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Marshall C. Edson Papers, 1946-1993

MSS 155

Boise State University, Albertsons Library, Special Collections Dept.

Marshall C. Edson was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1911. He became a conservation officer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1941, and in 1949 became head of the Public Information Division. He edited the department’s magazine, Idaho Wildlife Review, and directed and produced motion pictures on the outdoors. Edson worked for the department for 29 years before moving to the Idaho Water Resources Board, from which he retired in 1974.

Edson served as chairman of the Idaho Public Employee Retirement System Board for almost 12 years. He was a member of numerous conservation organizations, including the Idaho Wildlife Federation and Poachers Club. Marshal Edson died in 1997.

--derived from Edson’s biographical sketch in Biographical Information of  Poachers Club Members (1994)


The Papers

This small collection contains papers from Edson’s retirement years, when he participated in the conservation and environmental movements as a citizen activist. Included are single folders of letters, studies, and reports, relating to organizational matters of the Idaho Wildlife Federation (of which he was an officer), the issue of logging in the Cuddy Mountain Roadless Area of the Payette National Forest, and the proposal to preserve salmon runs by piping salmon smolt downstream from Idaho (Boylan fish pipeline).

A number of books donated by Mr. Edson as well as issues of the Idaho Wildlife Review, which he edited, have been cataloged separately and added to the holdings of the Special Collections Department. The collection was donated by Mr. Edson to Albertsons Library in 1996.

Inclusive dates: 1981-1993
Collection size: 4 folders
Processed by: Alan Virta, April 1996


Folder 1     Marshall C. Edson: Biographical information
Folder 2     Idaho Wildlife Federation: 1981-1990
Folder 3     Cuddy Mountain Roadless Area, Proposed Logging: 1989-1990
Folder 4     Boylan Fish Pipeline: 1991-1993



After Marshall C. Edson’s death in 1997, his son, Kenneth Edson, presented Boise State University with some additional papers of his father.

The principal addition is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and photos relating to a boat trip down the Salmon River undertaken by Edson and a number of other fish and game officials and wildlife experts in 1946. Clyde Smith captained the "City of Salmon" down the "River of No Return." The trip received widespread press coverage.

Also included in the addition to the collection are a large number of 8x10 photos collected or taken by Marshall C. Edson.

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