Guide to the Robert W. Limbert Papers
1901-2011

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Creator: Limbert, Robert W., 1885-1933
Title: Robert W. Limbert Papers
Dates: 1901-1941 ( bulk )
1901-2011 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 15.0 linear feet (24 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS 080
Summary: Correspondence, articles, business records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, sketches, photos, and other papers, relating chiefly to Limbert's exploration of the Idaho wilderness, his promotion of Idaho as a tourist destination, and studies of Idaho wildlife. Includes material relating to the Sawtooth Mountains and Craters of the Moon lava fields; establishment and operation of Redfish Lake Lodge at Stanley, Idaho; national lecture tours; and circa 3000 photos of Idaho scenery and wildlife.
Repository: Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives

1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725-1430
Boise, ID, 83725
208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical Note

Robert W. Limbert was born in Minnesota in 1885, adopted, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked for the Smithsonian Institution as a field naturalist for two years before moving to Boise, Idaho, in 1911 to enter the taxidermy business. In 1915, he designed Idaho's medal award-winning exhibition for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and a few years later he began writing about Idaho's scenery and wildlife for newspapers and magazines.

During the 1920s his essays appeared in Outdoor America, Outdoor Life, and National Geographic Magazine. In 1921, after several preliminary visits, he led an exploring party into the vast lava fields of south-central Idaho; the resulting article in the National Geographic brought this little-known area to the attention of the nation and led to its designation as the Craters of the Moon National Monument by President Calvin Coolidge.

Limbert also searched for and found Indian petroglyphs along the Snake River, explored the inaccessible Bruneau River region, and travelled throughout the Sawtooth Mountains, naming mountains and lakes theretofore uncharted. During the 1920s he and his family moved to the Sawtooths, where he worked as a hunting and fishing guide.

At first through the Izaak Walton League and later through other agents, he embarked on national lecture tours, promoting the vacation potential of Idaho with film and slides and (while dressed in western garb) demonstrating his skills at trick roping, shooting, bird calls, and animal sounds.

During the late 1920s he obtained from the U.S. Forest Service a concession to operate a "dude ranch" at Stanley, Idaho. He then established Redfish Lake Lodge, which is still a popular Idaho resort.

Limbert died of a brain hemorrhage in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1933, returning from a speaking tour in the East. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Sources: Biographical material within the collection - Casner, Nicholas. "Two-Gun Limbert: the Man from the Sawtooths." Idaho Yesterdays 32 (1988), 2-12.

Content Description

Robert Limbert's papers document his exploration of the Idaho wilderness, promotion of Idaho as a tourist destination, and photographic studies of Idaho wildlife. The papers include drafts of articles and short stories by Limbert; four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, published articles, programs, and the like; correspondence and business papers regarding the establishment of Redfish Lake Lodge; and miscellaneous papers relating to his taxidermy business. There is, in particular, a great deal of material relating to the Craters of the Moon area.

The collection contains approximately 3000 photos, both loose and in scrapbooks, documenting Limbert's travels in Idaho. These photos preserve views of the state's landscape of the early twentieth century. The Sawtooth Mountains, Craters of the Moon, and the Bruneau River region are particularly well covered. Along with the photos are contact sheets made from negatives in the collection, a number of copper engraving plates, and glass negatives.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is available for research.

Preferred Citation :  

[item description], Robert W. Limbert Papers, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in ten series: 1. Biographical material; 2. Correspondence, 3. Writings; 4. Speaking engagements; 5. Redfish Lake Lodge; 6. Taxidermy business; 7. Scrapbooks; 8. Miscellaneous papers; 9. Photograph collections; 10. Additions to the collection, 2005 and later; 11. Oversize items; 12. Glass plate netagives.

Box list:

  • Box 1 Manuscripts (Series I)
  • Box 2 Manuscripts (Series I-Series VI)
  • Box 3 Manuscripts (Series VII)
  • Box 4 Manuscripts (Series VII-Series VIII)
  • Box 5 Manuscripts (Taxidermy scrapbooks)
  • Box 6 Sextant, compass, photo supplies, etc.
  • Box 7 Retained originals (Manuscripts)
  • Box 8 Retained originals (Scrapbooks)
  • Box 9 Retained originals (Scrapbooks)
  • Box 10 Photos (10001-10702)
  • Box 11 Photos (10703-11372)
  • Box 12 Photos (12001-12047)
  • Box 13 Photo albums (small)
  • Box 14 Photo albums (large)
  • Box 15 Negatives (1-1927)
  • Box 16 Engraving plates
  • Box 17 Engraving plates
  • Box 18 Engraving plates
  • Box 19 Photo albums
  • Box 20 Photos (13001-13062) (Oversize, many colorized)
  • Box 21 Addendum 2005 (Biographical material, Correspondence, Writings)
  • Box 22 Addendum 2005 (Writings, Taxidermy, Miscellaneous)
  • Box 23 Addendum 2005 (Miscellaneous)
  • Box 24 Addendum 2005 (Oversize)
  • Box 25 Glass plate negatives (449-567)
  • Box 26 Glass plate negatives (568-638, 1817-1848)
  • Box 27 Glass plate negatives (1849-1927, 10006)
  • Box 28 Glass plate negatives (taxidermy)

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Mr. Limbert's daughter, Margaret Lawrence, Boise, Idaho, 1986. Additional materials donated by Limbert documentarian Steve Wursta in 2005.

Processing Note :  

Some later biographical material on Limbert has been placed with the collection for reference purposes. Most of the original papers were highly acidic and quite brittle; therefore they were photocopied for preservation purposes. Researchers are asked to use the photocopies rather than the originals.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1:  Biographical material

Items in Series 1 include Limbert's obituary from the Arco Advertiser (Folder 2) and a number of articles about him (Folder 1). Among the latter are a nine-page typescript extolling his shooting abilities and photocopies of articles about him from Idaho Yesterdays (by Nick Casner, 1988), Omaha Chamber of Commerce Journals (1928), and New York World-Herald (April 15, 1928).

See also Addendum for more biographical material added to the collection in 2005.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Biographical material
1 2 Obituary 1933

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2:  Correspondence

Much of the correspondence in Series 2 regards the establishment and operation of Redfish Lake Lodge, Limbert's dude ranch-resort in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. He apparently sought the backing of Lewis E. Megowen of Chicago and J.L. Kraft of Kraft Cheese Company; the collection includes a long proposal he sent to Kraft and correspondence back and forth with Megowen. Most of Limbert's letters in this series are typescript drafts or carbons.

See also Addendum for more correspondence added to the collection in 2005.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 From Limbert (Miscellaneous) 1928-1929
1 4 To Limbert (Miscellaneous) 1916-1930
1 5 With Ern Carothers 1928-1930
1 6 With J.L. Kraft 1928
1 7 With Lewis E. Megowen 1928
1 8 Incomplete

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3:  Writings

The writings on Series 3 are divided into three groups: drafts of articles, articles in published form, and drafts of short stories. The article and short story drafts are chiefly in typescript form, sometimes in more than one version. Like the rest of the collection, Series 3 is available to researchers chiefly in the form of photocopies. Retained originals are located in Box 7.

The published articles (in photocopy form) came from several outdoor magazines and are about outdoor, shooting, or Idaho themes. There are seventeen articles in the Outdoor America file; fifteen are Limbert's regular column, "Revolver Shooting"; two are articles about the Sawtooths. Outdoor America was published by the Izaak Walton League. The tourist booklet Unknown Places in Idaho (folder 37), is a 54-page publication issued in 1927 by the Union Pacific Railroad. It was written by Bob Limbert, who also supplied the photographs. The copy in the collection has been loaned to Albertsons Library by Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Limbert's article from the National Geographic Magazine (March 1924) on Craters of the Moon may be found in his Scrapbook 1 (Series 7), in Box 3, Folder 2 of the collection. A letter from David Starr Jordan (1927) identifying the "sea serpent" that washed up onto a California beach as a bottle-nosed whale is included in the file for Limbert's article, "Something from Somewhere" (Box 1, Folder 26).

See also the Addendum for additional writings added to the collection in 2005 and 2007.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Articles (drafts)
Box
Folder
1 9 America's First Geographical Society 1922
1 10 Dorothy Fox
1 11 The Feel of the Wild
1 12 Filling the Photographic Game Bag
1 13 A Gunman Speaks
1 14 Let Vacation Dreams Come True
1 15 The Lure of the Licks
1 16 Malheur Lake, Oregon
1 17 Nature Photography
1 18 Our Next National Park (The Craters of the Moon)
1 19 Quick Draw
1 20 Quick Drawing and Fast Shooting
1 21 Revolver Shooting
1 22 Revolver Shooting 2
1 23 Revolvers
1 24 Rubber Boa
1 25 The Sawtooths of Idaho
1 26 Something from Somewhere (Sea Serpent) 1926
1 27 Storm on Malheur Lake
1 28 Summering in the Sawtooths
1 29 Take a Trip to the Moon
1 30 Trailing Thru the Land of Tomorrow
1 31 Undiscovered Idaho
1 32 On Photography (untitled)
1 33 On Sawtooth Range (untitled)
Articles (published)
Box
Folder
1 34 Idaho Fish and Game
1 35 Outdoor America 1928-1929
1 36 Outdoor Life 1921
1 37 Unknown Places in Idaho (brochure) 1928
Short stories
Box
Folder
2 1 The Canyon of Dread
2 2 Cycles of Seven
2 3 Duke Duncan
2 4 The Man with the Mormon Draw
2 5 Shadows of Shang Foo
2 6 Two Hours to Leave Town
2 7 We
2 8 Untitled
2 9 Plots (Miscellaneous)

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4:  Speaking engagements

The items in this series consist chiefly of advertisements, programs, and tickets for Limbert's speaking engagements across the country.

See also the Addendum for additional papers relating to speaking engagements.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 10 General Publicity
2 11 Programs 1928-1932
2 12 Tickets 1928-1932

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5:  Redfish Lake Lodge

The papers in this series document the construction and early operation of Redfish Lake Lodge, Limbert's dude ranch- resort near Stanley, Idaho, in the Sawtooth Mountains. Included is a published brochure advertising the resort; agreements with the U.S. Forest Service; and detailed building materials lists.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 13 Brochure (Published) 1931
2 14 Contracts 1927-1929
2 15 Description
2 16 Expenditures 1928
2 17 Prospectus (draft)

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6:  Taxidermy

In addition to the papers listed below, three scrapbooks of magazine clippings of drawings and photos of birds and animals are located in Series 8 (Miscellaneous), Box 5.

See also the Addendum for additional papers relating to taxidermy

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 18 Sketch Book 1906-1908
2 19 Business brochure
2 20 Natural history prints
2 21 Taxidermy scrapbooks

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7:  Scrapbooks

Robert Limbert kept four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, lecture programs, and the like, documenting his activities, chiefly his speaking engagements and marksmanship demonstrations. The items from these scrapbooks have been photocopied and are available to researchers in Boxes 3 and 4. Limbert often shingled clipped articles and other items over one another in the scrapbooks, so the scrapbooks were disassembled to allow photocopying. The original scrapbooks are located in Box 8 and 9.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1-14
1915-1933
4 1-4
1915-1933

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8:  Miscellaneous

Among the items in Series 8 are clippings of articles from the Idaho Statesman (1919) about the Indian Chief Nampuh, sometimes called "Bigfoot"; pages from the newsletter of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition about Limbert's Idaho displays; samples of Robert Limbert's business stationary; his son's ham radio log; and a program from Boise State University Library's traveling exhibit about Limbert and the collection (1987).

See also the Addendum for more Miscellaneous papers.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 5 Chief Nampuh (Bigfoot) clippings 1919
4 6 Collected poetry
4 7 Craters of the Moon
4 8 Panama-Pacific International Exposition 1915
4 9 Stationery
4 10 Radio log 1931-1941
4 11 Miscellaneous
4 12 Exhibit program 1987
5 Three taxidermy scrapbooks assembled circa 1901-circa 1909 (chiefly clippings from magazines of drawings and photographs of birds and animals)
6 Pocket sextant Pocket thermometer-barometer-compass Sample boxes (empty) for photographic supplies

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9:  Photograph collection

Robert Limbert's photographs, numbering more than three thousand, constitute an important photographic record of the Idaho outdoors in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The Sawtooth Mountains and its many lakes, the Craters of the Moon, the Bruneau River region, and Snake River Indian petroglyphs are particularly well documented. So too are human activities in these regions, particularly in the Sawtooths: hunting, camping, fishing, and horseback riding, among them. Most of the photos of the Craters of the Moon came from Limbert's 1921 exploring expedition; there are also photos documenting the construction of Redfish Lake Lodge near Stanley (1928), the Panama-Pacific exposition of 1915, and Limbert's taxidermy work. There are also photos of Idaho's wildlife, in desert and mountain, and of Limbert's friends and family.

Robert Limbert left both photographic prints and negatives. The negatives, most of which were on glass or unstable nitrate stock, have been copied onto modern safety film. Contact sheets have been made for the convenience of researchers. The original glass negatives have been retained, but the nitrate negatives were destroyed. Many of Limbert's prints are now brittle and fragile; these have been photocopied for reference use. While there is much duplication between the negatives and prints, there are unique items in each set, so both must be consulted for a complete search of the photo collection. Those photos with captions have been so labelled; unfortunately, few photos were captioned. All captions have been photocopied and assembled in a reference notebook for the convenience of researchers.

There is not yet a complete index to every photo in the collection. The photos and negatives have, however, been grouped into broad subject categories.

Container(s)
Description
Contact sheets and negatives
photos
#1-1931
Contact sheets are arranged numerically in reference notebooks in the Special Collections Department. The following are the subject headings:
  • Indians
  • Mountains and Lakes (Scenic views)
  • Taxidermy
  • People Posing
  • Wildlife (Bear, Deer, Whale, Pelican, Mountain goat, Beavers, Antelope, Bison, Coyote, Elk, Frogs, Opossums, Porcupines, Jack rabbits, Small animals, Skunks, Snakes, Birds (Avocets, gulls, cormorants, owls, mallards, Canada geese, pelicans, vultures, hawks etc.), Desert reptiles)
  • Redfish Lake Lodge (circa 1928)
  • Hunting, trapping, camping fishing and other outdoor activites
  • Craters of the Moon (circa 1921)
  • Petroglyphs (including Map Rock)
  • Bruneau Canyon and locale; other Rock formations
  • Panama-Pacific International Exposition
  • Robert Limbert and his activities
  • Margaret Limbert and the Limbert family
  • Miscellaneous
    • Senator William Borah
    • Doc Hisom
    • Logging
    • Hot Springs; Geysers; Yellowstone
    • Early airplane and balloon
    • Horserace
    • Models; Carvings
    • Drake's Lodge
    • Jump Creek Falls
Prints
photos
#10001-12035
Please consult photocopies in reference notebooks located in Special Collections.
  • Archeological Finds
  • Indians
  • Mountains and Lakes
    • Reflections
    • Imogene, Edith, Alice and Stanley Lakes
    • Unidentified mountains and lakes (photographed from above)
    • Mt. Parks and Farley, Petit, Hell Roaring & Little Hell Roaring Lakes
    • Views from/of Mt. Snowyside
    • Unidentified lakes and mountains (photographed across)
  • Taxidermy
    • Birds; pheasant, quail, unidentified
    • Ducks, geese, pelican, seagulls, swan
    • Birds of prey
    • Mounted fish, whale
    • Squirrels, skunks, lizards, opossums & insects
    • Elk, moose, deer, bears
    • Mountain goat, cattle, oxen, bison, bighorn sheep
    • Cats, cougar, bobcats, mountain lion
    • Miscellaneous
  • Rivers, streams, and water falls
    • Hell Roaring Falls, Camas Creek Fall,
    • Falls on the Payette River, Falls in Ogden Canyon (Utah),
    • Hole in the Rock near Mackay
    • Unidentified streams, rivers, and water falls
  • People posing (group one)
  • Wildlife (Beaver, Small animals; butterflies, rodents, skunk, porcupine, opossum, baby coyote, reptiles; lizards & snakes, Mountain sheep, deer, elk, antelope, horse, bears, various birds, Miscellaneous)
  • Mountains
    • Finger of Fate
    • The Grand Mogul, Clear Creek Summit, Castle Peak
    • Mountains (small prints)
    • Mountains unidentified (medium prints)
    • Trees and mountains
  • Redfish Lake Lodge (ca. 1928)
  • Hunting, trapping, camping, fishing,
  • Craters of the Moon (ca. 1921)
  • Petroglyphs
  • Bruneau Canyon and locale
  • Rock formations and desert scenes (Includes City of Rocks, Gooding)
  • Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915)
  • Robert Limbert and his activities
  • People (group two)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Pikes Peak Railway
    • Salt Lake City
    • Early airplanes and balloon
    • Jack rabbit hunt
    • Miscellaneous
    • Babies
Oversize prints
photos
#13001-13062
Please consult photocopies in reference notebook.
  • Taxidermy
  • Rivers, streams, and water falls
  • People
  • Live animals
  • Redfish Lake Lodge
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Rock formations and desert scenes
  • Robert Limbert and his activities
  • Miscellaneous
Albums
There are 4 photo albums in this series, 2 large and 2 small.
Box
13 Small album A
Approximately 50 photos of taxidermy specimens including cattle, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, deer, elk, mountain lions, birds, small mammals, and bobcats. Not captioned. Many of the photos are represented in the contact sheets.
13 Small album B
Personal photo album with ca. 225 photos, most of which are captioned. Album inscribed 11R.W. Limbert, Omaha, Neb." Photos appear to date ca. 1900-1910. Includes photos of individuals; scenes from picnics, camping trips, and other outdoor activities; and snapshots from travels in Utah and elsewhere. Places represented include Salt Lake City, Ogden, Devils Gate, and Wasatch Mountains, Utah; Laramie Mountains, Wyoming; Minnesota; and Nebraska.
14 Large Album A
Approximately 150 uncaptioned photos. Principal subjects: Indian petroglyphs along the Snake River, Map Rock, and desert reptiles. Also includes some taxidermy specimens, scenes in a veterinary office, and models and carvings. Many of these photos are represented by contacts and negatives.
14 Large album B
Approximately 150 photos, mostly of Limbert's 1921 exploring expedition into the Craters of the Moon. Captioned. Most of the photos are represented by contact prints and negatives. Captions, with photo numbers, are transcribed in the Captions notebook. A small group of uncaptioned photos at the end of the album document a visit to the lava rock cabin of Doc Hisom near the Snake River. Contact print/negative numbers for these photos are listed on page 18, in the Miscellaneous category.
Glass negatives
Approximately 400 glass negatives are preserved in the Robert W. Limbert collection. Copy negatives and contact prints have been made for most of them:About ninety of the glass negatives have not been matched to contact prints. These are photographs of taxidermy specimens.

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10:  Additions to the collection, 2005 and later

During the course of research for the documentary film, Among the Craters of the Moon: The Life and Adventures of Robert W. Limbert (2005), filmmaker Steve Wursta interviewed Limbert's daughter, Margaret Lawrence. She gave him some additional papers of her father's that she had discovered in her home subsequent to her original donation to Boise in 1986. Wursta, in turn, with her blessing, presented them to Boise State University as an addition to the Limbert collection. They are kept in Boxes 21-24 and are described below, in series parallel to the series in the original collection. One of the most significant additions is a hand drawn map by Limbert of the Cinder Butte area of Craters of the Moon. It was placed in the collection's Oversize drawer.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
1 (addendum): Biographical material
This folder includes Limbert's eighth grade graduation certificate, his marriage license, and a biographical feature article about him.
Box
Folder
21 1 Biographical Material 1901-192?
2 (addendum): Correspondence
This addendum features two postcards from Limbert to his wife Margaret (whom he called Peggy). The first is from Christmas 1914 when he was in San Francisco, California, and the second is his last postcard to her, which he wrote shortly before he died in 1933. The series also includes a letter to Margaret from her father, Ernest R. Wiggs (1929), and a letter from Limbert to the Sierra Madras [sic] Club of Los Angeles (1927) touting his pack trips into the Sawtooth Mountains.
Box
Folder
21 2 Correspondence from Limbert 1914-1933
21 3 Correspondence to Limbert 1923-1935
21 4 Letter to Margaret from her father, Ernest R. Wiggs 1929
3 (addendum): Writings
This addendum includes typewritten and handwritten drafts of Limbert's non-fiction articles, published articles, short stories, and poetry. Two of the short stories found within this series are similar (either earlier or later drafts) to short stories within the original collection. The "Red Flannigan" story (Box 22, Folder 11) is akin to "Two Hours to Leave Town" (Box 2 , Folder 6) and "The Red Leaves of Siva" (Box 22, Folder 5) is another version of "Shadows of Shang Foo" (Box 2, Folder 5). The article "In the Land Called Idaho" (Box 21, Folder 16) was published, in edited form, by the Union Pacific as Unknown Places in Idaho in 1927. The fragments of the articles "Indian Pictographs" (Box 21, Folder 18) and "National Geographic" (Box 21, Folder 19), as well as the story "Terror in the Dark" (Box 22, Folder 6), have been reconstituted, in photocopy form, from the versos of sheets of paper on which Limbert typed later articles and stories. There are also unidentifiable fragments of other stories and articles scattered throughout this series on the backs of other typescripts.
Articles (Drafts)
Box
Folder
21 5 America's First Geographical Society (Map Rock petroglyph)
21 6 Bear Hunting in the Craters of Hell
21 7 Behind the Scenes with a Paleontologist
21 8 Bird Lore
21 9 Boise Short Trips 1
21 10 Boise Short Trips 2
21 11 Briefing the Black Bear
21 12 Butterfly Burn
21 13 Canyon of Brown (The Bruneau)
21 14 Coyote Story
21 15 Idaho Scenery
21 16 In the Land Called Idaho (1927) ( Unknown Places in Idaho)
21 17 Indian Pictographs of Owyhee County, Idaho
21 18 Indians Pictographs (draft fragments)
21 19 National Geographic (NG), pp. 13-20, 23-25
21 20 Report on the Sodium Beds of Southern Idaho
21 21 Scenes and Experiences Among the Volcanic Regions of Central Idaho
21 22 The Sport of Camera Hunting
21 23 Strange Map Rock / Prehistoric Bear Tracks (2 articles) 1925-1926
21 24 Thru the Craters of the Moon in Idaho
21 25 Trailing Thru the Land of Tomorrow
21 26 Undiscovered Idaho
21 27 Untitled: On Beavers
21 28 Untitled: On Birds and Malheur Lake
21 29 Untitled: On Craters of the Moon
21 30 Untitled: On Deer Hunting
21 31 Untitled: On Expeditions to Craters of the Moon
21 32 Untitled: On Rattlesnakes
21 33 Untitled: On Sawtooth Tours
21 34 Untitled: On the Sawtooth Mountains
21 35 Untitled: On a Trip to the Moon (Craters of the Moon)
Articles (Published)
Box
Folder
21 36 Big Game at Our Door
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
21 37 Miscellaneous Drafts, Notes, and Fragments
Short stories
Box
Folder
22 1 Canyon of Dread (Bruneau Canyon)
22 2 Magpie Reincarnation
22 3 Mesa of Hidden Men (missing p. 17)
22 4 Poacher of the Pools (Otters)
22 5 Red Leaves of Siva
22 6 Terror in the Dark (for wildfowl)
22 7 White Assassin (Plot outline)
22 8 Untitled: Boy-Cougar story
22 9 Untitled: Boy-Cougar story variants
22 10 Untitled: Fiction Beaver story
22 11 Untitled: Red Flannigan
Poetry
Box
Folder
22 12 That Poor Other Fellow (published)
22 13 Poems (drafts in note pad)
4 (addendum): Speaking engagements
This series focuses on Limbert's speaking engagements and publicity tours. It features clippings and brochures. Also included in this series is a lecture "folder," containing Limbert's publicity brochures and photographs. Photocopies of the photographs are in Folder 14, as the photographs themselves have been moved to the larger photograph collection.
Box
Folder
22 14 Lecture folder
22 15 General publicity 1919-1923
6 (addendum): Taxidermy
This series features sketches and notes Limbert made for his taxidermy work.
Box
Folder
22 16 Sketches and notes
8 (addendum): Miscellaneous
This series includes research materials, maps, and other miscellaneous papers
Research material
The research materials include secondary materials and sources Limbert collected as research for his various projects and interests. They include natural history postcards and writing examples from other authors.
Box
Folder
22 17 Natural History, Postcards
22 18 Natural History, Sketch Clippings
22 19 Statuary postcards
22 20 Thematic writing examples by other authors
22 21 Reforestation Problems in Southern Idaho, H.C. Shellworth
22 22 For Writing
22 23 Miscellaneous
Maps
These maps were drawn by Limbert and taken from an envelope he labeled "Places to Look Up."
Box
Folder
23 1 Maps ("Places to Look Up)
Miscellaneous
The Miscellaneous papers feature a number of items of importance to Limbert. These include Craters of the Moon materials and clippings, advertisements and articles on his movie balls, a brochure advertising his outfitting business, and a draft of the brochure for his Sawtooth Tours. In 2011, two folders of notes and clippings removed from books once owned by Limbert were added to the collection (Folders 11 and 12), as were two more folders of Limbert-related materials collected by Special Collections staff (Folders 13 and 14).
Box
Folder
23 2 Craters of the Moon
23 3 Craters of the Moon clippings
23 4 Dances/Movie Balls
23 5 Hunting Big Game in Idaho (brochure)
23 6 Sawtooth Tours (brochure mock-up)
23 7 Motion picture projector instruction manuals
23 8 National forest brochures
23 9 "After the Lights Went Out," poem by Leo S. Robinson
23 10 Clippings, Miscellaneous
23 11 Clippings and notes removed from books
23 12 Indian mounds near Boise (Notes discovered in one of his books)
23 13 Limber family research from Lydia Nelson Friedland 2008-2010
23 14 Obituaries, etc., of Margaret Limbert Lawrence (daughter) 2011

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11:  Oversize items

The following items, too large to fit unfolded in legal-size file folders, are stored in oversize Box 24 or in map folders in the Special Collections Department's oversize storage drawers. Oversize items added to the collection in 2005 and 2006 as parts of Accession 05-30 and 06-12 have been interfiled in Box 24 and in the oversize map drawers along with the oversize items received with the original donation. For convenience sake, all are listed below. The additions are so identified.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
24 Advertising brochure for Limbert's taxidermy business ("From Guesswork to a Science")
24 Posters and programs advertising Bob Limbert's speaking engagements and marksmanship exhibitions
24 Posters advertising Bob Limbert's "movie balls" [Accession 05-30]
24 Miscellaneous large envelopes with handwritten notes [Accession 05-30]
24 U.S. West 1992 calendar using Limbert photograph 1316 (Hisom cabin)
Maps and charts (Map drawers)
Handwritten map, "Cinder Butte Region, Idaho" (Craters of the Moon) by Robert W. Limbert
Sawtooth National Forest, 1925 (Forest Service map) annotated by Limbert
Craters of the Moon National Monument, no date, Advance sheet (USGS)
Craters of the Moon National Monument, 1928 (USGS topographic map)
Posters, handbills, etc. (Map drawers)
Meet Him Face to Face, "Two Gun" Bob Limbert (poster)
"Dead or Alive," $5,000 Reward for Two Gun Limbert
Drawing of bengal tiger, signed "R.W. Limbert, Omaha, Nebr. '08"
Collection publicity (Map drawers)
Poster/Exhibition guide accompanying Boise State University's travelling exhibit on Robert Limbert (1987)
Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month poster, featuring photograph 254 of Robert Limbert at Map Rock (May 2002)
U.S. West 1992 calendar using Limbert photograph 1316, Hisom cabin (in Box 24--Oversize)
Idaho Statesman articles (map drawers)
Most of the articles cited below are full-page feature articles by Robert Limbert, illustrated with his own photos. Researchers are encouraged to consult microfilm copies in the Library's Microfilm Department instead of these fragile originals. Those marked with asterisks * were added to the collection in 2005, but they have been interfiled in the map drawers chronologically with all the others.
Bird Week Enjoyed by Crowds of Children and Grown Ups 1917 February 25
There Are More Birds in Idaho Than Are Dreamed of in Your Philosophy 1917 April 15
Bird Life as Seen in the West* 1917 August 19
Beavers Perform Wonders of Skill and Instinct; There Are Colonies of Them Right Here in Boise* 1917 September 9
A Trip to the Moon Right Here in Idaho* 1921 April 10
"Moon Valley" Trampers Back Friday Morning* 1921 June 25
Idaho's Natural Bridge is Revealed to the World 1921 July 24
Dawnings of History Depicted in Records of Ancient Artists on Idaho Rocks* 1922 February 26
Example of Primitive Man's Intellectual Achievement Found in Idaho [Map Rock Petroglyph] 1922 June 18
Canyon of Brown, One of Nature's Beauty Spots Tucked Away in Southwestern Idaho [Bruneau Canyon] 1922 September 24
Billy and Nanny Inhabit Windswept Mountain Tops [Mountain goats near Johnson Creek of Boise River] 1923 March 4
The Craters of the Moon* 1926 February 21
New Marvels in Idaho's Volcanic Wonderland [Craters of the Moon] 1926 October 10
Idaho Historian Deciphers Invitation to Indian Party* 1926 November 28
The Crown of the Sawtooth [Mt. Snowyside] 1927 May 15
Other newspaper pages (Map drawers)
Sees Idaho As Home of Great National Park (Daily Nampa Leader Herald)* 1921 May 3
Party Coming to Explore Craters Arrive June 8 (Arco Advertiser, Special edition) (Masthead date printed as June 6, 1912 [sic])
this issue is on paper 9" × 12"
1921 June 6
Remarkable Inscriptions by Ancient Oregonians Are Among Attractions of Mighty Columbia River (The Sunday Oregonian)* 1923 April 1
Congressman Plans to Get National Park for Southern Idaho (Sunday Capital News)* 1923 September 30
Valley of the Moon is the Great Wonderland of Vast Volcanic Area (Twin Falls Daily Times)* 1923 November 16
Idaho Congressman Tells of Movement to Designate the "Craters of the Moon" In Idaho as National Park (Sunday Capital News)* 1923 November 16
Craters of the Moon in Idaho Created National Monument (Evening Capital News)* 1924 May 6
Craters Proclaimed National Monument by Order of President Coolidge (Arco Advertiser) 1924 May 9
Craters of the Moon National Monument Idaho (The Arco Advertiser)* 1924 June 6
Film Travelogue of Moon Craters Soon to Be Made (Idaho State Journal)* 1924 June 6
Craters of Moon to Be Dedicated June 15; Explorers of Fascinating Region in This City (The Pocatello Tribune)* 1924 June 8
1500 People Attend Opening of Craters of Moon Monument; Central Idaho Attractions to be Given Proper Publicity (The Arco Advertiser)* 1924 June 20
Will Open Treasure House of Scenic Central Idaho to Great Armies of Tourists in East and South (Hailey Times-Miner) 1926 September 9
Unexplored Wonderland of Interior Idaho Will Lure Tourist Millions (Hailey Times-Miner) 1926 December 30
Complete Story of Lost Valley; Found After 65 Years' Study and Hunting (Idaho Republican) 1927
Striking Volcanic Features in the Craters of the Moon National Monument, by Harold T. Stearns (Arco Advertiser) 1927 April 29
Explorer of Idaho Wilds Crack Shot With Gun and Camera, by Creston B. Mullins (New York World-Herald) (For text only, see Box 1 Folder 1) 1928 April 15
Bob Limbert Dies While Homeward Bound to Mother (Arco Advertiser) (For text, see Box 1 Folder 1) 1933 June 23

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12:  Glass plate negatives
Container(s)
Description
Box
25 Nos. 449-567
26 Nos. 568-638, 1817-1848
27 Nos. 1849-1927, 10006
28 Taxidermy negatives

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Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Animals--Idaho
  • Animals--Photographs
  • Boise (Idaho)--Business, industries, and trades--Taxidermy.
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument (Idaho)
  • Exhibitions--California
  • Firearms
  • Idaho Antiquities
  • Idaho--Description and travel
  • Idaho--Discovery and exploration
  • Idaho--Recreation and sports
  • Indians of North America--Antiquities
  • Indians of North America--Idaho
  • Landscapes--Idaho
  • Landscapes--Photographs
  • Lectures and lecturing--United States
  • National monuments--Idaho
  • National parks and reserves--Idaho
  • Natural resources--Idaho
  • Nature conservation--Idaho
  • Nature conservation--Societies, etc.
  • Nebraska--Business, industries, and trades--Taxidermy
  • Outdoor recreation--Societies, etc.
  • Petroglyphs--Idaho
  • Resorts--Idaho
  • San Francisco (Calif.)--Fairs and exhibitions
  • Sawtooth Mountains (Idaho)
  • Shooting
  • Stanley (Idaho)--Recreation and Sports--Resorts
  • Tourism--Idaho
  • Volcanic ash, tuff, etc.--Idaho
  • Wildlife conservation--Societies, etc.

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