Guide to the Collection of Norman Clyde photographs 1993.001

Joanna Black in 2021.
William E. Colby Memorial Library
April 2021
2101 Webster Street
Suite 1300
Oakland, CA 94612

Contributing Institution: William E. Colby Memorial Library
Title: Collection of Norman Clyde photographs
Identifier/Call Number: 1993.001
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet in 1 folder within manuscript box
Date: 1960
Abstract: A collection of 3 color photographs (printed from slides) of Norman Clyde taken on the 1960 Sierra Club Base Camp trip. Photographer unknown.
Language of Material: English .

Content Description

A collection of 3 color photographs (printed from slides) of Norman Clyde taken on the 1960 Sierra Club Base Camp trip. Photographer unknown.


Due to its small size, this collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

Biographical / Historical

Jean L. Rosenfeld, who is the source of this collection, was born in 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Stanford University and, in the 1960s, returned to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, receiving a Master's in Library Science from UCLA. She worked as a children's librarian and with the bookmobile for the LA Public Library, downtown branch. For multiple years, she was part of the Sierra Club Foundation's Rachel Carson Society, an honor that recognizes individuals who make a commitment to the environment by including the Sierra Club Foundation or the Sierra Club in their estate plans. It is unknown whether Rosenfeld created the images in this collection – there is no mention of who the creator is in her original donation letter.

Conditions Governing Access

Repository permission is required for access. Please contact Colby Library,, 415-977-5506.

Conditions Governing Use

Sierra Club has no information about copyright ownership for this collection, and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce it. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of the collection. Unpublished works are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Jean L. Rosenfeld in June 1993.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item, date]; Collection of Norman Clyde photographs; 1993-001; [box number]; [folder number or item identifier]; William E. Colby Memorial Library, Sierra Club.

Processing Information

Items were given to the Colby Library by Jean L. Rosenfeld on June 9, 1993 with a typed note stating, "Here are some photos (printed from slides) taken on a base camp trip in 1960. Any Sierra Club member over 50 will appreciate the subject! Perhaps they should go in the archives. I found the slides when I was looking over some earlier trips." Original letter has been retained in collection, along with a photo copy of the mailing envelope. No other description was provided with collection. Images have been described at the collection level and include links to digital surrogates.

Scope and Contents

The Collection of Norman Clyde photographs (1993-001) depicts Norman Clyde with other Base Camp Trip participants during the 1960 Sierra Club Base Camp trip. The three photographs are printed from color slides, most likely printed around 1993 when they were donated to Colby Library. Clyde, around 75 years old in 1960, originally joined the Sierra Club in 1914 and led their annual outing that same year. He is a renowned mountaineer, having made first ascents of 100 peaks in the High Sierra and Montana between the years 1914 and 1939. He also gained a reputation for rescuing or recovering the bodies of lost climbers and finding missing airplanes. Clyde continued to act as a guide on Sierra Base Camp trips well into his 70s and continued leading nature walks at 83. He died in 1972 at age 87.

Existence and Location of Copies

Collection of Normal Clyde photographs also available online:

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Base Camp outings
Clyde, Norman, 1885-1972