Trail Blazers Club Photograph Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Photographer: Spring, Bob, 1918-
Title: Trail Blazers Club Photograph Collection
Dates: 1946-1959 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 21 photographic prints (1 box)
Location of Collection: Materials are located in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries. For more information about this collection including links to additional digital content, please connect to the finding aid on the University of Washington website.
Collection Number: 620
Summary: Photographs of Trail Blazers club members and activities taken by Bob and Ira Spring and Clayton Kilbourn.
Repository: University of Washington Librarires, Special Collections.
Contact Information: Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Languages: Collection materials are in English.  
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Content Description

The collection contains 21 photographs which document activities and members of the Trail Blazers club. Photographs were made by Bob and Ira Spring and group member Clayton Kilbourn.

Historical Background

Founded in 1933, the Trail Blazers is a volunteer organization that stocks and monitors trout in many of the alpine lakes in Washington State's wilderness areas. The club's aim is to preserve the lakes and their rich resources as alpine fishing areas, and the Trail Blazers have devoted numerous volunteer hours to restocking lakes in conjunction with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In 1952, Outdoor Life magazine presented the club with the Conservation Award for their work and commitment to the maintenance of trails, alpine lake restocking, and general wilderness preservation.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

To view selections from the collection in digital format, you can view the finding aid on the University of Washington website

Processing Note :  

Processed by Deborah Gallaher and Shannon Lynch, 2003.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Trail Blazers Club Members, July 12-13, 1958
Spring, Bob, 1918-Spring, Ira  ( photographer)
1 1: Williams Lake stocking trip: group photo
1 2: Williams Lake stocking trip: weighing fish
1 3-5: Williams Lake stocking trip
1 6: Williams Lake stocking trip: putting up sign
1 7: View of Williams Lake

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Nordrum Cabin Construction, ca. 1940s

The Nordrum Lake Cabin was dedicated to Bill Simon, a club member killed in action in WWII.

2 8: Nordrum cabin construction
2 9: Nordrum cabin construction: men on roof
2 10: Nordrum cabin construction
2 11: Nordrum cabin construction: interior

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Necklace Valley Memorial Cabin Fundraiser

The Necklace Valley Cabin was dedicated to Jack Streeter, a friend of the club killed in action in WWII.

3 12: Items to be raffled as fundraiser for memorial cabin in Necklace Valley 1946

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Outdoor Life Magazine Award, 1952
4 13: Governor Arthur Langlie and Trail Blazers president Gordie Herbert
4 14: Governor Arthur Langlie, Gordie Herbert, and journalist Howard E. Jackson
4 15: Arthur Langlie, Gordie Herbert
4 16: Gordie Herbert, Arthur Langlie, Howard E. Jackson
4 17: Langlie, Herbert, Jackson: filming of ceremony
4 18-19: Journalist Howard E. Jackson interviewed on KJR radio
4 20-21: Howard E. Jackson and Gordie Herbert interviewed on KOMO radio

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  • Personal Names :
  • Herbert, Gordie--Photographs
  • Jackson, Howard E.--Photographs
  • Langlie, Arthur B. (Arthur Bernard), 1900-1966--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Trail Blazers (Organization)--Awards--Photographs
  • Trail Blazers (Organization)--Photographs
  • Subject Terms :
  • Awards--Photographs
  • Fish stocking--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Lakes--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Log cabins--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
  • Kilbourn, Clayton  ( photographer)
  • Spring, Ira  ( photographer)

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