Biographical Note

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Inventory

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Guide to the Wolf G. Bauer Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 1669
Creator: Bauer, Wolf G. , creator
Title: Wolf G. Bauer papers
Date Span: 1953-1974
Quantity: .54 cubic feet (2 boxes), plus 8 oversize posterboards
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Mr. Bauer was a pioneer climber on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Goode. He was the founder of the Mountaineers climbing course and helped establish the Mountain Rescue Council.

Climber and conservationist Wolf Bauer was born on February 24, 1912, in the Bavarian Alps. Bauer, with his parents, Hubert and Elsbeth, and four siblings moved to Seattle when he was 13, where he attended Lincoln High School and joined Boy Scout Troop 145. In 1929, Bauer was one of three scouts selected to receive a free membership in The Mountaineers. After moving briefly to West Virginia with his family in 1930, Bauer returned to Seattle to study engineering at the University of Washington. He graduated in 1935 with his bachelor's degree in ceramic engineering and a minor in geology.

Bauer excelled not only as a skier and a climber, but also as a teacher. Beginning in 1933, he taught basic mountaineering skills to local Explorer Boy Scouts. One year later, he began to teach a climbing course to the Mountaineer Climbers' Group. He also taught rescue techniques. He continued to climb as he taught, and in 1935, Bauer and Jack Hossack were the first to reach the summit of Mount Rainier from its north side. In 1936, Bauer and four of his students were the first to climb Mount Goode.

Bauer began to work at Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. on San Juan Island in 1936. That same year, he married Harriet Woodward. Their son, Rocky, was born in 1937, and Larry was born in 1940. After many years of travel and relocation, in 1945 the family settled in Seattle, where Bauer worked as an independent consulting engineer.

Bauer also helped to establish the Mountain Rescue Council, which began as the Mountain Rescue and Safety Council, 1948. Inspired by a volunteer rescue group in Bavaria, the Mountain Rescue Council was the first of its kind in the United States and provided year-round wilderness search and rescue.

Bauer was also an avid kayaker, which led to his interest in and concern for conservation. He worked on successful efforts to save the 12-mile Green River Gorge before focusing more broadly on shorelines throughout Puget Sound. In 1975, he became a fulltime shoreline resource consultant and helped to successfully transform parks and beaches in Seattle and around Washington state.

Arrangement

Organized into 3 accessions.

Accession No. 1669-001, Wolf G. Bauer papers, 1953-1970
Accession No. 1669-002, Wolf G. Bauer interview, 1974
Accession No. 1669-003, Wolf Bauer papers, 1973-1974

Scope and Content

Correspondence, speeches and writings, posterboards, reports, taped interview, biographical information, and beach inventories.

Terms of Access

Open to all users.

Terms of Use

Restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 1669-001
Bauer, Wolf G.
Wolf G. Bauer papers, 1953-1970
.18 cubic feet (1 box), plus 8 oversize posterboards
Scope and Content
Correspondence, speeches and writings, posters, reports, ephemera.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Wolf G. Bauer, 7/23/1971.
Other Finding Aids

Inventory/container list available in Special Collections.


  
Accession No. 1669-002
Bauer, Wolf G.
Wolf G. Bauer interview, 1974
1 folder
1 sound cassette
Scope and Content
Tape recorded interview conducted by Harry Majors, August 27, 1974 and biographical information.
Digital Content/Other Formats
Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.
Terms of Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Wolf G. Bauer, 8/1/1974.

  
Accession No. 1669-003
Wolf Bauer papers, 1973-1974
.36 cubic feet (1 box)
Scope and Content
Beach inventories (accretion shoreforms) of islands in San Juan County and shoreline management reports.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Wolf Bauer Materials were transferred from Fish/Ocean Library., 2008-12-01

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bauer, Wolf G.--Archives.
Organizations:
Mountain Rescue Council.
North Cascades History Project.
Washington Kayak Club (Seattle, Wash.)
Geographic Names:
Goode, Mount (Wash.)
Rainier, Mount (Wash.)
Subjects:
Environmental Activism
Expeditions and Adventure
Parks and Playgrounds
Personal Papers/Corporate Records
Last modified: December 2, 2015
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