Doc Roach Fire Collection: Boise Fire Department

Title

Doc Roach Fire Collection: Boise Fire Department

Subject

Fire department history
Photos
Boise, ID
Idaho

Description

The Doc Roach Collection (MSS 71) consists mostly of photographs that reflect his long career with the Boise Fire Department. Doc was one of the few firemen who worked from the days of horse-drawn fire engines, witnessed the introduction of motorized equipment in 1912, and also used gasoline pump trucks. Doc collected photographs which document the fire fighters, equipment, major fires, and fire prevention education in Boise from 1911-1965. These photographs also document the growth of Boise from a small town to a city in the first half of the 20th century, including shots taken of the greater downtown area, capturing changes in transportation and buildings. Many of the photographs in the Doc Roach collection were used in a book on the history of fire departments in Boise by Arthur Hart (Fighting Fire on the Frontier, 1976).

Creator

Roach, William Francis "Doc"

Source

The Doc Roach photograph collection is part of a larger manuscript collection (MSS 71)

Publisher

Boise State University

Date

2011

Rights

Some of the photos may be subject to copyright. Contact the Boise State University for details.

Format

application/html

Type

text; jpeg; virtual exhibit

Coverage

1904 - 1965; Boise, ID

Files

Citation

Roach, William Francis "Doc" , “Doc Roach Fire Collection: Boise Fire Department,” Fire Files Digital Library, accessed July 20, 2017, http://fire.omeka.net/items/show/496.