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Collection M 234:
La Plata County (Colo.) Search and Rescue records inventory

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Introduction/ Scope and contents

Years this material was created: 1981-2004

Quantity: .8 linear shelf feet (in 2 document cases)

This collection consists of the records of La Plata County Search and Rescue, a volunteer, nonprofit group operating under the sheriff's office and based in Durango. The collection includes organizational records, minutes, meeting attendance records, correspondence, financial statements and an inventory of equipment, fundraising records, search and rescue mission reviews and statistics, training records and printed materials, newspaper clippings (photocopied archivally by the Center), and the organization's newsletter, first titled Lost Tracks, then untitled, then The Belay Line. The collection documents the organization's search and rescue work in relation to major outdoor recreational activities in the county, including hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking, hunting, and snowmobiling. The collection also documents the organization's response to disasters such as avalanches and air crashes, some of which received national attention.

Access points:
Search and rescue operations--Colorado--La Plata County--Archives
Mountaineering--Search and rescue operations--Colorado--La Plata County--Archives
La Plata County Search and Rescue (Durango, Colo.)--Archives

Administrative information

Acquisition of this collection:  These materials were donated by La Plata County Search and Rescue in May 2007; accession 2007:067.

About the organization of this collection:  The series and boxes are numbered consecutively. The boxes are numbered in one single numbering scheme starting with 1.  We expect this collection to grow, so we have reserved folder numbers for the forthcoming records that are not yet in the collection.

Processing information:  This collection was arranged and described by Professional Archival Intern Erica Olsen in July 2007. The inventory was prepared by Olsen and Fort Lewis College archivist Todd Ellison in July 2007. 

Historical note

La Plata County Search and Rescue is a volunteer, nonprofit group operating under the sheriff's office and based in Durango. Working with various other groups, it provides a wide range of search and rescue functions in La Plata County and the surrounding area.

Series descriptions

Note regarding the organization of this collection:  Materials in this collection are arranged by series.  The series are numbered consecutively.   Because we do not expect to add to this collection, the boxes are numbered in one single numbering scheme starting with 1.

Folder numbers start with 1 in each box.  Items within each series (e.g., correspondence, reports) and within each folder are arranged chronologically, unless noted otherwise.

The series are organized from highest hierarchical level to lowest; from most general to most specific.

Series 1:   Organizational records, circa 1981-1995.  5 folders.

Series 2:   Administrative records, circa 1985-1998.  7 folders.

Series 3:   Training records, circa 1984-2006.  5 folders.

Series 4:   Newsletters, circa 1985-2006.  Issued monthly.  11 folders. 

Series 5:   Clippings, circa 1985-1998. Almost all of the clippings are from the Durango Herald; others are from the Denver Post, National Enquirer, Reader's Digest, Silverton Standard, and Snow Scoop (Colorado Snowmobile Association). 7 folders. 

Contents list:

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Box 1:

Series Folder  Title
1 1 Bylaws and organizational records, 1981 Nov.-1987 Mar. and undated
2 Minutes, 1984 Jan.-1985 Mar. and undated
3 Minutes, 1985 Nov.-1988 May
4 Meeting attendance records, 1986 Jan.-1995 Jun.
5 Meeting attendance records, undated
6 Membership rosters, 1001-2007
7 Minutes, forthcoming
8 Minutes, forthcoming
9 Minutes, forthcoming
2 10 Correspondence, 1985 Oct.-1992 Apr.
11 Correspondence, 1993 Mar.-1998 Nov.
12 Correspondence, undated
13 Correspondence, forthcoming
14 Financial statements and equipment inventory, 1985 Nov.-1992 Sept.
15 Financial statements, forthcoming
16 Fundraising records, 1981 Dec.-1996 Feb.
17 Search and rescue mission statistics, 1984-1990
18 Search and rescue mission reviews, 1986 Nov.-1990 Nov.
19 Search and rescue mission records, forthcoming
3 20 Training records and printed materials, 1984 Jan.-Apr.
21 Training records and printed materials, 1985 May-1986 summer
22 Training records and printed materials, 1987 Jan.-2000 Aug.
23 Training records and printed materials, undated
24 Training schedules, 2002, 2005-2006

Box 2:  Folder list:

Series Folder  Title
4 1 Lost Tracks newsletter, 1985-1986
2 Lost Tracks newsletter, 1987-1988
3 Lost Tracks newsletter, 1989-1990
4 Lost Tracks newsletter, 1991-1092
5 Newsletter, 1993-1994
6 Newsletter, 1995-1996
7 Newsletter, 1997-1998
8 Newsletter, 1999-2000
9 The Belay Line newsletter, 2001-2002.  No issue for December 2001 or for Feb., June, Aug.-Oct. 2002.
10 The Belay Line newsletter, 2003-2004.  No issues for Feb., Aug., and Dec. 2003 or for June and Oct. of 2004.  Two issues were produced in Sept. 2004.
11 The Belay Line newsletter, 2005-2006, complete.
12 The Belay Line newsletter, 2007-2008, forthcoming.
13 The Belay Line newsletter, forthcoming
5 14 Clippings, 1985 Aug.-1986 Sept.
15 Clippings, 1986 Oct.-1987 Nov.
16 Clippings, 1988 Jan.-1992 Mar.
17 Clippings, 1992 Apr.-1995 Aug.
18 Clippings, 1996 May-1997 Aug.
19 Clippings, 1997 Sept.-1998 Feb.
20 Clippings, undated
21 Clippings, 1999-ongoing

Doing your own research: This description of a portion of the collections at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies is provided to inform interested parties about the nature and depth of the repository's collections.  It cannot serve as a substitute for a visit to the repository for those with substantial research interests in the collections.

This collection is located at the Center of Southwest Studies on the campus of Fort Lewis College.  Researchers wanting more information about using this material at the Delaney Southwest Research Library at the Center may email the archivist at archives@fortlewis.edu or click here to use our E-mail Reference Request Form (or phone the archivist at 970/247-7126).  The Center does not have a budget for outgoing long-distance phone calls to answer reference requests, so please email if you wish to receive a response from the Center.  To request reproductions/copies, click here for instructions.


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