Birth: September 27, 1904, Colorado Springs, son of Eleanor and Manly Dayton
Ormes, who was the librarian of Colorado College, 1904-1929
Marriage: December 25, 1937 to Suzanne Viertel Ormes
Children: Jonathan, born 1939; Stephanie Jean, born 1942
B. A. Colorado College, 1926 (English)
M.A. Colorado College, 1927 (English)
Teacher and Principal, Colorado and New Mexico public schools, 1927-1934; Teacher, Fountain Valley School, Fountain, Colorado, 1935-51
Rock climbing and ski instructor, Camp Carson’s Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command, World War II
Alpinist ranger, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
English Professor, Colorado College, 1952-73; Emeritus, 1973-
Writer, lecturer, mountaineer, 1940’s to present
Member/teacher/leader of AdAmAn Club, American Alpine Club, Colorado Mountain Club, Saturday Knights
Member Colorado Education Association, National Education Association
Member Recreational Trails Committee, Colorado Division of Wildlife
Lecturer/leader of hikes (selected examples):
Lecture, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, “Poetry and the Land”, October, 1964
Colorado College Freshmen seminars on railroads, 1969-73
Three part lecture, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, on Colorado Railroads, 1975
Lectures and series of hikes, “Past as Prologue” series of Pikes Peak Regional Libraries, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Naming mountains: with consultation of Colorado Mountain Club Committees, Ormes worked over a long period of time to document names of many Colorado summits and to get them accepted by National Board of Geographers.
Atlas maps of various Colorado mountain regions: Ormes worked alone many years on this series; in 1985 he was preparing a Sangre de Cristo atlas.
Colorado Skylines. Colorado Springs, CO, 1967-74. 4 vol., illus. Book 1. Front range from the East; Book 2. The Parks; Book 3. Colorado River Basin. Book 4. Southern section.
The Elk Range Atlas. Colorado Springs, CO, 1978. 22 col. maps on 1 sheet.
Farewell to Ormes: a Colorado Mountain Life in Retrospect. Colorado Springs, CO, Hardlea Press, 1984.
Gore-Tenmile Atlas. Colorado Springs, CO, 1978. 2 maps on 1 sheet.
Guide to the Colorado Mountains. 8th Edition. Colorado Springs, CO, 1983. 1st Edition. Denver, Sage Books, 1952. Robert M. Ormes, editor, with the Colorado Mountain Club.
Holy Cross Area Atlas. Colorado Springs, CO, 1978.
Pikes Peak Atlas. 2nd Edition, rev. Colorado Springs, CO, 1966. First edition, 1959.
Railroads and the Rockies. Denver, Sage Books, 1963.
San Juan Trio. Colorado Springs, CO, 1978. 3 maps: Silverton south atlas; Ouray to Lake City atlas; Ouray west and south atlas.
Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado: a five part guide to abandoned and scenic lines. Colorado Springs, CO: Century One Press, 1976, c1975.
White River Plateau Atlas. Colorado Springs, CO, 1978.
In addition, Professor Ormes has written articles for numerous magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, Audobon Magazine, Science, Ski Magazine, Trail and Timberline, Field and Stream, Natural History, Sports Afield, Restaurant Management, American Alpine Journal, The Colorado College Magazine. One of his first articles was a thirty page spread titled "Colorado's Friendly Topland" in the August 1951 issue of National Geographic. See box 1 of this collection for a listing of articles and publications.
One envelope containing letters on college experiences, family affairs, and early teaching experiences.
Description: this collection contains handwritten notes and manuscripts as well as original and photocopied articles from numerous publications by Robert M. Ormes. It also contains correspondence, press clippings and book reviews spanning a 40-year period from the late 1930’s to the early 1980’s. A few black and white photos, negatives and work prints are included, as well as two audio cassette tapes. Ormes’ daily planners from the years 1955 to 1988 inclusive make up most of one box.
Photocopies and originals of magazine articles by and about Ormes, 1937-1969
Folder 1 Curriculum Vitae; biographical notes
Folder 2 Ormes’ handwritten writings
Folder 3 Ormes’ handwritten writings II
Folder 4 Ormes’ typed originals
Folder 5 “A useable railroad talk”
Folder 6 Rhetorical for a talk on Palmer
Folder 7 Article for Grolier Publishing
Folder 8 “Ladies First”
Folder 9 Photocopies of published articles
Folder 10 Articles, pictures, and stories for Ormes
Folder 1 Mount Everest clippings
Folder 2 Sangre Trails correspondence and notes
Folder 3 Notes and manuscripts for Pikes Peak Atlas
Folder 4 Articles sent to Ormes
Folder 5 Manuscript for “Hard Rock Blues”
Folder 6 Manuscript for “William Comes of Age”
Folder 7 Manuscript for “Abelard and Eloise”
Folder 8 Miscellaneous black and white photos and negatives
Folder 1 “Home on the Ranger Station” and “Letters to Aunt Eva” manuscripts
Folder 2 Cripple Creek Commencement speech
Folder 3 Saturday Knights Club, Colorado Mountain Club materials
Folder 4 Book reviews and newspaper stories
Folder 5 Miscellaneous correspondence and notes
Folder 6 Colorado College information/faculty lists
Folder 7 Correspondence; letter to Fergus Ormes
Folder 8 Press clippings from the McCormick accident in Albuquerque
Folder 9 Press clippings on Richard Lamm and the AdAmAn Club
Folder 10 Naming of Ormes Peak/Red Mountain
Folder 11 Ute Pass and Hucacode Cave
41 daily planners, 1955-1988
1 packet of index cards: Saturday Knights Club trip-journal entries 1980-85
2 audiocassette tapes: “The Peter Boyles Show”, March/April 1985; one unidentified
1 Colorado Resident Lifetime Parks Pass
Finding Aid created November, 1983; revised August, 1986
Description: Correspondence, research notes, and maps, used in preparation for books on Colorado railroads. Included are maps and lists of Colorado coal mines, and a list of toll roads incorporated in Colorado.
Folder l Toll Roads Incorporated in Colorado (Research notes)
Folder 2 Uintah Railway Condensed Profile (Drawing)
Folder 3 Colorado & Southern Railway general history (Typescript & charts)
Folder 4 Railroads and the Rockies, corrections
Folder 5 Coal maps: Colorado Coal Maps (4); Colorado, Wyoming & New Mexico Resource map; List of Colorado Coal Mines
Folder 6 Local history clippings ( Also some correspondence)
Folder 7 Names - History Documents (Correspondence & Clippings concerning Colorado graphic names)
Folder 8 Royal Gorge Forts (Notes and maps)
Folder 9 Maps from Haley's Denver South Park and Pacific Railroads (Photocopies)
Folder 10 Colorado Railroad Maps: Map indicating territory served by Fort Worth & Denver Railway Co., and Colorado & Southern Railway Co., (n.d.); Map of portion of State of New Mexico from U.S. Dept. of Interior, General Land Office Map, 1927 (photocopy); Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, 1959 (1914 attached); The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway System, (photocopy); Diagram map of C.B. & Q.R.R. Co. System, 1955; Denver & Rio Grande System (4 sheets); Railroad map, no title, 1885 (original & reduced photo)
Folder 11 Research Coronet Magazine on Denver and Rio Grande Railway from 1870 to 1883 with notes on General Palmer from Marshall Sprague. (Typescript with maps)
Folder 12 Railroad maps: Railroads of the Pikes Peak Region, 1871-1971 Colorado Midland Chapter of N.R.H.S., 1971; Dept. of Interior. U.S. Reclamation Service Grand Valley Project Map, Oct. 1912; Dept. of Agriculture. National Resources Mission & U.S.G.S. Rio Grande Joint Investigation, Plate No. 12 Espanola Valley, New Mexico
Folder 13 Correspondence, 1977-1978: "Year by Year Outline, Corporate & Physical History of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway & Its Predecessor Company, 1870-1954." Compiled by Hugh T. Geln, 1954.
[Items Removed -- see Separation Record in Collection File]
Correspondence, maps and notes for Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado
Calumet Branch, Denver and Rio Grande Western
Canon City and Royal Gorge ( clipping)
Colorado and Southwestern Railroad
Crystal River and Crested Butte Slate Railroad
Manitou Park Logging Railroad
Silica Branch, Denver South Park and Pacific
Skagway Power Plant Incline
Tierra Amarilla Branch, Denver and Rio Grande
Tunnel under Tincup Pass
Folder 15 Preliminary drafts for Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado (fragments)
Colorado Railroad index
Folders 1-8 Correspondence, notes, clippings, and miscellaneous items pertaining to Revision of "Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado."
Folder 9 Trails
Folder 10-12 Revision of "Skylines"
"Farewell to Ormes" (manuscript)
Description: manuscripts, galley proofs. and original maps for Colorado Skylines, Pikes Peak Atlas, Elk Range Atlas, and Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado.
Box 2 Colorado Skylines, Books III and IV.
Camera ready manuscript
Box 3 Colorado Skylines, Books III and IV.
Typescript with corrections
Box 4 Pikes Peak Atlas.
Galley and pre-galley copy.
Box 5 Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado, 1975, 1976.
Camera ready manuscript for 1976 revised printing.
Box 6 Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado.
Box 7 OVERSIZE Elk Range Atlas. Original maps. Tracking Ghost Railroads in Colorado. Original maps.
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