Ernie Day Photographs, circa 1964-1980

Overview of the Collection

Day, Ernest E.
Ernie Day Photographs
circa 1964-1980 (inclusive)
16 items
Collection Number
MG 459
Locations include Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Salmon River Lower Middle Fork, River of No Return Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Upper Redfish Lake Drainage, and others.
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 Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ernest Day was an Idaho conservationist from Boise with an interest in nature photography. He served as president of The Idaho Wildlife Federation from 1961 to 1963 and on the national board of The Wilderness Society.

His photograph of Castle Peak in the White Cloud Mountains was published in a full page ad paid by conservationists in the Idaho Statesman on August 2, 1970. It is said to have drawn attention to the cause of protection of the White Clouds and the call for integration of the mountains into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Publicity surrounding the photo helped to stop a mining company from exploring the area. Democrat Cecil Andrus, impressed by the allure of the photograph, embraced this cause during his successful political campaign for Governor of Idaho in 1970. Later the photograph appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. The White Cloud Mountains became part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in 1972. In 1981 Day received the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club, which honors superlative photography that has been used to further conservation causes.

Day also joined with other activists in support of the protection of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. He died on 12 February 2008 at the age of 89.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Five 23 x 27 inch wood frames holding a 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inch photograph each, with no glass. According to Dennis Baird, these pictures hung for many years in the Senate office of Frank Church.

  • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, 1975. Handwritten on the back: Snake River near Suicide Point
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers, 1967. Handwritten on the back: Salmon River Lower Middle Fork
  • River of No Return Wilderness, 1980. Handwritten on the back: Chamberlain Basin and Sheepeater Lake
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 1972. Handwritten on the back: Sawtooth Valley near Fourth of July Creek
  • Wilderness Act, 1964. Handwritten on the back: Upper Redfish Lake Drainage

Eleven 8 x 10 inch black and white photographs: Hells Canyon Nez Perce Site, North End Whiteclouds, Whiteclouds Lakes, Lakes on North Fork of Goat Creek, Baron Lake, Above Alpine on Baron Summit, Twin Lakes South of Alice, Mt. Hyndman within Pioneer Range, and unidentified.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permissions for use.

Preferred Citation

Ernie Day Photographs, MG 459, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Special Collections and Archives of the University of Idaho Library. The framed photographs are shelved in the northeast oversize II (cage area).

Acquisition Information

Professor Emeritus Dennis Baird donated the five framed photographs to the Special Collections and Archives of the University of Idaho Library in March 2013 and the others, in October 2014.

Processing Note

Processed in 2013-2014.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Geographical Names

  • Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho)--Photographs.
  • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (Or. and Idaho)--Photographs.
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Idaho)--Photographs.