Guide to the Howard L. Cox papers,
1908-1932

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cox, Howard L. 1876-1962
Title: Howard L. Cox papers
Dates: 1908-1932 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 006
Summary: Mainly business and personal correspondence relating to agriculture and agricultural machinery. Business correspondents include manufacturing, distributing, or finance companies. Personal correspondence includes letters from friends and relatives, letters concerned with land usage problems, and correspondence with WWI patriotic groups. Also includes loan applications, irrigation papers, receipts and drafts, and legal documents; personal papers, drawings and other material concerning Cox's inventions (including his patent on an improved steam generator); materials dealing with Cox's participation in an agricultural extension project of the Utah State Agricultural College, (1922-23); and program of events (1921), lecture notes, and correspondence from the Manti Ladies Literary Club (5 items).
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: 435 797-2663
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

Howard L. Cox was born in Manti, Utah on October 11, 1876 to Elvira Coolidge (maiden name) and Frederick W. Cox. Howard married Nellie Howson on November 18, 1916. Nellie was born in Lancaster England on February 19, 1878 to Vilate Alleron (maiden name) and William Howson. The papers in the Howard L. Cox collection are primarily business and personal correspondence relating to agriculture and agricultural machinery. Business correspondents include manufacturing, distributing, or finance companies. Personal correspondence includes letters from friends and relatives, letters concerned with land usage problems, and correspondence with World War I patriotic groups. The collection also includes loan applications, irrigation papers, receipts and drafts, legal documents, personal papers, drawings, and other material concerning Howard's inventions such as his patent on an improved steam generator. It also includes materials dealing with his participation in an agricultural extension project for the Utah State Agricultural College (USAC), (1922-23); and program of events (1921) including lecture notes for a class at USAC.

The collection also has papers from the Manti Ladies Literary Club of which Nellie was a member (5 items). In addition to the Literary Club she was also involved with the Manti Chapter of the Red Cross, the South Ward Relief Society (LDS) and was a delegate to the State Federation of Women's Clubs Convention, additionally representing the Primary Association at that convention. Her contributions to the collection are found within the folder entitled Ladies Literary Club where she served as secretary and president. In August 9, 1955, Nellie passed away from pneumonia and Howard died on June 14, 1962.

Content Description

The dates of the material are from 1908 to 1932 and are arranged by type in alphabetical order. Business and personal correspondence account for about half of the material in the Howard Cox manuscript collection. Most of the correspondence consists of materials relating to agriculture and agricultural machinery. Most of the correspondents are manufacturing, distributing, or finance companies. Carbon copies of letters sent by Cox are included at the end of the correspondence section. The remaining correspondence is of a more general and personal nature and includes: letters from friends and relatives, letters concerned with land usage problems, and correspondence with World War I patriotic groups. The remaining portion of the collection consists of various types of personal papers, drawings and other material concerning the inventions of Howard L. Cox, and materials dealing with Cox's participation in an agricultural extension project of the Utah State Agricultural College, (1922-23). The personal papers of Howard L. Cox include: loan applications, irrigation papers, receipts and drafts, and various legal documents. Drawings of Cox's inventions are included in the collection, as well as his patent on an improved steam generator. Many of letters have also been used as scratch paper for accounting homestead improvement, various projects, and sketches.

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 Howard L. Cox papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Howard L. Cox papers, 1908-1932. (COLL MSS 006) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized in 2 series: I. Correspondence; II. Personal papers

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of Howard L. Cox were donated by the Man and His Bread Museum in 1966. The museum is a part of the American West Heritage Center, with connections to Utah State University (USU). Founded in 1959, the museum features both agricultural equipment and buildings, circa 1840s to 1950s, in an outdoor farm setting.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. :  Correspondence, undated

Business and personal correspondence account for about half of the material in the Howard Cox manuscript collection. Most of the correspondence consists of materials relating to agriculture and agricultural machinery. Most of the correspondents are manufacturing, distributing, or finance companies. Carbon copies of letters sent by Cox are included at the end of the correspondence section. The remaining correspondence is of a more general and personal nature and includes: letters from friends and relatives, letters concerned with land usage problems, and correspondence with World War I patriotic groups. Comprises 14 folders.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Personal correspondence undated
1 2 Agricultural and horticultural correspondence undated
1 3 Correspondence with World War I patriotic groups, undated
1 4 Unsolicited form letters (1) undated
1 5 Unsolicited form letters (2) undated
1 6 Correspondence concerning land matters, loan applications, letters from Congress
(See also loan applications and related papers 2:01).
undated
1 7 Miscellaneous correspondence on patent info, health problems, urinalysis report, and oil shale undated
1 8 Correspondence (from companies) A-B undated
1 9 Correspondence (from companies) C-G undated
1 10 Correspondence (from companies) H-T undated
1 11 Correspondence (from companies) U-Z undated
1 12 Correspondence from Howard Cox: carbons and first drafts undated
1 13 Correspondence from Howard Cox: carbons undated
1 14 Correspondence from Howard Cox: carbons undated

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Series II:  Personal Papers, undated

Consists of various types of personal papers, drawings and other material concerning the inventions of Howard L. Cox, and materials dealing with Cox's participation in an agricultural extension project of the Utah State Agricultural College, (1922-23). The personal papers of Howard L. Cox include: loan applications, irrigation papers, receipts and drafts, and various legal documents. Drawings of Cox's inventions are included in the collection, as well as his patent on an improved steam generator. Many of letters have also been used as scratch paper for accounting homestead improvement, various projects, and sketches.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Loan applications and related papers
See also correspondence concerning land matters 1:06
undated
2 2 Memoranda and diary notes (1) undated
2 3 Memoranda and diary notes (2) undated
2 4 Memoranda and diary notes (3) undated
2 5 Irrigation papers undated
2 6 Tax valuation notices undated
2 7 Receipts, drafts, and legal papers (1) undated
2 8 Receipts, drafts, and legal papers (2) undated
2 9 Miscellaneous printed material undated
2 10 Inventions: sketches, blueprints, correspondence, and patent undated
2 11 Manti Ladies Literary Club undated
2 12 Agricultural extension work undated

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Cox, Howard L., 1876-1962.
    • Family Names :
    • Cox family.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Ladies' Literary Club (Manti, Utah)  ( contributor)
    • Utah State University. Cooperative Extension Service--History.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Agricultural industries--Utah--History.
    • Inventors--Utah--Correspondence.
    • Steam-boilers--Utah--History.

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