Guide to the Carlton Culmsee papers,
1897-1993

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Creator: Culmsee, Carlton, 1904-
Title: Carlton Culmsee papers
Dates: 1897-1993 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9 linear ft.
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 221
Summary: The personal and professional papers of Carlton Fordis Culmsee, dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at Utah State University for 25 years, consists mainly of his writings (including rough drafts), revisions, and published materials of his poetry, articles, and essays. The collection also contains publications and diaries from his trip to Taiwan (1955-56). The papers in the collection date from 1897-1993, with the bulk of the papers ranging from the 1950s to the early 1970s.
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

Carlton Fordis Culmsee was born September 18, 1904, in St. Ansger, Iowa to Dr. Ludwing Alfred Culmsee (physician) and Clara Belia Hansen Culmsee (school teacher). Carlton Culmsee. In 1906, his father took the family to Europe. His father studied surgery for two years in Copenhagen and Vienna. When they returned to the United States, Dr. Culmsee practiced medicine for four years in Norfolk, Nebraska. His health began to fail and subsequently he was forced to retire in 1912. The Culmsee family moved to California and then finally settled in Southern Utah.

Carlton Culmsee attended high school at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah, graduating in 1922. He taught for three years in one-room schools in Nada and Reed, Utah. During that time he also helped his father with herding sheep and ranching. At the time of his graduation from the BAC, Carlton began publishing as a freelance writer. Two Brigham Young University poets, Harrison R. Merrill and Lowry Nelson, became interested in Carlton Culmsee's publications. The two men visited Carlton on a recruiting trip to Southern Utah which resulted in his decision to attend BYU.

During his education he served as editor of both the university's literary magazine and the student newspaper. He worked as the university's publicity writer and was also a part-time writer for the Associated Press. In 1932, he graduated as valedictorian from BYU with majors in both Geology and English. Carlton Culmsee married Edna Ball (born in Springfield, Ill., May 23, 1896) on June 5, 1932, the same day as Carlton's graduation from BYU (Edna had been the valedictorian from BYU two years earlier). After graduation, Carlton joined the Brigham Young University faculty as secretary of the Extension Division and as an instructor in Journalism. He went on to receive his M.A. in English from BYU in 1936.

He then attended the State University of Iowa and in 1940, he received his Ph.D. in American Civilization. Carlton was the first person to earn a degree in that subject from the university. Carlton, Edna, and their adopted son Ralph McPherson Culmsee, returned to BYU, where Carlton was then appointed Director of the Extension Division and head of the Journalism Department. In 1941, the National Relief Society asked Carlton to write a pageant, along with song lyrics ("In Thy Form"), for the Relief Society Centennial. In 1942, during World War II, Carlton was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy. He advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Commander while teaching young pilots the process of electronic recognition of enemy planes. He served for three years and was honorably discharged.

In 1945 he was appointed Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (later known as the College of Humanities and Arts) and a professor of American Civilization at Utah State University. He taught as a visiting professor at Cornell University in the summer of 1951. From 1955-1956, he and his wife were invited to Taiwan to help reestablish the National Chengchi University. In 1949 the Kuomintang (The Nationalist Government) was forced off the mainland of China by the Communist leaders and reestablished itself in Taiwan. The National Chengchi University was destroyed on the mainland by the Communist Chinese. The Culmsses were asked by the Nationalist government to help rebuild the university in Taiwan. As a result of teaching and the extensive travel to the islands of Quemoy, Matsu and the Far East, Carlton Culmsee published numerous articles about Taiwan and the Orient in many regional and national magazines. Sadly, during this time on December 11, 1956, their son Ralph passed away. He was twenty-two.

Throughout Carlton Culmsee's professional life he published extensively. He was a prolific and eclectic writer, with his subject matter ranging from social problems to international politics; historical fiction to poetry. During his career, he edited many projects, one of which was Utah Sings, Vol II, state verse anthology. As stated earlier, he began publishing in 1922 and consistently published throughout his life. He published several books including: Utah's Black Hawk War and Echoes Calling. He published numerous articles and poems that appeared in the New York Times, Western Humanities Review, Journalism Quarterly, and many other prestigious and scholarly journals. He also wrote the scripts for the 1966 dedication of the Center for the Study of Causes of War and Conditions for Peace.

He served on many committees and held a myriad of offices including two terms as president of the League of Utah Writers and one term as president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. He was chairman of the Land-Grant University Centennial-USU Diamond Jubilee, chairman of the Campus Planning committee, director of Publications, and supervisor of the USU News Bureau. In 1970, after serving as Dean for 25 years, Carlton Culmsee retired. That same year he was awarded the USU Distinguished Service Award. In 1971, he and Edna were elected to the Old Main Society. He taught part-time for five years after retiring as dean, and in 1975 Carlton Culmsee retired completely and received Emeritus status. On July 11, 1976, Edna Ball Culmsee died of a heart attack. On February 24, 1978, Carlton Culmsee married Aileen Swift Barker (born in Wellsville, Utah, August 25, 1910). Aileen and Carlton were married for fifteen years until his death in May of 1993. Aileen later remarried in 1996 and currently resides in Logan. At Carlton's passing one of his close friends, Joyce Cardon, wrote, "The poetry, essays, academic articles, the Black Hawk book--how diverse were his avenues of expression and expertise, how wide his talents, how affirmative and deep his mind and heart."

Content Description

The personal and professional papers of Carlton Fordis Culmsee, USU's Dean of the College of Humanities and Arts for 25 years, consist mainly of his writings (including rough drafts), revisions, and published materials for his poetry, articles, and essays. The collection also contains personal and professional correspondence (bulk dates from the late 1920's to 1980's), personal papers, publications, and diaries from his trip to Taiwan (1955-56). The papers in the collection date from 1897-1993, with the bulk of the papers ranging from the 1920s to the early 1970s.

The collection contains thirty-six boxes. The first two boxes contain his poetry (drafts), which are arranged in alphabetical order. The subject matter for the poetry varies widely, from Utah, the West, his father, and his family, to poetry that is more philosophical and/or religious.

The subject matter for his essays and articles (drafts) is much the same as his poetry but also contains a significant number of essays on mining in Utah, including essays on the Dream Mine and the Silver Reef. The essays and articles (drafts) are arranged alphabetically (this section also contains manuscripts and literary reviews--arranged alphabetically within the essays and articles). The articles and essays make up five boxes (Box 3-7) and there are two boxes of news clippings (Box 8 & 9). Box 7.A was added from the 2000 acquisition to update and expand the collection of essay and article drafts.

There are three boxes of correspondence (Box 10-12) that are mainly comprised of Christmas cards and sympathy cards about the death of Carlton's first wife Edna Culmsee in 1976. These boxes also contain personal correspondence from family members, and friends (Notably: T.Y. Booth, Harrison Groutage, Heber J. Grant, Lowry Nelson, Veneta Leatham Nielsen, and Joyce J. Cardon--Mrs. Guy N. Cardon). The incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name. The third box of correspondence contains institutional correspondence and outgoing correspondence from Carlton Culmsee. The institutional correspondence is arranged alphabetically and the outgoing correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

There is one box (Box 13) of personal papers that contains items from Carlton's parents, his birth certificate, transcripts, honors, awards, and letters (letters to his parents from some friends and family, letters of recommendations from Carlton's colleagues, letters from the USU Office of the President, letters of congratulations from colleagues about his distinguished service award, retirement and emeritus status). The box also contains five folders (fd. 36-40) that specifically contains information about close friends of Carlton Culmsee.

Box 14 contains published articles by Carlton Culmsee in regional and national magazines from Taiwan. Carlton spent one year in Taiwan (1955-56) helping to rebuild the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. The articles relate mostly to the political strife between Taiwan and mainland China. The box also contains news clippings, official documents, and two of his personal diaries kept during his stay there. Boxes 15 and 16 contains published materials also, including articles, essays, speeches and poems. The subject matter is almost the same as stated earlier, Utah, Mines, etc. but there are some articles that discuss social and political issues relating to Taiwan and China.

There is one box (Box 17) that pertains to the LDS Church. The items mainly relate to his personal involvement in his ward and local church events, e.g.: Relief Society programs, fireside, and Sunday school talks.

Boxes 19, 20 and 21 include scrapbooks and items taken out of the scrapbooks. Items from the scrapbook were placed in folders in the order they were removed. There was also correspondence within the scrapbook but it was left in among the other scrapbook items.

Boxes 22 and 23 contain letters sent between Carlton and Edna during their courtship and first years of marriage dating from 1930 to 1933. The letters are arranged chronologically. Box 24 is a collection of additional letters mostly to Edna by family members and close friends.

Boxes 25 through 27 contain many personal items mostly from Edna Ball relating to her education, youth in Illinois and genealogy. In Box 25 are journals and bound notebooks from Edna and Carlton dating from their youth (1912 to mid-1920's) . Box 26 contains items regarding the education of Carlton including transcripts, a yearbook, and diplomas from BYU. Box 27 contains items from Edna's genealogical research. There is also an oversized volume of her genealogical research in Box 21.

Box 28 relates to the special duties and appointments of Carlton Culmsee as he worked at Utah State University. These include items from his time on an Accreditation team, on the planning commission which oversaw the construction of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center and his service on various writing bodies. Boxes 29 and 32 contain notes, rough drafts, and book manuscripts from Dr. Culmsee's prodigious writings. Box 33 is a scrapbook containing Souvenir cards collected over many years.

Boxes 34 and 35 relate to Dr. Culmsee's career as an officer in the U.S. Navy including his training at the Naval Academy at Ohio State University, and his teaching at St. Mary's College Academy. This collection includes personal items such as poetry and journals from World War II as well as photographs, books, and essays on the U.S. Navy. Box 36 contains artifacts such as an old Dutch Jacob's Ladder, a plaque, and WWII dog tags and so forth.

Much of the appended material from the second acquisition in 2000 was either redundant or complementary to the original material and has been collated into the appropriate sections. However, due to space constraints, these often have not been added in the original alphabetic order, but have been appended at the end of existing boxes or in boxes of their own at the end of the collection.

LIST OF ITEMS REMOVED: Photos: 1. Retirement Photos (Box 13 Fd 32) 2. Photos of and by Edna Ball from Illinois, BYU, and Utah. Books: 1. Carlton F. Culmsee Interview, 1981 by Oliver Smith 2. The Classicism of Ben Jonson, 1937 by Carlton Fordis Culmsee (Thesis) 3. Echoes Calling, by Carlton Fordis Culmsee (2 copies) Other Items: 1. US Army/Navy Journal of Recognition published during WWII 2. United States Navy Book of Regulations.

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 Carlton Culmsee papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Carlton Culmsee papers, 1897-1993. (COLL MSS 221). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Works written by Culmsee are arranged by genre of material (poetry, essays, articles); other materials are arranged alphabetically within categories of material.

Acquisition Information :  

The original collection was given to the Special Collections Library in 1997 by Dr. Culmsee's second wife, Aileen Swift Barker Culmsee. When the former Culmsee residence, which had subsequently served as the headquarters for the University Press, was torn down in the fall of 2000, several more boxes of items nearly equal in scope and size were found and given to the library.

Processing Note :  

Collection Processed by: Nancy Ann Bradford Wood, 1997, and updated by Jonathan Forrest Barney, February 2003.

Related Materials :  

Carlton Fordis Culmsee photograph collectionP0128


Detailed Description of the Collection

Poetry
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 A-B's
1 2 C's
1 3 D's
1 4 Volume of 53 poems written over a 60-year period
1 5 E-F's
1 6 "For" poems
1 7 F-G's
2 1 H's
2 2 Lyrics to a Hymn (In Thy Form) and Poetry I-J's
2 3 L-M's
2 4 Lyrics to a Hymn (A New Voice for Old Main Tower) and Poetry N's
2 5 O's
2 6 P-Q's
2 7 R's
2 8 S's
2 9 T's
2 10 U-W's
2 11 Untitled Poetry

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Essays and Articles (drafts)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 1 The Abandoned Well at Kerr (essay)
3 2 Academic Freedom, Nudity, A Dismissal (essay)
3 3 Anasazi in the Upper Escalante (article)
3 4 Sidelights and Taillights (article) and An Archer Tells Why (article)
3 5 Architecture--Best Index of a Culture (article)
3 6 As Bees Flee Hame... (essay)
3 7 Babbitts of the Wasteland (essay)
3 8 Bannack and Her Moonlighting Sheriff (essay)
3 9 Bannack and Her Moonlighting Sheriff (essay)
3 10 "Be My Guest"--With a Six-Gun (essay)
3 11 Article in German (1961)
3 12 Draft of Essay
3 13 Better Times are Coming (essay)
3 14 Backing Toward the Light (essays)
3 15 Birth of a Zombie (essay)
3 16 Christening the Cherub (essay)
3 17 Bogus SUP, Real DUP (essay)
3 18 The Big Gold Rush (essay)
3 19 Cache's Imperial Purple (essay)
3 20 The Calligraphy Below (essay)
3 21 Camp Floyd to Mercury--To Zero (essay)
3 22 Can Any Good Thing Come Out of Nada? (story/manuscript)
3 23 Pinenuts From the Wah Wahs (essay)
4 1 The Abandoned Well at Kerr (essay)
4 2 Can Any Good Thing Come Out of Nada? (table of contents)
4 3 Can Any Good Thing Come Out of Nada? (draft)
4 4 China and the New Reformation (essay)
4 5 Untitled
4 6 Cloudburst (essay)
4 7 The Coral Cabin at Jockey's (essay)
4 8 Cravings for Fruit, for example (essay)
4 9 Crazy Quilt World by A. Zombi (essay)
4 10 The Culmsee Side (essay)
4 11 The Daniel Boone of Desert (essay)
4 12 Delamar's Lethal Dust (essay)
4 13 Disaster (essay)
4 14 A Dog's a Person Too (essay)
4 15 Drawing a Genealogical Longbow (essay)
4 16 The Eagle Flew Low (essay)
4 17 Early American, Red (essay)
4 18 Echoings From Diverse Tongues and Experiences (essay)
4 19 Escalante's Valley of Decision (essay)
4 20 Untitled Draft
4 21 New World Millennial (essay)
4 22 Essentials of a Folk-Hero (essay)
4 23 Even With Science- (essay)
4 24 Expensive Free Land (essay)
4 25 Father Fought the Desert (biography of his father)
5 1 The Fault with the Springs (essay)
5 2 Foreign Trade--College Type (essay)
5 3 Forgotten Pioneers of Cache's 1850's (essay)
5 4 From Hero to God, and Then? (essay)
5 5 Fun, Leagues from Bacchanalia (essay)
5 6 Funny as a Rubber Crutch (essay)
5 7 Gold Along the Snake (essay)
5 8 Gold [?] (essay draft)
5 9 Gold Springs (essay)
5 10 Governor Spry and Joe Hill (essay)
5 11 Grave Mirth (essay)
5 12 "Hotbox on the Hub of Hell" (essay)
5 13 How to Get an Organ (essay)
5 14 Hunting Scene (essay draft)
5 15 A Job "Boughten" in LA (essay)
5 16 Join the Navy and See the States (essay)
5 17 Last Free Land Rush (essay)
5 18 Last of the Gold Camps (essay)
5 19 Learning Could be Rough (essay)
5 20 Less Than Winged Victory (essay)
5 21 Literature Review
5 22 Lone Scientific Triumph (essay)
5 23 A Lost Mining Empire (essay)
5 24 Lund vs. Nada (essay)
5 25 "Mad Fiddler of the Tintics" (essay)
5 26 Man's Had His Day--Super System's Next (essay) and Many Roles for "Nada General" (essay)
6 1 Mirage in Nada (essay)
6 2 Mirages in the Escalante (essay)
6 3 Mormon Mining Wizard (essay)
6 4 MX and Escalante (essay draft)
6 5 My Honeymoon Flivver (essay)
6 6 Mystery of the Far-Out Fingerlings (essay)
6 7 Nada (essay draft)
6 8 New Beginning (essay draft)
6 9 Nine Lives for This Camp (essay)
6 10 Nothing Equals Nothing (essay)
6 11 The Old Spanish Mine (essay)
6 12 One Bright Fiber Persisting (essay)
6 13 Our Name Was Legion--"Impersonating an Officer" (essay)
6 14 The Overstreet "Team" (essay)
6 15 The Perennial Frontier (essay)
6 16 Picking a President (essay)
6 17 Pine nuts From the Wah Wahs (essay)
6 18 Parts (essay draft)
6 19 Prefatory Note (essay)
6 20 "Psychiatrist, Cure Thyself" (essay)
6 21 Rails, Campuses, and Roadblock (essay)
6 22 Rainbow Plus Pots of Silver and Gold (essay)
6 23 Remittance Women (essay)
6 24 Jimmie Jones and a Utah Moses (essay)
6 25 The Road to Santa Brigida (essay)
6 26 Sailboat in the Desert (essay)
6 27 Salmon Country--Gold Country (essay)
6 28 Serpents and Spirals (essay)
7 1 Literature Review
7 2 Silver Pockets (essay draft)
7 3 Slavery Caused an Indian War in Utah (article)
7 4 Slurry Does It (essay)
7 5 Sneakers and Ski Masks Enough? (essay)
7 6 Something Out of Nada (essay)
7 7 Something There is That Doesn't Love Soft Living (essay)
7 8 Spurs for the Girl I left Behind Me (essay)
7 9 Surprises of Silver Reef (essay)
7 10 Teaching in the "Sinks" (essay)
7 11 That Other Cross (essay)
7 12 A Thief and a Carpet for Old Man (essay)
7 13 Third Point of a Bright Triangle (essay)
7 14 Twilight on Golconda (essay)
7 15 Two Ghosts--A Viking on Lake Bonneville (essay)
7 16 Ups and Downs of a Generation in My Life (essay)
7 17 Vacillations to Vantage Points (essay)
7 18 "Virgin" Incites Ribaldry (essay)
7 19 Literature Review
7 20 Essays (W's)
7 21 Why the "Dream Mine" (essay)
7 22 Why this is Written (essay)
7 23 "Worst Widow-Maker in the World" (essay)
7 24 Youth Teaches Us, Sternly (short story)
7 25 Maps and Sketches
7 26 Miscellaneous Drafts
7 27 Draft on Mining
7 28 Miscellaneous Drafts
7 29 Winner of Edgar Award
7 30 Letters regarding book, Utah's Black Hawk War
7A 1 Modern Moses in West Tintic (draft)
7A 2 Tree of Fire
7A 3 Insurgent Forms
7A 4 A Star Was Born in '96
7A 5 Rails, Campuses, and a Roadblock
7A 6 Eulogies and Tributes
7A 7 Reactions of a Gentile to Mormon Community Life
7A 8 Various Book Reviews
7A 9 Citation for Richard P. Condie
7A 10 Research from Utah's Black Hawk War

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News Clippings
Container(s)
Description
Box
8-9 News Clippings

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Correspondence

(incoming, alphabetical by last name)

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 1 Alborn, Er and Pearl
10 2 Banks, Connie and Al
10 3 Birrell, V.L.
10 4 Blaser, Jill and John
10 5 Booth, T.Y.
10 6 Boyden, Orpha
10 7 Brewer, Ken
10 8 Brown, Bernice and Tex
10 9 Buehler, Vernon M.
10 10 Burgess, Mary E.
10 11 Cannon, Jeanne
10 12 Joyce Cardon
10 13 Carigan, Bill and Mary
10 14 Chik, Yubing
10 15 Claussen, Margaret
10 16 Coehran, Phyllis
10 17 Coit, Joyce
10 18 Coralie, John
10 19 Cornaby, Floyd V.
10 20 Crawford, Vesta P.
10 21 Crockett, Carl and Susan
10 22 Culmsee, Aileen B.
10 23 Daines, Newel and Jean
10 24 Dalby, Max
10 25 Dalley, Emily and Jesse
10 26 Dances, Harold
10 27 Dennis, Eldon and Judy
10 28 Donewan, Chris
10 29 Drake, Eldan and Jan
10 30 Emert, George H.
10 31 Falor, Gene and Angie
10 32 Farrer, Ken and Jane
10 33 Fok, Yu Kam
10 34 Glauber, Charles A.
10 35 Grant, Heber J., President Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
(booklet enclosed)
(1935 September 27)
10 36 Groutage, Harrison
10 37 Grover, Ailene H.
10 38 Hafen, Lyman
10 39 Hanlon
10 40 Hansen, Jack H.
10 41 Harris (nieces and nephews)
11 1 Hart, Alice
11 2 Hill, Elaine T.
11 3 Irby, Grace
11 4 Iver, Grant
11 5 Johnson, Anne
11 6 Johnston, Grace
11 7 Larsen, Becky
11 8 Lee, Diana
11 9 Lee, Men Hui
11 10 Leidls
11 11 Floyd, Homer and Gladys
11 12 Lye, William
11 13 Lynn, Viva
11 14 Matesky, Ralph and Betty
11 15 Matheson, Alan A.
11 16 Mathis, Pam
11 17 McAllister, DeVere and Ila
11 18 Metcalf, Davis
11 19 Metcalf, Lloyd E.
11 20 Mendini, Art and Irene
11 21 Mortimer, James
11 22 Myers, Chester
11 23 Nelson, Lowry
(includes correspondence to Lowry Nelson from misc. people and correspondence between Lowry and Carlton Culmsee)
11 24 Nelson, Marlan
11 25 Neuberger, Mark L.
11 26 Olsen, Gai7l and Jason
11 27 Overstreet, B.
11 28 Parkinson, Spencer and Joyce
11 29 Parnell, Jacob
11 30 Peterson, Dean and Bess
11 31 Palley, Rod
11 32 Rataczak, Bob and Maxine
11 33 Redford, Lora and Ralph
11 34 Rhodes
11 35 Robinson, Rex and Mickey
11 36 Sanders, Roselena
11 37 Schreiner, Alex
11 38 Sherratt, Gerald
11 39 Simmons, Mike
11 40 Smith, Merle
11 41 Snow, Nellie
11 43 Sorensen, Mark
11 44 Stark, Josephine
11 45 Stoffel, Jerome Monseignor
11 46 Stowell, Paul Lorelie
11 47 Stum, Marlin
11 48 Sur, Fadil H.
11 49 Swankowski, Frances
11 50 Talbot, Carolyn B.
11 51 Tarlock, Tony and Fay
11 52 Yee, Chiang
11 53 Whitney, C.
11 54 Williams
11 55 Wing, Sherm and Elaiyne
11 56 Yeager, Janet
11 57 Misc. Correspondence
11 58 John Pierce
11 59 Norman Foerster
11 60 Misc. Correspondence regarding "Insurgent Forms"
11 61 Misc. Correspondence regarding "Tree of Fire"
11 62 Wedding Announcements for Carlton and Edna
12 1 American Literary and Creative Arts Associates, Inc.
12 2 Benjamin Franklin Society
12 3 Brigham Young University (Class of 1932 class reunion)
12 4 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
12 5 Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. (Book Publishers)
12 6 Deseret News
12 7 The Herald Journal
12 8 Las Vegas Review Journal
12 9 New York Times
12 10 The Salt Lake Tribune
12 11 The Swallow Press
12 12 United States of America Department of the Navy
12 13 The University of Iowa Alumni Association
12 14 Utah State Historical Society Division of State History
12 15 Utah State Poetry Society, Inc.
12 16 Utah State University
12 17 Outgoing Letters by Carlton Fordis Culmsee
12 18 KSL Radio

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Personal
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
13 1 Wedding Announcement of Clara Belia Hansen and Ludwig Alfred Culmsee (Carlton Culmsee's Parents) 1897 September 8
13 2 Letter to Mary Benson from Clara Belia Hansen Culmsee (Carlton Culmsee's Mother) 1906 December 3
13 3 Cards Written by Clara B. Culmsee
13 4 Postcards to Ludwig and Clara Culmsee
13 5 Birth Certificate of Carlton Fordis Culmsee 1904 September 18
13 6 Record of Baptism of Carlton Fordis Culmsee 1904 September 18
13 7 Birth Announcement of Carlton Fordis Culmsee
13 8 Letter from Uncle Ohif to Carlton Fordis Culmsee 1904 September 22
13 9 Transcript from the University of Iowa
13 10 Transcript from Brigham Young University
13 11 Letters of Recommendation from Colleagues 1942 July
13 12 Honorably Discharge paper from the Utah State Guard 1942 October 25
13 13 Edna Ball Culmsee (Carlton Culmsee's wife) Biographical Sketch and Valedictorian Speech
13 14 American Legion Certificate 1976 May 31
13 15 The Old Main Society
13 16 Letter From Office of the President USU (about being elected in to the Old Main Society)
13 17 Certificate on Poem Will Shakespeare Come Home
13 18 Papers about Nada, Utah
13 19 Talk at Emeritus Ceremony
13 20 Presidential Address
13 21 Program about Carlton Culmsee's Poems
13 22 Biographical Data on Carlton Culmsee
13 23 Funeral Service for Carlton Culmsee and Biographical Data
13 24 News Clippings on Carlton Culmsee
13 25 Talk at Class of '32 Reunion BYU
13 26 Christmas Poems (made into cards)
13 27 Paper by Aileen Swift Barker Culmsee (Carlton Culmsee's second wife) - (about how her and Carlton meet and married)
13 28 USU English Department
13 29 Announcements of Poetry Contests
13 30 USU Distinguished Service Award
13 31 Letters of Congratulations from Colleagues about distinguished service Award
13 32 Letters from Colleagues on Retirement
13 33 Letters from Colleagues on Emeritus/Retirement
13 34 Miscellaneous Items of Personal Interests
13 35 Clara B. Culmsee Memorial Collection on frontier Literature
13 36 Booth, T.Y.
13 37 Groutage, Harrison
13 38 Nelson, Lowry and Florence N.
13 39 Nielsen, Veneta Leatham
13 40 Swift, Elizabeth Rose
13 41 Distinguished Service Award
13 42 Biographical/educational history items
13 43 Certificates from civic service

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Taiwan
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
14 1 The Chinese Ideal: Spirit and Matter in Harmony
14 2 Clutch of Eggs in a Connon's Mouth
14 3 Brooding on a Taiwan Burial Hill
14 4 The Enlightenment of Kung Mu-SSu
14 5 Experiment on Formosa
14 6 First Step in Formosa
14 7 Formosa and the Far East
14 8 Formosa-Land of Languages
14 9 Formosan Press is Still Under Kuomintang Thumb but is Winning Freedom
14 10 How Free is the Press in "Free China"?
14 11 Homesick in Paradise
14 12 Liberals and Tyranny
14 13 Magnetism of Destiny
14 14 Panegyric to the Pedicab
14 15 Presses Roll While Big Guns Roar on Quemoy
14 16 Revolution in Taiwan (Formosa)
14 17 Through Bamboo Leaves
14 18 Treasure from the East
14 19 Vestpocket Gimo
14 20 What is a Chinese?
14 21 What to Carry Back?
14 22 News Clippings
14 23 Official Documents for Taiwan
14 24 Taiwan Diary
14 25 Taiwan Diary II
14 26 The Culmsees in the Far East
14 27 Tight Little Island off Taiwan
14 28 The Pescardores, Between China and Formosa
14 29 Free China's Offshore Showcase

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Publications of Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters and other publications
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
15 1 Proceedings of UASAL, 1936
15 2 Proceedings of UASAL, 1937
15 3 Proceedings of UASAL, 1938
15 4 We Still Have a Chance (1963)
15 5 Old Juniper (1964 July)
15 6 North Star (1968)
15 7 Modern Moses at West Tintic (1967)
15 8 Tree of Fire (1963)
15 9 Insurgent Forms (With Veneta Nielsen, 1966)
15 10 Malign Nature and the Frontier (1959)

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Published Material (articles, essays, speeches and poems)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
16 1 An Adventure Tale of a Man of Many Guises (1960 October 11)
16 2 The Artist and the "New Reformation" (1966 Autumn)
16 3 Autumn of Humanity--or Spring? (1965 Winter)
16 4 The Birth of Neo-Naturalism (1939 June)
16 5 Choked Wellsprings (1966)
16 6 Democracy Enrolls in College (1962 Summer)
16 7 Double Thread, Booklet (1978)
16 8 Each and All (1962)
16 9 For Creative Unity, Booklet (1963) (published for the Diamond Jubilee of USU)
16 10 The Frontier: Hardy Perennial (1967 Summer)
16 11 A Great Adventure
16 12 Half-Light of Dawn
16 13 Hazardous Undertow (1965 May)
16 14 Humanity in the Scientist (1962 Fall)
16 15 Icarus on the Escalante Desert (1981)
16 16 The Morrill Act and a National Mine (1961 May-June)
16 17 A New Era of Science and Thought (1970 Winter)
16 18 Noble Savage, Late Model (1967 Winter)
16 19 Poetry in the Free World (1961 Autumn)
16 20 The Responsible Exercise of Creative Power, Booklet (1963)
16 21 Shapes for the Deep Unrest, Booklet (1969 November)
16 22 The Sign
16 23 Simon Bamberger Utah's First Democratic Governor (1978 May)
16 24 That Iron String (1966 May)
16 25 We Still Have a Chance, Booklet
16 26 Which Path for Us? (1967 Winter)
16 27 Review of a Novel by Virginia Sorensen Kingdom Come (1960 October)
16 28 Choosing the Up Escalator (1970)
16 29 Satan on the Hearth (1968)
16 30 The Artist and the New Reformation (1966)
16 31 Science, Art, and Communication (1968)
16 32 Backing Toward the Light (1967)
16 33 Why are the Humanities in the Doldrums? (1965)

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LDS (Mormon) Church
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17 1 Lyrics to Hymn Song of Joy
17 2 Lyrics to Hymn In the Wind of the Mountain Spoke the Almighty
17 3 Relief Society Program
17 4 Play "The Birth of the Relief Society"
17 5 Fireside Talk
17 6 Sunday School Talk
17 7 Shakespeare Fireside
17 8 Funeral Service Invocation for Wallace J. Vickers
17 9 Ensign October 1983
17 10 Ward Newsletters
17 11 Poem by Sir Hugh Walpole
17 12 The Improvement Era, February 1936; poetry by Culmsee
17 13 The Improvement Era, November, 1940; article by Culmsee
17 14 The Improvement Era, December 1940; poetry by Culmsee

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Bound Items
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18 1 Dissertation for Ph.D. The Rise of the Concept of Hostile Nature In Novelists of the America Frontier 1940 January
18 2 Dissertation for Ph.D. The Rise of the Concept of Hostile Nature In Novelists of the America Frontier 1940 January
18 3 Planner 1991
18 4 Abstract for Ph.D. Dissertation, published by University of Iowa, 1943

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Scrapbook
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Box
19 Scrapbook

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Items from Scrapbook
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Box
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20 1 Poems
20 2 Check
20 3 News Clippings
20 4 Letters
20 5 Letters
20 6 Letters
20 7 News Clippings
20 8 Letters
20 9 Letters
20 10 Letters and Poems
20 11 Letters
20 12 Letters
20 13 Letters
20 14 News Clippings
20 15 Letter
20 16 Letters
20 17 Birthday Cards
20 18 Birthday Cards
20 19 Birthday Cards

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Scrapbooks and Book of Genealogy
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Box
21 Scrapbook, 1864 Army Commission, Painting Scrapbook of Edna Ball, Book of Genealogy

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Personal Correspondences of Edna Ball and Carlton Culmsee
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22 1 Edna to Carlton, 1931 January 1 - July 30
22 2 Edna to Carlton, 1931 August 1 - September 21
22 3 Carlton to Edna, 1931 January 1 - June 29
22 4 Carlton to Edna, 1931 July 1 - 30
22 5 Carlton to Edna, 1931 August
22 6 Carlton to Edna 1931 September 1 - December 30
23 1 Edna to Carlton, 1930 June - August 18
23 2 Edna to Carlton, 1930 August 21 - December
23 3 Carlton to Edna, 1930
23 4 Miscellaneous Correspondence, Edna to Carlton
23 5 Carlton to Edna, 1933
23 6 Carlton to Edna, 1933
24 1 Clara Culmsee, Clara Culmsee
24 2 Miscellaneous personal letters, Edna Ball
24 3 Corrine Culmsee, sister of Carlton
24 4 Miscellaneous family correspondence
24 5 Edna's Foster Mother
24 6 Evelyn Ball, Sister to Edna
24 7 Dorothy Ball, Sister to Edna
24 8 Newspaper clippings and associated letter
24 9 Institutional Correspondence of Edna Ball
24 10 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence
24 11 Missionary Cards, Illinois
24 12 Boyer Family of Utah
24 13 Lucy Baker
24 14 Miscellaneous Cards

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Journals and Notebooks
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Box
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25 1 Journal of Carlton Culmsee with lock and key, 1930
25 2 Journal of Edna Ball, 1918
25 3 1914 record book of experimental farm, Nada, Utah
25 4 Notebook of Carlton, 1912
25 5 Notebook of Carlton, 1915

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Education of Carlton and Edna
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26 1 Items from grammar school, Edna Ball
26 2 Transcripts and related items from education of Carlton Culmsee
26 3 Provo High Yearbook, 1932; Edna Ball teacher
26 4 Booklet of Wordsworth
26 5 Booklets on teaching English, Department of Interior
26 6 Homework and assignments
26 7 Dance Cards
26 8 BYU diplomas for Edna and Carlton
26 9 Essay by Edna Ball, "To Please Himself."

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Genealogical Research
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Folder
27 1 Books of Edna Ball's genealogy
27 2 Letters regarding Ball family genealogy

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Appointments and Commissions
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28 1 BYU Accreditation Team
28 2 USU Planning Commission, Chase Fine Arts Center
28 3 Items relating to construction of Kent Concert Hall
28 4 Items from Presidency of Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
28 5 Letters regarding 1963 Honor Lecture
28 6 Articles regarding 1963 Honor Lecture
28 7 League of Utah Writers
28 8 Letters concerning Center for the Study of the Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace (CSCWCP) at USU
28 9 Script for dedication of CSCWCP
28 10 Pamphlets and Brochures for CSCWCP
28 11 Items regarding USU Diamond Jubilee
28 12 Items regarding Utah State Press Association which Culmsee helped found
28 13 Items on new Baccalaureate ceremony, 1962, written by Carlton Culmsee

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Book Manuscript: Can Any Good Thing Come out of Nada?

Folders 29-36 are excised chapters and appendices

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29 1 Introduction and Table of Contents
29 2 Forward: You Have Something I Need
29 3 Prologue: Can Any Good Thing Come out of Nada
29 4 Chapter 1, Far Signals
29 5 Chapter 2, Old World and New
29 6 Chapter 3, Difference with Father
29 7 Chapter 4, California Here We Come, and Go
29 8 Chapter 5, That Bargain, Interlude for Gratitude
29 9 Chapter 6, By "Sidedoor Pullman," or Otherwise
29 10 Chapter 7, A Dog's a Person Too
29 11 Chapter 8, Getting on the Map
29 12 Chapter 9, Of Earth and Air and Longing
29 13 Chapter 10, Nada Commercial Club and His Excellency
29 14 Chapter 11, The Caving Pitt at Kerr
29 15 Chapter 12, Cloudburst
29 16 Chapter 13, Early American, Red
29 17 Chapter 14, Father and the Burros
29 18 Chapter 15, Even with Science
29 19 Chapter 16, Valley of Our Lady of the Light
29 20 Chapter 17, Where are the Bandits?
29 21 Chapter 18, Health and Death
29 22 Chapter 19, Fun as well as Groceries
29 23 Chapter 20, Lund vs. Nada
29 24 Chapter 21, Twilight on Golconda
29 25 Chapter 22, Slim Pickings
29 26 Chapter 23, Hotbox on the Hub of Hell
29 27 Chapter 24, Thin Wreath of Triumph
29 28 Chapter 25, You've Survived to the End
29 29 Learning Could Be Rough
29 30 Human and Less
29 31 Fun, Leagues from Bacchanalia
29 32 Pinenuts from the Wah-Wahs
29 33 As Bees Flee Hame
29 34 Remittance Women
29 35 The Road to Santa Brigida
29 36 Appendix

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Book Manuscript: Backing Toward the Light
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30 1 Malign Nature and the Frontier
30 2 A Pioneer in Modern Pessimism
30 3 Pillar of Light
30 4 Choked Wellsprings
30 5 Satan on the Hearth
30 6 Hazardous Undertow
30 7 Wright and His Helix
30 8 Mold of Fire
30 9 Humanity in the Scientist
30 10 And Two Steps Backwards
30 11 A New Era of Science and Thought
30 12 Ice and Lava
30 13 Isolation and Unity

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Poetry and Essay Scrapbook
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31 1 Poetry scrapbook
31 2 Notes and Ideas
31 3 Unpublished essays and articles
31 4 Original Serial Publication of Black Hawk War
31 5 Early notes on "Modern Moses"
31 6 Maps of Utah, California, and New England
31 7 Notebook writings

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Early and College Writings, essays, scrapbook, and plays
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32 1 Early Writings of Carlton Culmsee
32 2 Early writings
32 3 The Scratch, 1929
32 4 The Classicism of Ben Jonson
32 5 Songs in Renaissance Plays
32 6 The Birth of Neo-Naturalism
32 7 Classicism in Wordsworth
32 8 Arthur's Career
32 9 Fifty-fifty
32 10 Unwilling Slave-buyers
32 11 Christmas Interlude
32 12 The New Age
32 13 Cougar Spirit
32 14 The Legend of Timpanogos
32 15 The Scratch, 1930

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Scrapbook of Souvenir Cards
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Box
33 Scrapbook of Souvenir Cards

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Notes and Items of Instructions from United States Naval Academy
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34 1 Notes on Plan Recognition
34 2 Ship ID notes
34 3 Plane ID notes
34 4 Naval Academy notes
34 5 Booklet on plane identification and designation
34 6 Pictures and diagrams of the British Navy
34 7 Training items for lookouts
34 8 Diagrams of fighter planes
34 9 Essay on fighter planes
34 10 Officers manual, USN
34 11 ID photos for Japanese air force

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Items relating to World War II Naval career of Carlton Culmsee
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35 1 Bilingual parts list
35 2 Charts and documents for worldwide navies circa 1943
35 3 newsletter, NTS Recognition Breeze
35 4 Photos of US ships in World War II
35 5 The Eaglet, newsletter of pre-flight training school at St. Mary's College, Ca.
35 6 The Skyranger, August 1943
35 7 Certificates relating to Naval Career
35 8 Music and Poetry written during WWII
35 9 "We've Just Begun to Fight", by C. Culmsee
35 10 USN pamphlets
35 11 Letters from WWII
35 12 Last Will and Testament of C. Culmsee made out during the War
35 13 Administrative letters
35 14 Officer's Directory, St. Mary's College Naval Academy
35 15 Journal and Photograph from WWII
35 16 Letters regarding admission and promotion in USN

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Artifacts
Description
Teaching certificate, Edna Ball
Dutch Jacob's ladder
Button box with Carlton Culmsee's dog tag
Painting of Jardine Juniper with Poem by Culmsee, "Old Juniper"
Outstanding Service Award from USU (plaque)
Mechanical Calendar
Pin Cushion Doll

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Nelson, Lowry, 1893-
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah State University--Officials and employees.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Cache and Cachians.
    • Mines and mineral resources--Utah.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Koyle Relief Mine (Utah)
    • Taiwan Strait--History.
    • Taiwan--History--1945-
    • Utah--Poetry.

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