Walt Bailey papers, 1951-1982

Overview of the Collection

Bailey, Walt
Walt Bailey papers
1951-1982 (inclusive)
.25 cubic ft. (1 box)
Collection Number
The collection contains Walt Bailey's accounts of mountain climbing in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico as well as a register from the summit of Pilot Peak (Wyoming).
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Walt Bailey was a chemistry professor and founder of the “Wyoming Mountaineers” climbing club at Casper College. He passed away in 1958 from high altitude pulmonary edema while climbing Alpamayo in Peru. Since his passing there has been a mountain (Walt Bailey Peak in the Wyoming Wind River Range) and a trail (Walt Bailey Memorial Route on Devil’s Tower) named in his honor.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Walt Bailey papers contain fifteen small spiral notebooks used by Walt Bailey to record his experiences while mountain climbing in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, (1951-1957). In addition, there are also two undated typed accounts of climbs, and a register from the summit of Pilot Peak (Wyoming) with entries dating from 1955-1982.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection has been fully processed, and items have been arranged chronologically when appropriate.

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Walt Bailey at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Jim Bailey in 1968 and Ray Jacquot in 2008.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Matthew Francis in October, 2008.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Climbing journals 1951.
1 2 Climbing journals 1952.
1 3 Climbing journals 1953.
1 4 Climbing journals 1956
1 5 Climbing Journal 1957.
1 6 Typed climbing accounts undated.
1 7 Pilot Peak register 1955-1982.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Mountaineering--Colorado.
  • Mountaineering--New Mexico.
  • Mountaineering--Wyoming.
  • Rock climbing--Wyoming.

Geographical Names

  • Devils Tower National Monument (Wyo.).
  • Grand Teton (Wyo.).
  • Longs Peak (Colo.).
  • Shiprock (N.M.).
  • Wind River Range (Wyo.).

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries.


  • Mountaineers.