37 linear ft. (55 manuscript boxes, 16 flat boxes, 6 card boxes, 2 map folders)
Open for research; please submit requests for boxes at least 36 hours in advance of use.
Correspondence, manuscripts, subject files, photographs, and negatives.
Gift of Carolyn Ortenburger and Teresa Ortenburger, 2005. Accession 2005-282.
Leigh Ortenburger was an American mountaineer and mountain photographer. He wrote the classic mountaineering guidebook, A Climber's Guide to the Teton Range. Before his sudden death in the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 he had nearly finished a manuscript on the early exploration of the Teton range, including the controversy on the first ascent of the Grand Teton. He had also been at work for a photo essay on the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, the result of ten mountaineering trips to the range. Born in 1929, he grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and later mastered darkroom technique in the photo lab at the University of Oklahoma while earning a degree in mathematics. He began climbing during trips to Colorado and the Tetons.