Devere and Helen Helfrich Collection, 1859-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Helfrich, DevereHelfrich, Helen
Title
Devere and Helen Helfrich Collection
Dates
1859-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
49 linear feet , (42 boxes, 4 file drawers)
Collection Number
SHL017
Summary
The collection includes research materials gathered by Devere and Helen Helfrich as editors of the Klamath Echoes, photographs used in that publication, part of the Helfriches personal photography collection and annotated maps they used to trace emigrant trails in the western United States. Devere and Helen Helfrich were the official photographers of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for many years, the editors of the Klamath Echoes, and had a long-time interest in tracing and documenting early emigrant trails in the western United States.
Repository
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries, Shaw Historical Library
Oregon Institute of Technology Libraries
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
97601
Telephone: 541-885-1772
Fax: 541-885-1777
libtech@oit.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Devere and Helen Helfrich spent many years researching the history of Klamath County, Oregon and the Klamath Basin. Devere Helfrich was editor and Helen Helfrich was assistant editor of the Klamath Echoes, a sixteen volume series of Klamath County, Oregon history published between 1964 and 1978. Devere and Helen Helfrich were the official photographers of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for many years. The Helfriches also had a long-time interest in tracing and documenting early emigrant trails in the western United States. They authored or edited several books including Rodeo Pictures and Emigrant Trails West : a Guide to Trail Markers Placed by Trails West, Inc. along the California, Applegate, Lassen, and Nobles' Emigrant Trails in Idaho, Nevada, and California.

Devere Helfrich was born on April 16, 1902 in Lamonta, Oregon. Helen Grace Reed was born on October 29, 2907 in Bend, Oregon. Devere and Helen married on August 2, 1926. They had two daughters, Darle Bernice and Delores Helen. Devere and Helen Helfrich moved from central Oregon to Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1933, started and ran several businesses in Klamath Falls, and Devere began photographing rodeos in 1939. Klamath Falls was the Helfriches home base for the rest of their lives, although they spent many years following the rodeo circuit as the official photographers of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Devere specialized in action photography while Helen specialized in portraits. Devere Helfrich died in Klamath Falls, Oregon on September 1, 1981. Helen Helfrich died in Klamath Falls on July 30, 1989.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes research materials gathered by Devere and Helen Helfrich as editors of the Klamath Echoes, photographs used in that publication, part of the Helfrich's personal photography collection and annotated maps they used to trace emigrant trails in the western United States. The collection is arranged into three series. Series I: Documents includes a variety of types of research materials related to the creation of the Klamath Echoes. Series II: Images includes original photographs, copies of photographs and negatives. Some photographs appear to have been used in the production of the Klamath Echoes. Others are ones created by Devere and Helen Helfrich. Series III: Maps includes topographic maps of quadrangles throughout the western United States as well as other maps covering the same geographic area. Many maps are annotated with notes about emigrant trails traces.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Before materials from the Shaw Historical Library may be quoted in print or otherwise reproduced in whole or in part in any publication, exhibit, broadcast or other manner, the user must obtain permission from the owner of the physical property and the holder of the copyright. Copyright status for collections in the Shaw Historical Library varies. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Devere and Helen Helfrich Collection, The Shaw Historical Library, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  DocumentsReturn to Top

8 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1
Index
2
Tribute to Helen Helfrich
3
Logging and Lumbering
4
F.A. Bishop
2 files
5
Jessie D. Carr/ Clear Lake
6
Capt. Jack's pony
7
John S. Parke
8
John Muir
9
Shaw
10
Co-Op teaching in Klamath Falls
11
Tule Lake photos
12
Levi Scott - Diary
13
Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest
14
Boston Store
15
Roughing it on the Deschutes
16
Klamath National Forest and Siskiyou Co.
17
CCC Reunion
18
Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps
19
Pacific Spruce Corp
20
Wood River Valley
1880s
21
Hudson's Bay Record Society
22
W.G. "Bill" Hoover
23
Professional Letters
24
Personal Letters
25
Correspondence
26
Notes
27
Notes
28
Cards
29
Diaries
30
Diaries
31
Diary Notes
32
Stories
33
Stories
34
Stories
35
Miscellaneous Stories
36
As Told to Me
37
McLoed Letters
38
McLoed Letters
39
McLoed Microfilm
40
Journals
41
Journals
42
Journal Stories
43
Journal Books
44
Collection of Excerpts
45
Research Papers
46
Travel Logs
47
Magazines
48
Pioneer Days
49
Works in Progress - Administration of Oregon
50
Applegate Bio
51
Ashland Tidings
52
Newspapers - Early Settlers
53
Newspapers - Index and Location
54
Newspapers - Clippings and Miscellaneous
55
Newspapers - Miscellaneous
56
Klamath County
57
Historical Klamath County
58
Swamp Land
59
Klamath Falls - Linkville
60
Buildings - Klamath Falls
61
Klamath County - Poems, Miscellaneous
62
Klamath Falls - Miscellaneous
63
City Information: Yanix, Bly, Beatty, Sprauge River
64
History of Area Before Settlement
65
Fremont
66
Redmond Spokesman Clippings
67
Diary - Richard M. May
68
Bonanza, Langell Valley
69
Unused - Bonanza
70
Scrapbook - Modoc Country
71
Merrill
72
Pokegama
73
Malin
74
Keno
75
Chiloquin
76
Crater Lake
77
Fort Klamath
78
Modoc County
79
Sherman County
80
Siskiyou County
81
Cook County
82
Lake County - Hart Mountain
83
Arizona
84
Oregon Geography
85
Eva Adams
86
Laws and Calavan Fued
87
Lewis and Clark
88
Adam's Dredge
89
Jessie D. Carr
90
Frain Family
91
Mrs. Helfrich
92
Ben Pickett
93
Brown Family - History at Crystal Creek
94
W. H. Wagner
1859
95
Applegate History
96
T. H. Jefferson
97
George Nurse
98
John H. Benson
99
Abbot Williams
100
Bruffs
101
Interviews
102
Modoc War/ Captain Jack
103
Indian
104
Court of Claims
105
Miscellaneous Modoc War
106
Bloody Point
107
Presettlement - Indian History
108
Missions
109
Newspaper Clippings
110
Klamath Falls Creamery
111
Geology - Klamath Basin
112
School
113
Miscellaneous Political History of Klamath County
114
Central Klamath Basin
115
Klamath County History - Fir Trade
116
Churches - Klamath County
117
Land Laws and Early Settlers of Oregon
118
Deeds - Klamath County - Notebook
119
Railroads - Land Grants
120
Deeds
121
Staging
122
Irrigation
123
Boats
124
Lumber
125
Logging
126
Electricity and Water
127
Miscellaneous Transportation
128
Cartridges
129
Baseball
1876
130
Livestock
131
Fencing Brochures
132
Scrapbook - Irrigation
133
Scrapbook - Railroad History
134
Bly and Strahorn Railroad
135
Postal History
136
Newsletters
137
Documents
138
Pamphlets
139
Brochures
140
Insurance Papers
141
Maps
142
Maps
143
Maps
144
Maps
145
Maps
146
Wild Flowers and Barbed Wire
147
Western Drawings
148
The Overland Emigrant Trail to California
149
Applegate Trail Travels of 1846
150
Blue Bucket Cutoff
151
Southern Emigrant Route
152
Roads
153
Grave - Lloyd Dean Shook
154
Oregon Trail
155
Southrn Oregon Wagon Trail
156
California Trail - Truckee Route
157
Elliott Cutoff
158
Yreka Trail
159
Military Pass
160
Wagon Trails
161
Crossroads of the Pioneers
162
Roads Miscellaneous of Eastern Oregon
163
Guidebook of the Western U. S

Series II:  ImagesReturn to Top

22 boxes, 12 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Klamath Falls
Images 1-124
2
Klamath Falls, Rodeos, Fairs, Parades, Camping
Images 125-278
3A
Other Towns
Images 279-408
3B
Other Towns
Images 409-533
4
Boats
Images 534-629
5
Boats
Images 630-753
Box/Folder
5/1
North American Indians with Boats
Images 744-749
6
Rivers and Lakes
Images 754-893
Box/Folder
6/1
Crater Lake
Images 754-774
6/2
Lakes
Images 775-810
7
People - Identified
Images 894-1048
8
People - Unidentified
Images 1049-1190
9
Farming and Ranching
Images 1191-1263
10
Transporation
Images 1264-1406
11
Railroads
Images 1407-1527
12
Logging
Images 1528-1657
13
Logging Camps, Mill Equiptment, Loggers
Images 1658-1748
Box/Folder
13/1
Mill Equiptment
Images 1658-1671
13/2
Logging Camps
Images 1672-1688
13/3
Loggers
Images 1689-1748
14
Lumber Mills
Images 1749-1897
15
Landscapes, Roads, Animals, Signs, Graves, Wildlife, Interior Rooms
Images 1898-2026
Box/Folder
15/1
Landscape
Images 1898-1946
15/2
Roads
Images 1947-1957
15/3
Animals/Wildlife
Images 1958-1976
15/4
Signs/Graves
Images 1977a-2004
15/5
Interior of buildings/rooms
Images 2005-2026
16
Oregon Trail
Images 2027-2148
Box/Folder
16/1
Trail Marking Trips (1/2)
Images 2083-2113
16/2
Trail Marking Trips Continued (2/2)
Images 2114-2145
16/3
Inventory of Historic Site
Images 2146-2148
1976
17
Oregon Trail
Images 2149-2223
18
Miscellaneous Structures, General
Images 2224-2304
Box/Folder
18/1
Miscellaneous Structures
Images 2224-2265
18/2
Miscellaneous General
Images 2266-2304
19-21
Glass Negatives
22
Film Negatives

Series III:  MapsReturn to Top

24 boxes
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Untitled
2
Untitled
3
Untitled
4
Untitled
5
Untitled
6
Untitled
7
Untitled
8
Untitled
9
Untitled
10
Untitled
11
Klamath County, Oregon
1908-1959
12
Oregon
1926-1975
13
Oregon
1926-1975
14
California
15
California
16
Nevada
1909-1969
17
Nevada
1909-1969
18
Wyoming
19
Idaho
20
Utah and Colorado
21
Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Missouri
22
National Forests
23
Western Trails and Emmigrant Routes
24
Miscellaneous Maps

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Helfrich, Devere--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Applegate Trail—History
  • Klamath Basin (Or.)—History
  • Klamath County (Or.)—History
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Helfrich, Helen (creator)