Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, 1853-1935, was an artist, explorer, historian, writer; member of John Wesley Powell's Second Colorado River Expedition, 1871-1873, as artist and assistant topographer, later became historian of the expedition and of the Colorado River; artist of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, 1899; founder of the Explorers Club, New York; author of books, articles and short stories about the Powell Expedition, Native Americans, and the West.
Collection includes correspondence, diaries, notes, manuscripts, clippings, publications, drawings, photo albums, and photographs relating to Dellenbaugh's expedition experiences and studies of the Colorado River and the Southwest. Expedition materials consist of correspondence, photographs of individuals, and articles by Powell and others. Books, articles, short stories, and poems by Dellenbaugh are present, as well as a typescript of 1861 reminiscences by Edward E. Ayer. Also included are photographs of Dellenbaugh's paintings, southwestern Native Americans, and travels; a few taken by E.O. Beaman and John K. Hillers. Correspondents include expedition members, publishers, geographic societies, U.S. government agencies, John Burroughs, Frederick Webb Hodge, William Henry Jackson, Ellsworth and Emery Kolb, Daniel T. MacDougal, Robert Stanton, Robert Taft, John K. Hillers, and William Wallace Bass. Personal materials are diaries (1889-1935), estate papers, W. Norton Goddard family photo albums; and notes, photographs, and maps for a history of Cragsmoor, New York, founded by Dellenbaugh.