered and made available to teams and regions as resources on various topics.

Regional and team files from across the United States and some international areas include applications for membership, reaccreditation processes, correspondence, clippings, team newsletters, publications, membership, association dues, and other materials.

The Mountain Rescue Association records also include materials from the predecessor organization (Mountain Rescue and Safety Council) and other organizations such as the Alpine Club of Canada; the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); the Mountaineers; and the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 5559-001: Mountain Rescue Association records, 1952-2010 (bulk 1980-1999)Return to Top

6.06 cubic feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Content: Early organizing documents, officers' files, business meeting documents, policies, committee files, publications, correspondence, membership and officer directories, newsletters, meeting minutes, applications submitted for membership in the organization, research files, multimedia, clippings about search and rescue missions, and other materials relating to the national Mountain Rescue Association.

The Clearinghouse series includes materials gathered and made available to teams and regions as resources on various topics.

Regional and team files from across the United States and some international areas include applications for membership, reaccreditation processes, correspondence, clippings, team newsletters, publications, membership, association dues, and other materials.

The Mountain Rescue Association records also include materials from the predecessor organization (Mountain Rescue and Safety Council) and other organizations such as the Alpine Club of Canada; the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); the Mountaineers; and the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington

Acquisition Info: Collection consists of records merged from three separate accessions: acc no. 5559-001(rec'd of Lynn Buchanan, History Committe 5/6/2010); acc no. 5559-002 (rec'd of Rick Lorenz, 10/26/2010) and acc no. 5559-003 (rec'd of Mary Jane Sainsbury, 11/7/2011)

Processing Info: Processed by Anna Shelton, 2011.

December 2011 merger of records previously accessioned as: 5559-001 and 5559-002 and 5559-003.

Container(s) Description Dates
Administrative records
folder:oversize
7 5559-001
Advertisement for Camel cigarettes, featuring MRA member Bob Byhre
1961
Box/Folder
1/1 5559-001
Advertisements - safety and education
undated
1/2 5559-001
Articles of incorporation (photocopy)
1960, 1962
1/3-1/23 5559-001
Business meeting files
General Notes: Includes agendas, minutes, and meeting information.
1968-2001, 2009
1/24 5559-001
Business meeting attendance record, 1958-1988 (photocopy)
undated
1/25 5559-001
Bylaws, policies, procedures for regions
1999
Committee Files
Box/Folder
1/26 5559-001
Bylaws Review
c. 1993
1/27 5559-001
Communications
1992, 1993
1/28 5559-001
Education
1992
1/29-30 5559-001
Executive
c. 1979, 1983, 1993
1/31 5559-001
Finance
1991-1992
1/32 5559-001
Library and Clearinghouse
1991-1992
1/33 5559-001
Long-Range Planning
1967, 1993
1/34 5559-001
Medical
1992-1993
1/35-36 5559-001
Membership
1981-1992
1/37-39 5559-001
Safety and Education
General Notes: Includes photocopies of Careless Evsafety education cartoon series. Includes the following pamphlets, published by the Mountain Rescue Safety Education Unit:
  • Maps: Street Signs of the Wilderness
  • Backcountry Safety for Hunters
  • Adapting, Improvising, Surviving
  • Automobile Survival Kit and Stalled Vehicle and Emergency Procedures If Away from Civilization
  • Downed Aircraft and Emergency Procedures
  • Four Lines of Defense Against Hypothermia
  • Survival Outline - Curriculum
And also these materials published by other organizations:
  • How to Avoid and Survive Avalanche!
  • How to be Safe in the Mountains in Winter and Summer
  • Mountaineering in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
  • Thunderstorms
c. 1960s - 1980s
1/40 5559-001
Winch and Cable
1970
Box/Folder
1/41-42 5559-001
Constitution and bylaws (includes photocopies)
1959-1973, 1985-2000
1/43 5559-001
Correpondence - legal counsel
1991-1993
1/44-45 5559-001
Correspondence - outside inquiries
1985-1993
1/46 5559-001
Correspondence - Socorro Alpinistos
c. 1990
1/47 5559-001
Curriculum - Pierce College
1997
1/48 5559-001
Directory - former REI board members
1984
1/49 5559-001
Documentary (History Channel) Suicide Missions: Mountain Rescue
General Notes: 2 CDs
2001
1/50 5559-001
Equipment warranties
undated
1/51 5559-001
Finances
1984, 1990-1991
1/52 5559-001
Form letters - samples
undated
1/53 5559-001
History of MRA
undated
1/54 5559-001
Information and policies booklet
1980, 1985
1/55 5559-001
Information and policies booklet - drafts
undated, 1977, 1985
1/56 5559-001
Letterhead
undated
1/57-2/10 5559-001
Membership Applications
General Notes: Applications submitted for membership in the Mountain Rescue Association. Membership levels include associate, ex-officio, and full. Each application includes membership roster, statistics, articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating procedures, training schedules, and other materials
1981-2000
2/11-12 5559-001
Membership directory
1987-1991, 1997-1998
2/13-17 5559-001
Minutes (includes some photocopies)
1958-1976
2/18 5559-001
Minutes - board of directors
1997
2/19 5559-001
Mission report forms - blank
undated
2/20 5559-001
Mission reports (includes some photocopies)
1985
2/21 5559-001
Mountain Rescue Council (photocopies)
1952-1959
2/22 5559-001
Newsletter - advertisers
1989-1990
2/23 5559-001
Newsletter - articles
undated
2/24 5559-001
Newsletter - correspondence
1988 -1993
2/25 5559-001
Newsletter - mailing lists
1989
2/26 5559-001
Newsletter - related items
c.1980
2/27-28 5559-001
Newsletter - Rescue Forum(includes some photocopies)
1964-1977 and 1993-2000
Officers' files
Beehler, Judy (President; Executive Secretary)
Box/Folder
2/29 5559-001
American Everest Expedition
1982
2/30 5559-001
Biographical materials
1984
2/31-32 5559-001
Business meetings
1989-1990
2/33 5559-001
Chinese Mountaineering Cultural Exchange
1981
2/34-35 5559-001
Correspondence
1980-1984
2/36 5559-001
Correspondence - among officers
1990
2/37-3/3 5559-001
Correspondence - incoming
General Notes: Includes photographs.
1984-1990
3/4-3/10 5559-001
Correspondence - outgoing
1984-1990
3/11 5559-001
Correspondence - stores
1985, 1986
3/12-13 5559-001
Documents
1981-1983
3/14 5559-001
Documents - dues
1985-1991
3/15 5559-001
Executive committee meeting
1991
3/16 5559-001
Inventory - MRA stores
1985
3/17 5559-001
Journal, notes
1980-1983
3/18 5559-001
Narration of slides
General Notes: Includes script for Tracking slide show by China Lake Mountain Rescue Group; and script for Mt. Ritter Accident slide show.
1977, 1984, 1985
3/19 5559-001
Officers' lists
1988-1989
3/20 5559-001
Sample letters
undated
3/21 5559-001
Volunteer protection act (HR 911)
1987
Box/Folder
3/22 5559-001
Bethers, Richard (President)
1991-1999
3/23 5559-001
Buchanan, Lynn (President)
1992
3/24 5559-001
Clem, Louie (Executive Secretary)
General Notes: Includes annual statistics report for 1971.
1990-1993
3/25 5559-001
Cochrane, Tim (Secretary)
1991-1993
3/26 5559-001
Davis, Drew (President)
1991-1993
3/27 5559-001
Holloway, Hunter (President)
1992
3/28-30 5559-001
Keith, Abbe (Executive Secretary)
1981 - 1983
3/31 5559-001
Kovacs, Tim (Vice President)
General Notes: Includes 1 CD-R of documents and pictures; also includes document A Brief History of the Mountain Rescue Association
1996, 2000
3/32-33 5559-001
Sainsbury, George (Early Founder) (some photocopies)
1952-1999
3/34 5559-001
Walker, Kevin (Vice President)
1991-1993
3/35-37 5559-001
Williams, Paul (Secretary)
General Notes: Includes unpublished manuscript, The Golden Years of Mountain Rescue(photocopy)
1970-1975; 1998
3/38 5559-001
Yost, Vance (Executive Secretary)
1975
Box/Folder
3/39 5559-001
The Philosophy of Mountain Rescuepresentation by Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein (photocopy)
1969
3/40 5559-001
Presidents and founders
undated
3/41 5559-001
Publications - brochure
1990
3/42 5559-001
Publications - Communication Handbook
1995
3/43 5559-001
Publications - Mantracking,1977 (photocopy)
undated
3/44 5559-001
Publication - MRA Update
1998
3/45 5559-001
Publications list
1975, 1981
3/46 5559-001
Radio license
1980s
3/47 5559-001
Research file, c. 2008 - Mountains Don't Care, But We Do: An Early History of Mountain Rescue in the Pacific Northwest and the Founding of the Mountain Rescue Association(book)
General Notes: Includes photographs, drawings and one CD-R of images for the book.
undated
3/48-49 5559-001
Research file - Mountains Don't Care, But We Do(motion picture)
General Notes: Includes photographs
undated
Rita Crompton
General Notes: Crompton's files relating to a planned book about the Mountain Rescue Association.
Box/Folder
3/50 5559-001
Documents
c. 1998
3/51-52 5559-001
Email correspondence
1998-2000
3/53 5559-001
Notes
undated
3/54 5559-001
Research file (California)
undated
4/1-2 5559-001
Research file (Colorado)
General Notes: Includes cassette tape of Tim Rhineholtz
1960, c. 1999
4/3 5559-001
Research file (Oregon)
1968-1998
4/4 5559-001
Research file (Vermont)
1983, 1992
4/5 5559-001
Research file (Washington and Oregon)
undated
4/6 5559-001
Research file (Willi Unsoeld) Transcript on Accidents
General Notes: Includes 1 DVD-R movie of ABC-TV series The American Sportsman, c. 1960sIncludes 1 CD-R ofPhilosophy of Mountain Rescue, 1969
Box/Folder
4/7 5559-001
Search methods and procedures, 1963 (photocopy)
undated
4/8 5559-001
Store
1975-1991
4/9 5559-001
Uniform map system
1984
4/10 5559-001
Wilderness and Spiritpresentation by Willi Unsoeld (photocopy)
General Notes: Includes 1 CD-R of Wilderness and Spirit,1974
Clearinghouse
General Notes: Clearinghouse materials were gathered and made available to teams and regions as resources on various topics.
Box/Folder
4/11-13 5559-001
Administration/Legal
undated, 1989, 1995
4/14 5559-001
General Information
undated
4/15 5559-001
Helicopter
undated
4/16 5559-001
Medical/Health-related
undated
4/17 5559-001
Safety
undated
4/18-19 5559-001
SAR (Search and Rescue) Operations
1994, 1996
4/20 5559-001
Technical
undated
4/21 5559-001
Urban
undated
Regional and Team
Alaska Region
Box/Folder
4/22 5559-001
Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (Anchorage, AK)
1986, 1988-1993
Box/Folder
4/23 5559-001
Arizona Region
1991
Box/Folder
4/24 5559-001
Arizona Mountaineering Club Rescue Team (Phoenix, AZ)
1987
4/25 5559-001
Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (Phoenix, AZ)
1989-1993
4/26 5559-001
Cochise County Search and Rescue (Sierra Vista, AZ)
1984
4/27 5559-001
Sedona Fire Department Technical Rescue Team (Sedona, AZ)
1989, 1990
4/28 5559-001
Southern Arizona Rescue Association (Tucson, AZ)
1988-1992
4/29-30 5559-001
California Region
1975-1993
Box/Folder
4/31 5559-001
Altadena Mountain Rescue Team (Altadena, CA)
1988, 1992
4/32 5559-001
Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (Stanford, CA)
General Notes: Newsletters (incomplete)
1989-1992
4/33 5559-001
China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (Ridgecrest, CA)
1988-1993
4/34 5559-001
Idyllwild Mountain Rescue Team (Idyllwild, CA)
1989
4/35 5559-001
Inyo County Sheriff's Posse (Bishop, CA)
1989-1992
4/36 5559-001
Joshua Tree National Monument (Twentynine Palms, CA)
1983, 1986
4/37 5559-001
June Lake Mountain Rescue Team (June Lake, CA)
1984-1992
4/38 5559-001
Los Padres Search and Rescue Team (Santa Barbara, CA)
1987-1993
4/39 5559-001
Malibu Mountain Rescue Team (Malibu, CA)
1985-1992
4/40 5559-001
Montrose Search and Rescue Team (Montrose, CA)
1989-1993
4/41-42 5559-001
Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (Riverside, CA)
1988-1993, 2001
4/43 5559-001
San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team (San Dimas, CA)
1987, 1989, 1992-1993
5/1 5559-001
San Diego Mountain Rescue Team
1984-1992
5/2 5559-001
Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team (Valencia, CA)
1987-1992
5/3 5559-001
Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team (Sierra Madre, CA)
1989-1992
5/4 5559-001
Ventura County Search and Rescue Team (Simi, CA)
1989, 1992
5/5 5559-001
West Valley Search and Rescue (San Bernardino County, CA)
1989-1993
5/6-9 5559-001
Eastern Region/Appalachian Region
General Notes: Includes curriculum from 1987.
1981-1992
Box/Folder
5/10 5559-001
Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
1984-1993
5/11 5559-001
Mountain Rescue Service (North Conway, NH)
1987-1991
5/12 5559-001
Maryland Search and Rescue (Columbia, MD)
1992-1993
5/13 5559-001
Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (Fredericksburg, VA)
1984-1991
Idaho Region
Box/Folder
5/14 5559-001
Glacier National Park (Essex, MT)
1986
5/15 5559-001
Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue Association (Helena, MT)
1988-1992
5/16 5559-001
Western Montana Mountain Rescue Team (Missoula, MT)
1992-1993
5/17 5559-001
Stillwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team (Columbus, MT)
General Notes: Formerly known as Beartooth Mountain Rescue Team
1984-1988
5/18-20 5559-001
Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (Boise, ID)
General Notes: Includes RescueNewsletter, 1998-2010
1988-2010
5/21 5559-001
Palouse-Clearwater Search and Rescue (Troy, ID)
1991, 1993
Box/Folder
5/22 5559-001
Inter-Mountain Region
1992
Box/Folder
5/23 5559-001
American Search Dogs, Inc. (Ogden, UT)
1988-1992
5/24 5559-001
Box Elder County Search and Rescue (Brigham, UT)
1984
5/25-26 5559-001
Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs (Sandy, UT)
1988-1990
5/27 5559-001
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Patrol (Salt Lake City, UT)
1983-1991
5/28 5559-001
San Juan County Emergency Services (Monticello, UT)
1991-1992
5/29 5559-001
Weber County Sheriff's Mountain Rescue Unit (Ogden, UT)
1989-1993
5/30 5559-001
Zion National Park (Springdale, UT)
1988
International Teams
Box/Folder
5/31 5559-001
Alpine Club of Canada
1992-1993
5/32 5559-001
Rocky Search and Rescue (Canada)
1997
5/33 5559-001
North Shore Rescue Team (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
1986-1991
5/34 5559-001
Morlais Mountain Rescue Team (Newport, UK)
General Notes: Includes map
1988-1999
Oregon Region
Box/Folder
5/35 5559-001
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
1956
5/36 5559-001
Oregon Mountain Rescue Council
5/37 5559-001
Alpinees (Hood River, OR)
1988-1992
5/38 5559-001
Central Mountain Rescue Committee (Oregon)
General Notes: Includes reports to the Mazamas
1953-1955
5/39-6/1 5559-001
Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit (Corvallis, OR)
General Notes: Includes newsletters (incomplete)
1985-1992
6/2 5559-001
Eugene Mountain Rescue (Eugene, OR)
1988-1992
6/3-4 5559-001
Hood River Crag Rats (Hood River, OR)
General Notes: Includes manuscript (incomplete) The Crag Rats
1989-1991
6/5-6 5559-001
Portland Mountain Rescue (Portland, OR)
General Notes: Includes newsletter (incomplete)
1979-1984, 1990-2000
Box/Folder
6/7 5559-001
Rocky Mountain Region
1990-1993
Box/Folder
6/8-9 5559-001
Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council (Albuquerque, NM)
General Notes: Includes newsletter (incomplete)
1991-1993
6/10 5559-001
Alpine Rescue Team (Evergreen, CO)
1989-1993
6/11 5559-001
Arapahoe Rescue Patrol (Littleton, CO)
1984-1993
6/12 5559-001
Colorado Ground Search and Rescue (Denver, CO)
1984-1992
6/13 5559-001
Crested Butte Search and Rescue (Crested Butte, CO)
1991-1992
6/14 5559-001
El Paso County Search and Rescue (Colorado Springs, CO)
1991-1993
6/15 5559-001
Garfield Search and Rescue Inc. (Glenwood Springs, CO)
1986-1989
6/16 5559-001
Grand County Search and Rescue (Winter Park, CO)
1989-1993
6/17-18 5559-001
Larimer County Search and Rescue Team (Ft. Collins, CO)
General Notes: Includes newsletter (incomplete) LC Star
1981, 1985, 1987, 1990-1992
6/19 5559-001
Mountain Rescue - Aspen, Inc. (Aspen, CO)
1986-1993
6/20 5559-001
Ouray Mountain Rescue (San Jacinto, CA)
1990-1991
6/21 5559-001
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (Boulder, CO)
1986-1993
6/22 5559-001
Rocky Mountain National Park Rescue Team (Estes Park, CO)
1986-1987
6/23 5559-001
Summit County Rescue Group (Breckenridge, CO)
1987-1993
6/24 5559-001
Vail Mountain Rescue Group (Vail, CO)
1982-1993
6/25 5559-001
Western State Mountain Rescue Team (Gunnison, CO)
1984-1993
6/26 5559-001
Washington Region
1973, 1990-1992
Box/Folder
6/27 5559-001
Washington Mountain Rescue Association Minutes
1989-1999
6/28 5559-001
Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council (Bellingham, WA)
1991-1993
6/29-31 5559-001
Central Washington Mountain Rescue Council (Yakima, WA)
General Notes: Includes newsletters
1989-1992
6/32 5559-001
Everett Mountain Rescue (Everett, WA)
1959, 1970, 1988-1993
6/33 5559-001
Olympic Mountain Rescue (Bremerton, WA)
1989-1993
Seattle Mountain Rescue Council (Seattle, WA)
Box/Folder
6/34 5559-001
Bylaws
1991-1992
6/35 5559-001
Documents (includes photocopies)
1965, 1992-2006
6/36-37 5559-001
Newsletter - Bertrage
1978-2007
6/38 5559-001
Membership roster
1990
6/39 5559-001
Minutes
1991
Box/Folder
6/40 5559-001
Skagit Mountain Rescue Unit (Mt. Vernon, WA)
1986-1992
6/41-43 5559-001
Tacoma Mountain Rescue Unit
General Notes: Includes newsletter Rescue Rucksack, 1970; 1991-1999 and 1 CD-R of newsletter
1958-1999
Other Organizations
Box/Folder
6/44 5559-001
Alpine Club of Canada
1990
6/45-46 5559-001
American Society for Testing and Materials
General Notes: See also Officers' Files, Richard Bethers.
1988-1992
6/47 5559-001
American Alpine News
1985
6/48 5559-001
Mountaineers (Seattle, WA)
General Notes: Publications catalog
1985
6/49-52 5559-001
National Association for Search and Rescue
General Notes: Includes newsletter Response, 1982-1986 (incomplete) and member directories (1985, 1988)
1982-1986

Accession No. 5559-004: Mountain Rescue Association records, 1963-2013Return to Top

.21 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: Mountain Rescue Association correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, newsletters, and other documents

Restrictions on Access: Presume open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Rights governing publication and reproduction undetermined.

Acquisition Info: Rick Lorenz, 2014-02-27.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1 5559-004
Records from Dave Moore
2 folders
Scope and Content: Explanation/Description, 2013; Constitution, by-laws, policies, 1960s.
1960s, 2013
1 5559-004
Correspondence and memos
1966-1970
1 5559-004
Rescue Forum newsletters
Apr & Nov 1999
1 5559-004
Brochures, ephemera
1993, undated
1 5559-004
VHS tape: MRA HX Channel short
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mountaineering--Northwest, Pacific--Societies, etc.--Archives
  • Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations--Northwest, Pacific
  • Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations--United States
  • Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations--Washington (State)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Mountain Rescue Association--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • By-laws
  • Correspondence
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bauer, Wolf G (creator)
    • Daiber, Ome (creator)
    • Trott, Otto T. (Otto Titus), 1911-1999 (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Alpine Club of Canada (creator)
    • American Society for Testing and Materials (creator)
    • Mountaineers (Society) (creator)
    • National Association for Search and Rescue (U.S.) (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)