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Franklin A. Nims Diary

Identifier: M573

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Nims' diary (1889 May 22-July 24) of the Brown-Stanton party with descriptive appendix. Also a fictionalized account (1890?) of the river journey with title: A month in Cataract Canon on the Colorado River.


  • 1889-1890


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Franklin Asa Nims was born on August 27, 1854, in Manlius, Onondaga County, N.Y. He was a photographer with Frank M. Brown and Robert B. Stanton during the Stanton Expedition railroad survey for the Pacific Railway (1889-1890). Nims was surveying a possible railroad route along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon until he was severely injured in a fall on New Years Day 1890 in Marble Canyon, 15 miles below Lee's Ferry. He later worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper. Nims died on January 2, 1935 in Anderson, Madison County, Ind.


1 envelope(s) (40 leaves)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Otis R. Marston, 1951-1952.


Repository also has a published version of the diary under the title: The photographer and the river, 1889-1890: the Colorado cañon diary of Franklin A. Nims with the Brown-Stanton railroad survey expedition, edited by Dwight L. Smith. (C978.91 N619ph).


Typescript copy of one held by Mrs. Bess Nims, Greeley, Colo. (1951). Repository of originals unknown.

Varying Form of Title

Month in Cataract Canon on the Colorado River

Description rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
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Script of description
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Repository Details

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

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