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Hal Riegger Papers, 1981-1986
- Hal Riegger
- Hal Riegger Papers
- 1981-1986 (inclusive)19811986
- 1 cubic foot
- Collection Number
- MG183 (collection)
- Research files, including newspaper and journal articles, maps, correspondence, oral history tapes and transcripts, and photographs, pertaining to Riegger's book, The Camas Prairie: Idaho's railroad on stilts (1986).
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Hal Riegger earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees at the New York State College of Ceramics and Ohio State University. He taught ceramics for a number of years, and wrote three books on the subject.
His interest in trains dates back to his childhood and a set of Lionel O gauge trains formerly belonging to his aunt. He has been active in the field of rail history and model railroading. He is a member of the NMRA and has served on its standards committee. He was involved with the founding of Ntrak, the N scale modular system. He lives in the Sierra foothills of California.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Photocopies of newspaper and journal articles, maps, correspondence, oral history tapes and transcripts, and a large collection of photographs dealing with the Camas Prairie Railroad, one of America's most scenic and fascinating railroads. With headquarters in Lewiston, one line ran northwest to Ayer, Washington, while one of the three Idaho lines went to Grangeville, another to Stites, both east and south of Lewiston, while the fourth line ran east and north to Headquarters.
Although the research material in this record group contains photocopies of material dating back to 1879, it was collected between 1981 and 1986.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The majority of the material in this record group was in labelled folders or envelopes; while these headings were preserved, a series order was imposed during processing.
The first series contains background material on the railroad and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, illustrative items such as time tables, and annual reports, journal articles, maps of Northern Pacific lands (the parent company of the Camas Prairie), track laying records and a souvenir of a 1960 passenger excursion from Lewiston to Grangeville.
The second series contains a large number of photographs of trains, engines, and bridges. These are arranged alphabetically by the collector. Some collectors have only their own photographs, while others added photographs of other collectors to their own collections. For this reason there is a small amount of duplication in the folders. Some folders also contain correspondence concerning the identification of photographs. Many of the photographs are copies. Photographs used in the book are identified on the verso with the chapter and photograph number within the chapter, e.g. 2-12 is chapter 2, the 12th photograph.
The final series contains permits allowing Riegger on railroad property, track profiles, and tapes of oral history interviews with retired Camas Prairie employees; transcripts of these tapes are also included.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Background Material , 1879-1986Return to Top
Journal and other articles
Maps of Northern Pacific lands
Track laying records, Northern Pacific Railroad
Series II. Photographs , 1902-1984Return to Top
Camas Prairie Railroad
Bill Clem (Movie: Breakheart Pass)
Dick Herman: Army Corps of Engineers
Lewiston Tribune Photocopies
Wally Meckstroth collection
Series III. Other Items , 1968-1983Return to Top
Permits to be on railroad property
Oral history tapes and transcripts
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Railroads -- Idaho -- History -- Sources
- Camas Prairie Railroad Co.
- Riegger, Hal, 1921- --Archives.