The Richard “Dick” Madry collection consists of photographs and documents relating to the Andre/Madry/Hayman family and their lives in Idaho’s Treasure Valley.
Dick Madry is the great-grandson of Charles Edward Andre and Amanda Chouteau Dodge, early-day homesteaders in Nampa, Idaho and one of the few Black families living in the area. Dick was raised by his grandmother, Erma (Andre) Madry Hayman, in Boise, Idaho at 617 Ash Street, in the heart of the city’s River Street neighborhood.
The bulk of the collection depicts life in the River Street neighborhood during the 1950s and onward, but also includes photographs of the Andre family in Nampa, Idaho. Snapshots show school and graduation, the Boise Depot, his grandmother’s house, friends, sports, and snow-covered streets and houses. The collection also includes a selection of newspaper clippings from "Andy Says," a newspaper feature which highlighted Dick Madry’s uncle and included personal quotes and menu options from the Owyhee Hotel.
Included in the collection is an oral history with Dick Madry in which he discusses his experiences growing up at 617 Ash Street.
For additional family images, please explore the Jeanne Madry Young collection.
To learn more about Erma Madry Hayman and the River Street neighborhood, please visit the Erma Hayman House.
Image credit: Richard "Dick" Madry Family Collection, MS083-D01-002, Boise City Archives.