Morton R. Brigham Papers, 1969-2001

Overview of the Collection

Brigham, Morton R.
Morton R. Brigham Papers
1969-2001 (inclusive)
1969-1979 (bulk)
0.25 cubic feet, (1 box)  :   ; 
Collection Number
MG 450
Morton R. Brigham was a resident of Lewiston, Idaho and an active conservationist for over forty years. The collection contains his personal papers.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English
Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Morton R. Brigham (October 21, 1915 – December 17, 2001) was a resident of Lewiston, Idaho and the son of Warren Brigham (1857-1940), the legislative founder of the University of Idaho. Morton Brigham graduated from the University of Idaho in 1939 with a degree in wood products utilization, worked for the Potlatch Forests Inc. until 1952, and then became a private consulting engineer for wood product manufacturing plants around the world until his retirement in the 1980s. Brigham was an active conservationist for over forty years and was instrumental in many grassroots environmental causes. He was named Conservationist of the Year by the Idaho Wildlife Federation in 1957 and served as their vice president in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with Doris Milner, an officer in the Montana Wilderness Association, to set aside the headwaters of the Selway River. Brigham served on the River of No Return Wilderness Council board and was a founding member of the Hells Canyon Preservation Society.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Morton R. Brigham papers span the years 1969-2001. Included in the papers are correspondence to and from Everett Hagen, general correspondence, photographs of an event honoring Brigham in 1997, a VHS recording of an interview with Brigham, and copies of his obituary and articles about him published in local newspapers after his death in 2001.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

Morton R. Brigham Papers, MG 450, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The original order was retained with all of the materials from the 2002 accession.

Preservation Note

Custodial History

The papers of Morton R. Brigham were in the possession of Morton Brigham until they were transferred to the possession of Dennis Baird who had them until time of donation.

Acquisition Information

The papers of the Morton R. Brigham were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Dennis Baird in February 2002 (MA 2002-06).

Processing Note

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refolded.

Related Materials

Doris Milner Papers MG 442, Gerald A. Jayne Papers MG 443, River of No Return Wilderness Council Records MG 452

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Correspondence with Everett Hagen – General Correspondence – Photographs – Brigham Interview on VHS recording – Obituary Articles

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Brigham, Morton R.--Archives