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National Smokejumper Association records, 1919-2015

Overview of the Collection

Creator
National Smokejumper Association
Title
National Smokejumper Association records
Dates
1919-2015 (inclusive)
Quantity
13.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 620
Summary
The collection contains reports, correspondence, interviews, personal papers, photographs, films, and publications related to the development and history of aerial fire management. The collection primarily includes papers and publications created by the National Smokejumper Association as well as the papers of individual smokejumpers and a collection of papers of the U.S. Forest Service documenting the early development of aerial fire management.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the K. Ross Toole Archives, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The National Smokejumper Association (NSA) is an organization which preserves and shares the history of aerial fire management and provides a forum for those associated with wildland firefighting. The NSA maintains a roster of current and former smokejumpers and actively collects the history of individuals and organizations associated with the history of smoke jumping and aerial fire management.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains reports, correspondence, rosters, personal papers, oral histories, photographs, and films documenting the history of aerial fire management. The majority of the material in the collection was created by the association itself, by former smokejumpers or by the U.S. Forest Service. The collection includes materials regarding the development of parachute jumping during the F Studies – Aerial Control Parachute Jumping experiments of the late 1930s and early 1940s by the U.S. Forest Service. The collection also contains fire reports from various years including the investigation report regarding Mann Gulch, Montana (1949) as well as newsletters and magazines published by the National Smokejumper Association and contains numerous other magazine articles related to the development and history of smoke jumping and aerial fire management. The collection contains personal papers of individual smokejumpers including those of Bob Brennan, a smokejumper trained at Nine Mile Base (Montana) in 1941. This collection documents the importance of smoke jumping and provides personal accounts as well as early government information about exploration and development of wild land firefighting.

Series I, the National Smokejumper Association Records, primarily contains copies of the organization’s newsletter, Static LineStatic Line, and their magazine, Smokejumper Quarterly. It also includes a report of the Long Range Plan of the organization written in 2002 as well as reunion lists and copies of email correspondence about the organization.

Series II, History of Smoke jumping, comprises the bulk of the collection and is arranged chronologically within five subseries with the exception of Subseries 2: Personal Narratives, which is arranged alphabetically by individual, subject or organization. Subseries 1: Reports, Handbooks, and Manuals, is a chronological sequence of materials documenting a range of topics related to aerial fire management. Materials include fire reports, specifically a copy of the investigation of the Mann Gulch fire (1949) and the fire investigation report of the South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain (1994). Subseries 1 also includes safety manuals, the annual reports of Siskiyou Smokejumper base (1971 – 1980), a draft copy of a smokejumper study of Region 6 (1984), and trail maintenance reports. Subseries 2: Personal Narratives, is arranged alphabetically by last name or by organization and contains publications of rosters arranged chronologically, first-hand accounts, interviews and oral histories of the experiences of individual smoke jumpers as well as published narratives of individuals of specific regional smoke jumping stations including Cave Junction, Oregon (1944 – 50) and Region 4 (1940s) as well as narratives and copies of photographs of Civilian Public Service Fliers (1940s). Materials also include newspaper clippings, articles, obituaries, and photographs submitted by smokejumpers including a scrapbook of photographs of the Storm King Fire line (2000). Subseries 3: U.S. Forest Service Papers, documents the F Studies Aerial Fire Management Control Project (1940s) including papers related to the Civilian Public Service program and the technical developments of parachute jumping. Materials include memos, invoices, reports, correspondence and publications. Subseries 4: General Histories, contains overviews and timelines of major benchmarks in the history of smoke jumping. Items include booklets, chronologies, a conference paper and general histories of several regional smoke jumping stations including the North Cascades Smokejumper Base, the California Smokejumpers and the Siskiyou smokejumper base. Subseries 5: Articles/Clippings, includes published magazine and newspaper articles related to a broad range of topics about aerial fire management including several issues of National GeographicNational Geographic ranging from 1950s – 1980s. Subseries 6: Memorabilia, primarily contains copies of books and movie posters (1930s – 1950s) related to fire fighting including books for children.

Series III contains the Papers of Bob Brennan, a smokejumper trained at Nine Mile Base in Montana. Materials include diaries, jump logs, and photographs of his experiences in 1941 stationed at Moose Creek Airport/Guard station as well as an audio tape recording of an oral history interview from later in life.

Series IV is arranged chronologically by the content of the material and contains film reels, video cassettes and photographs on CD. Materials include a 12 tape series entitled Wilderness Survival as well as a film reel of the Smithsonian project about Smokejumpers from the 1940s and a copy of the Wilderness Warrior video. The series also includes computer cassettes and photos on CD of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base as well as a film reel of William Moody’s jump during an exchange with Russia (1976).

Series V was added in 2011 through a donation by Stevan M. Smith of over 200 hours of video, and corresponding video logs, from the research, editing and final production of the NSA documentary "Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky," which was written and produced by Smith.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright of some materials transferred to The University of Montana -- Missoula.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], National Smokejumper Association Records, K. Ross Toole Archives, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  National Smokejumper Association Records, 1978, 1993-2015Return to Top

0.75 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Reports and Memos
0.05 linear feet
1993; 2002
Box/Folder
1/1
Memos and Clippings
1993
1/2
Strategic Plan
2002
Subseries 2: Correspondence
0.05 linear feet
1999-2003
Box/Folder
1/3
Smokejumper History Project
1999-2003
Subseries 3: Reunions
0.05 linear feet
1978-2010
Box/Folder
1/4
Reunions
1978-2010
Subseries 4: Publications
0.5 linear feet
1997-2015
Box/Folder
2/1
NSA Trail Maintenance Reports
2001-2005
2/2
Smokejumper Quarterly
1999-2000
2/3
Smokejumper Quarterly
2001
2/4
Smokejumper Quarterly
2002
2/5
Smokejumper Quarterly
2003
2/6
Smokejumper Quarterly
2004
2/7
Smokejumper Quarterly
2005
2/8
Smokejumper Quarterly
2006
2/9
Smokejumper Quarterly
2007
2/10
Smokejumper Quarterly
2008
2/11
Smokejumper Quarterly
2009
2/12
Smokejumper Quarterly
2010
2/13
Smokejumper Quarterly
2011
2/14
Smokejumper Quarterly
2012
2/15
Smokejumper Quarterly
2013
3/1
Smokejumper Quarterly
2014
3/2
Smokejumper Quarterly
2015
3/3
Static LineNewsletter
1997-1998

Series II:  History of Smokejumping, 1910-2009Return to Top

1.75 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Reports/Handbooks/Manuals
0.4 linear feet
1940-2004
Box/Folder
3/4
Aerial Fire Control Project Region One
1940
3/5
District #9 – Forest Patrol
1941
3/6
Smokejumper Project – Region Six
1943
3/7
Civil Air Regulations
1945
3/8
Report of the Board of Review, Mann Gulch Fire
1949
3/9
Higgins Ridge Fire, Nez Perce National Forest
1961
3/10
Training Manual Firefighting
1962
3/11
Annual Reports - Siskiyou Smokejumper Base
1971-1980
3/12
U.S. – U.S.S.R. Exchange, Technical Report Smoke Jumping/Repel
1976
4/1
LOBE Parachute/EAGLE Parachute, Papers by David Gold, SAFE Symposium
1981-1982
4/2
Smokejumper Study, Region Six
1984
4/3
Mann Gulch Fire That Couldn’t Be Won
1993
4/4
Report of South Canyon Fire Investigation
1994
4/5
Fire Behavior Associated with 1994 South Canyon Fire – Storm King Mountain, Colorado
1998
Subseries 2: Personal Narratives
0.05 linear feet
1910-2009
Box/Folder
4/6
Roster of Forest Service Jumpers
1940
4/7
Roster of Retired Smokejumpers
1945-1981
4/8
Who’s Who in Region 4 Smokejumping
1943-1997
4/9
Static Lines and Canopies, Stories from Smokejumpers, Civilian Public Service Camp
1943-1945
4/10
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers, Volume I
1943-1946
4/11
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers, Volume II
1943-1946
4/12
Civilian Public Service Smokejumpers, Volume III
1943-1946
4/13
Personal Narratives
1940-1979
4/14
Personal Narratives, Unidentified Account
undated
4/15
H.P. Barringer, Forest Ranger
1910
4/16
Interview with Jim "Smokey" Alexander
193-
4/17
Mike Burke, Funeral Service Program and Photos
undated
4/18
Ira Burton, Obituary
2003
4/19
Gunter Dambro, Scrapbook of Photographs, Storm King Fire Line
2000
4/20
Jerry Dixon, DVD – Ten Seconds Over Birch Hill
1976-2009
4/21
Carroll Gambrell, Letter
1994
4/22
Smokejumper Oral History Project, Max Glaves, Interview
1984
4/23
Search for K. Reed Harrison, his wife Judy and daughter Julie
1993
4/24
Brian C. Hicks, MSO
1995
4/25
Smokejumper Oral History Project, Bruce Jackson, Interview
1984
4/26
Smokejumper Oral History Project, Sherill King, Interview
1985
4/27
John Lewis, Photographs
undated
4/28
David Liston, Obituary
199-
4/29
Lester Lycklama, Smokejumper
1946
4/30
Jack F. Matthews, Biographical Information and Clippings
undated
4/31
H. Roger McPike, Inventory of Slides Taken 1953 – 1956 Region IV
undated
4/32
Smokejumper Oral History Project, Charles Nyquist, Interview
1984
4/33
Smokejumper Oral History Project, Diane Pryce, Interview
1984
4/34
Bob Reid, Firsthand Account, MSO 57
undated
4/35
Carroll Rieck, Reflections
undated
4/36
Walter B. Rumsey, Compiled by Peggy L. Bale, Contributions from Family and Friends
1997
4/37
Hank Shank, MSO 47
undated
4/38
George K. Sisler, Congressional Medal of Honor
undated
4/39
Kenneth Roy Smith, Smokejumper 1955, Obituary
undated
4/40
Willi Unseold, Biography and Photos
undated
4/41
Ed Summerfield, photos of him in smokejumper's gear
1950
5/1
Astronauts, Information Summary, NASA
1997
5/2
Pilots, 1940s
1970-1989
5/3
Public Civil Service, Photographs
1940-1949
5/4
Region Four
1940-1949
5/5
Unit at Cave Junction, Photographs and Narrative
1949-1950
Subseries 3: United States Forest Service
0.3 linear feet
1939-1999
Box/Folder
5/6
U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Smokejumpers
undated
5/7
Forest Fire Fundamentals Booklet
undated
5/8
Inventory of Photographs
1939
5/9
Report on Parachute Jumping Experiment, Aerial Fire Control
1939
5/10
Aerial Delivery of Supplies
1939
5/11
History of Smokejumping
1939, 1939 – 1949
5/12
F Studies Aerial Control, Memos and Correspondence
Jan 1940 – May 1940
5/13
F Studies Aerial Control, Memos and Correspondence
June 1940 – Dec 1940
5/14
F Studies Aerial Control, Memos and Reports
1942 – 1949
5/15
Fire Control Handbook, Region 6, Part III Suppression
1949
5/16
Air Operations Handbook
1952
5/17
Specifications for Container for Smokejumper Backpack for Parachute Canopies
1957
5/18
History of Smoke jumping, Region I
1959
5/19
Narrative of the Smokejumpers
1965
5/20
Press Release, Smokejumper Bases to be Studied
1984
5/21
C-7 Field Evaluation
Apr – Oct 1994
5/22
FS-14 Parachute Report
Apr 6,1995
5/23
Escape Routes: An Anecdotal Evaluation
1995
5/24
Aerial Delivered Fire Fighter Study Oct 1999
Subseries 4: General Histories
0.15 linear feet
1940-1998
Box/Folder
6/1
Paper by Bruce VanVoorhis
undated
6/2
Outline History of Siskiyou Smokejumper Project
1943-1979
6/3
Chronology of Aerial Fire Management, Ch.6 of Malcolm Edward Hardy’s Masters Thesis
1946
6/4
History of Smoke Jumping by the Aviation Aerial Management Booklet
1980
6/5
History of Smoke jumping
1980s
6/6
The History of California Smokejumpers
1997
6/7
History of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base by William Moody
1998
Subseries 5: Articles/Clippings
0.3 linear feet
1919–2005
Box/Folder
6/8
Articles/Clippings
1919 – 1989
6/9
Articles/Clippings
1940s
6/10
Articles/Clippings
1950s
6/11
Articles/Clippings
1960s
6/12
Articles/Clippings
1970s
6/13
Articles/Clippings
1980s
6/14
Articles/Clippings
1990s
6/15
Articles/Clippings
2000s
6/16
Articles/Clippings
n.d.
6/17
National Geographic
June 1950
6/18
National Geographic
June 1952
6/19
National Geographic
Sept 1956
6/20
Newspaper Clippings
1961
7/1
National Geographic
July 1968
7/2
National Geographic
Sept 1982
7/3
National Geographic
Feb 1989
10/1
Life Magazine Article on Mann Gulch
1949
10/2
Seattle Times, Sunday Pictorial, Parachuting to Work, A Smokejumper in Action, Aug 14
1966
Subseries 6: Memorabilia
0.1 linear feet
1930–1950
Box/Folder
7/4
Posters and Articles related to Smoke jumping and Firefighting
1930s-1940s
7/5
Stories on Smoke jumping and Firefighting for Children
1940s-1950s

Series III:  Personal Papers of Smokejumpers, 1938-1942, [1995]Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Papers of Bob Brennan
0.2 linear feet
1938-1942, [1995]
Box/Folder
7/6
Jump Log
1941
7/7
Diaries
1938 – 1942
7/8
Photos, Slides, and Inventory, Nine Mile Base, MT
1940s
7/9
Oral History Cassette Tape
undated
7/10
NSA Bumper Sticker and Membership Card
undated
7/11
Photograph Album
1940s

Series IV:  Miscellaneous Audiovisual, 1939–1940, 1976, 1998, 2004Return to Top

0.8 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/1
Wilderness Survival Videotapes
1998
9/1
Photos on CD, North Cascades Smokejumper Base Honored at Seattle Mariner Game
Sept. 2004
9/2
Photos on CD, North Cascades Smokejumper Base and National Forest Service Archives
undated
9/3
Wilderness Warriors Smokejumpers, ESPN (21 min version), 1 Broadcast Videocassette
1989
9/4
Forest Service Experimental Smokejumper Project, Intercity Airport, Winthrop, WA, Film by Ferd Haase
1939 – 1940 Smokejumpers, 1 reel of film, and 1master DVD copy and 1 DVD use copy of the film created by Photo Magic Video Productions in 2006
9/5
Computers Disks, unidentified
undated
10/1
William Moody, U.S. – U.S.S.R. Exchange Jump, 1 reel of film
1976, and 1 master DVD copy and 1 DVD use copy of the film created by Photo Magic Video Productions in 2006

Series V:  Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky, 1983-2003 and undatedReturn to Top

10.2 linear feet.

This series but consists of video components and detailed video logs from the documentary Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky (also called The History of Smokejumping: Firefighters from the Sky) produced by Stevan Smith for the National Smokejumper Association. Raw footage includes interviews with smokejumpers and video logs include complete transcripts of these interviews.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : Video Log books
1 linear feet
undated
Box
11
Video log book, part one
undated
11
Video log book, part two
undated
11
Video log book, part three
undated
11
Final edit log book including credit notes
undated
Subseries 2 : Field tapes and File tapes, Betacam SP S and L
5 linear feet
undated
Box
12
Field tapes 1-39, no tape #16, Betacam SP S
undated
13
Field tapes 40-79, Betacam SP S
undated
14
Field tapes 80-119, Betacam SP S
undated
15
Field tapes 120-159, Betacam SP S
undated
16
Field tapes 160-163, Betacam SP S
undated
16
File tapes 1-36, Betacam SP S
undated
17
File tapes 27-31 and 33, Betacam SP L
undated
Subseries 3: Other Source Video, Mini-DV, Betacam SP S, Betacam SP L, and VHS
3 linear feet
1988-2003 and undated
Box
17
Redmond Fire, Mini-DV
undated
17
Missoula Rookie #1 and #2, Mini-DVs
undated
17
3 Alaska Fires, Mini-DVs
undated
17
Jack the Ripper Fire, Mini-DV
undated
17
HIPKE Footage, tape 1 of 2 (no 2nd tape), Mini-DV
2000-2002
17
HIPKE Summer, Tapes 1,2, and 3, Mini-DVs
1998
17
Fire, Mini-DV
undated
17
Smokejumping, Mini-DV
undated
17
Pin Fire, 3 man, Mini-DV
undated
17
Smokejumper-MSO, Mini-DV
undated
17
BLM - Exits, Mini-DV
undated
17
Mann Gulch 50th, Mini-DV
undated
17
13 Betacam compilation copy reels of Mini-DVs, Betacam SP S and L
undated
18
3 Betacam reels "Smokejumper Pilot" shot by Missoula Technology Development Center, USDA Forest Service, Betacam SP S
undated
18
4 Betacam reels "Smokejumper Spotter" shot by Missoula Technology Development Center, USDA Forest Service, Betacam SP S
undated
18
1939 Experimental Jumps, 3/4" cassette
undated
18
Bobby Montoya - Idaho City and Gila, Les Peppard, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Bill Poppy's, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Eric Hipke - South Canyon, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Jack the Ripper Fire, Tony Petrelli jump footage, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Sawmill Saddle Fire, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Mann Gulch 50th, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Allen Bell Footage, Part 1, Betacam SP L
undated
18
Allen Bell Footage, Part 2, Betacam SP S
undated
18
Hipke 99, Betacam SP S
undated
18
Interview with Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit, Betacam SP S
undated
18
NCSB Memorial, Betacam SP S
2003
18
SJ 8 Mile Ridge Crash, Betacam SP S
2003
18
Ghalor - Early Smokejumpers, Betacam SP S
undated
18
Storm Warning, Sonny Archuleta Concludes, Tony Petrilli, Betacam SP S
undated
18
A, Pick-up Shots, Betacam SP S
undated
18
B, MSO Water Bomb Stills, Betacam SP S
undated
18
C, Son of Pickups, Betacam SP S
undated
18
D, Daughter of Pickups, Betacam SP S
undated
19
U.S. Invasions- Japanese Incendiary Balloons, VHS
undated
19
Allen Bell, BLM-Hollywood, VHS
undated
19
Smokejumper training, Missoula, transfer from 8mm, VHS
1952
19
Smokejumpers, VHS
undated
19
Caribou, VHS
undated
19
Early Jumps with Eagle Parachute - rip cord, VHS
undated
19
Boise Jump Season Highlights, VHS
1999
19
Hipke Fire Video, VHS
1998
19
International Crown Fire Modeling Experiments, Northwest Territories, VHS
1997
19
World Fires Victoria, Where the Fire Meets the People, VHS
undated
19
3 tapes of conscientious objectors discussing their time as smokejumpers during WWII, labeled MCAT 122380, 122411, and 122412 , SVHS
undated
19
Telephone Creek: 1950 Smokejumper Documentary, VHS
undated
19
Storm King Mountain Technologies: Developments in Fire Shelters, VHS
undated
19
Season of Fire, Idaho Public Television, VHS
undated
19
Fire Line, Idaho Public Television, VHS
undated
19
Fire Wars, Nova, PBS, VHS
undated
19
1988 Yellowstone Fires, VHS
1988
Subseries 4 : Video Not Used
4 items
2000
Box
19
Up in Flames, Forest History Society documentary, Betacam SP S and VHS dub
undated
19
Escape: Fire in Mann Gulch, VHS
2000
19
The Rockies, VHS
2000
Subseries 5 : VHS Dubs with Window Code and Rough Edit Tapes
1 linear foot
2000 and undated
Box
20
27 VHS dubs with window code for editing
undated
20
1 review/progress tape labeled #1 NSA Smokejumper footage, VHS
2000
20
2 review/progress rough edit tapes labeled #1 NSA Jump/Fire footage, VHS
2000
20
2 review/progress rough edit tapes labeled "Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky," Part 1 and 2, VHS
2000
Subseries 6 : Miscellaneous Papers
0.2 linear feet
1983-2003 and undated
Box/Folder
21/1
Contracts and correspondence
1999-2003
21/2
Research
undated
21/3
A Pictorial History of Smokejumping by Stan Cohen
1983
21/4
Newsclippings
2001 and undated
21/5
Videocassette case artwork
undated