The papers of Leigh N. Ortenburger contain correspondence, personal papers, maps, manuscripts, and photographic negatives
and prints, with emphasis on the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and the Teton Range in Wyoming. He was the early author and eventual
co-author of the definitive climber?s guide to the Teton Range, had nearly finished a manuscript on the early exploration
of the range, including the controversy on the first ascent of the Grand Teton, and in ten trips to the Cordillera Blanca
had obtained extensive material for a photo essay on the range which was never finished.
Leigh Natus Ortenburger was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1929, the youngest of three brothers. He came by his passion for completeness
and accuracy naturally; his father, Arthur I. Ortenburger, was a professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma, specializing
in herpetology, and his mother, Roberta Deam, was the only living child of Charles C. Deam, a renowned, self-educated botanist
who received honorary degrees and wrote a complete Flora of Indiana. He had two older brothers, Robert D. Ortenburger and Arthur I. Ortenburger, Jr. Leigh was class photographer for his yearbook
at Norman High School, and several early trips to Colorado with the family of a friend, Jack Whistler, attracted him to mountaineering.
37 linear feet
53 manuscript boxes, 6 4x6 boxes, 16 flat boxes, 2 map folders
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