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Gordon S. Chappell Papers

Identifier: -M1754

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photocopies of National Park Service reports: History of Dale Mining District, California (n.d.); Notes of an Interview with William H. McHaney (1933, 1952); Historical Notes on Joshua Tree National Monument (1954); typed unedited manuscript by Chappell entitled: The Baby Gage Railroad, The Pacific Coast Borax Company's Two Foot Gauge Ryan-Widow Mine Railroad (n.d.).


  • 1933-2000


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Stelling Chappell was born on February 10, 1939 in Sacramento, Calif. He was the senior historian with the National Parks Service. Chappell completed his BA-History, University of California, Berkeley (1961), and MA-History, University of Arizona (1965). He joined the National Park Service in 1960, position as regional historian at the Service's Western Region, headquartered in San Francisco (1974). Retired 2012.


1 envelope (4 items)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Gordon S. Chappell, 1978, 2002.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: DPL Conservation Collection.

Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title

The baby gage railroad.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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