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Guide to the Stanford Alpine Club Oral History Interviews
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Box 2

Audiocassettes

Box 2

2.1-2.2 Baxter, Alfred W. 1997 Feb 7, 26

Physical Description: 2 audiocassette(s)
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Baxter, Mary Sherrill. 1997 Feb 16

Physical Description: 2 audiocassette(s)
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Boore, David M. 1997 Jul 2

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Clinch, Nicholas, 1930- 1997 Jul 21

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Crowder, Betsy, 1926- 1996 Dec 19

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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D'Hondt, Steven 1997 Dec 1

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Davis, Scott 1998 Feb 19

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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DeStaebler, Herbert C. 1997 Mar 20

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Gocking (?), Roger 1998 Feb 27

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Little, Meredith Ellis 1997 Jul 31

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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McConnel, Gloria 1998 Jan 20

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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MacKay, Ned 1998 Mar 19

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Miller, Nancy Bickford 1997 Dec 13

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Moore, Jim 1997 Mar 16

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Ortenburger, Irene Adelaide Beardsley 1997 Feb 21

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
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Roberts, Gilbert J. 1997 Apr 9

Physical Description: 3 audiocassette(s)
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Roberts, Mike 1997 Jan, Feb 20

Physical Description: 2 audiocassette(s)
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Tabor, R. W. (Rowland W.) 1997 Jan 23, Feb 5

Physical Description: 3 audiocassette(s)
Box 2

Van Dyke, Russell, MD. 1997 Feb 17

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
 

Transcripts

Box 1, Folder 1

Baxter, Alfred W. 1997 Feb

Physical Description: Transcript: 42 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 7 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Alfred W. Baxter earned his A.B. in philosophy at Stanford University in 1947; he was one of the founding members of the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club; fellow climbers Larry Taylor, Ulf Ramm-Ericson, and Fritz Lippmann; climbers from UC Berkeley; and climbs with the Sierra Club Rock Climbing Section.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lippmann, Fritz.
Ramm-Ericson, Ulf.
Sierra Club. Rock Climbing Section.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Taylor, Lawrence D.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 2

Baxter, Mary Sherrill. 1997 Feb

Physical Description: Transcript: 19 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 5 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Mary Sherrill Baxter earned her A.B. in classics at Stanford in 1950; she was an early member of the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club; fellow members Alfred Baxter, Ulf Ramm-Ericson, Winifred (Freddy) Hubbard Brown; Stanford professors Margery Bailey and Hazel Hansen; and other climbing experiences.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bailey, Margery, 1891-1963
Baxter, Alfred W.
Brown, Winifred Hubbard.
Hansen, Hazel Dorothy.
Ramm-Ericson, Ulf.
Stanford University--Students.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 3

Boore, David M.and Boore, Judith Lovelace 1997 Jul

Physical Description: Transcript: 33 leaves.
Physical Description: Photograph: 1 photoprint.

Biography/Organization History

David M. Boore (BS 1964 and MS 1965 in geophysics) and Judith Lovelace Boore (AB 1965 in psychology) were both active in the Stanford Alpine Club during their student years at Stanford.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include Stanford Alpine Club climbs in Yosemite and elsewhere, training and technique, the practice of climbing on campus buildings, and the social aspects of the club. Other people mentioned include Steven A. Jervis, Fred Wesley Smith, and Richard N. Baldinger.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Baldinger, Richard N.
Boore, David M.
Boore, Judith Lovelace.
Jervis, Steven Alexander.
Smith, Fred Wesley.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 4

Clinch, Nicholas, 1930- 1997 Jul

Physical Description: Transcript 34 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs 2 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Lawyer and conservationist, Nick Clinch earned his AB at Stanford University in 1952 and his LlB in 1955. While at Stanford, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

This interview was conducted in July 1997. Subjects include Stanford Alpine Club climbs in Yosemite, climbing equipment and technique, the social aspect of membership, leadership in the club, role of women, and the Sierra Club Rock Climbing Section. People mentioned include Dave Harrah, Bea Vogel, John Salathe, and Leigh Ortenburger.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Clinch, Nicholas, 1930-
Harrah, Dave.
Ortenburger, Leigh N.
Salathe, John.
Stanford Alpine Club
Vogel, Bea.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 5

Crowder, Betsy, 1926- 1996 Dec-1997 Jan

Physical Description: Transcript: 51 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 6 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Betsy Swann Crowder earned her A.B. at Radcliffe College in 1947 before moving to California in 1948. She did graduate work in anthropology at Stanford prior to her marriage in 1950 to Dwight Crowder. As a student she was active in the Stanford Alpine Club. After Dwight's death in 1970, she earned her MS in engineering in 1972 and pursued a career in urban planning.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club; fellow climber and husband Dwight Crowder; and the Stanford anthropology department and Prof. Bert Gerow. Also included are Crowder's "Stanford Alpine Club Remembrances," Rowland Tabor's "The Recounting of Our Night of Terror on Lower Brother," typescript of remarks from the memorial service for Dwight Crowder, 1970, and Constance Pratt's "Betsy Swann Crowder: A Vignette."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Crowder, Dwight Farnsworth, 1929-
Gerow, Bert A.
Pratt, Constance.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Stanford University. Dept. of Anthropology.
Tabor, R. W. (Rowland W.)
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 6

DeStaebler, Herbert C. 1997 Mar

Physical Description: Transcript: 20 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 2 photoprints.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include the activities of the Stanford Alpine Club, including a climb of the Battle Range, and fellow climbers Henry Kendall, John Harlin, Thomas M. Frost, and Gary Hemming.

Biography/Organization History

DeStaebler, professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University, earned his Ph.D. at MIT in 1954. He came to Stanford in 1957 as a research associate in the Department of Physics and joined the permanent staff at SLAC in 1961. During his early years at Stanford, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Frost, Thomas M.
Harlin, John, 1935-1966.
Hemming, Gary.
Kendall, Henry Way, 1926-
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 7

Kendall, Henry Way, 1926- 1997 Mar-1998 Feb

Physical Description: Transcript: 28 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 1 photoprint.

Biography/Organization History

Henry W. Kendall, professor of physics at MIT and recipient of a Nobel Prize in 1990, taught physics at Stanford from 1956 to 1961. While at Stanford, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Interviews were conducted in March 1997 and February 1998. Subjects include activities of the Stanford Alpine Club and fellow members John Harlin, Leigh Ortenburger, and Thomas M. Frost; his other climbing experiences, including the Battle Range; climbers Gary Hemming and Hoby De Staebler; climbing equipment; photography; the Union of Concerned Scientists; and his physics career. Also included is a photocopy of the catalog from an exhibit of his artic and expeditionary photographs held at MIT.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

DeStaebler, Herbert C.
Frost, Thomas M.
Harlin, John, 1935-1966.
Hemming, Gary.
Ortenburger, Leigh N.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Faculty.
Union of Concerned Scientists.
Mountaineering
Photography.
Physics--Study and teaching.
Box 1, Folder 8

Ortenburger, Irene Adelaide Beardsley. 1997

Physical Description: Transcript: 24 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 1 photoprint.

Biography/Organization History

Irene Beardsley earned three degrees in physics at Stanford: BS in 1957, MS in 1958, and PhD in 1965; she was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Interview was conducted in February 1997. Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club, its women members, club climbs in Yosemite and elsewhere, fellow club member (and her husband) Leigh Ortenburger, climbing accidents, the physics department at Stanford, and her post-Stanford climbing career, including climbs in Peru and Europe. Also included is her climbing record from 1953 to 1996.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ortenburger, Leigh N.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Stanford University. Dept. of Physics.
Mountaineering
Mountaineering--Peru.
Women college students--California--Stanford.
Women mountaineers.
Box 1, Folder 9

Ramm-Ericson, Ulf. 1997-1998

Biography/Organization History

Ulf Ramm-Ericson earned his B.S., 1948, and his M.S., 1949, in civil engineering at Stanford University. While a student, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Interview was conducted in October 1997. Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club; fellow climbers Alfred Baxter, Rupert (Bud) Gates, and Winifred Hubbard Brown; and postwar experiences in Europe. Also included is Ramm-Ericson's account, in letter form dated February 1998, of a number of mountain climbs, including the Matterhorn with Winifred H. Brown in 1949.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Baxter, Alfred W.
Brown, Winifred Hubbard.
Gates, Rupert Louis.
Ramm-Ericson, Ulf.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Matterhorn (Switzerland and Italy).
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 10

Roberts, Gilbert J. 1997

Physical Description: Transcript: 38 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 1 photoprint.

Biography/Organization History

Gilbert J. Roberts earned his A.B. in psychology at Stanford University in 1955 and his MD in 1959. He was a member of the first American team to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 1963.

Scope and Content Note

Interviews were conducted in April and August 1997. Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club and fellow members Dave Sowles, John Harlin, and Leigh Ortenburger; his subsequent climbing career, including the ascent of Mt. Everest in 1963; his work leading treks in Nepal for Mountain Travel (an adventure travel company); his association with Sir Edmund Hillary and the American Himalayan Foundation; the Sherpas in Nepal and the effect of tourism on their lives; and his career in ER medicine.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Himalayan Foundation.
American Mount Everest Expedition (1963).
Harlin, John, 1935-1966.
Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008.
Ortenburger, Leigh N.
Sowles, Dave.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal).
Mountaineering
Sherpa (Nepalese people).
Box 1, Folder 11

Tabor, R. W. (Rowland W.) 1997

Physical Description: Transcript: 46 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 4 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Rowland W. Tabor earned his B.S. in geology at Stanford in 1954; as an undergraduate, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club, holding the office of president in the 1952/53 year. He is the co-author with Dwight Crowder of ROUTES AND ROCKS; HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE NORTH CASCADES FROM GLACIER PEAK TO LAKE CHELAN (1965).

Scope and Content Note

Interviews with Rowland W. Tabor and his wife Kajse Tabor were conducted in January and February, 1997. Subjects include Alpine Club climbs; club members Dwight Crowder, John Harlin, and Dave Sowles; Tabor's work with the U.S.G.S.; his experiences in the Cascade and Olympic mountains; and student antics such as climbing Hoover Tower and exploring the steam tunnels. Also included is Rowland Tabor's essay "The Recounting of Our Night of Terror on Lower Brother," 1996, written for Betsy Crowder's 70th birthday.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Crowder, Betsy, 1926-
Crowder, Dwight Farnsworth, 1929-
Harlin, John, 1935-1966.
Sowles, Dave.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Tabor, Kajse.
United States. Geological Survey.
Cascade Range.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 12

Van Dyke, Russell, MD. 1997 Dec

Scope and Content Note

Interview was conducted by phone. Subjects are the members and activities of the Stanford Alpine Club. Also included are two pieces written by Van Dyke: "Memories of the Stanford Alpine Club, 1967-1971," 1998, and "Memories of Camp Unalayee," 1993; Unalayee was a children's camp in northern California run by the Society of Friends.

Biography/Organization History

Russell Van Dyke, professor at Tulane University Medical School, earned his A.B. in biological sciences at Stanford University in 1971; while an undergraduate, he was president of the Stanford Alpine Club for two years.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Camp Unalayee.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Mountaineering
Box 1, Folder 13

Vogel, Beatrice R. 1997

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include the Stanford Alpine Club, its women members, climbs in Yosemite, and making her own pitons in the Stanford metal shop.

Biography/Organization History

Bea Vogel earned her B.S. in mathematics at Stanford in 1952; she was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Mountaineering
Women college students--California--Stanford.
Box 1, Folder 14

Weicker, Theodore, III. 1997 May

Physical Description: Transcript: 11 leaves.
Physical Description: Photographs: 3 photoprints.

Biography/Organization History

Theodore Weicker III earned his B.S. in physics at Stanford in 1953; as an undergraduate, he was active in the Stanford Alpine Club.

Scope and Content Note

Subjects include Alpine Club climbs and fellow members Dave Sowles and Nick Clinch; climbing equipment and training; his post-Stanford climbs; and a brief mention of caving trips with Stanford Grotto, a chapter of the American Speleological Society.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Clinch, Nicholas, 1930-
National Speleological Society. Stanford Grotto.
Sowles, Dave.
Stanford Alpine Club
Stanford University--Students.
Weicker, Theodore, III.
Mountaineering