The papers of John J. Peebles include materials that he used for the recovery of the base line established near Boise in 1899 for the control of topographic surveying in southwestern Idaho, as explained below (Series 1), and materials relating to the Atlantic Steam Shovel (Series 2).
As an historical project in 1976 John J. Peebles tried to relocate the extremities of the base line established near Boise in 1889 for the first topographic surveying in southwestern Idaho. At the same time he wrote the Geological Survey Office offering to report on the conditions of survey marks he happened upon. This record group consists of these reports, triangulation maps, copies of the original field notes, and other material relating to surveying. There is also a small amount of correspondence interspersed among articles and charts.
The majority of the material was in 14 labeled notebooks. Although the material was removed from the notebooks and placed in folders the original heading was retained. The research material and field notes were in four unlabeled notebooks. The maps in folders 24 and 25 were originally rolled and placed in large mailing tubes. These maps are now folded.
The types of material found in the Ada County folder include state plane coordinates from geodetic positions, progress sketches, list of geographic position station names, station descriptions, and recovery notes.
The specific area folders contain reports on condition of survey marks, geodetic control diagrams, horizontal control data, and description of horizontal control stations.
Other materials in Series 1, include articles on the USGS and surveying, correspondence with the Geological Survey, field notes and maps. The books of triangulations and field notes are photocopies of material in the State Historical Library, and probably date from the time of the original surveys.
Research material and field notes
Reports on condition of survey marks
Triangulation maps and indexes
Idaho triangulation, drawing and print
Books of triangulations and field notes
Correspondence June 15, 1966 to July 15, 1967
Correspondence July 16, 1967 to April 15, 1971
Correspondence April 16, 1971 to March 31, 1974
Photographs. Early development
Photographs. Payette-Boise Project
ALCO and MLW drawings from B-E
Miscellaneous material. Early development
Miscellaneous material. ALCO annual reports
Miscellaneous material. Upper Deer Flat Embankment
Miscellaneous material. Arrowrock Dam
Miscellaneous material. Model (copyright certificate re-issued for 47 years)
Miscellaneous material. Extra photos, small prints, and negatives
Awards. Two photographs of Professor Peebles, on the occasion of being awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers, for his design of the barrel arch roof of the University of Idaho Activity Center, in 1976 -- newsclipping "Engineering Professor Receives Award From History Association," Idahonian, Dec. 6, 1969
American Locomotive Company catalog. Parts of the Atlantic Steam Shovel
Magazines: "Western Construction," July 1973; "Railroad Modeler," May 1974; article that appeared on "Civil Engineering/ASCE," in November 1983