National Archives: Rocky Mountain Region

We visited the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region branch in Lakewood, Colorado, twice and went through several boxes in three different collections.  Although this hardly exhausted the Organ Pipe holdings of the archive, below is a sampling of what we found in each collection.  The material primarily concerns park administration in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, though there is a bit from periods before and after that.

First we provide the citation information for each collection, then we provide summaries–sometimes by folder, sometimes by document–of what we found in each collection.

These are our raw, unedited notes but we hope they will provide researchers some basic information about what’s in the regional archives and how it is arranged, and perhaps inspire a trip to the archives to see the materials for yourself.

Collection 1

Southwest Regional Office, Correspondence Relating to the National Parks, Monuments, and Recreational Areas, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Abbreviation: C1-NARARMR

 

Collection 2

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Files, 1959-1972, 8NS-79-95-040, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Abbreviation: AF1-NARARMR

 

Collection 3

Southwest Regional Office, General Correspondence Files, 1953-1958, RG 79, 8NS-79-93-273, GC 53-58 National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Abbreviation: GC 53-58 NARARMR

 


Collection 1

Southwest Regional Office, Correspondence Relating to the National Parks, Monuments, and Recreational Areas, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Abbreviation: C1-NARARMR


CitationGlen Bean, Ajo, Ariz., to Regional Director, Region Three, October 4, 1948, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
Summary 

A reply from the acting custodian, Glen Bean, in relation to a memorandum received for all field offices requesting information about permanently valuable Government noncurrent records now in custody at this area.  Glean Bean replies that there are 4 cubic feet of records no in custody, records are located at headquarters, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, no records to be offered eventually for transfer to the National archives.

Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

CitationFrank Pinkley, Coolidge, Ariz., to Tom Conley, Santa Fe, NM, October 15, 1937, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
Summary 

Frank Pinkley is writing to Tom Conley in reference to a letter from October 7, 1937 written by Mr. L. Vernon Randau, transmitting a statement by Dr. McDougall in which Dr, McDougall refers to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as “Ajo National Monument.”  Pinkley is calling this slip of the pen to attention before calling the monument this name becomes habit.

Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationNorman C. Cooper, “Botanical Report of The Allan Hancock Expedition to The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” April 17-25, 1942, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
Summary 

The Hancock Foundation from the University of Southern California’s biological report of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  Includes a check list of plants including 41 families, 90 genera, 111 species, 6 plants unclassified for insufficient material, 312 plants as a total.  There is also a check list for the butterflies of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Area included which lists 21 different butterflies.

Research TopicsWildlife, Nature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationWilliam Supernaugh, to Regional Director, Region Three, February 16, 1945, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryCustodian William Supernaugh relates to the Regional Director of Region Three that the compilation  of Cooperative Agreements of the National Park Service has been received for ORPI National Monument.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationCharles F. Born, Glendale Ariz., to John M. Davis, Globe, Ariz., March 3, 1953, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryBrigadier General Charles Born of the United States Air Force is responding to a previous letter sent to him by the General Superintendent John Davis regarding Ajo Danger Area.  It can be implied by this letter that in a previous letter, Mr. Davis had addressed Mr. Born about an incident regarding the conduct of operations on the gunnery range.  John Davis is concerned that the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument extends inside the boundaries of the Ajo Danger Area.
Research TopicsBorders, Other Parcels of Land, Nature (Current Threats)
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationJohn M. Davis, Globe, Ariz., to Charles F. Born, Glendale Ariz., Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryThis is a response in regards to the letters between Brigadier Charles Born and Superintendent John Davis.  The Assistant Director responding to the correspondence between Mr. Davis and Mr. Born relates that in the circumstances and pending any further recommendations, they shall take no action on the case.
Research TopicsBorders, Other Parcels of Land, Nature (Current Threats)
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationFrank Pinkley, Coolidge, Ariz., to Bob Gray, Ajo, Ariz., October 27, 1938, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryMr. Bob Gray has contacted Superintendent Frank Pinkley in regards to coming down to talk to Gray in regards to a grazing permit.  And enclosed is Mr. Pinkley’s response to Bob Gray’s request.  As well as a hand written letter written by Mr. Gray to Mr. Pinkley.
Research TopicsHistory and People, Ranching 1937-78
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationFrank Pinkley, Coolidge Ariz., to A. A. Nichol, Tucson, Ariz., October 26, 1938, Folder 2 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryAn exchange of letters between these two men regarding dealing with the Gray family as well as talks of rumors that the Indian Service has eyes on a part of Organ Pipe National Monument for an extension to the Papago Reservation.
Research TopicsHistory and People, Ranching 1937-78, Other Parcels of Land
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc.
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

Citation“Federal Register,” April 16, 1937, Volume 2, no. 73, Folder 1 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryFranklin Delano Roosevelt’s proclamation that, subject to existing rights, the lands in Arizona are hereby reserved from all forms of appropriation under the public-land laws and set apart as the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Research TopicsPark, Founding, Hist. Preservation Efforts
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

Citation“On Arizona’s New National Park” The Christian Science Moniter, Folder 2 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryA newspaper article regarding ORPI and the wildlife within the park
Research TopicsLife, Nature, Current Threats,
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
MiscNot entirely sure if the citation in done correctly but there is a photocopy.
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougall, “Statement Concerning Status of Vegetation in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” October 18, 1937, Folder 2 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryThe ORPI Cactus National Monument was set aside to preserve a unique type of vegetation.  It is nationally important that the environment of this unique plant life be studiously protected and kept unmodified.  The area should never be opened for the grazing of domestic animals because of the scarcity of food and water as well as the presence of animals changing the environment.
Research TopicsNature, Geography and Climate, Ranching to 1937
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Reistad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougall, “Special Report: The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” February 10, 1938, Folder 2 General, box 215, C1-NARARMR.

 

 

 

Summary 

  1. 1.      ORPI is primarily a biological monument and will necessarily be administered as such.
  2. 2.      The minimum personnel of two men should have a background of biological training.
  3. 3.      The chief importance of the monument is scientific and educational value of its unique biological community.
  4. 4.      No roads or trails, other than those already existing, should ever be constructed in the monument.
  5. 5.      The chief immediate needs of the monument are some signs to mark the boundaries and protection from vandalism and poachers.
Research TopicsNature, Mining/Ranching 1937-78, Founding
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Riestad, 2/29/12

 

 

 

 

 

Citation 

John M. Davis, Tucson, AZ, to Commanding Officer, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, February 10, 1953, Folder: General, Box 000-01, C1-NARARMR.

SummaryThis letter is from the General Superintendent to the commanding officer at Davis-Monthan AFB. It is in regards to bullets being fired in areas outside of the designated range and striking the ground on the Gray ranch, as well as other areas in the park.
Research TopicsOther Parcels of Land
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Aaron Riestad, 2/29/12 Thomas Edgar 3/19/12

 

 

 

Citation 

“Department of the Interior Memorandum for the Press,” April 17, 1937, Folder: General, Box 215, C1-NARARMR.

SummaryThis document points out how inhospitable ORPI is to life. Citing minimal rainfall. The document also discusses plant and animal life. It gives a brief description of human movement within the area.
Research TopicsNature, Newcomers to 1880s, Life, Geography and Climate
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Aaron Riestad, 2/29/12 Thomas Edgar 3/19/12

 

 

 

CitationOscar L. Chapman, Washington D.C., to Honorable J. Hardin Peterson, July 14, 1950, Folder: General, Box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryThe letter is written to the chairman on the Committee of Public Lands. The author attempts to defend why there should be a Arizona Desert National Park. The letter outlines the plant and animal life present, as well as the historical value of the land. The author suggests that concessions could be made for allowing mining on private lands.
Research TopicsLife, Geography and Climate
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date Aaron Riestad, 2/29/12 Thomas Edgar 3/19/12

 

 

Citation“Geology of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” April 5, 1950, Folder: General, Box 215, C1-NARARMR.
SummaryThe report discusses the geology of ORPI. Describing the following: Ajo Mountains, Sonoita Mountains, Puerto Blanco Mountains, Quitobaquito Hills, Bates Mountain. The report also discusses mineral deposits located in the monument.
Research TopicsGeography and climate, mining
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateAaron Riestad, 2/29/12 Thomas Edgar 3/19/12

 

 

 

 

CitationHarold A. Marsh, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Landscape Architect, “Field Trip, Organ Pipe Cactus, April 16, 17, and 18,” April 30, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR 
SummaryThis document is a brief, 2 page letter discussing the location of a new, self-guided nature trail within the park.  The landscape architect proposes that the northwest corner of the administrative center is ideal due to context and available flora.  He also comments on the progress of recent developments within the park such as: a new road, the construction of a campsite, and a completed channel change.
Research Topics1,3
Photocopy (Y/N) No­
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012
  

 

CitationJerome C. Miller, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Assistant Regional Director, “Report on Field Trip to Organ Pipe Cactus, May 8-9, 1953,” May 29, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary1 page.  This letter contains a report on the progress of road construction within the monument.  It mentions the design includes dike berms along the road and also recommends that construction be delayed until spring rains can moisten the soil.  It ends with the proposed location for a reservoir on the mountain adjacent to headquarters
Research Topics1,2
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationPaul L. Balch, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to General Superintendent, “Follow-up on Organ Pipe Cactus Field Report of December 30, 1952,” April 10, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR

Charles G. Marshall, Albuquerque, NM., to Paul L. Balch, Santa Fe, NM., April 7, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR

SummaryThe entire document is three pages, two of which are a summary of the original letter written to Balch concerning quantities for plant purchase in Organ Pipe.  The recommended species are as follows: Arizona Cottontop (Trichachne californica), Plains Bristle Grass (Setaria macrostachya), and Side Oats Grama (Boulteloua curtipendula).
Research Topics2
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHugh M. Miller, Region three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Director, “Official Visit to Organ Pipe Cactus,” February 20, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryThis document is a letter (2 pages in length) discussing the pleasing development of the monument, the use and demographics, and the landscape as a whole.  It mentions the development of a small community near the port of entry (probably Lukeville) and remarks that it seems separate from the monument despite its location within the boundaries.  It also discusses the use of the park for grazing, marking it the worst problem and something difficult to manage properly.
Research Topics2,3,4
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationThomas M. Moran, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Engineer, “Field Trip, Organ Pipe Cactus, February 16,” February 27, 1953, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR.
Summary1 page, contents= road construction and upkeep.
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationM. R. Tillotson, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Director, Region Four, “Exchange of Visits by the Superintendent, Organ Pipe Cactus and Joshua Tree,” June 29, 1952, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR.
Summary 1 page, contents=title
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryCorrespondence between Carl W. Alleman to Regional Landscape Architect (June 12, 1952), and Jerome C. Miller to Acting Assistant Regional Director (May 9, 1952) both regarding the construction of a campground, residential area, and adjacent roads.
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

CitationPeter L. Balch, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Engineer, “March 6-8 S&MC Field Report, Organ Pipe Cactus,” April 9, 1952, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR.
Summary4 pages: This document details the soil conservation program and problems associated with the Organ Pipe Cactus Ecology particularly due to rainfall, flooding, and soil structure.  It makes a brief reference to the Grays and the Bates Well Pond.  A possible use of this soil analysis is to gain a better understanding of the soil in the case of extensive fence being built.
Research Topics2 (geology), 1(park)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryTwo letters: Carl W. Alleman to Regional Landscape Architect from February 21, 1952 and June 21, 1951.  They discuss the proper construction of the campground and associated roads.
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N)  No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarold M. Ratcliff, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Forrester, “Field Trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” June 21, 1951, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: a letter pertaining to the Gray’s ranching presence within ORPI, also mentioning an increased fee per head of cattle by the BLM, foraging conditions, and fire conditions. 
Research Topics3 (Grays)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryTwo Letters, two pages each, discussing masterplan revisions and additions.  Jerome C. Miller to Assistant Regional Director  from May 10, 1951 and March 12, 1951.
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012.

 

 

 

CitationJ. H. Conn, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Engineer, “Trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on Soil and Moisture Conservation Work,” February 23, 1951, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: this document pertains to the soil conservation effort through the implementation of dikes for flooding, reseeding of native vegetation, and the possibility of adjustments to the Masterplan.  All of these measures will hopefully help cut back on the large issue of erosion within the park.
Research Topics2
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationGeorge D. Smith, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Engineer, “Field Report, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” December 27, 1950, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: this report summarizes road conditions within ORPI, making mention of the East Patrol road and the proposal for a patrol road stretching from Route 12 out to the western boundary and along the fence.  Without it, there is no way to patrol the area.
Research Topics4
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: two letters from the highway engineer to the regional engineer (April 27, 1950 and September 8, 1949) discussing road conditions and needed improvements
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarold M. Ratcliff, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Forrester, “Memorandum for the Regional Forrester,” June 21, 1949, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR.
Summary1 page: discusses foliage and livestock grazing in the area.  The memo mentions the Gray family, and also notes “fences riders who are employed by the Bureau of Animal Industry” to patrol the border against an influx of burros infected with foot and mouth disease.

 

Research Topics2,3,4
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarold M. Ratcliff, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to Regional Forrester, June 18, 1948, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: the document is a report on range conditions, ranching practices, and the Gray family in ORPI. It also discusses the various locations for water in the park.  By doing so it describes the different conditions of springs and even a cement tank.  The document also describes some of the native plants that offer food for the grazing cattle.  It also describes some of the fencing issues that arise from preventing trespassing on grazing grounds. 
Research Topics3, (ranching); possibly (1) park
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarold M. Ratcliff, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, Region Three, July 1, 1947, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: a summary of an inspection of the Gray’s cattle ranching operation including a chart of number and location of various herds.  It also contains recommendations resulting from the inspection that pertain to increase in water storage and border security to aid the Grays in protecting the livelihood of their cattle.  A table is included in the document that shows how to cattle were counted at a particular spring or well. 
Research Topics3,4
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarvey H. Cornell, J. R. Lassiter, and Raymond T. Lovelady, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, April 5, 1948, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: the results of an inspection of ORPI and the most significant problems of note (mainly roads and future development within the park).  Lukeville is mentioned, as well as the U.S. Customs and Immigration office along the border.  The purpose of the report is to analyze the land for further road development and a possible airport. 
Research Topics1 (park), 2 (nature)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
MiscNature research can be found through the description of natural obstacles for further road and airport building.
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryA variety of itineraries for individuals planning to visit the national monument.
Research Topicsn/a
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationPaul L. Balch, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, March 28, 1946, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: this document summarizes the need and construction for additional fencing to protect the monument from over-grazing stimulated by an influx of illegal cattle from Mexico.  It also describes how weather can affect the natural grazing habitats for cattle.  Another purpose is to find a location for another cement water tank in the park, in the event of little water availability.
Research Topics3 (ranching), 4
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHarold M. Ratcliff, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, March 1, 1946, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary4 pages: this document is a summary of foraging conditions, ranching practices, and forestry within ORPI.  It comments on the general lack of forageable material for cattle and the need to perform a count of the Gray’s herds to better assess their impact.
Research Topics2 (flora), 3 (ranching/Grays)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationWillard L. Bradley, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, Region Three, December 29, 1944, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: a memo to the regional director discussing the possibility of expanding water availability to decrease the impacts of concentrated grazing.  Additionally, it concludes with a personal testament to changing Organ Pipe into a National Park.  It is also discussed how replanting certain areas of the park could have a significant difference. 
Research Topics3 (grazing), 2 (nature)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationWillard Bradley, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, Region Three, February 23, 1944, By Field Officers, box 216, C1­­-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: this memo contains a summary of specific environmental impacts due to over grazing, as well as the implementation of broader water strategies as a way of combating the aforementioned issue. In the concluding section, the author makes note that the monument is worthy of a national park status.  Soil analysis is also included in this document and why “test-pits” are important. 
Research Topics0, 3 (grazing), 2 (nature)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationPaul L. Balch, Region Three, Santa Fe, NM., to the Regional Director, Region Three, June 24, 1942, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary1 page: a memo detailing grazing restrictions on the Gray family and ideas to reduce over grazing.
Research Topics3 (grazing)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert

 

 

 

 

CitationBy Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryMultiple reports on the construction of roads throughout the monument, fairly technical in content, discussing alignment, drainage, and even overall appearance with the conclusion that all work was satisfactory
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationHugh M. Miller, “Report of Inspection: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” March 31, 1941, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: a summary of the superintendent’s inspection of various wells and mines across ORPI.

By discussing the different mines and landscapes we are given a good report of the nature in ORPI.

Research Topics3 (mining), 2 (nature)
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationWilliam R. Supernaugh, “Report of Inspection Trip by Custodian,” November 20, 1939, By Field Officers, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary2 pages: a report containing a description of the landscape, focusing on available water sources and animal life.  It notes that damage due to grazing is nil at this point.
Research Topics2, 3
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationItineraries, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryThis folder contains the travel plans of numerous individuals traveling to, or through Organ Pipe Cactus National Mounment.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationFranklin D. Roosevelt, “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: A Proclamation,” April 13, 1937, Proclamations, box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: the presidential proclamation dictating the bounds of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  It also describes some of the rights that the Indians of the Papago Reservation. 
Research Topics0, 1, 3
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012.

 

 

 

CitationTravel Orders, box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryThis folder contains 8 travel orders to various individuals to obtain supplies for or travel to ORPI.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) No
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougal, “Special Report: Notes on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” March, 1941, Reports (gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: a summary of the biotic life found within ORPI, concluding with the assertion that it is plausible to turn the monument into a national park.  At the end of the document, the findings are summarized and cover several relevant topics. 
Research Topics0,1,2
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationReports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 sheets containing a total of 6 photographs taken from within the park that depict dams and plant species,
Research Topics2, possibly 1
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationAndrew A. Nichol, “Special Report: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Pre-rainy Season Reconnaissance on forage and water conditions,” July 5, 1939, Reports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary3 pages: content =title. The introduction also mentions the study was conducted due to the continuation of life despite the harsh, pre-rain desert climate.  This document explains; reasons for survey, water in the park, and vegetation.  It is a very useful document for the nature of the park.
Research Topics2
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougal, “Special Report: the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” February 10, 1938, Reports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary4 pages: a summary of the phisography of the monument including plant species and landscape descrition. The concluding section contains a summary of what the author feels important to the monument, namely, the emphasis of biological forms and protect from vandals.
Research Topics2
Photocopy (Y/N) Yes
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationReports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
Summary6 project completion forms detailing total and aspect costs as well as materials and project name such as: headquarters and roads.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationThe Superintendent, Ajo, Ariz., to the Director, “Superintendent’s Annual Report,” May 26, 1952, Reports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryFive pages containing a brief summary of the noteworthy activities of the year.  Important to note is the homestead of Robert Louis Gray was “allowed and patent issued to him for 157.67 acres on September 15, 1951,” on page 3; a decision that was protested, and an archeological survey was undertaken that not only provides 5000 years of cultural representation, but discovered a rock formation composed of Elpidite.  The only other known deposit of this mineral is found in Greenland (page 4).  
Research Topics2,3
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationReports (Gen.), box 216, C1-NARARMR
SummaryThe diary of William Supernaugh for  parts of 1944 and all of 1945, which contains day to day records of activities undertaken.  Handwritten, therefore somewhat difficult to read.  Also contains service records from Bates E. Wilson, the custodian at the time.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N) no
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateJosie Kohnert, Feb. 29, 2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Memoranda on Office Supplies, 1940-1943, 405 Inventories, box 217, C1-NARARMR

 

Summary

This folder contains 23 reports and letters concerning the state of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument’s office supplies and inventory. The inventories are very detailed and all signed by Bates E. Wilson, the Acting Custodian. The orders are from the early 1940s (40-43).

 

Research Topics

None

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

 

Misc

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Correspondence between Smith Iron & Metal Co. and the U.S. Department of the Interior, March-April, 1947, Smith Iron & Metal Co., box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains documents about the bids put out by the Park Service as to who will supply the fencing materials and then contracts with the suppliers. Smith Iron & Metal Co. is brought under contract to furnish the 6.5 ft. steel fence posts (includes an alternate for steel to be wooden fence posts also 6.5 ft), 7.5 ft wooden fence posts, 4 foot steel fence stays, and 2 point barbed wire. The correspondence is mainly between Smith Iron & Metal Co. and Luis A. Gastellum, the Chief Clerk. The orders are from the March and April of 1947. There are is a bid request, a bid by S.I. & M, a complete contract, and a contract approval form.

 

Research Topics

Border, Nature

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

Misc

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Memoranda on Board of Survey and Inventory, 1940-1952, 405 Inventory and Board of Survey, box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains 28 reports and letters concerning the state of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument’s supplies and inventory as well as the establishment of a permanent Board of Survey. The Board of Survey is intended to be stationed at the park and would be responsible for passing upon unserviceable or obsolete government property, as well as determining who is liable for lost, stolen or damaged property. The members of the Board are Robert Leding, Orover Steele, and Arthur Guinn. The inventories included in this folder are very detailed and all signed by the Acting Custodian. The documents span 1940-1952.

 

Research Topics

None

 

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

Misc

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Memoranda on Surplus Inventory, 1943-1951, 407 Surplus Supplies, box 217, C1-NARARMR

 

Summary

This folder contains 48 reports and letters concerning the state of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument’s surplus or needed inventory. There are either supplies being requisitioned from the Monument or supplies being delivered to the Monument from other Parks, Monuments or the old Ajo Air Force Base. The inventories are very detailed and are all mainly between custodians or superintendents. The correspondence are from 1943-1951

 

Research Topics

None

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

Misc

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Memoranda on Photographs, Brochures and Other Public Material, 1944-1953, 500 Pub & Stats, box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains over 50 letters concerning requisition of photos and movies taken in ORPI. It also contains 2 brochures that were available for free to the public (photocopied). The requests for photos and movie reels span 1944-1953.

 

Herbert Evison, Washington, D.C., to Superintendent, Organ Pipe Cactus, Ajo, Arizona, March 9, 1953, 500 Pubs, & Stats., box 217, C1-NARARMR.

This is a letter asking for edits on the 1953 2-fold Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument pamphlet. The edits are the notes written in on the copy. Good for Park and Nature

“Checklist for Copy for National Park Service: Free Informational Publications,” August 26, 1952, 500 Pubs. & Stats., box 217, C1-NARARMR.

         This is the proposed 1952 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 2-fold pamphlet. There is an editors check sheet attached and the edits to the original document are also on the copy. Good for Park and Nature.

 

Research Topics

Park

Founding

Nature

 Life (adaptation, wildlife, plants)

 

Photocopy (Y/N) Y

 

Misc

Skipped Folders:

Electrical Refrigerators, Gas & Oil (Gen), Trucks in box 217 to get to this folder.

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Memoranda and Newspaper Articles, Newspaper Articles, box 217, C1-NARARMR

 

Summary

This folder contains 4 newspaper articles about the forming of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and a few memos about articles that might be of interest. The articles span 1949-1953.

 

Photocopied:

“Organ Pipe is The Largest Arizona National Monument.” Arizona Republic, March 15, 1953.

       Interesting editorial about park history and why it became a national park.

Long, Bert. “Bert Long Exposes Methods Employed by Park Service in 516 Sq. Mile Land Steal.” Ajo Copper News, January 31, 1950.

      Extremely large, difficult to copy, newspaper article about a local speaking out against the Monument. Locals are hurting because of the Monument.

“Reveal New Facts About Organ Pipe National Monument.” Ajo Copper News, October 20, 1949.

      Deciding whether or not ORPI as a National Monument will be promoted to National Park.

“Hayden-Murdock Mine Bill Awaits Roosevelt’s Action.” Arizona Republic, October 19, 1941.

      Rooselvelt deciding whether strategic mining will be allowed in ORPI. Murdock believes that the preservation of bighorn sheep in this area is not as important as mining because they are preserved elsewhere. Good park politics.

 

Research Topics

Park

Founding, 1937-1938, Military/WWII,

History

Mining/Ranching to 1937

 

Photocopy (Y/N) Y

Misc

Skipped Folders:

Road Advisories and Signs to get to this folder

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Publications and Requests for Publications Pertaining to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, 501 Publicity, box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains several correspondences regarding the reprint of an article entitled “Desert Garden”, but no copy of the aforementioned article.  In addition, there is an article and edits for the article specifically entitled “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument” (photocopied). The correspondences are from 1940-1950 and are mainly between Arizona Highway, the magazine that published “Desert Garden” and the Regional Director, M.R. Tilletson.

William R. Supernaugh, Ajo, Arizona, to Devereux Butcher, Washington, D.C., June 19, 1946, 501 Publicity, box 217, C1-NARARMR.

      Article about ORPI written by Butcher, edited by Supernaugh. Good descriptive nature material about the plant life and wildlife.

 

Research Topics

Nature

Life (wildlife, plants)

 

Photocopy (Y/N) Y

Misc

Skipped Folders:

502 Radio Addresses (empty) to get to this folder.

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Publications about Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, 504 Publications, box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains a variety of publications about the Monument itself as well as many memos about materials to hand out and the design of new leaflets. There are photocopies of all potential designs for the pamphlets as well as a few informational sheets.

   

William R. Supernaugh, Ajo, Arizona, to Regional Director, Region Three, March 13, 1950, 504 Publications, box 217, C1-NARARMR

       This letter presents a leaflet for a nature trail. The actual sketched trail and a nature guide follow.

Charles A. Richey, Coolidge, Arizona, to Regional Director, Region Three, February 14, 1942, 504 Publications, box 217, C1-NARARMR

       This letter presents content composed by Naturalist Dodge for the new two-fold informational pamphlet on ORPI. The content that was stapled to the letter may or may not be about ORPI, contains info about native peoples.

Ickes, Harold L. and Newton B. Drury, “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Arizona”, 504 Publications, box 217, C1-NARARMR

       Could be the filling for a 2 fold brochure (indicated by last page source list, maybe belongs to the Richey doc?) about ORPI. Good info about Nature.

 

Research Topics

Park

Founding

Nature

Wildlife, Plants

History and People

Pre History

Native Americans 1540-1848

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

 

Misc

Skipped Folders to get here:

503 Pictures (gen): no photos or description of photos in this file, just memos about sending negatives or prints to or from the park.

504 Maps: no maps or descriptions of maps, just memos requesting maps usually between park staff (superintendent, landscape architect, etc.) and the regional director.

503 Moving Pictures: No footage or description of footage, just rules about filming in the park.

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

Citation

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Records, 1927-1953, 8NS-079-94-143, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

Park Statistics, 1947-1950, 550 Statistics., box 217, C1-NARARMR.

 

Summary

This folder contains official park statistic forms, filled out for most months from December 1939 – November 1947 as well as a few correspondence about creating a nature trail at headquarters. Stats include visitors, trails, lectures, camping, festivals, basically every statistic pertaining to park function. Most stats sheets are 3 pages for one month. Unless you are looking for a very specific statistic about Park populations, these charts will not be very useful.

 

Research Topics

Park

 

Photocopy (Y/N) N

 

Misc

 

Name of Researcher, Date

Ellen Roth, 2/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationJohn M. Davis, Santa Fe, to Director, December 14, 1949, 000-03, box 218, C1-NARARMR
SummaryFolder contains documents related to “Development Plan,” including some uninteresting back and forth corresp., some sheets on which officials signed off ok’ing the plan, and an interesting critique of a draft of the plan (photocopied).  Attached to this letter is the plan, itself, which I photocopied. (5 pp).  Photocopied a couple other documents as well.
Research TopicsPark history 1930s-1950s

Development of Park Plan

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Orsi, 2/29/12

 

 

 

Citation600-01 Organ Pipe, box 218, C1-NARARMR
SummaryFolder contains material from 1940 to 1943 relating to the development of the master plan.  Folder contains a map of the park prior to roads, visitor center, and other development.  (Take a digital photograph of this next time—might be hard to photocopy entirety.  There’s much short corresp. requesting maps, aerial photo for use in plannings.

 

The 1941 edition of the Master Plan for ORPI was approved by NPS director 8/29/1941 (W.G. Carnes to Regional Director, August 30, 1941). 

 

Dale S. King, Coolidge, Ariz., to Superintendent, March 10, 1941, 600-01 Organ Pipe, box 218, C1-NARARMR.

 

Acting Superintendent, Coolidge, Ariz., to Regional Director, February 27, 1940, 600-01 Organ Pipe, box 218, C1-NARARMR.

  • ·         >20 pp, including Master Plan excerpts: Descriptive Statement, General Information, Interpretational Development Outline, Physical Development Plan

 

“Interpretational Development Plan for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” n.d., 600-01 Organ Pipe, box 218, C1-NARARMR.

Research TopicsPark history early 1940s
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Orsi, 2/29/12

 

 

 

CitationArno B. Cammerer, Washington, D.C., to Albert I. Long, Ajo, Ariz., October 17, 1939, 601-03 Camp Sites, box 218, C1-NARARMR

 

Albert I. Long, Ajo, Ariz., to G. A. Moskey, Washington, D.C., September 28, 1939, 601-03 Camp Sites, box 218, C1 NARARMR

SummaryFolder contains a few uninteresting memos.  These two letters, which I photocopied, contain info about mining in the park, early surveys of the park prior to its founding, history of the founding, relations between park service and miners.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)              Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Orsi, 2/29/12

 

 

 

Citation611-02 Repairs and Improvements (fences), box 218, C1-NARARMR
Summary1939-45.  Corresp. and other docs re proposal to fence int’l boundary.  Prime concern behind this appears to be better management of livestock and conservation of park/protection from loose stock. 

 

Congress was going to appropriate some money in the early 1940s for this, and then withdrew the funding.  Funding continued to be a problem, and the project remained on the drawing board but most of the fence was still unbuilt as of 1946.

 

Folder contains a dozen or more stapled pieces of corresp, 1943-1944 re NPS dispute with a Mr. Cameron over a broken fence.  Didn’t Xerox, but might prove helpful.

 

This folder, too many to Xerox today but plenty of promising stuff documenting this topic.

Research Topics 

Fencing, early park history, management

Photocopy (Y/N)  

Hugh M. Miller, Coolidge, Ariz., to Regional Director Region III, March 8, 1940, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR.

  • ·         Re appropriation for fencing the board “to prevent stock from drifting into the monument from Mexico, particularly wild burros and horses….serious problems at Organ Pipe…”

 

“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Proposed Fencing,” [1941], 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

  • ·         Portions of park have already been fenced

 

Hilton J. McColm, Coolidge, Ariz., to Regional Director, Region III, December 5, 1941, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

  • ·         Justification for fence; 2 pp.

 

Harold M. Ratcliff, Santa Fe, to Regional Director, Region III, September 22, 1942, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

  • ·         Re several-day horseback ride across ORPI by ecologist.  Topics: cattle, overgrazing, water, wildlife

 

Harold M. Ratcliff, Santa Fe, to Regional Director, Region III, July 20, 1943, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

 

Several pieces of corresp re Gray, Cabeza Prieta W.R., fencing, cattle

 

Corresp. re fencing, Grays, 1946

E. T. Scoyen, Santa Fe, to L. M. Lawson, El Paso, August 7, 1946, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

  • ·         Re state of OrPi fencing as of 1946
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Orsi, 02/29/12

 

 

 

Citation611-01 Repairs and Improvements (Fences), box 218, C1-NARARMR

Hugh M. Miller, Coolidge, Ariz., to Regional Director Region III, March 8, 1940, 611-02, box 218, C1-NARARMR

SummarySome early 1940s; mostly 1943-1948.  Between this and previous folder, fence construction in 1940s could be richly detailed.  Some of the materials have to do with bids, jobs, labor, but most have to do with working with NPS and other agencies, inclu. Congress to get the funding and materials in place to build the fences.  As with last folder, I photo-copied very selective to sample some of the more interesting docs., but these are not comprehensive.

 

Several miles of fencing on so. border still incomplete in 1946-47; additional mileage in bad need of repair.  Foot and mouth disease a concern.  Quitobaquito esp. a prob. b/c there’s water right on the border there, so cattle want to cross.  Still, money for completing the repairs, replacement, and new construction not fully available.  1948 7.75 mi. of fence along border in OrPi completed.

Research TopicsFence, early Park mgt
Photocopy (Y/N) y 

Tillotson Memo, 11/15, 46

  • ·         Re state of OrPi fencing, 1946

 

Lawon-Scoyen et al corresp re fencing and foot and mouth disease

 

Several docs inclu Davis to Lawson 10/15/1947

  • ·         Re man (Orozco) whose homestead straddles the border and the probs. a fence will pose for him

 

Davis to Lawson, 10/12/48 re we have completed fencing Sonoyta Mts to SW corner, etc.

Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Orsi, 2/29/12

 

 

 

Citation612 empty

613 does not exist

614 corresp re aerial surveys (no photos inclu)

615-19 does not exist

SWNM Quarters folder

620-01 Admin Bldg

620-08 checking stations (re water, not border)

620-58 quarters for employees

Summary
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateOrsi, 02/29/12

 

 

 

Citation620 Buildings (General), box 218, C1-NARARMR
SummaryMostly not interesting—repairs, construction, materials, plans, etc.  Several docs related to Charles Luke (for whom Lukeville was named?)
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)Roland A. Fleagle, Ajo, Ariz., to Director, National Park Service, September 4, 1947

  • ·         Employees at border entry seek housing.  Note that there are 3 immigration inspectors, a customs inspector and two cattle inspectors (a different size and proportion than you’d find today!).

Docs re Chs. Luke and Landscape Architecture

Misc
Name of Researcher, Date

 

 

 

Citation621 Project Construction Programs, box 218, C1-NARARMR
SummaryMaterials related to construction of wells, employee living, buildings, etc.  About the middle third of the fold is about Chs. Luke development plan and landscape architecture.  I photocopied that.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date

 

 

 

CitationFolder 2,1944-1947,630 ORPI, box 219,AR1-NARARMA
SummaryVariety of memos and information on the road creation and maintenance in Organ Pipe National Monument from 1944 to 1947. Memos include moneys appropriated for various road projects with descriptions of materials used.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date

 

 

 

CitationCarl W. Alleman, Paul C. Thomas, Santa Fe, NM to Regional Director, January 6, 1947,630 Roads (gen) Folder 2 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMA
SummaryThis document provides an overview form the two landscape architects on areas of road within the park that are in dire need of maintenance, and areas where new roads need to be created.  It also discusses two possible locations for the park headquarters, and possible sites for campgrounds are mentioned in passing.
Research TopicsHistory of Park
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date

 

 

 

CitationG.L McLane, Phoenix, AZ to William R. Supernaugh, Ajo, Arizona, June 28, 1945,630 Roads (gen) Folder 2 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMAR
SummaryMemo from the senior highway engineer proposing road changes following the construction of the new Mexican Custom House. Included with the memo is a map with proposed changes.
Research TopicsHistory of Park
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc 

 

 

CitationG.L. McLane, V.G. Watson, “485 OPCNM 1-A, Post Construction”,630 Roads (gen) Folder 2 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMAR
SummaryA summary report on the damage done on the road project 1-A following heavy rains on September 15 and 26th. Includes damaged areas (dips) , descriptions of damage and what it is going to take to fix areas, along with making sure it doesn’t happen again.
Research TopicsHistory of Park, Roads
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateKen Shroyer, 02/29/2012

 

 

 

 

 

CitationCharles A Richey, Santa Fe, NM to Regional Director, Region Three, April 10, 1944,630 Roads (gen) Folder 2 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMA
SummaryThis memo argues that while this monument is probably our finest desert area, a more suitable name other than Organ Pipe should be selected.  The new Ajo-Sonoyta road through Organ Pipe, and follows along the state highway lines, and passes through some of the less scenic portions of the monument. No organ Pipe cactus are viewable along this route. The memo further suggests that either another road should be constructed at the earliest possible date following the war or change the name and classification of the monument.
Research TopicsHistory of Park, Roads
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date 

 

 

 

Citation“Proposal and Contract: Organ Pipe National Monument 1-A Seal Coat Arizona”, May 30, 1944,630 Roads (gen)Folder 2, box 219,AR1-NARARMR
Summary The official proposal and contract for the 1-A Seal Coat road project. Includes maps of the area, scope of project, wage scales, etc involved with sealing 22,722 miles of road within the Organ Pipe National Monument
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date         Ken Shroyer, 02/29/2012

 

 

 

 

CitationHugh M. Miller, Coolidge, AZ to The Directors, September 16,1941,630 Roads (gen) Folder 3 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMA
 
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateKen Shroyer, 02/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationFrank Prinkley,Coolidge, AZ to the Director, January 30, 1940,630 Roads (gen) Folder 3 O.P., box 219,AR1-NARARMAR
SummaryThis memo discusses why the Ajo-Sonoyta highway is needed and estimated costs of the road construction
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateKen Shroyer, 02/29/12

 

 

 

CitationFolder 1,1940-1943,630 ORPI, box 219,AR1-NARARMA
SummaryThe majority of memos within this folder concern right of way issues along the proposed Ajo-Sonorito highway. In particular, the dealings with Charles Duke, the owner of several parcels that the road will pass through, do not go smoothly There is not any one document that summarizes the efforts, but many documents going step by step of the process. Also several documents discussing the need and availability of water for the road construction project. A map of the area with the proposed road and right of way issues has been printed off.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateKen Shroyer, 02/29/12

 

 

 

Citation630-20 Maintenance , box 220, C1 – NARARMR.
SummaryThe whole folder is about maintenance, road work, letters to future workers of ORPI.
Research TopicsHistory-maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc3 letters about potential jobs and maintenance of the park
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey, Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Charles C. Morris, San Francisco, May 10, 1945, folder 632, box 220, CI – NARARMR.
SummaryLetter to Mr. Morris, Maintenance work on the Ajo-Sonoyta Road ORPI, continued maintenance for the next fiscal year 1946.

Dept. of Interior

Research TopicsHistory – maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey, Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Memorandum for the Custodian, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, May 10, 1945, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryTo the Custodian of ORPI, discussing the increase in maintenance funds and the hope that with the extra wage maintenance of the Ajo-Sonoyta road will continue.

Dept of Interior

Research TopicsHistory – maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
MiscLetter from Mr. Richey
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012
  

 

Citation

Richey Santa Fe, New Mexico, to G.L. Mclane, Phoenix, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.

SummaryTelegram from western union (Mclane) to Charles Richey. Mr. Richey’s response. About bids received ORPI – three, totaling $137,560.05.

$43 thousand 33 and .20

$ 45 thousand three hundred and 56

$ 49 thousand one hundred and eighty, .85

Research TopicsHistory – money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile

 

 

 

CitationGovernment Document, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Federal Works Agency Public Roads Administration District NO. 2, Proposal and Contract Project “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 1-A Bituminous Treated Base Course Arizona” July 15, 1941, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryRoad Construction Proposal and contract. Special provisions: employment lists, payment of min. wage, payroll grouping of labor, etc. bid schedule, instructions, contract form, etc.
Research TopicsHistory – roads

Parks – roads

Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey Coolidge, Ariz. To L.I. Hewes, San Francisco, July 12, 1943,  Government Document, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Federal Works Agency Public Roads Administration District NO. 2, Proposal and Contract Project “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 1-A Bituminous Treated Base Course Arizona” July 15, 1941, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryLetter to Dr. Hewes, acknowledging specifications and estimates for project 1-A. Reviewed by superintendent Mr. Richey. Estimated cost of construction.
Research TopicsHistory – road proposal
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior National Park Service, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Arizona, Lands, Buildings, Roads and Trails, Roads Outside of Park (Approach Roads) Part 1, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryStatus of the road project 1-A, maintenance and the proposal of the construction.

 A few interesting sections like:

  • ·         the estimated cost of the Ajo-Soynata highway.
  • ·         What is to be done opposite the customs building – tear up surface treat as roadway, improve the present travel way, or leave as is.
  • ·         Major roads and the future work on the ORPI highway
  • ·         Suggested changes: customs station and the road outside of.
Research TopicsHistory

Parks

Borders

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Park, “Report to the Chief of Planning on Survey Inspection Proposed Improvement of Ajo-Sonoyta Highway Through Organ Pipe Cactus Nation Monument, Jerome C. Miller, Associate Landscape Architect Plans and Design Division National Park Service Region III, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummarySurvey inspection of improvement of the Ajo-sonoyta highway through ORPI, including route, roadway width and standards, excavation and borrow, drainage structures, clearing, obliteration of old roads, parking areas and spur roads.
Research TopicsHistory
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougall, Special Report “Roads and Wildlife at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Santa Fe, November, 1940, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryAjo-Sonoyta road, from state highway 85 to Sonoyta, Mexico. From a wildlife perspective the alignment of the road would be fine if left alone. Young and healthy plants be saved. The destruction of wildlife, with the the new alignment of the highway.
Research Topics Nature, border
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharlie R. Steen, and Matt N. Dodge, Coolidge, Ariz., to Memoranium for the Superintendent, September 23, 1939, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryThe section of the present highway be abandoned in favor of the proposed new route for the following reasons: abundance and variety of desert vegetation, several sites for a nature trail, and specimens of the organ pipe cactus.
Research Topicsnature

park

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationPinkley, Coolidge, Ariz., to Jerry Miller, September 16. 1939, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
Summary
Research Topicsnature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

Citation630-20 Maintenance , box 220, C1 – NARARMR.
SummaryThe whole folder is about maintenance, road work, letters to future workers of ORPI.
Research TopicsHistory-maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc3 letters about potential jobs and maintenance of the park
Name of Researcher, Date Francesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey, Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Charles C. Morris, San Francisco, May 10, 1945, folder 632, box 220, CI – NARARMR.
SummaryLetter to Mr. Morris, Maintenance work on the Ajo-Sonoyta Road ORPI, continued maintenance for the next fiscal year 1946.

Dept. of Interior

Research TopicsHistory – maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey, Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Memorandum for the Custodian, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, May 10, 1945, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryTo the Custodian of ORPI, discussing the increase in maintenance funds and the hope that with the extra wage maintenance of the Ajo-Sonoyta road will continue.

Dept of Interior

Research TopicsHistory – maintenance, money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
MiscLetter from Mr. Richey
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012
  

 

Citation

Richey Santa Fe, New Mexico, to G.L. Mclane, Phoenix, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.

SummaryTelegram from western union (Mclane) to Charles Richey. Mr. Richey’s response. About bids received ORPI – three, totaling $137,560.05.

$43 thousand 33 and .20

$ 45 thousand three hundred and 56

$ 49 thousand one hundred and eighty, .85

Research TopicsHistory – money
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile

 

 

 

CitationGovernment Document, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Federal Works Agency Public Roads Administration District NO. 2, Proposal and Contract Project “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 1-A Bituminous Treated Base Course Arizona” July 15, 1941, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryRoad Construction Proposal and contract. Special provisions: employment lists, payment of min. wage, payroll grouping of labor, etc. bid schedule, instructions, contract form, etc.
Research TopicsHistory – roads

Parks – roads

Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharles A. Richey Coolidge, Ariz. To L.I. Hewes, San Francisco, July 12, 1943,  Government Document, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Federal Works Agency Public Roads Administration District NO. 2, Proposal and Contract Project “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 1-A Bituminous Treated Base Course Arizona” July 15, 1941, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryLetter to Dr. Hewes, acknowledging specifications and estimates for project 1-A. Reviewed by superintendent Mr. Richey. Estimated cost of construction.
Research TopicsHistory – road proposal
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior National Park Service, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Arizona, Lands, Buildings, Roads and Trails, Roads Outside of Park (Approach Roads) Part 1, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryStatus of the road project 1-A, maintenance and the proposal of the construction.

 A few interesting sections like:

  • ·         the estimated cost of the Ajo-Soynata highway.
  • ·         What is to be done opposite the customs building – tear up surface treat as roadway, improve the present travel way, or leave as is.
  • ·         Major roads and the future work on the ORPI highway
  • ·         Suggested changes: customs station and the road outside of.
Research TopicsHistory

Parks

Borders

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior National Park Service, National Park, “Report to the Chief of Planning on Survey Inspection Proposed Improvement of Ajo-Sonoyta Highway Through Organ Pipe Cactus Nation Monument, Jerome C. Miller, Associate Landscape Architect Plans and Design Division National Park Service Region III, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummarySurvey inspection of improvement of the Ajo-sonoyta highway through ORPI, including route, roadway width and standards, excavation and borrow, drainage structures, clearing, obliteration of old roads, parking areas and spur roads.
Research TopicsHistory
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile, March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationW.B. McDougall, Special Report “Roads and Wildlife at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Santa Fe, November, 1940, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryAjo-Sonoyta road, from state highway 85 to Sonoyta, Mexico. From a wildlife perspective the alignment of the road would be fine if left alone. Young and healthy plants be saved. The destruction of wildlife, with the the new alignment of the highway.
Research TopicsNature

border

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationCharlie R. Steen, and Matt N. Dodge, Coolidge, Ariz., to Memoranium for the Superintendent, September 23, 1939, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
SummaryThe section of the present highway be abandoned in favor of the proposed new route for the following reasons: abundance and variety of desert vegetation, several sites for a nature trail, and specimens of the organ pipe cactus.
Research Topicsnature

park

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

 

 

CitationPinkley, Coolidge, Ariz., to Jerry Miller, September 16. 1939, Folder 632, Box 220 CI – NARARMR.
Summary
Research Topicsnature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateFrancesca Gentile March 29, 2012

Collection 2

 

Southwest Regional Office, Administrative Files, 1959-1972, 8NS-79-95-040, Record Group 79, National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

 

Abbreviation: AF1-NARARMR

 

CitationA. Clark Stratton, Washington D.C., to Regional Director, Region Three, April 10, 2012, D18-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 3, AF1-NARARMR.
SummaryA three page memo detailing the changes Stratton would like to see in the Master Plan.  On the first page, he specifically mentions grazing and that the master plan should include not just information that mining and grazing should be eliminated, but what the park will be after that.
Research TopicsGrazing/Mining/Park history
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationD18-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 3, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryFolder Summary: This folder contains correspondence about suggestions on how to change the “Master Plan Narrative” for Organ Pipe Cactus.  The Master Plan Narrative appears to be a public document designed to lay the fundamental operational principals that ORPI will abide by.  The Narrative itself is not included in this folder, however, some insight as to what it might say is gained by reading the suggestions.  The Grays are mentioned twice, although obscurely, and the possible acquisition of some private land and land in Cabeza Prieta is mentioned as well.
Research TopicsPark
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationVarious Memorandums, 1963- 1964,D18 ORPI, box 3,AF-NARARMR
SummaryThis box includes various interoffice memos that were included with other office documents that are not a part of this particular file. Of no great use at this time.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date 

 

 

 

CitationA.Clark Stratton, Washington, DC  to Regional Director, January 23,1963,D18 ORPI, box 3,AF-NARARMR
SummaryMemorandum of an approval of the Forward and Chapter 1, Objectives and Policies of the Master Plan Narrative with a suggested revision of the wording of the grazing rights within the park.
Research TopicsGray’s ranching, grazing rights.
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc 

 

 

 

Citation

  1. A.    Clark Stratton, Washington DC  to Regional Director, Region 3, Organ Pipe Cactus, April 12, 1962,D18 ORPI, box 3,AF-NARARMR
SummaryMemorandum Concerning how the Assistant Director of the National Park Service would like to see the Master Plan Narratives written out. It is interesting in that it is what we are also trying to do in our project.
Research Topics
Photocopy (Y/N)Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

CitationJames B. Felton, Ajo, AZ, to Regional Director, SW Region, January 17, 1964, D22-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 6, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryAt first glance, a rather mundane letter summarizing construction proposals, specifically B-33 (Employee Residence – $40k), U-12 (Expansion HQ Water System – 118k), and M-31 (Fencing – $156k).  The interesting part is short and appears verbatim below:

 

“Construction of the fencing program under PCP No. M-31 is involved with the Gray grazing permit.  The Service should find a better solution than fencing the highway.  Such an investment is considered unwarranted.  It would add to the intrenched (sic) private interest and is a disavowal of policy.”

Research TopicsGrazing
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationLetters concerning visitor center funding, August 31, 1964 to November 16, 1964, D22-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 6, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryA series letters between ORPI superintendent James Felton, the SW Region director Daniel Beard, and Acting Assistant Director, and “Director” concerning the use of funding.  Specifically, that ORPI does not need additional campfire circle funding and would instead like to use that allotment for the visitor’s center.  If that is not possible, ORPI wants the funding stricken from the FY 65 budget because their outdoor recreation is sufficient.
Research TopicsPark History
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

Citation“Roads and Trails Systems – As Maintained,” December 3, 1964, Reports And Documents, box 11, AF-NARARMA
SummaryThis document contains a number of letters mainly addressed from the Superintendent of ORPI to the acting Regional Chief of the Division of Maintenance, and highlights roads within Organ Pipe National Monument that need to be resurfaced and seal coated. This report identified 82,690 square yards of road within the park that were damaged and began cracking.  Along with a report of the condition of the roads and a cost analysis of resurfacing the roads, the letters primarily addressed one specific stretch of road, labeled as the residential loop, that was in need of grading, resurfacing, and seal coating.
Research TopicsRoad maintenance within Organ Pipe
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationNatt N. Dodge, Santa Fe, NM, to Superintendent, “Natural History and Interpretive Base Maps,” 1958, General Correspondence Files, box 12, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis document is a memorandum from the Regional Naturalist of Region Three, Natt N. Dodge, to the Superintendent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  In this memorandum, Dodge provides clarification on the different species of deer that live within the monument.  He also makes comments proposing changes to the Interpretive Base Map.
Research TopicsPark History, 1937-1978
Photocopy (Y/N)  Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Munroe, 3/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationJames M. Eden, Ajo, AZ, to Chief, Western Office, Division of Design and Const., “Ground Surveys and Proposed Realignment,” May 27, 1958, General Correspondence Files, box 12, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis document is a memorandum from the Superintendent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, James M. Eden, to the Chief, Western Office, Division of Design and Construction.  It references a previous memorandum from May 19, 1958, concerning proposed surveys for the location of the Puerto Blanco Portion and the proposed realignment of the Dripping Springs portion of Puerto Blanco-Dripping Springs Road.
Research TopicsPark History, 1937-1978
Photocopy (Y/N)  Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Munroe, 3/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationJames M. Carpenter, Santa Fe, NM, to Superintendent, “Aerial Photomap,” General Correspondence Files, box 12, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis document is a memorandum from James M. Carpenter, the Regional Administrative Officer for Region Three, to the Superintendent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  It was written in response to a memorandum dated February 16, 1957 requesting permission to purchase an aerial photomap.  Mr. Carpenter gives permission to spend the $250 for the aerial photomap which will be used to study soil and moisture control.
Research TopicsNatural History and Interpretive Base Maps
Photocopy (Y/N)  Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Munroe, 3/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationJim Eden, to Regional Administrative Officer, James M. Carpenter, “Aerial Photomap,” February 16, 1957, General Correspondence Files, box 12, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis memorandum is a request from Jim Eden, the Superintendent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, to James Carpenter, the Regional Administrative Officer for Region Three.  Mr. Eden is requesting permission from Mr. Carpenter to spend $250 on an aerial photomap that will be used to study soil and moisture control.
Research TopicsNatural History and Interpretive Base Maps
Photocopy (Y/N)  Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Munroe, 3/29/2012

 

 

 

CitationDuane N. Graft, Ajo AZ, to Chief Architect, WODC, October 2, 1962, D3215-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 13, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryA letter from the Acting Superintendent to a Chief Architect detailing changes he would like to have done to the blueprints of some residences.  Most of them have to do with managing the heat.  He recommends more focus be put on shower facilities instead of bath tubs as many employees take six quick cold showers a day to deal with the heat.  He also suggests AC instead of evaporative coolers because they are ineffective in July, August, and early September.  He suggests against “LP gas operated refrigerators” because they generate too much heat (10 degrees hotter).  He would like white or light colored roof surfaces to reduce solar heating as well.
Research TopicsNature (human interaction with the heat)
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationD-3215-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 13, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryFolder Summary: D-3215-a contains correspondence between ORPI, the regional office, and various other related officials on the subject of projects that need to be done.  Most commonly mentioned are projects involving expansion or creation of new camp sites, which usually involves many other support projects (water, roads, etc). 
Research TopicsNone
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationFolder: D-3423-a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 13, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryFolder Summary: D-3423 contains correspondence about assigning building numbers and updating building folders.  They have to do with a patrol cabin and a ranger station.
Research TopicsNone
Photocopy (Y/N) N
MiscInfo seems very obscure.
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationJames B. Felton, “Desert Area Residences,” August 22, 1963, Reports and Documents, box 15, AF-NARARMR

 

Jerry A. Riddell, “Addition to the Vistor Center,” November 24, 1964, Reports and Documents, box 15, AF-NARARMR

SummaryThis document contains information regarding the construction and development of residential houses within Organ Pipe. The proposed construction plans however came under financial strains and forced the construction of houses on smaller lots of land. Furthermore, economical subdivisions of the land were ignored and high utility line costs came as a result of long driveways in an attempt to space out the houses and protect the views of the Ajo Mountains.

 

Along with containing information about the construction of new residential properties this folder also contained information on the expansion and redevelopment of the visitors center. The new proposed visitors center was planned to include an auditorium primarily geared for winter and evening showings as well as an expanded air-conditioned office, where employees could comfortably work year round.

Research TopicsDevelopment of contemporary residential homes.

ORPI Park History 1937-1978, Current Issues facing park, ORPI History Mining/Ranching to 1937, Ranching 1937-78.

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

CitationPaul A. Judge, “Building Report Folder,” June 18, 1962, Reports and Documents, box 16, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis folder contains information regarding a building report folder. This building report folders original intent was to be used as a means of keeping up to date records on each building to serve as a valuable source for maintenance cost records, as well as general information and planning. In the last document within the folder however, we can see that the superintendent of Organ Pipe abolished the required building reports as the folders were not properly updated and maintained, and therefore served no purpose.
Research TopicsBuilding Report Folders
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

CitationJames B. Felton, “Radio Narrow-Banding,” March 23, 1964, Reports and Documents, box 20, AF-NARARMR.

 

James B. Felton, “Proposed Telephone Service,” December 5, 1963, Reports and Documents, box 20, AF-NARARMR.

SummaryThis folder contains information that follows the process of funding and installing a new narrow-banded radio system at Organ Pipe National Monument. The folder further documents the proposal and installation of new power lines and a coaxial cable, as well as the relocation of an access road, all of which were needed to install the new radio system. A long with this the folder also contains documents which highlight the costs and expenditures of setting up a proposed telephone service which would serve the entire private and residential area of Organ Pipe as well as parts of Senoita, Mexico.
Research TopicsRadio and telephone systems in Organ Pipe
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationP. E. Smith, “Transmittal Field Trip Report,” February 14, 1963, Reports and Documents, box 21, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryIn this series of letters the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare arranged with the Superintendent of Organ Pipe National Monument to survey the water supply, sewage disposal and refuse handling facilities within Organ Pipe National Monument.  This report found that upon collecting samples of water there was a presence of coliform organisms from two sampling taps, which indicated a contamination. The report further found that the source of the contamination had been introduced when the wells, distribution system or storage reservoirs had been opened up for extensions or repairs.
Research TopicsWater and Health Survey of Organ Pipe National Monument

ORPI Nature Geography and Climate, Survival and Adaptation.

ORPI Borders, Migrants, Smuggling.

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

CitationJames B. Felton, “Water Well Failure, Well No. 4,” January 23, 1964, Reports and Documents, box 24, AF-NARARMR
SummaryThis folder summarizes the issue that arose in the 1960’s after it was reported that there was a high amount of florine in the domestic drinking water. In order to remedy this crisis a newly installed water purifier or defluoridation unit was installed. After brief initial success the defluoridation unit failed at one of the major wells, well no. 4. It was noted that well no. 4 produced 30 gallons per minute to be delivered to a water storage tank, but extremely high summer temperatures caused water temperatures to rise above 95 degrees and as a result the pump became ineffective at removing excess fluoride. The water system was improved by August of 1964 in which a structure was erected to house the water filtration system.
Research TopicsWater management and well failure
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateShaun Brower, February 29, 2012

 

 

 

CitationBudge, Charles A. “Report of Soil and Moisture Conservation Activities 1961,” June 22, 1961, Folder: D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
Summary 

Primary goal this year was to fence Quitobaquito spring to prevent damage from livestock.  The fence and cattle guards are working very well.

Research TopicsNature, overgrazing, Quitobaquito
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

Citation 

Budge, Charles A. “Report of Soil and Moisture Conservation Activities 1962,” August 20, 1961, Folder: D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.

SummaryGoal this year was to retard surface runoff and consequent reduction in soil erosion.  Also to remove noxious weeds.  Most of the work concentrated on Quitobaquito.  The tule plant proves to be very persistent and requires frequent burning.
Research TopicsNature, overgrazing, Quitobaquito
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationGraf, Duane N., “Report of Soil and Moisture Conservation Activities 1963,” August 10, 1963, Folder: D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryDetails work done at Quitobaquito to control the “tule,” which seems to be an invasive species, along with other maintenance to help the flow of water in and out. 
Research TopicsNature, erosion, tule, Quitobaquito
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationCoss, Harold T., “Report of Soil and Moisture Conservation Activities 1964,” August 31, 1964, Folder: D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryA seemingly regular report on the status of soil conservation activities.  It details the completion of 1.5 miles of barbed wire fence on the Mexican border and how Mexican cattle violated various test plots.  Additionally, it gives additional problems in terms of permittee rights, which appear somewhat anomalous to this particular year (high calf birth, low cattle price, can’t use Cabeza Prieta).
Research TopicsNature, erosion, overgrazing, international border, fencing the border
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationGraf, Duane N., “Projected Soil and Moisture Control Six Year Program: Period July 1 1965 – June 30, 1971,” November 10, 1964, D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis is a six year plan on how ORPI plans to deal with the extensive erosion they have been encountering.  The author suggests completing a barbed wire fence project of 4 miles along the international border, along with another in the NE corner of the monument.  In the margins, the original reader appears to have bracketed these statements and put a question mark, as in “how will this help?”  Earthen dams are suggested, the cleaning and stabilization of existing springs (notably Quitobaquito), and numerous test plots of land.  The writer at the end says “The above projects are of such magnitude that the cost cannot be met by current S&MC appropriations.”
Research TopicsNature, erosion, overgrazing, international border, fencing the border, Quitobaquito Springs
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

Citation“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Soil and Moisture Project Proposal,” April 23, 1963, D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryContains many good pictures of wash out and gullies forming due to heavy rains and overgrazing.  It is all pictures except for ½ page of text explaining.  Shows Mesquite trees with their roots showing (and dying), and suggests drastic measures be taken at once due to severe erosion.  The main suggestion is dikes. 
Research TopicsNature, erosion, overgrazing, mesquite trees
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

 

CitationFolder: D54a 1962-1964 ORPI, Administrative Files 1959 – 1964, Box 25, AF-NARARMR.
SummaryThis folder contains Soil and Moisture Conservation reports or things very closely related to soil and moisture.  It contains pictures of eroded land, likely causes, and possible suggestions to fix it.
Research TopicsNature, erosion, overgrazing, international border, fencing the border, Quitobaquito
Photocopy (Y/N) N
MiscThe majority of this folder has been photocopied, the rest is not very relevant.
Name of Researcher, DateDarryl  Plummer 29Feb12

 

 

Additional boxes to check in the future

 

D6215.   MUSEUM & EXHIBIT ACTIVITIES, PLANNING, PREPARATION, MAINTENANCE & PRESERVATION OF MUSEUM EXHIBITS

a. General Correspondence

     Box 29

 

D6223.   MUSEUM & EXHIBIT ACTIVITIES, ACQUISITIONS, GIFTS, AND LOANS

a. General Correspondence

Box 30

 

F34.        ESTIMATES

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 31

 

F7423.    QUARTERS

                        a. General Correspondence, FY 1962-1964

                             Box 32

 

F86.        TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

                        a. FY 1962-1964

                             Box 33

 

Y14.       FOREST FIRE CONTROL

                        Box 34

 

Y1815.   FORESTRY & RANGE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT, TREES & FORESTS

                        Box 34

 

Y1819.   FORESTRY & RANGE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT, RANGE

                        Box 35

 

Y22.       FOREST PESTS & CONTROL, INSECT & TREE DISEASE CONTROL (INCLUDING FUNDS)

                        Box 35

 

H2215.   ARCHEOLOGICAL & HISTORIC RESEARCH, RELATING TO NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AREAS

                        Box 40

 

H30.       ARCHEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL STRUCTURES

                        Box 41

 

K1817.   INTERPRETIVE ACTIVITIES, INTERPRETIVE PLANNING (DATA, NEEDS, PROGRAMS)

                        Box 46

 

K2621.   REPORTS, ANNUAL

                        Box 47

 

K3815.   PUBLICATIONS, SERVICE, BULLETINS (HOUSE ORGANS)

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 48

 

K3819.   PUBLICATIONS, SERVICE FREE INFORMATIONAL LITERATURE

                        b. Published Material

                             1. Record Copies

                                 Box 49

 

K3823.   PUBLICATIONS, SERVICE, SALES

                        b. Published Material

                             1. Record Copies

                                 Box 50

 

K3827.   PUBLICATIONS, SERVICE MAPS

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 51

 

L1415.    ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL OF LANDS, POLICY AND PROCEDURES

                        Box 53

 

L1419.    ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL OF LANDS, FEDERAL HOLDINGS

                        Box 54

 

L1419.    ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL OF LANDS, LAND RECORDS

                        a. General Correspondence, includes GSA Annual Report of Federal Real

                        Property

                             Box 55

 

L2621.    REPORTS, ANNUAL

                        Box 55

 

L3019.    LAND USE, GRAZING

                        Box 56

 

L3023.    LAND USE, MINING

                        Box 56

 

L32.        LAND, PUBLIC

                        Box 57

 

L3415.    RECREATION ACTIVITIES, CAMPING

                        Box 58

W14.      CONTRACT PROCEDURES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND SUPPLY CONTRACTS

                        Box 72

 

W1819.  DECISIONS, COMPTROLLER GENERAL

                        Box 72

 

W1823.  DECISIONS, SOLICITOR

                        Box 72

 

W34.      LAW ENFORCEMENT

                        Box 73

 

W3419.  LAW ENFORCEMENT, COMMISSIONERS

                        Box 74

 

W3815.  LEGISLATION, PROPOSED

                        a. If not duplicated in WASO

                             Box 75

 

W3823.  LEGISLATION, ENACTED

                        a. If not duplicated in WASO

                             Box 75

 

W4626.  CAMPING

                        Box 75

 

N1415.   WILDLIFE, AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 76

 

N1419.   WILDLIFE, BIRDS

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 76

 

N1423.   WILDLIFE, FISH

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 76

 

N1427.   WILDLIFE, MAMMALS

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 77

 

N16.       WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING PREDATOR CONTROL

                        Box 78

 

 

N18.       PLANT LIFE (EXCEPT FORESTRY MATTERS)

                        Box 79

 

N22.       GENERAL RESEARCH (OTHER THAN HISTORICAL)

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 80

 

N2623.   REPORTS, SITUATION

                        a. NPS (CHA)-2, Research Program Reports

                             Box 81

 

N34.       INSECTS AND OTHER INVERTEBRATES

                        Box 82

 

N42.       WEATHER, STUDIES AND REPORTS

                        Box 82

 

P90.        WAGE BOARD MATTERS

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 83

 

S7215.    PROCUREMENT, INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 84

 

S94.        UNIFORMS

                        a. General Correspondence

                             Box 85

 

 

 

Collection 3

 

Southwest Regional Office, General Correspondence Files, 1953-1958, RG 79, 8NS-79-93-273, GC 53-58 National Archives and Records Administration, Rocky Mountain Region.

 

Abbreviation: GC 53-58 NARARMR

 

 

CitationJohn H. Davis, “A Study of Conservation Objectives Relating to its Establishment, Boundary Adjustments and Private Interest in the Area,” United States Department of the Interior: National Park Service, November 1957.

H14 May 1953-1958 ORPI. Box no.01 GC 53-58-NARARMR

Summary

  • ·         Leading factors and establishment of ORPI
  • ·         Grazing, mining, and private land interests
  • ·         Water Rights
  • ·         Gray Family, Papago Indians, Jose Juan Orosco
  • ·         Letters from superintendents to park directors, vice versa
Research TopicsHistory, Park, Nature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Carrillo, 3/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, “State of Arizona Compiled From the Official Records of the Bureau of Land Management and other Sources,” 1953.

H14 May 1953-1958 ORPI. Box no.01 GC 53-58-NARARMR

Summary 

  • ·         Map of the U.S.- Mexico Border
  • ·         The Area considered by Mr. Toll as a possible location for the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in 1932
  • ·         36 square miles- South of Sells in the Pima Indian Reservation
  • ·         Scale- 1 Inch = 12 miles
  • ·         Other maps showing ORPI possible placement and boundaries
Research TopicsBorder, Park, History
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date    Carrillo, 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationUnited States Department of the Interior: National Park Service, “A History of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona,” 1956.

H14 May 1953-1958 ORPI. Box no.01 GC 53-58-NARARMR

Summary

  • ·         Historical Narrative of ORPI
  • ·         Geography, Prehistoric and Aboriginal History, Coming of the White Man,
  • ·         Mexican Control, American period,
  • ·         Establishment of ORPI
  • ·         Administration, Staff, Visitor Use, Physical Development
Research TopicsHistory
Photocopy (Y/N)  Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Carrillo, 3/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationFolder

H14 May 1953-1958 ORPI. Box no.01 GC 53-58-NARARMR

Summary

  • ·         Correspondences between ORPI Superintendents and Park Directors
  • ·         Establishment of ORPI, History of ORPI
Research TopicsHistory, Park
Photocopy (Y/N)        N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Carrillo, 3/29/12

 

 

 

 

CitationSouthwestern National Monuments, Annual Report, 1956. Box no.01 GC 53-58-NARARMR
Summary

  • ·         Pictures of Casa Grande
  • ·         Hohokam Culture
Research Topics   History
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Carrillo, 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationFolder H2215 May 1953-1958 ORPI, box 3, GC 53-58 NARARMR.
SummaryFolder on archeological preservation in the park.  This is the only ORPI folder in the box.

 

One document cites the following article, which might be of interest to us: D. T. MacDougal, “Across Papagueria,” Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 40:12, 705-25, which deals with MacDougal’s trip across the Papago Desert with Hornaday.

 

Another article cited: Paul H. Ezell, “An Archeological Survey of Northwestern Papagueria” The Kiva 19:2-4.

Research TopicsPark history 1937-78

Historic Preservation Efforts

Mission 66

Photocopy (Y/N)   Y 2 pp
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Jared Orsi, 3/29/31
 

 

 

 

 

CitationH30 May 1953-1958 ORPI, box 5, GC 53-58 NARARMR

Only ORPI folder in box

SummaryFolder contains one doc re plan for historic preservation. 
Research TopicsHistoric Preservation Efforts
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date    Jared Orsi, 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationK1815 1956-1958 ORPI, box 6, GC 58-53 NARARMR

Only orpi folder in box

SummaryCorresp re slides, script, and project for slide show at newly completed visitor center.  One document (“John T. Mullady, Ajo, Ariz., to Regional Director, Region Three, October 30, 1957, K1815 1956-1958 ORPI, box 6, GC 58-53 NARARMR) laments “Since we do not have a naturalist on our staff the interpretive training program here has lagged behind that of other fields.”

 

 

Research TopicsVisitor experiences
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date    Orsi, 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationK1817 1956-1958 ORPI, box 7, GC 53-58 NARARMA

Only orpi file in box

Summary2 corresp re AV equip
Research Topicsnone
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date    Orsi 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationK 1819 1956-1958 ORPI, box 8, GC 53-58 NARARMR

Only Orpi folder in box.

SummaryFile contains several pieces of corresp. and annual reports (1955-58) on interpretive/visitor services.  I photocopied these annual reports, including the accompanying charts showing school group visits, campfire talks, etc. by month.
Research TopicsPark history 1937-78

Visitor experiences

Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date    Jared Orsi 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationK3823-a 1956-1958 ORPI, box 10, GC 53-58 NARARMR

Only orpi folder in box

SummaryCorresp. relating to the production of an Organ Pipe Cactus natural history and book.  Mostly office corresp—not much on content of handbook other than a draft outline, which I Xeroxed

 

Research TopicsVisitor experiences
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Jared Orsi 3/29/12

 

 

 

CitationFolder: K3819- a/b.1, 1956-1958, ORPI, Box no.10 GC 53-58-NARARMR
Summary

  • ·         Organ Pipe Visitors Guide
  • ·         Ajo Mountain Drive Booklet
  • ·         Correspondents between Regional Director of Publications and Chief Editorial Section
Research TopicsHistory, Park
Photocopy (Y/N) N
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Carrillo, 3-29-12

 

 

 

 

CitationJames M. Eden, “Self-Guiding Leaflet, Organ Pipe Cactus” March 25, 1958. K3819- a/b.1, 1956-1958, ORPI, Box no.10 GC 53-58-NARARMR
Summary 

  • ·         Letter about the revised copy of the self-guiding leaflet for the Ajo Mountains.
  • ·         Between the Superintendent and the Regional Director of Organ Pipe
Research TopicsHistory, Park, Nature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date   Carrillo, 3-29-12

 

 

 

 

Citation“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” Leaflet, 1957.

K3819- a/b.1, 1956-1958, ORPI, Box no.10 GC 53-58-NARARMR

 

“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” Leaflet, 1958.

K3819- a/b.1, 1956-1958, ORPI, Box no.10 GC 53-58-NARARMR

Summary

  • ·         Visitor Leaflet of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • ·         1957 copy and revised 1958 copy
  • ·         General information about the area, plant life, animal life, history, facilities, and things to see and do
Research TopicsPark, History, Nature
Photocopy (Y/N) Y
Misc
Name of Researcher, Date  Carrillo, 3-29-12

 

 

 

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