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John J. Peebles Papers, 1966-1985

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Peebles, John J.
Title
John J. Peebles Papers
Dates
1966-1985 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 212 (collection)
Summary
John J. Peebles was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Idaho from 1963 to 1972. The papers 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, and materials relating to the Atlantic Steam Shovel.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2351
Moscow, ID
83844-2351
Telephone: 208-885-7951
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
This collection is in English.

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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.

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Series 1:  SurveyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Ada County
4 items
1978-1979
1/2-3
Baker
100 items
1976-1984
1/4-5
Boise
44 items
1982-1984
1/6
Challis
47 items
1979-1985
1/7
Dubois
2 items
1968
1/8
Elk City
15 items
1977-1981
1/9
Grangeville
26 items
1976-1984
1/10-11
Hailey
104 items
1976-1984
1/12
Jordan Valley
29 items
1976-1983
1/13
Twin Falls
20 items
1981-1983
1/14
Miscellaneous
35 items
1961-1979
1/15-16
Old reports
18 items
1876-1965
1/17
Maps 1:125,000
154 items
undated
1/18
Maps 1:300,000
52 items
undated
1/19-22
Research material and field notes
84 items
1971-1980
1/23
Reports on condition of survey marks
147 items
1976-1982
1/24
Triangulation maps and indexes
10 items
undated
1/25
Idaho triangulation, drawing and print
2 items
undated
2/26-46
Books of triangulations and field notes
21 items
undated

Series 2:  Atlantic Steam ShovelReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
3/1
Correspondence June 15, 1966 to July 15, 1967
3/2
Correspondence July 16, 1967 to April 15, 1971
3/3
Correspondence April 16, 1971 to March 31, 1974
3/4
Photographs. Early development
3/5
Photographs. Payette-Boise Project
3/6
Photographs. Model
4/7
ALCO and MLW drawings from B-E
4/8
Assembly drawings
4/9
Pattern drawings
4/10
Fabrication drawings
4/11
Miscellaneous material. Early development
4/12
Miscellaneous material. ALCO annual reports
4/13
Miscellaneous material. Upper Deer Flat Embankment
4/14
Miscellaneous material. Arrowrock Dam
4/15
Miscellaneous material. Model (copyright certificate re-issued for 47 years)
4/16
Miscellaneous material. Extra photos, small prints, and negatives
4/A
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
4/B
American Locomotive Company catalog. Parts of the Atlantic Steam Shovel
4/C
Magazines: "Western Construction," July 1973; "Railroad Modeler," May 1974; article that appeared on "Civil Engineering/ASCE," in November 1983