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Preliminary Guide to the Dee Molenaar Papers
circa 1930-2007



Manuscript Collection No.: 4578
Creator: Molenaar, Dee , creator
Title: Dee Molenaar papers
Dates : circa 1930-2007
Quantity: 1.56 cubic feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Born to Dutch immigrant parents, Dee Molenaar (1918-) was born and raised in Los Angeles. His early climbs were in the Sierra Nevadas. As a young man in 1938, Molenaar came to the Pacific Northwest to climb its volcanos. He began guiding tours on Mt. Rainier in 1940.

Molenaar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a minor in Art from the University of Washington in 1950. After graduation he worked as a field assistant to geololgy professor Peter Misch. During Molenaar's career as a geologist, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company, Washington Department of Conservation, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Molenaar has also used his education as a geologist to complement his artistic abilities in creating oil and watercolor paintings of mountain and desert landscapes.

Molenaar climbed peaks through the western United States, Canda, Alaska, the Alps, Himalayas, New Zealand, and Antarctica. His expeditions included the Harvard Mountaineering Committee ascent of Mount St. Elias in 1946, which was the second ascent of the mountain and the first American summit of the peak; the 1953 American expedition to K2; Mount McKinley (Denali) in 1960; Mount Kennedy in 1965; and multiple peaks in the Alps in 1973.

The Challenge of Rainier, Molenaar's most widely-known publication, was based in part upon his experience serving as a summit guide (1940-41 and 1947) and National Parks Service Ranger (1950-1952) on Mount Rainier.

Arrangement

Arranged in two accessions:

  • Accession No. 4587-001, Dee Molenaar Correspondence, circa 1930-1995
  • Accession No. 4587-002, Dee Molenaar Papers, circa 1930-2007

Scope and Content

Diaries, correspondence, maps, photographs, questionnaires, and a manuscript. See scope and content information of individual accessions below for details.

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Please see use restriction information of individual accessions below.

Processing Info

Visual materials that originally accompanied this material were separated into a distinct Visual Materials Collection. For more information, contact Special Collections.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 4578-001
Dee Molenaar correspondence, circa 1930-1995 (Bulk: 1956-1971)
.21 cubic feet (1 box)
Scope and Content
Correspondence and questionnaires relating to Molenaar's research on the history of mountaineering on Mt. Rainier, circa 1930-1987 (bulk 1956-1971); correspondence relating to the publicaton of Molenaar's book The Challenge of Rainier, 1966-1995 (bulk 1966-1970).
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Source: Dee Molenaar, 7/30/1996.

  
Accession No. 4578-002
Dee Molenaar papers, circa 1930-2007
1.35 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Arrangement
Arranged in four series:
  • Diaries, 1930-2000
  • Correspondence, 1940-1995
  • Photographs, 1954 and circa 1970-1986
  • Writings, Maps and Inventory, circa 1985-2007
Scope and Content
Twelve of Molenaaar's climbing diaries ("Fuhrerbuchs"), correspondence, published landform-relief maps, black and white negatives of mountains and expeditions, and unpublished manuscript "High and Wide with Sketchpad". Prominent correspondents include: Wolf Bauer, Fred Beckey, Charlie Bell, Chris Bonington, Nicholas Clinch, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Francis Farquhar, Sir Edmund Hillary, Charles Houston, Robert Kennedy, Peter Misch, Noel Odell, Clark Schurman, Austin Post, James Ramsey Ullman, Willi Unsoeld, Ed Viesturs, Jim Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, and many others.
Restrictions on Use
Some restrictions exist on copying, quotation or publication. Contact Special Collections for details.
Acquisition Info
Source: Dee Molenaar, March and April 2010.
Processing Info
Processed by Deborah Hamilton; processing completed in 2010.
Separated Material
Molenaar's copy of The Challenge of Rainier, containing over 400 signatures from local and international climbers, was removed for separate cataloging.
BoxDate
1Diaries1930-2000
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
"Fuhrerbuch": Mountaineering and Climbing Record of Dee Molenaar1930-1978
Mt. St. Elias1946
Geology 200 Field Course (North Cascades) of Dee Molenaar1950
K21953
Helsinki 1983, The Alps 1973, Austria 1992, Diary of Dee Molenaar of trip with "K"...1973, 1983, 1992
Climbing Notes and Other Miscellaneous Observations1979-1992
Record of Trip to New Zealand and Antarctica November 21st-December 13th 19801980
Record of Visit to Juneau Icefield1985
Record of Trip to Kala Patar Mt. Everest Region Nepal via Mountain Travel1990
Diary of Alaska Trip1991
Fuhrerbuch III1992-2000
Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu1998
Correspondence1940-1995
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Scope and Content: Correspondents include:
Allan, Stuart
Allen, John Eliot
Ayres, Harry
Bates, Robert
Bauer, Wolf
Beach, Sharon
Beckey, Fred
Bedayn, Raffi
Bell, Charlie
Boehm, Julius
Bonington, Chris
Boyer, Steve
Bjornstad, Eric
Bloch, Gerry
Brandt, Rex
Brigham, Leon
Brockman, C. Frank
Brower, Anne
Brower, David
Brown, Bert
Brown, Dorris
Bryne, Peter
Bryson, Ted and Kristel
Bueler, William
Bunning, Bonnie
Burchell, Betty
Butler, Bill
Campbell, Arnie and Betty
Carlson, Virgil and Lee
Carpenter, Philip
Cedzo, Karen
Chamberlain, James E.
Chinese Mountaineering Association
Clark, Amanda
Clinch, Nicholas B.
Colson, Charles
Cook, Gordon
Corbet, Barry
Craig, Robert W.
Crenshaw, Jene
Cross, Tom
Cunningham, H.B.
Cuno, John
Dailey, Diana
Dalrymple, Paul
Dasler, Jon
Day, John
DeShazo, Donna
Desio, Ardito
Diemburger, Kurt
Dodson, Robert
Dunaway, Bil
Dunne, Tom
Dyhrenfurth, Norman
Eastwood, Harland
Engerman, Jeanne
Engles, Harold
Enzenbacker, Debbie
Evans, Daniel
Exum, Glenn
Fairchild, Wilma
Farquhar, Francis
Farquhar, Margery
Feth, Jack
Fitzsimmons, Matt
Ford, Art
Fryxell, Jayx and Regina
Gann, Ernest K.
Geddes, Jack and Peggy
Goforth, Nancey
Gorton, Slade
Grakovich, Valentin
Greathouse, Mrs. Walser S.
Haack, Wayne P.
Haines, Aubrey
Haglund, Ivar
Hahn, Fred
Hall, Henry S., Jr.
Hall, Jim Lydia
Hall, William
Hardy, Janet and Douglas
Harlin, John, III
Harman, Evelyn
Harris, Stephen
Hawkins, Helene and Wayne
Henderson, Kenneth
Heuston, Paul
Hicks, Floyd
Hill, Mary
Hillary, Edmund (Sir)
Horner, Stephen
Houston, Charles
Howkins, Heidi
Hunt, John (Sir)
Jenkins, Peter
Johnson, Burt
Jones, A.G.E.
Jurak, Josef
Kauffman, Andrew J., II
Kendall, Henry
Kennedy, Ethel
Kennedy, Robert F.
King, Magda
Kingsbury, Dwight
Koopman, Jane
Langmuir, Evelyn
Lawson, Elliot
Lee, Bob
Leonard, Richard
Lind, Dave
Lloyd, Darvel
Loganathan, A.
Magnuson, Warren
Mahre, Dave
Maki, Junichi
Mayer, LaVonne
McCarthy, Jim
McCoy, Keith
McWhirter, Norris D.
Merlino, Maxine
Miller, Maynard
Misch, Hanna
Misch, Niki
Misch, Peter
Molenaar, Cornelius “K”
Moldenhauer, Hans
Monteath, Colin
Moore, Terris
Morgan, Murray
Morrissey, James D.
Moulton, Terry
Munday, Phyl lis
Nagler, Karl
Nilsson, Erwin “Biff”
Odell, Noel
Ormes, Robert
Partridge, Betsy
Partridge, E.E.
Patterson, Marijke
Patterson, Pat and Mary
Pauli, John
Peck, Dallas
Phillips, Bill and Lorraine
Post, Austin
Pyle, Robert
Raible, Steve
Ray, Dixy Lee
Roberts, Elliott
Roskelley, John
Rowell, Galen
Rutter, John
Sanford, Scott
Sceva, Paul
Scheer, Irena
Schmoe, Floyd
Schurman, Clark
Shipton, Eric
Shorrock, Gertrude
Siple, Ruth
Siri, William
Smith, Milton
Standaert, Carol
Steffens, Brandon
Stockton, David
Terai, Kei
Thaller, Victor
Thomas, Lowell Jr.
Tobin, Daniel
Town, Stephen W.
Trenker, Luis
Tsuda, Shuji
Ullman, James Ramsey
Ullman, Mrs. James Ramsey
Unsoeld, Jolene
Unsoeld, Willi
Valsing, Ruth
Van Diver, Brad
Van Kleeck, Joyce (sp?)
Vermeulen, Jim
Viesturs, Ed
Viola, Herman
Vincent, Bronwyn
Wallin, Stu
Warburton, Mike
Warmerdam, C. A. “Dutch”
Washburn, Bradford
Watanabe, Mas and Hisa
Watson, Adam
Weide, Bruce
Welk, Lawrence
Whitney, Tom
Whittaker, James
Wickwire, Jim
Wiessner, Fritz H.
Wiessner, Muriel
Willey, Edith Maring
Wilts, Ellen
Winn, Karyl
Witte, Joe
Wenying, Wang
Wharton, Robert
Woodward, Eddy and Mel
Woodward, E.J.
Woodworth, John
Wren, Chris
Wroblewski, Lech
Young, Jack
Zelley, Mibs
Zimmerman, T. C. Price
2/1Correspondence (A-C)1965-1995
2/2Correspondence (D-G)1956-1993
2/3Correspondence (H-K)1963-1991
2/4Correspondence (L-O)1940-1994
2/5Correspondence (P-S)1954-1993
2/6Correspondence (T-V) 1970-1994
2/7Correspondence (W-Z)1956-1994
2/8Outgoing Correspondence1977
2/9Correspondence- Unknown correspondent1957-1991
2/10Correspondence-Additional Materials Undated
2/11Expedition Postcards- Signed1978, 1986
Photographs1954, circa 1970-1986
2/12Photographs- Portraits of Dee1986, undated
2/13Photograph- Dee Molenaar and Sir Edmund Hillary1954
2/14Photographs- Head Shotscirca 1970s-1980s
Scope and Content: Head shots include:
Boyd, Dan
Dunn, George
Edwards, Jason
Ershler, Phil
Houston, Charles S.
Gombu, Nawang
Hoey, Marty
Horiskey, Joe
Isaacs, Gary
Lynch, Jerry
Nielson, Larry
Politz, Andy
Roberts, Tracy
Simonson, Eric
Smolich, John
Van Hoy, Craig
Whittaker, Lou
Whittaker, Peter
Writings, Maps, and Inventorycirca 1985-2007
3/1Inventory-Librarycirca 2007
3/2Maps-published in original wrapperscirca 1985-2002
Mapcase
Oversize folderMaps1987-1999
Box/Folder
3/3Writings-"High and Wide with Sketch Pad"circa 2007
3/4Writings-"Miscellaneous Tourism Travels"circa 2005

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bauer, Wolf G.--Correspondence.
Beckey, Fred W., 1921- --Correspondence.
Bonington, Chris--Correspondence.
Clinch, Nicholas, 1930- --Correspondence.
Dyhrenfurth, Norman G.--Correspondence.
Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974--Correspondence.
Haglund, Ivar, 1905---Correspondence.
Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008--Correspondence.
Houston, Charles S.--Correspondence.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968--Correspondence.
Misch, Peter, 1909-1987--Correspondence.
Molenaar, Dee--Archives.
Odell, N. E. (Noel Ewart), 1890-1987.
Post, Austin--Correspondence.
Schmoe, F. W. (Floyd Wilfred), 1895-2001--Correspondence.
Schurman, Clark--Correspondence.
Ullman, James Ramsey, 1907-1971--Correspondence.
Unsoeld, William Francis, 1926-  orrespondence.
Viesturs, Ed--Correspondence.
Whittaker, Jim, 1929- --Correspondence.
Wickwire, Jim, 1940-
Subjects:
Cartographers--Washington (State)--Archives.
Geologists--Washington (State)--Archives.
Mountaineering.
Mountaineers--Washington (State)--Archives.
Painters--Washington (State)--Archives.
Genre Headings:
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Manuscripts for publication.
Maps.
Photographs.
Questionnaires.
Last modified: June 26, 2013
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