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DIGITAL MEMORIES: Early Day Mule Packing

Special Collections and Archives at the University of Idaho Library announces a new installment in its series of "Digital Memories." Digital Memories focuses on historic artifacts, documents, photographs, and books from the holdings of Special Collections and Archives. This is a changing showcase of highlights from our collections.

A photograph of men packing a mule illustrates the impact of early day pack trains, an essential mode of transportation to remote Idaho mines and mining communitites. Securely attaching bulky products and commodities to the backs of mules and horses was widely recognized as an art.

"Digital Memories" can be accessed through the URL http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/special-collections/. Previous editions include eastern music about Idaho, early outdoor recreation, and an unrecorded Thoreau manuscript. Also at this site is information about Special Collections and its holdings, archival and manuscript descriptions and inventories, and a link to a massive geographical guide to repositories of primary source materials. The latter now contains over 5000 entries from around the world.
Modified: Sunday January 16, 2005