Institution: Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College
Collection Title: Related to Ansel Hall Collection (P008)
Date (inclusive): 1920 -1962 (bulk 1933-1934)
Collection Identifier: P008, etc.
Repository (location info): Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
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RBMVE Biographical Note: Ansel Franklin Hall was the Director of the RBMVE. Aside from his work with RBMVE and other programs, Hall was the Chief of the Field Division of Education for National Park Service, eventually leaving this role to run a family concessions business at Mesa Verde National Park.
Scope and Content: This repository has a significant collection of film reels from the RBMVE, some of which were digitized in 2019. There is also a set of lantern slides depicting images from RBMVE made and used by Hall for fundraising and education. Lastly, a significant amount of manuscript material (approximately 28 boxes) from Ansel Hall’s personal records was donated in 2017 or 2018 and is currently being processed. This significant body of material gives insight into the work behind RBMVE, accomplishments in the field, hardships, and Hall’s commitment to  realizing his vision.

Container List or Summary of RBMVE-related Material: This material includes film reels, lantern slides, administrative records, photographs, moving image records, newspaper clippings, correspondence, financial records, circulars, unpublished reports, catalogs of collected materials, manuscripts, publicity materials, and other documentation.

Many photographs from this collection are included in The ONWARD Project Stories Website. See an additional selection of material below.

Photograph by Grace Hoover
Photograph by Grace Hoover
Page out of Clippings binder
Entry out of one of several Movies binders
Entry out of one of several Movies binders
Telegram sent to Director Ansel Hall from Norm Nevills
Letter to Director Ansel hall from George Brainerd
Title page of an unpublished report by Arthur Nelson Jr. about the Navajo Mountain forest area