Guide to the Briant H. Stringham papers,
1940-1980

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Creator: Stringham, B. H. (Briant H.), 1889-1983
Title: Briant H. Stringham papers
Dates: 1940-1980 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 23 boxes, 6 scrapbooks, 14 framed items (14 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 48
Summary: Primarily correspondence and subject files. Includes materials relating to Stringham's political career as a Utah legislator and mayor of Vernal, Utah; material concerning water conservationist issues and projects, including the Central Utah Project, Colorado River Storage Project, and the Echo Park Dam controversy; political speeches; meeting minutes from the Uintah Water Conservancy District Board of Directors meetings; and materials concerning the Wool Growers Association. Also includes diaries, sheep business materials, and memorabilia.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Stockman, conservationist, and reclamation advocate, B. H. "Bry" Stringham was born in the Ashley Valley (Vernal) of Utah Territory on April , 1889 to Philip and Caroline Crouch Stringham. As biographer L. Don LeFerve remarked, "though his birth went all but unnoticed" by those outside his immediate family, Bry's life-time accomplishments and leadership would one day "leave a significant mark on the community, the valley, and the state" in which he lived.

B. H. Stringham received his early education from the LDS Church operated Uinta Stake Academy at Vernal. Afterward he attended Brigham Young University in Provo. There he trained for a teaching position and, graduating in 1912, accepted a post in Storrs, Utah. He spent three years in this small Carbon County mining town. At the end of this tenure, he returned to the Ashley Valley to join his brother in the sheep business. Vernal became his permanent residence and stock raising his life-long career.

His chosen vocation did not restrict his other interests, however. He devoted much of his life to public service. His political achievement include four terms as a legislator in the Utah House of Representatives, two terms as state senator and four terms as mayor of Vernal.

Stringham's civic contributions were not limited to elected offices. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for Utah State University; a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Utah; a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah State University Development Fund; and a member of the Vernal Lions Club and the Vernal Rod and Gun Club.

In addition, he was President, Vice-President, and Director of the Utah Wool Grower's Association; Chairman of the Bureau of Land Management's State Advisory Board; a member of the Bureau of Land Management's National Advisory Board; and a member of the Board of Directors, Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

As a conservationist, B. H. Stringham aided in the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act legislation and other national grazing laws. His cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management facilitated the construction of fourteen stock-watering reservoirs on the range land of northeastern Utah. Overall his contribution to range improvement programs in Utah merited him the Bridger Award, an honor bestowed by Utah State University for outstanding work in the field of conservation.

As an advocate of reclamation in the West; B. H. Stringham was instrumental in the development of the monumental Colorado River Storage Project. He also played a significant role in the development of the Central Utah Project, and offered his assistance to the plans of such groups as the Colorado River Development Association, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the Upper Colorado River Commission, the Colorado River Water Users Association, the Uinta Water Conservancy District, and the Utah Water and Power Board.

On March 30, 1908, B. H. Stringham married Delpha Rolfe, but the marriage quickly ended in divorce. He later married Catherine Chipman of American Fork, Utah, in 1912. Their marriage of fifty-three years ended with her sudden death in 1965. In 1966, he remarried to Lottie Ward Hickenlooper. He passed away on July 13, 1983 at the age of ninety-four.

Content Description

The Brian H. Stringham Collection is contained in twenty-five boxes. Processing of the papers was undertaken in large part by Jeff Smith. In organizing the material a topical arrangement was chosen to provide easy access to its information. All correspondence not directly related to a topical category was compiled as a separate category titled "General Correspondence." As with the topical arrangement, the correspondence is organized alphabetically and chronologically.

Photographs, other than those permanently attached in scrapbooks, were removed from the manuscript collection and can be found in collection P0365.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Briant H. Stringham papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Briant H. Stringham papers, 1940-1980. (COLL MSS 48). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Subject files have a topical arrangement; the correspondence is organized alphabetically and chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Briant H. Stringham, 1979.

Related Materials :  

Briant H. Stringham photograph collectionP0365


Detailed Description of the Collection

General Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Aagard - Allred
1 2 Ambassador Athletic Club - Augason
1 3 Bacon - Barnes
1 4 Barnett - Bennett, Joseph F
1 5 Bennett, Wallace F
1 6 Bennett, W. H. - Blood
1 7 Booth - Bukin
1 8 Bracken - Browning
1 9 Buck - Butler
1 10 Calder - Casella
1 11 Chapman - Chivers
1 12 Christensen - Clyde, Grace
1 13 Clyde, George D
1 14 Clyde, Ora - Colton, Grace
1 15 Colton, Hugh - Consolidated Royalty Oil Company
1 16 Cooper - Cornet & Zeilieg, Inc
1 17 Cornet, Henry L
1 18 Cory - Cummings
1 19 Darley - Derrick
1 20 Despain - Dykstra (For Echo Park Dam see Water - Echo Park Dam)
1 21 Eagleston - Ellis
1 22 Engineering, Road Commision - Evans
2 1 Fabian - Fox
2 2 Francis - Fulton
2 3 Gage - Gurr
2 4 Hacking - Halliday
2 5 Hallowell, Jones & David
2 6 Hamblin - Hanson
2 7 Harding - Hayward
2 8 Henderson - Hislop
2 9 Hodson - Howell
2 10 Hubbard - Hyde
2 11 Irvine - Isaacson
2 12 Jackson - Johnson, Lamont
2 13 Johnson, Lutz
2 14 Jolley - Justice
2 15 Kay - Krummes
2 16 Lamb - Lewis
2 17 Libory - Lukins
2 18 Mabey - McQuire
2 19 Madden - Maw
2 20 Meagen - Moon
2 21 Moore, Frank - Moore, Roy
2 22 Morgan - Murray
2 23 National - Nelson
2 24 New - Nygaard
3 1 Oaks - Owen
3 2 Pacific - Peterson
3 3 Pfost - Quilnlin
3 4 Rampton - Rex
3 5 Rhoades - Russell
3 6 Sam - Shuford
3 7 Siddoway, John - Siddoway, Wallace
3 8 Sieger - Squire
3 9 Stanton - Stoddard
3 10 Stringfellow - Swalberg
3 11 Taggart - Tyzack
3 12 Uinta Basin Telephone Association - Ute Indian Trading Post
3 13 Varley - Vest
3 14 Walker - Wharburton
3 15 Ward, Frank
3 16 Watkins, Arthur V
3 17 Watson - Wilks
3 18 Will, John Geoffry
3 19 Wilson - Wright
3 20 Yorty - Young
3 21 Miscellaneous

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Biographical Data
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 1 Draft for unpublished biography of BHS by L. Don Leferve of Salt Lake City
4 2 Recollection by various people concerning BHS, other autobiographical material
4 3 Papers of Phillip Stringham, Agreements, mortgages, and leases
4 4 Papers of Phillip Stringham, Certificates
4 5 Papers of Phillip Stringham, Deeds and patents
4 6 Papers of Phillip Stringham, Receipts and statements
4 7 Miscellaneous family papers

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Subject Files
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Boy Scouts of America, Correspondence 1948
5 2 Brigham Young University Emeritus Club Correspondence 1962-1980
5 3 "Bry" Stringham Day, Memorabilia 1966 April 2
5 4 Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Correspondence 1954-1970
5 5 BLM, Federal Range Code
5 6 BLM, Maps
5 7 BLM, Memoranda 1941-1964
5 8 BLM, Public Lands Policy
5 9 BLM, Public Lands Reports
5 10 BLM, State Advisory Board Meetings 1954
5 11 BLM, State Advisory Board Meetings 1957
5 12 BLM, State Advisory Board Meetings 1960
5 13 BLM, State Advisory Board Meetings 1961
5 14 BLM, Miscellaneous
5 15 Citations
6 1 Grazing leases
6 2 Grazing licenses
6 3 Grazing permits
6 4 Grazing service, correspondence 1938-1955
6 5 Hotel Vernal, Annual Reports 1948-1959
6 6 Hotel Vernal, Annual Reports 1960-1964
6 7 Hotel Vernal, Financial Statements 1949-1959
6 8 Hotel Vernal, Financial Statements 1960-1965
6 9 Hotel Vernal, Miscellaneous
6 10 Land and Grazing, speeches
6 11 Leal Papers: Agreements, leases, permits
6 12 Legislative correspondence 1946-1948
6 13 Legislative correspondence 1949 January-May
6 14 Legislative correspondence 1949 June-December
6 15 Legislative correspondence 1953-1954
6 16 Legislative correspondence 1955 January-February
6 17 Legislative correspondence 1955 November-December
6 18 Legislative correspondence 1956
6 19 Legislative correspondence 1957-1958
6 20 Letters of Recommendation
7 1 Mailing Lists
7 2 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1946 June-October
7 3 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1946 November-December
7 4 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1947 January-March
7 5 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1947 April-June
7 6 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1947 July-October
7 7 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah November-December
7 8 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1948 January-March
7 9 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1948 April-June
7 10 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1948 July-December
7 11 Mayoral correspondence, Vernal Utah 1949
7 12 Oil Leases, Agreements
7 13 Oil Leases, Division orders
7 14 Oil Leases, Pooling agreements
7 15 Oil Leases, miscellaneous
8 1 Personal Finances: Account books, bank statements, etc
8 2 Political campaign addresses 1940
8 3 Political campaign addresses 1942 and 1944
8 4 Political campaign addresses 1950 and 1953
8 5 Political campaign addresses 1957
8 6 Political campaign addresses 1960-1961
8 7 Predator Animal Control, reports and statements
8 8 Production Credit Association, correspondence 1964-1972
8 9 Production Credit Association, meetings 1974-75
8 10 Production Credit Association, Policy manual
8 11 Production Credit Association, Speeches
8 12 Production Credit Association, Miscellaneous
8 13 Rural Areas Development Committee, correspondence 1963
9 1 Speeches by Stringham: Agriculture
9 2 Speeches by Stringham: Cattle Industry
9 3 Speeches by Stringham: Community Development - Uinta Basin
9 4 Speeches by Stringham: Community Development - Utah Municipal
9 5 Speeches by Stringham: Community Development - Vernal City
9 6 Speeches by Stringham: Community Development - Miscellaneous
9 7 Speeches by Stringham: Patriotic
9 8 Speeches by Stringham: Political
9 9 Speeches by Stringham: Range Management
9 10 Speeches by Stringham: Sheep Industry
9 11 Speeches by Stringham: Miscellaneous
9 12 Speeches collected by Stringham
9 13 Taxes 1940 - 1970
9 14 Taylor Grazing Act
(For Uinta Water Conservancy District, see Water - Uinta Water etc; for Upper Colorado River Storage Projects see Water - Upper Colorado etc.)
9 15 Utah Municipal League, Minutes 1948
9 16 Vernal City, Utah; Annual Reports 1948 & 1952
9 17 Vernal City, Utah; Miscellaneous
9 18 Vernal Lion's Club, Addresses by Stringham
9 19 Vernal Lion's Club, Correspondence 1943-1944, 1963, 1977
9 20 Vernal Lion's Club, Minutes of Meetings 1943 - 1977 (incomplete)
9 21 Vernal Lion's Club, Miscellaneous
10 1 Water - Central Utah Project, Bonneville Unit, Correspondence
10 2 Water - Central Utah Project, Bonneville Unit, 1972 Reports
10 3 Water - Central Utah Project, Jensen Unit, Correspondence 1975
10 4 Water - Central Utah Project, Jensen Unit, Reports 1967-1972
10 5 Water - Central Utah Project, Maps
10 6 Water - Central Utah Project, News Releases 1966-1971
10 7 Water - Central Utah Project, Statements 1970s
10 8 Water - Central Utah Project, Uinta Unit Reports 1975
10 9 Water - Central Utah Project, Upalco Unit, Reports 1975
10 10 Water - Central Utah Project, Vernal Unit, Reports 1958-1971
10 11 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Agreements
10 12 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Annual Reports 1968-1975
10 13 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Annual Reports 1976-1977
10 14 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors 1964-1974
10 15 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Correspondence 1964-1979
11 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Directors Meetings 1967 - 1976
12 1 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Financial Statements
12 2 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Policy Bulletins
12 3 Water - Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Miscellaneous
12 4 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Correspondence 1950-1951
12 5 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Correspondence 1952-1960
12 6 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Finances
12 7 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Meetings 1950-1952
12 8 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Meetings 1953-1958
12 9 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Statements
12 10 Water - Colorado River Development Association, Tours
13 1 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Legislative materials 1953-1954
13 2 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Legislative materials 1955
13 3 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Maps
13 4 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Minutes
13 5 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Resolutions
13 6 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Statements 1950-1951
13 7 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Statements 1954
13 8 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Commission 1951-1952
13 9 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Commission 1954
13 10 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Commission 1955
13 11 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Commission 1976-1977
13 12 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Commission 1978-1979
13 13 Water - Colorado River Storage Project, Upper Colorado River Grass Roots, Inc
14 1 Water - Colorado River Water Users Association, Reports 1955-1976
14 2 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Correspondence 1946-1955
14 3 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Statements 1950-1951
14 4 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Statements 1954-1955
14 5 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Statements Undated
14 6 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Secretary of the Interior 1950
14 7 Water - Echo Park Dam Controversy, Miscellaneous
14 8 Water - Linke, Harold A., Correspondence 1949
15 1 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Annual Meetings 1969, 1971
15 2 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Annual Report 1961
15 3 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1960-1961
15 4 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1969-1970
15 5 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1971
15 6 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1974
15 7 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1975
15 8 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1976
15 9 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1977
15 10 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1978
15 11 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1979
15 12 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Board of Directors Meetings 1980
15 13 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Contracts
15 14 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Correspondence 1959-1976
15 15 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Correspondence 1977-1978
15 16 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Correspondence 1979-1980
15 17 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Dry Fork Project 1961
15 18 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Dry Fork Project 1971
15 19 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Financial Statements 1963
15 20 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Memoranda 1979-1980
15 21 Water - Uinta Water Conservancy District, Miscellaneous
15 22 Water - Utah Water and Power Board, Reports 1950s
15 23 Water - Utah Water and Power Board, Reports 1960s
15 24 Water - Miscellaneous
16 1 Wool Growers Association, Correspondence 1938-1963
16 2 Wool Growers Association, Correspondence 1964
16 3 Wool Growers Association, Correspondence 1965-1972
16 4 Wool Growers Association, Miscellaneous
16 5 Wool Growers Association, National Conventions
16 6 Wool Growers Association, Speeches 1961-1963
16 7 Wool Growers Association, Speeches 1964-1968
16 8 Wool Growers Association, Speeches 1969-1971
16 9 Wool Growers Association, American Sheep Producers Council Workshop 1970
16 10 Wool Growers Association, American Wool Council, Reports 1961
16 11 Wool Growers Association, American Wool Council, Reports 1970-1971
16 12 Wool Growers Association, Stringham Sheep Company
16 13 Wool Growers Association, Utah Meetings
16 14 Wool Growers Association, "The Utah Wool Grower" 1964
16 15 Wool Growers Association, "The Utah Wool Grower" 1965
16 16 Wool Growers Association, "The Utah Wool Grower" 1967-1971
16 17 Wool Growers Association, "The Utah Wool Grower" 1972-1976

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Diaries and Memoranda Books
Container(s)
Description
Box
17 Diaries and Memoranda Books

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Utah Senate Journals and Directories
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
18 Utah Senate Journals 1943-1955
18 Directories 1941-1957

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Stringham Sheep Business
Container(s)
Description
Box
19 Financial statements and receipts

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Memorabilia
Container(s)
Description
Box
20 "Key to the City," Vernal Utah
20 1882 Whiskey Bottle from Fort Thornburg
20 Embosser for Stringham Sheep Business
20 Ceremonial Leg Hook from Utah Wool Grower's Association
20 Desk Blotter
20 Book End, Salt Lake City Vocational School medallion
20 "Fence gate" modeled on those from Stringham Sheep farms

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Plaques
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
21 Thirty Years Service Award, Utah Wool Grower's Association
21 The Bridger Award 1965
21 Utah Municipal League, Appreciation Award (1966)
21 Community Leadership and Noteworthy Americans Award (1976)
21 Lion's Club Plaque
21 Outstanding Service Award, BLM
21 President's Club, Brigham Young University
21 1971 Sheepman of the Year
21 President of Knife and Fork Club (1971)
21 Also includes advertisements from senatorial campaign, name tags, licenses, notebooks, lapel pins, tie tacks, Pen from US Secretary of the Interior, and original casting from Geneva Steel (December 1944)
21 Emeritus Club Award, Brigham Young University 1981
22 USU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award 1976
22 Grateful Recognition for Service as Member of Emeritus Club Board of Directors c.1981

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Certificates and Posters
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
22 Support "Bry" Stringham Day
22 Appreciation For Meritorious Service, Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
22 US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management Appreciation Award (1965)
22 National Water Resources Association Lifetime Membership Award
22 BLM National Advisory Board Council Appreciation Award
22 University of Utah Board of Regents Certificate of Appreciation
22 Resolution of Appreciation, Central Utah Water Conservancy District 1981
22 Membership for Life, National Water Resources Association 1978

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
23 Yearbooks, calendars, etc

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Scrapbooks
Container(s)
Description
Box
24 Scrapbook 1: Echo Park Dam Controversy
24 Scrapbook 2: Personal, Volume 1
24 Scrapbook 3: Personal, Volume 2
25 Scrapbook 4: Cards and Notes
25 Scrapbook 5: "Bry" Stringham Day Commerative
25 Scrapbook 6: Stringham Sheep Business

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Stringham, B. H. (Briant H.), 1889-1983.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Central Utah Project.
    • Colorado River Storage Project (U.S.)
    • National Wool Growers Association (U.S.)
    • Utah Wool Growers Association.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mayors--Utah--Vernal--Archives.
    • Politicians--Utah--Archives.
    • Sheep industry--Utah.
    • Water resources development--Utah.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Central Utah Water Conservancy District (Utah)
    • Echo Park Dam (Colo.)
    • Uintah Water Conservancy District (Utah)
    • Utah--Politics and government.
    • Vernal (Utah)--Politics and government.

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