Guide to the Montgomery Meigs Atwater Papers
1955-1966

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Atwater, Montgomery M. (Montgomery Meigs)
Title: Montgomery Meigs Atwater papers
Dates: 1955-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 630
Summary: Montgomery Meigs Atwater (1904-1976) was an author, forester, and avalanche expert. The collection includes manuscripts of books and articles, files of data on snow avalanche forecasting and control, and published books.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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

Historical Note

Montgomery Meigs Atwater (1904-1976) was an author, forester, and avalanche expert. He was born in Baker, Oregon and educated at Harvard. He lived in Montana in the 1930s and wrote short stories and mysteries, some under the pseudonym of Max Montgomery. In the 1950s he was in the U. S. Forest Service, and became an expert in snow avalanche forecasting and control.

Content Description

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of books and articles, files of data on snow avalanche forecasting and control, and published books, all of which are dated from 1955 to 1966. Correspondence includes personal correspondence and business correspondence with small publishers. The subject headings for the files were established by Mr. Atwater and retained for continuity in filing. Files contain incoming and outgoing correspondence, arranged chronologically and alphabetically, reports to and from Forest Service officials and other interested persons, factual data, photographs, maps, and printed resource material. The files cover a period from 1955 to 1966, primarily 1959 to 1962, and are related to Mr. Atwater's work in Squaw Valley, California, and the Tahoe National Forest as a snow safety and avalanche expert.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Montgomery Meigs Atwater Papers, Ax 630, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence, Subseries A. Personal Correspondence, Subseries B. Business Correspondence; Series II. Manuscripts; Series III. Subject Files; Series IV. Books.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Personal
Box
Folder
1 1 Outgoing and Incoming
Subseries B: Business
Box
Folder
1 2 Family Weekly 1963
1 2 Lenninger 1963-1964
1 2 Ski 1964
1 2 Ziff Davis Publishing Company 1964

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Series II:  Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Book length Manuscripts
Box
Folder
1 3 The Avalanche Hunters
335.0 pages
Philadelphia, Macrae Smith
1968
1 4 The Avalanche Hunters
335.0 pages
Philadelphia, Macrae Smith
1968
1 5 Avalanches of the Americas
632.0 pages
(11 chapters) later title: The Avalanche Hunters
1 6 Avalanches of the Americas
632.0 pages
(11 chapters) later title: The Avalanche Hunters
Subseries B: Article length Manuscripts
Box
Folder
1 7 Avalanche Control - Avalanche conference
5.0 pages
Santa Fe, New Mexico
April, 1960
1 7 Avalanche Hunters, Snow and Avalanches
55.0 pages
1 7 I Kill Avalanches
11.0 pages
1 7 Search and Rescue
59.0 pages
1 7 Skiing and Avalanches
41.0 pages
1 7 Snow Ranger, What Gives?
9.0 pages
1 7 Weather Observations and Snowbank Conditions - Avalanche conference
8.0 pages
Santa Fe, New Mexico
April, 1960

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Series III:  Subject Files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 8 Avalanche accidents
reports, clippings
1958-1964
1 9 Avalauncher Committee, U.S. Forest Service
snow safety planning, devices, training
1963-1966
1 10 Avalanche Team
training, organization
1960
1 11 California, Department of Beaches and Parks
Master plan, contracts, permits, uses reports
1959-1963
1 12 California, Department of Beaches and Parks
Master plan, contracts, permits, uses reports
1959-1963
1 13 California, Department of Beaches and Parks
Master plan, contracts, permits, uses reports
1959-1963
1 14 Connaughton-Davis case
Charges of misconduct instituted by M. M. Atwater
1961-1964
1 15 Consultations
Miscellaneous insurance, legal, advisory opinions and testimony
1961-1964
1 16 Consultation, California State Highway Department
Snow safety and management on highway right-of-way
1958-1964
1 17 Consultation, Colorado State Highway Department
Snow safety and management on highway right-of-way
1955-1956
1 18 Consultation, Insurance
Expert advisory services for snow related policies
1963
1 19 Consultation, Nevada State Highway Department
Snow safety and management on highway right-of-way
1956
1 20 Consultation, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
Microwave station
1962
1 21 Consultation, Tangri vs. Squaw Valley Development Corporation
Civil suit
1963
1 22 Forest Service correspondence
Concerning duties as snow safety and avalanche expert
1962
1 23 Forest Service policy
Memoranda concerning general policy problems
1960-1965
1 24 Forest Service supervisor instructions
Concerning specific problems
1957-1958
1 25 Forest Service supervisor reports
Periodic routine accountings of MMA's work
1957-1964
1 26 Lift inspection policy and forms
Forest service safety procedure
1961-1963
1 27 Olympic Committee and Weather Bureau
Coordination of meteorological services to the 1960 Winter Olympics
1957-1959
1 28 Permit negotiations, Alpine Meadows
Use of National Forest land and facilities for commercial skiing.
1961-1963
1 29 Permit negotiations, Squaw Valley
Use of National Forest land and facilities for commerical skiing.
1960-1965
1 30 Permit violations, Squaw Valley
Reports on violations and corrective measures
1958-1962
1 31 Research projects
Miscellaneous reports and injuries for equipment and information concerning snow safety.
1960-1963
1 32 Research, "Avalauncher"
Specific information concerning development of this snow safety device
1961-1964
1 33 Research, explosives
Uses in avalanche control
1966
1 34 Research, 2.75" and others
Experiments with artillery-like devices for avalanche control
1961-1963
1 35 Research reports
Official communications to and from Forest Service
1961-1962
1 36 Ski patrol, 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley
Training, performance, recruitment
1958-1960
1 37 Snow ranger training program
Forest Service snow safety program
1958-1961
2 1 Snow safety plan, miscellaneous notes
Organizing a plan for a specific area
1957-1958
2 2 Snow safety plan, 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley
Program, training, problems, reports
1958-1960
2 3 Snow safety plan, 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley
Forest Service program and reports, post-olympic possibilities
1960
2 4 Snow safety plan, 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley
Forest Service program and reports of violations, corrections
1961
2 5 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1957-1958
2 6 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1958-1959
2 7 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1959-1960
2 8 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1960-1961
2 9 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1961-1962
2 10 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1962-1963
2 11 Snow-Weather-Avalanche reports
Storm reports, snow studies, comparisons and conclusions
1963-1964
2 12 Tahoe National Forest annual report 1962/1963
2 13 Tahoe National Forest district ranger reports 1958
2 14 Use reports, Squaw Valley
Capacity, manner of use, adequacy of facilities
1957-1960
2 15 Use study, general, lift-served area capacity
Safety-standards, comparative studies
1958-1961
2 16 U. S. Army munitions, correspondence
uses in avalanche control
1957-1963
2 17 Winter sports representative reports 1958-1961
2 18 Winter sports site development
Feasibility study, weather observations, photographs of terrain, evaluation and recommendation
Box
Folder
2 19 Anthony Peak, California 1962
2 20 Bailey Mountain, Washington 1966
2 21 Bear Creek, California (Alpine Meadows) 1959-1961
2 22 Crater Bowl, California 1962
2 23 Castle Peak, California 1960
2 24 Highway 88 Ski areas, California 1963
2 25 Robinson Basin, California 1959-1961
2 26 Spanish Peak, et al., California 1961
2 27 Spoon Ridge, Montana 1966
2 28 Ward Creek, California

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Series IV:  Books
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Volume
2 1 The Avalanche Hunters
Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Company
1968
2 2 Hank Winton, Smokechaser
New York: Random House
1947
2 3 Smoke Patrol
New York: Random House
1949

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Atwater, Montgomery M. (Montgomery Meigs)--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Forest Service--Officials and employees
  • Geographical Names :
  • Squaw Valley (Calif.)
  • Tahoe National Forest (Calif.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Avalanches--Forecasting
  • Foresters--California
  • Forests and forestry--California

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