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Ellen Trueblood Papers


MSS 94


Scope and Content Note


The papers of Ellen Trueblood consist mainly of correspondence, articles, clippings, and notes, documenting her career as a writer and reporter, her work collecting, surveying, and identifying mushrooms, and her environmental activism.  They span the years 1925 to her death in 1994.  Throughout the papers are frequent references to her husband Ted and to activities in the Idaho outdoors.   The collection also includes miscellaneous papers from organizations to which Ellen Trueblood belonged.


The collection is divided into ten series:

                     1.      Biographical and personal papers
                     2.      General correspondence
                     3.      Mycological correspondence
                     4.      Writings (Articles)
                     5.      Grant project  files
                     6.      Organizations
                     7.      Subject files
                     8.      Mycology notes
                     9.      Field notebooks, scrapbook, diary, etc.
                   10.     Photos

Fuller descriptions of each series are contained within the collection inventory.


There are also papers of Ellen Trueblood contained within the Ted Trueblood collection at Boise State University (MSS 89), most notably in Series VI (Field notebooks and diaries).  In that series may be found Ellen's account of her camping and fishing honeymoon (MSS 89, Box 21), a record of hunting trips into the Chamberlain Basis (MSS 89, Boxes 32, 33, and 35), and notes on a family fishing trip (MSS 89, Box 34).  Some of the slides contained within the Ted Trueblood collection were also taken by Ellen, though most are not specifically identified as hers. 


The Ellen Trueblood papers were presented to Boise State University by her sons, Dan and Jack Trueblood, 1991-1993, along with a collection of books about fungi.


Collection number:  MSS 94

Inclusive dates:  1925-1994

Collection size: ca. 5 ft (in 12 boxes)

Processed by:  Mary Carter-Hepworth, Mitzi Hambleton, and Alan Virta, 1996-1999

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