W. N. Phillips Letter, December 30, 1886

Overview of the Collection

University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections Dept.
W. N. Phillips Letter
December 30, 1886
0.25 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 5759
Personal letter from Phillips in Shoshone, Idaho, to Curtis Foster
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 manuscript group 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.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

In his letter, Phillips writes of his experiences as a recent settler in Shoshone, Idaho, established only four years earlier. Shoshone is the county seat of Lincoln County, located within the Snake River Plain that extends over 400 miles in an east-west direction across southern Idaho. Three million acres of farmland on the Snake River Plain are irrigated, with about one-third from wells and two-thirds from canals. Phillips reports having surveyed the area’s “Dams, Ditch, and Canals” with “entire satisfaction.”

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of a single handwritten personal letter from W. N. Phillips, Shoshone, Idaho, dated December 30, 1886, to Curtis Foster.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

W. N. Phillips Letter, MG 5759. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

It is believed the Head of the University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections and Archives purchased the letter from a commercial dealer.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Foster, Curtis
  • Phillips, W. N.