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The Edward F. Rhodenbaugh Collection: A Guide

MSS 11

This is a web version of a guide originally published by Boise State University in 1990
Mounted on the Web in January 2007

Edward F. Rhodenbaugh (1872-1964) was a geologist, teacher, writer, and outdoorsman.  The publication of his book, Sketches of Idaho Geology, in 1953, was the capstone of a career in teaching that began more than five decades before.  He dedicated the book to his former students at Boise High School, Gooding College, University of Idaho Southern Branch, and Boise Junior College, whose “interest and enthusiasm in the quest for knowledge of our earth, of the forces that act within it and that play upon it” inspired him to write the volume.  “May you find here not only echoes of the happy days we had together in classroom, laboratory, and on field trips,” he wrote, “but a renewal of interest in the varied physical features of our own great state of Idaho.”  Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s interest in Idaho geology, his teaching and writing career, and his professional and personal concerns are well documented in the correspondence, articles, lectures, diaries, field trip notes, photographs, and other papers that make up the Rhodenbaugh collection in the Boise State University Library.

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Container Lists and Series Descriptions

Contents of Field Trip Logs

Edward F. Rhodenbaugh: A Biographical Sketch

Edward Franklin Rhodenbaugh was born on May 4, 1872, near Vail, Iowa. His parents were William W. Rhodenbaugh, a Civil War veteran and pioneer settler, and Saloma Leitner, who was distinguished as a child by having met President Abraham Lincoln.

Rhodenbaugh grew up on his parent’s farm near Vail.  He graduated from Vail High School in May 1892 and in 1894 entered Iowa State College at Ames, where he enrolled in the civil engineering program.  During long breaks between semesters he taught school near his home.  At college he edited a student newspaper, participated in the YMCA, and organized a Bryan for President Club.  He also became an avid photographer.  Rhodenbaugh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1897 and became principal of a school in Dennison, Iowa. He married Julia Anderton of Dennison on July 20, 1899, and then spent three years teaching in Huntington, Oregon, and Salem, Ohio.

The Rhodenbaughs came to Boise, Idaho, in 1902 and in September of that year Edward Rhodenbaugh began teaching science at Boise High School. Soon thereafter his brother William and his parents also moved to Boise. The Rhodenbaughs spent many weekends and vacations hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and picnicking in the Idaho outdoors. In 1913 they purchased a lot on Payette Lake near McCall. Payette Lake would remain the family’s vacation retreat throughout their lives. 

During time off from teaching at Boise High, Rhodenbaugh pursued graduate studies in geology at the University of Chicago and the University of Washington. He was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington in 1915. He remained at Boise High until 1917 when he became Idaho state chemist. In 1921 he gained a measure of public attention because of his role in the Lyda Southard murder trial. Mrs. Southard was suspected of poisoning four husbands and a brother-in-law in order to collect on their life insurance policies. As state chemist, Rhodenbaugh helped to convict Mrs. Southard of killing Edward Meyer, her fourth husband, when he testified that tests done on Meyer’s exhumed remains proved that his death was due to a large dose of arsenic. 

After spending five years as state chemist, Rhodenbaugh was appointed head of the department of science at Gooding College in Gooding, Idaho, in 1922. He retained that position until 1924, when he moved to Pocatello to take over as head of the chemistry and geology department at Idaho Technical Institute, soon renamed University of Idaho Southern Branch (and later Idaho State University).  After fifteen years of teaching and administrative work in Pocatello, Rhodenbaugh retired in 1940 and returned to Boise. He soon came out of retirement to teach geology at Boise Junior College.  In 1947 he then retired from teaching once again in order to devote time to writing a book on Idaho geology.  Sketches of Idaho Geology was published in 1953, and a second edition came out in 1961. 

Edward F. Rodenbaugh belonged to several professional organizations, the Idaho Gem Club, and the Idaho State Historical Society.  He was a collector of rock and mineral samples, many of which were donated to the Geology Department of Boise State University, where they are still used as teaching aids. Throughout his career, Rhodenbaugh contributed geological articles and photographs to Idaho newspapers; many were printed as full-page features in Sunday editions.  He had a lifelong interest in carpentry, and for many years spent his summers building and remodeling homes.  Rhodenbaugh built a number of cabins and summer homes around Payette Lake and was a member of the Payette Lake Club and the Payette Lakes Property Owners Association.

Edward and Julia Rhodenbaugh had two sons. The eldest, Harold, was born in 1901 and became a nationally known photographer and feature writer.  Early in his career he worked for the Idaho Statesman and the Salt Lake Tribune, before going on to work for the Washington PostLook Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post.  He died in 1951, survived by his second wife, Elizabeth (“Beth”) Rhodenbaugh. The Rhodenbaughs’ second son, Walter William, was born in 1907 and died in 1919 at the age of 12.

Julia Anderton Rhodenbaugh died on April 9, 1959. Edward F. Rhodenbaugh died in Boise on August 1, 1964, at the age of 92.

Sources: Obituaries and autobiographical writings in the collection (Box 2, Folders 1 and 2)

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Edward F. Rhodenbaugh consist of correspondence, diaries, speeches, articles, lecture notes, geologic field trip logs, account books, clippings, memorabilia, photos, and family papers. They document Rhodenbaugh’s interests in Idaho geology and geography, his work as Idaho state chemist, his teaching career at University of Idaho Southern Branch and Boise Junior College, and personal and family affairs. The papers date from 1875 to his death in 1964, with the bulk of material falling after 1910.

The collection has been arranged into twelve series. Included within the collection are approximately 1400 photos, mostly located in Series XI and XII.

The Rhodenbaugh papers were given to the Boise State University Library by William W. Rhodenbaugh, Jr., a nephew, on September 29, 1974.  He received his uncle’s library and personal papers according to the terms of Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s will in 1964.  The papers were in no discernible order when they arrived at Boise State. Letters, photographs, family documents, newspaper clippings, and lecture notes were intermixed.  They had been stored in a basement in open boxes.  As a result some of the papers suffered physical deterioration.  To establish order, materials were grouped together by document type, resulting in the series outlined in this guide.  The arrangement of the collection was substantially completed in 1977.  The collection was reboxed and refoldered in 1990, with particular attention paid to the isolation and/or reproduction of acidic papers and protection of fragile items.  As a result this new finding aid, with a revised box and folder list, was prepared in 1990 to take the place of the one prepared in 1977. 

The Edward F. Rhodenbaugh collection is open to researchers by appointment.  For more information, contact the Special Collections Department in the Boise State University Library.

Collection number: MSS 11
Inclusive dates: 1875-1964
Collection size: ca. 9 ft.
Copyright: Assigned to Boise State University
Processed by: Don P. Haacke and Leslie Pass, 1977
                      Alan Virta and Barbara Simler, assisted by Mary Carter and Susan Kormylo, 1990


Container Lists and Series Descriptions

Summary of the Series


I.         Family papers 

II.        Biographical material 

III.       Correspondence 

IV.       Diaries and chronicle 

V.        Speeches and articles

VI.       Teaching materials 

VII.      Miscellaneous 

VIII.     Financial notebooks 

IX.       Student notebooks 

X.        Field trip logs 

XI.       Photograph albums and scrapbooks 

XII.      Photographs


The largest group of papers in this series are those of Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s son, Harold Rhodenbaugh (1901-1951), a professional photographer.  Included in his papers are letters written while on the staff of the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. (1932-1934) and while serving as a military photographer during World War II.  A few of his photographs are included.  This series also contains probate papers relating to Harold Rhodenbaugh’s estate; memorabilia relating to the participation of Julia Rhodenbaugh (Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s wife) in the Daughters of the American Revolution and other organizations; and obituaries and newspaper clippings relating to Saloma Rhodenbaugh Moberly (Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s mother) and other relatives (1888-1964).

Box 1: Family Papers

          Julia Rhodenbaugh

                        Folder   1  DAR memorabilia:  1921-1958
                                       2  Miscellaneous 

          Harold Rhodenbaugh  

                        Folder   3   Correspondence: Undated
                                       4                                  : 1911-1933
                                       5                                  : 1934-1945
                                       6                                  : 1949-1964
                                       7   Clippings and published photos
                                       8   Estate: 1951-1952
                                       9   Miscellaneous      

           Saloma L. Moberly     

                        Folder  10   Correspondence: 1899-1951
                                      11   Clippings and obituaries
                                      12   Estate:  1950


                        Folder  13   Anderton relatives: Obituaries and clippings: 1911-1956
                                      14   Leitner relatives: Obituaries and clippings: 1888-1950
                                      15   Rhodenbaugh family: Obituaries and clippings: 1888-1964
                                      16   Rhodenbaugh family: Grand Army of  the Republic memorabilia: 1903-1911


This series contains four articles about Edward F. Rhodenbaugh (including two obituaries) and two brief autobiographical sketches written in his own hand.

Box 2: Biographical material

     Folder   1  Obituaries and biographical articles
                    2   Manuscript autobiographies


Edward F. Rhodenbaugh's correspondence files consist chiefly of letters sent to him, arranged chronologically.  Most of the letters are of a business or professional nature with occasional personal letters mixed in.  Included among the personal correspondents are cousins, friends from school and college days, early professional colleagues, and former students.  Two small groups of personal letters have been placed into separate folders: correspondence between Rhodenbaugh and his wife, Julia Anderton Rhodenbaugh (mostly letters to her), and correspondence with his brother, Will Rhodenbaugh.  The papers of Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’ son, Harold (including letters between father and son), are found in Series I, Family Papers.

Professional and business correspondence constitute the bulk of the correspondence files.  There are many letters of reference written on his behalf (primarily 1898-1903), and many of the later letters deal with employment concerns such as appointments, contract renewals, and sabbatical leave.  During his years as Idaho state chemist (1917-1922) Rhodenbaugh often analyzed soil, minerals, and water for citizens.  He retained copies of many of the letters reporting tests results and filed them among his correspondence.

Rhodenbaugh’s outside business interests as an occasional home builder are reflected in letters from clients concerning rent, building details, etc.  A few letters (particularly in the 1930s) relate to his property and recreation interests on Payette Lake.  As a professor of geology at the University of Idaho Southern Branch, Rhodenbaugh corresponded on geological matters; letters of that nature are also found in the files.

Some particular items of interest include three analyses of moonshine liquor Rhodenbaugh performed for the sheriff of Lincoln County (1923); one letter from Hortense Perrine of Twin Falls (March 1934) regarding a fossil; and two letters from Vardis Fisher (December 1935) regarding the Federal Writers Project state guide for Idaho, which Fisher edited. There is also an exchange of correspondence with Gilbert Grosvenor, editor of the National Geographic Magazine, in March 1924.  Rhodenbaugh was critical of an article on Craters of the Moon by Robert Limbert which appeared in that month’s issue, and Grosvenor responded by explaining the process of review and naming the reviewers of the article.

Box 2: Correspondence

        Folder  3  Correspondence:   1896-1920
                      4                                 :   1921-1926
                      5                                 :   1927-1932
                      6                                 :   1933-1937
                      7                                 :   1938-1950
                      8                                 :   1951-1956
                      9                                 :   1957-1959
                    10                                 :   Julia Rhodenbaugh
                    11                                 :   Will Rhodenbaugh


Edward R. Rhodenbaugh was a meticulous recorder of his life’s events. This series includes daily diaries for several years and a retrospective yearly chronicle prepared in 1942. The handwriting in the books is quite small and often hard to read. The entries are usually brief and relate chiefly to personal and family matters and community events. Loose items from the diaries have been moved to Series VII (Miscellaneous papers), Box 5 Folders 15 and 16.  Log books of geological field trips and other travels are in Series X.

Box 3: Diaries and chronicle

        Book          1       Chronicle (in 1942 desk diary)
                           2        Diary, 1918
                           3        Diary, 1933-1937
                           4        Diary, 1938-1939
                           5        Diary, 1940-1944
                           6        Diary, 1945-1949
                           7        Diary, 1950-1954
                           8        Diary, 1955-1961
                           9        Diary, 1962
                         10       Diary, 1963-1964
                         11       Day book,  1936-1945
                         12       Miscellaneous folder


This series is composed of manuscripts of speeches and articles on geological topics as well as photocopies of newspaper articles written by Rhodenbaugh or reporting his activities. The earliest articles (1894-1895), from an unidentified newspaper, were written by Rhodenbaugh and concern events at Iowa Agricultural College, where he was a student.  Most of the remaining articles are on geological topics or fossils.  The file includes a seven part series written by Rhodenbaugh in 1931 about the Idaho Primitive Area.  It reports on a horseback trip by a group from the University of Idaho Southern Branch. Newspaper clippings about the sensational Lyda Southard murder trial (1921), in which Rhodenbaugh played a role as state chemist, are found in Series VII, Miscellaneous papers.

Box 4: Speeches and articles

            Folder        1        Antiquity of Man in North America (1937)
                                2        The Collapsing Canyon of Buhl, Idaho
                                3        Craters of the Moon National Monument
                                4        Darwin the Destroyer (1926)
                                5        Grand Canyon of the Snake River of Hell’s Canyon
                                6        Idaho: Its Physical Features, Climate Soils, Geologic Structure(1935)
                                7        Idaho’s Phosphate Beds (1949)
                                8        Idaho’s Primitive Area (1931)
                                9        Minerals of Idaho (1936)
                              10        The New Canyon of Idaho
                              11        Seeing Idaho from the Inside (1932)
                              12        Some Old Timers in Idaho [Fossils] (1926)
                              13        Some Thoughts on Idaho Geology
                              14        The Story of Payette Lake (Part II)
                              15        Trip from Arrowrock…. (1940)
                              16        A Volcanic Laccolith in the Far West
                              17        Miscellaneous
                              18        Newspaper articles by EFR (Photocopies): 1894-1957


Edward F. Rhodenbaugh’s teaching material includes typewritten and handwritten lecture notes on geological subjects from his years at University of Idaho Southern Branch and Boise Junior College; a gradebook from the Southern Branch; and geology tests from Boise Junior College. Also included are two small handwritten books of notes on mineral properties and other scientific topics.

Box 4: Teaching materials

         Folder       19   Lecture notes
                            20   Lecture notes and articles on geology
                            21   Lecture notes and articles on geology
                            22   Tests for geology courses
                            23   Miscellaneous teaching material from colleges

Box 8: Teaching Materials

         Book           1   Index (Minerals)
                             2   Book B (Notes)
                             3   Lecture Notes, Geology 101 (1926-1927)
                             4   Geology 1 (Gradebook)  (1939-1940)
                             5   Lectures in Geography (1941)
                             6   (Lectures notes) (1941)
                             7   Physical Geology (Lecture notes) (1942)
                             8   (Lecture notes) (1954-1955)
                             9   Historical Geology (Lecture notes and questions) (1955)
                           10   Atlas of American Geology (loose-leaf) (1932)
                           11   Answers to Atlas of American Geology
                           12   Partial set, sheets from Atlas of American Geology (annotated)
                           13   Notes and book excerpts


A notable file among the miscellaneous papers in this series is the folder of toxicological reports prepared by Rhodenbaugh in 1921 for the prosecuting attorney of Twin Falls County.  The prosecutor was investigating the death of Edward F. Meyer of Twin Falls.  His widow, since remarried and known as Lyda Southard, was charged with murder.  Rhodenbaugh’s toxicological investigations established that large amounts of arsenic had been administered to Meyer and to Southard’s three previous deceased husbands, as well as to a deceased brother-in-law.  Southard was convicted in the Meyer case and sent to the Idaho State Penitentiary.  Also present are photocopies of newspaper clippings of the sensational trial. Rhodenbaugh is mentioned in a number of them. 

Another file in the miscellaneous series is a small group of papers relating to the Payette Lake Club. Rhodenbaugh was a frequent vacationer to the Payette Lakes region; he owned a cabin there and was a member of the club.  Included in the file is the program for the club’s first annual dinner meeting in Boise (1913).  There are photos of the Payette Lake region and a home movie (in color) in Series XII, Photographs.

In 1924 Rhodenbaugh participated in an “editorial caravan” on the North and South Highway (U.S. Route 95) from Weiser to the panhandle.  This automobile trip was organized to acquaint southern Idaho journalists with the northern part of the state.  Included in this series are photocopies of several newspaper articles by Byrd Trego describing the caravan and the country they saw.  Photos of the trip are located in Series XII (Photos 79-106).  Brief diary entries about the trip are in Series X, Field trip logs (Book 2).

This series also contains a photocopy of Rhodenbaugh’s Christmas card scrapbook. The original, which is quite fragile, is located in Series XI, Photograph albums and scrapbooks.

Box 5: Miscellaneous 

        Folder    1    Payette Lake Club: 1913-1951
                        2    Order book and receipts, Sketches of Idaho Geology (1955)
                        3    Idaho Gem Club publications (1940, 1947-1948)
                        4    Miscellaneous geological notes and pamphlets
                        5    Miscellaneous items
                        6    Clippings: “Editorial Circuit of Idaho” (1924)
                        7    Clippings: “Stories of the Snake River Valley,” by  Byrd Trego (1929-1930)
                        8    University of Idaho, Southern Branch: Directories and  course lists (1937-1940)
                        9    Toxicological investigations, Lyda Southard case (1921)
                      10    Clippings: Lyda Southard case
                      11    Poetry
                      12    Student field trip report (Raymond F. Lacy)
                      13    Loose items from scrapbook
                      14    Loose items from field trip logs
                      15    Loose items from diaries
                      16    Loose items from retrospective chronicle
                      17    Miscellaneous deeds and business papers
                      18    Christmas card scrapbook (Photocopied) (1928-1941)
                      19    Probate and funeral (1964)


Included in the accounts kept in these financial notebooks are records of Rhodenbaugh’s real estate transactions and investments. 

Box 6: Financial notebooks

             Book  1    Real estate journal and general accounts (1906-1925)
                        2    Account book (1916-1937)
                        3    Account book (1934-1945)
                        4    Account book (1940-1955, 1961)
                        5    Expenses (1952-1961)


These are handwritten course notes taken by Rhodenbaugh while both an undergraduate and graduate student.

Box 6: Student Notebooks

        Book     6    Drama, Iowa State College (1894)
                      7    Geology, Iowa State College (1896-1897)
                      8    Botany, University of Iowa (1901)
                      9    Geology, University of Iowa (1901)
                    10    Geology, University of Chicago (1911)
                    11    Miscellaneous lectures, University of Chicago (1911)
                    12    Optical Crystallo(gy), University of Washington (1914)


Recorded in these books are logs and narrative accounts of geological field trips, occasional hunting trips, and vacation travel. Handwritten maps sometime accompany the text. The contents of these logs are listed at the end of this finding aid.

Box 7: Field trip logs

             Book  1    1923
                        2    1924
                        3    1925
                        4    1926
                        5    1927, 1928
                        6    1938
                        7    Geology trips in Idaho and Oregon; tour of Washington, D.C.
                        8    1933
                        9    California, 1933-1934, 1957
                      10    Various trips, 1929-1941


Included in the photograph albums and scrapbooks are family photos, scenes of hunting, fishing, and camping, photos of homes, and scenes of Payette Lake and vicinity.  Many of the early family photos are from Iowa.  Some of the oldest hunting, fishing, and camping scenes in Idaho are from the first decade of the twentieth century. The Rhodenbaughs reached their destinations by horse and buggy, rather than automobile, as the photos attest.  There are also photos from Rhodenbaugh’s student days at Iowa State College in 1890’s.  There are very few geological photos in the albums.

This series also includes a scrapbook of verse cut from newspapers and magazines (1884-1889) and a Christmas card scrapbook (1928-1941).  Included in the latter are cards sent to the Rhodenbaughs by the Idaho artist Thomas Raymond Neilson.  The sketches of Idaho scenes on the card fronts are Neilson’s own.

Box 9: Photograph albums and scrapbooks

            Book 1   Photograph album
                      2   Scrapbook (1884-ca. 1889)
                      3   Guest log (1942-1962)
                      4   Guest log (1964)

Box 10: Photograph albums and scrapbooks

            Book 1   Photograph album
                      2   Photograph album
                      3   Photograph album
                      4   Photograph album
                      5   Photograph album
                      6   Photograph album
                      7   Framed tintype

Box 11: Photograph albums and scrapbooks (Oversize)

                     Scrapbook (1899-1922)

                     Christmas card scrapbook (1928-1941)


Most of the photographs in the Rhodenbaugh collection are scenic and geologic shots from the early years of the twentieth century to the 1950s, and most are uncaptioned. They document the Payette Lake region (where the Rhodenbaugh family vacationed), the forested central Idaho wilderness (then called the Primitive Area), and the rock and lava formations of the southern portion of the state, including Craters of the Moon. There are also a number of family portraits and photos from Iowa and Idaho. Included among them are old tintypes and album prints from the nineteenth century, as well as photos of the Rhodenbaugh family’s hunting, fishing, and camping activities in Idaho during the early years of the twentieth century.

Photos 79 to 214 were filed in small boxes by Edward F. Rhodenbaugh; the descriptions for them below were, for the most part, taken from the box labels. The remaining photos were all loose and grouped into subject categories by library staff. Photos numbered from 2001 and above are larger than 5 X 7 inches; all the rest are 5 X 7 or smaller.

Boxes 12 to 14

Photos 1-78       Miscellaneous. Chiefly geologic, scenic, and personal photos from two small partially
filled album portfolios.

Photos 79-106   North-South Highway (U.S. Route 95).  Photos taken on the “Editorial Caravan” of 1924.
See Box 5,  Folder 6 for news columns reporting on the caravan.

Photos 107-128Payette Lakes.  General views, Lake Fork, Brundage Mountain, Twin Lakes, Goose
Creek, People, Fish

Photos 129-167Idaho Primitive Area.  Photos of a pack trip into the Idaho Primitive Area, 1931. Most
photos captioned. Most prints yellowed.

Photos 168-189Pocatello vicinity. Promontory west of Pocatello, General views, Pocatello Range with
snows, Red Hill with snow, University of Idaho (Southern Branch) with snows.

Photos 190-214Geologic.  King’s Bowl-Craters-Caves, Aberdeen Cave, Tea Kettle Cave, Clover Creek Caves.

Photos 215-253Idaho Caves

Photos 254-319Southwestern Idaho

Photos 320-358Idaho Geologic Sites.  Rock formations, canyons. Unidentified.

Photos 359-368Craters of the Moon

Photos 369-815Idaho Geologic Sites. Rock formations, fault lines, mountain scenes.  Eastern Idaho, Boise Region.

Photos 816-841Dams.    Owyhee, Arrowrock, Unidentified

Photos 842-947Miscellaneous.  Includes camping scenes.

Photos 948-988Payette lakes and area. Mostly scenic. Some camping and recreational scenes.

Photos 989-1029Houses and cabins.  Chiefly family properties at Boise, Payette Lake,and Idaho City. Chiefly exterior views.

Photos 1030-1047Rhodenbaugh family.   Principally Saloma Rhodenbaugh Moberly (EFR’s mother

Photos 1048-1077Relatives

Photos 1078-1117Edward F. and Julia Rhodenbaugh. Portraits, group shots and domestic scenes.

Photos 1118-1138Harold and Walter Rhodenbaugh. Portraits and family scenes. Includes portrait of
Beth Rhodenbaugh (1134).

Photos 1139-1145Family.  Miscellaneous

Photo 1146             Indian teepee at Olds Ferry, 1899

Photos 1147-1156Tintypes of relatives

Photos 1157-1164Petroglyphs, White Arrow Hot Spring

Photos 1165-1170Harold Rhodenbaugh

Photos 1171-1189(Negatives) Bruneau dunes and cliffs.

Photos 2001-2043Larger than 5 X 7 inches. Various categories.  Includes 8 wirephotos taken by
Harold Rhodenbaugh of flood in New York State (1935)

Box 15


            Home movies (8 mm; 2 reels)

Glass Storage Area

            Lantern slides (50).    Most are commercially produced teaching aids. Few Idaho scenes. Some slides
            are cracked.


The following items, too large to fit unfolded in legal-size file folders, are stored in map folders in the Special Collections Department’s oversize storage drawers. For the most part, they are newspaper pages, chiefly from the Idaho Statesman.  Edward F. Rhodenbaugh contributed both articles and photographs to the newspaper. Those dated 1917-1928 are full-page spreads from the front page of the Sunday Statesman’s feature section; the others are articles that occupied most of an inside page. The few articles from other newspapers were, with one exception, front-page articles.

The newsprint on which these articles were printed is acidic and fragile; therefore no photocopying is allowed from these pages. Researchers are encouraged to consult microfilm copies of these newspapers in the library’s Microfilm Department instead of the originals.

Miscellaneous items

Bible school certificate, Harold Rhodenbaugh, 1910

Seating diagram, Payette Lake Club dinner in Boise, 1913

Idaho Statesman articles

1917    Aug 5               It’s a Three Days’, 32-Mile Trip to Climb Old Jughandle Mountain

1921    April 17           Geology Reveals the Marvelous Story of Idaho’s Ancient Lakes

1921    Dec 11            What Means These Fossilized Records From Bygone Age? [Weiser stones]

1923    July 15            The Craters of Clover Creek

1924    Jan 27             Balanced Rock, Twin Falls County

1924    Feb 24            The City of Rocks, Gooding County, Idaho

1924    April 6              View of Payette Lakes, Near McCall, Idaho

1924    June 29           New Pictures From Idaho’s Craters of the Moon

1924    July 20             The Ice Caves of Black Butte

1924    Aug 3               The Jordan Valley Craters

1924    Oct 19              An Idaho Triolet [Sherwin Mountain]

1925    Aug 2               Red Rock Pass

1925    Oct 4                Payette Lake’s Deepest Spot 290 Feet

1927    Feb 13             Some Old Timers in Idaho’s History [Mammoth fossils]

1928    Feb 5               The Pocatello Promontory

1941    Mar 9                Boise’s Table Rock is Big Chunk of Sediment Left by Ancient Lake

1941    Sept 28            Volcanoes in Reverse Near Cleft Still Puzzle Scientists

1945    Sept 9              Region South of Mountain Home Holds Rich Beauty Little Known

1945    Sept 30            Sand Dune Area of Southwestern Idaho Shows Artistry of Erosion

1945    Oct 28              Gem State Has Its Share of Subterranean Caverns of Various Types

Other newspaper articles

1929    Sept 15            The Pocatello Promontory (The Pocatello Tribune)

1932    Undated          Seeing Idaho From the Inside (The Idaho Bengal, Pocatello)

1932    Aug 24             The Origin of Payette Lake (Payette Lake Star, McCall)

1937    Sept 5              The Great Idahoax (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.) [Sinking canyon at Buhl]


Edward F. Rhodenbaugh recorded observations on the geology, topography, and flora of many sites in Idaho in his field trip logs (Series X). The following is a listing of sites and trips represented by notes in those logs. Some of the notes are accompanied by  hand-drawn maps and illustrations. Narrative descriptions of several duck and pheasant hunting trips are included. Occasionally a field trip or site visit merited no more than a brief paragraph recording the fact of the visit; those trips and sites are not listed.

Rhodenbaugh recorded his notes in bound theme books. Several of the books appear to have once belonged to students, for names other than Rhodenbaugh’s own are inscribed inside the front covers. He apparently cut out pages that had been written on and used the rest himself. Most of his observations appear to have been written sometime after the trip or site visit; they are not notes taken in the field.

Book 1

1923    June 21-22       Lizard Butte and Squaw Creek

1923    June 25             Black Canyon Dam and Emmett

1923    June 29-30       Boise Basin

1923    July 12               Ontario gas wells (Or.)

1923    July 25               Mount Lassen (Calif.), within log of trip to California

1923    Aug 4                 Oregon Caves (Or.)

1923    Aug 19               Grandview

1923    Sept 7-9            Castleford-Oakley

1923                                Swiss Valley Ranch

1923    Sept 30             City of Rocks (near Gooding)

1923    Oct 23                Shoshone Ice Caves

1923    Nov 23               Hammett and Chalk

1923    Nov 30               Tea Kettle Cave Dec 8

1925    June 4-8           Craters of the Moon

Book 2

1924    May 2                 Heller’s Ranch on Clover Creek

1924    May 24              Shoshone Ice Caves

1924    May 26              Box Canyon

1924    June 13-27      Fish Creek Reservoir and Craters of the Moon

1924    June 23-24      Jordan Valley Craters (Or.)

1924    July 18              Goose Creek

1924    Summer           Diaries of excursions in Northern Idaho in conjunction with Noth-South editorial caravan,

1924    Winter               Diary of holiday trip to Boise

Book 3

1925    March 14         Ridge west of Pocatello

1925    March 22         Red Rock Pass

1925    March 29         Mink Creek

1925    April 10-11      Hollister-Rogerson (Oil investigation)

1925    May 9               Arbon Valley (oil well and fossils)

1925    May 29-31       Soda Springs and Bear Lake

1925    June 6             Craters of the Moon

1925    June 16           Golden Seal Mine (Northeast of Boise)

1925    July 9               Falls Creek

1925    July 12             Payette Lake Club

1925    July 15-16       Lake Fork Creek glacial moraine

1925    July 22-31       Payette Lake soundings

1925    July 29             Blackwell’s Butte

1925    Sept 7-9          Gray’s Lake and Mount Caribou

1925    Oct 17-18        Jerome County (Pheasant hunting)

Book 4

1926    April 10            Aberdeen Cave

1926    April 24            Garden Creek Gap

1926    May 13-14       Soda Springs, Conda, Woods Canyon, and Georgetown

1926    May 16             Justice Park and Scout Mountain

1926    May 28             Old Fort Hall site

1926    June 5-16        Travel diary of trip to Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon parks (Utah and Arizona)

1926    July 23-25        Marshall Lake and mines in Bear Creek Basin

1926    July 29-30        Brundage Lookout to Goose Lake, Slab Butte, and Fisher Creek

1926    Aug 10             Bergdoll’s Oil Prospect northwest of Boise

1926    Aug 13             City of Rocks (north of Gooding)

1926    Sept 1-4           Mink Creek (Grouse hunting)

1926    Sept 8-9           Black Rock Canyon (hunting)

1926    Sept 14-16      Palisade Lake

1926    Oct 2-3             Roberts (Duck hunting)

1926    Oct 30-31        Island Park Ranch

1926    Nov 6               Blackfoot (Pheasant hunting)

Book 5

1927    April 2              Michaud Creek

1927    April 17            Tyhee (hot well)

1927    May 6-7            Craters of the Moon

1927    Aug 13-15       Cuprum, Peacock Mines, Kleinschmidt Grade to Snake River, Queens Bar, Red Lodge Mine,
                                       Homestead, and Irondyke Mine

1927    Aug 21             Kennally Creek (Fishing)

1927    Aug 29             Payette (gas well)

1927    Aug 30             Snake River west of Marsing

1928    Oct 21              Oil drilling, southwest of Arimo

1928    Nov 3               Tilden bridge (Pheasant hunting)

1928    Nov 11             Roberts (Pheasant hunting)

1928    Dec 2               Spring Creek (Duck hunting)

Book 6

1938    Fall                   Travel diary of vacation trip to Louisville, Ky., Gulf coast, and Southwestern U.S. Few geological
                                       notes, except for Southwest.

Book 7

1936    undated            Riggins, main Salmon River, French Creek

1936    June7-July 9    Travel diary of trip to Washington, D.C.

1955    Apr 12               Castle Creek

1936    July 27-Aug 2   Black Lake and Seven Devils

1945    June 2-3           Bruneau Dunes and Hot Creek

1945    June 10            Bruneau region

1946    Apr 29               Cow Creek Craters

1946    May 11              Owyhee Dam (Or.)

1953    Apr 19               Creeks on south side of Snake River, Grandview to Murph

1953    May 17              Thorn Creek

1954    June 1-2           Wayan and Tempskya fossils

1953    July 16-19        Cuprum

Book 8

1933    Fall                    Travel diary of cross-country trip

Book 9

1933-Winter 1934       Travel diary of trip to California

1957    Fall                    Travel diary of trip to California

Book 10

1929    May 4, 11          Trail Creek (near Pocatello)

1942    June 21            Snake River canyon below Olds Ferry

1944    January            Burns (Or.) Thunder egg locality

1946    Oct 12               Daggett Creek

1941    Mar 18              Cleft (fissure and crater pit)

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