Guide to the Dewitt/Palmer family photograph collection,
1860-1950

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: DeWitt, Aaron, 1833-1923.
Title: Dewitt/Palmer family photograph collection
Dates: 1860-1950 ( inclusive )
1870-1940 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0124
Summary: The DeWitt/Palmer Family photograph collection consists of 104 black & white photographs copied out of an old family photo album belonging to Erin Palmer, a descendant of the families. The photographs date from the 1870s to the 1930s (with a few dating to the 1940s) and consist mainly of portraits and snapshots of the family. Included are recreation shots taken in Logan Canyon (fishing, hunting, and skiing) and of Soda Springs, Idaho.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph 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

Aaron DeWitt (1833-1923) was among the first settlers of Logan in 1859. He was a prominent early businessman and farmer and apostated from the LDS Church around 1873. He was involved with the founding of the St. John's Episcopal Church and running a bakery in Logan. In 1860 he married Sarah Jenkins and the couple had two children, Hyrum James and Emma Irene Griffith DeWitt (who died shortly after birth).

Content Description

The DeWitt/Palmer Family photograph collection consists of 104 photographs copied out of an old family photo album. This album was loaned to the division by Erin Palmer of Logan, a descendant, in 1993 or 1994. As it turned out, not every photograph was copied out of the album. The information in this register is taken from captions penned onto the original prints.

The photographs date from the 1870s until the 1930s, and consist mainly of snapshots of the family. Included are recreation shots taken in Logan Canyon (including fishing, hunting, and skiing) and of Soda Springs. Some of the women's names may seem confusing, as there are photographs of them both before and after marriage (e.g., "Emma" appears both as Emma DeWitt and Emma Palmer, her married name).

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 Dewitt/Palmer family photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Dewitt/Palmer family photograph collection, 1860-1950. (P0124). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to Box, Folder, and Item

Acquisition Information :  

The original photo album was loaned to Special Collections by Erin Palmer of Logan, Utah, in 1993-94, for the purpose of photographically copying the prints. Not every photograph was copied out of the album.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Peter F. Schmid, May 1997, and revised by Daniel Davis, June 2006.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Formal Portraits
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 1
1:01:01: Aaron DeWitt (1833- 1923), from a carte-de-visite portrait ca. 1870s
1:01:02: Aaron DeWitt (1833- 1923) ca. 1905
1:01:03: Minnie Mortimer DeWitt at 17 years of age ca. 1870s
1:01:04: Roy Palmer ca. 1910s
1:01:05: Allen Palmer[?] ca. 1910
1:01:06: Gladys DeWitt ca. 1910s
1:01:07: Thais and Roy DeWitt as children ca. 1900
1:01:08: Fay [?] ca. early 1920s
1:01:09: Roy, Dennis, and Gladys DeWitt as children
From a cabinet card portrait by Thomas & Odell, Logan, Utah.
ca. early 1890s.
1:01:10: Unidentified portrait
1:01:11: Sarah Jenkins DeWitt
From a cabinet card portrait by Thomas & Odell, Logan, Utah.
ca. 1880s.

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Formal Portraits
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 2
1:02:01: Val Palmer ca. 1920s
1:02:02: Minnie DeWitt
From original by Loveland.
ca. 1910s
1:02:03: Gladys DeWitt as an infant
From a cabinet card protrait by Thomas & Odell, Logan, Utah.
ca. early 1890s
1:02:04: Rob Palmer ca. 1940s
1:02:05: James Mortimer
From a cabinet card portrait by Cardon Art Gallery, Logan, Utah.
ca. 1880s
1:02:06: Roy DeWitt as a child ca. 1900
1:02:07: Gladys DeWitt, Earl Reese, and Roy DeWitt as children
From a cabinet card protrait by Thomas & Odell, Logan, Utah.
1890s.
1:02:08: Hyrum James DeWitt
From a cabinet card portrait by Cardon Art Gallery, Logan, Utah.
ca. 1880s
1:02:09: Minnie Gladys DeWitt as a child
From a cabinet portrait by Thomas & Odell, Logan, Utah.
1890s.

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Formal Portraits
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 3
1:03:01: Sarah Bull Quayle ca. 1870s
1:03:02: Bell Peacock Davis
From a carte-de-visite portrait.
ca.1870s
1:03:03: Emily Mortimer Williams
From a cabinet card portrait by Boston Railroad Photo Car No. 3.
ca. 1900.
1:03:04: Sarah Mortimer Reese
From a cabinet card portrait by Bailey, Seattle.
ca. 1900
1:03:05: Sarah Mortimer Reese ca. 1910s
1:03:06: Handwriting under original print identifies sleeping infant as Minnie Mortimer DeWitt; photograph
appears to be cropped from a larger image.
ca. 1870s
1:03:07: Sarah Jenkins DeWitt 1890s
1:03:08: Mr. Williams, Emma Palmer's father
From a cabinet card portrait by C.R. Savage, Art Bazar, Salt Lake City.
1891

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Snapshots, 1910s-1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 4
1:04:01-02: Thais Palmer as a child
1:04:03: Gladys, Emma, Anna
1:04:04: Serviceman's grave of Roy DeWitt in France
1:04:05: Thais Palmer as a child
1:04:06: Thais and Roy Palmer as children at house in Ocean Park, California
1:04:07: Allen and Gladys Palmer; Florence, Vern, and Aileen Crockett
1:04:08: Roy DeWitt with missionary companions: Grant Bateson, Mellen Earl, Clare Goodwin, Bernson, Henry Rick
1:04:09: Allen Palmer and aunts, California
1:04:10: Gladys Palmer

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Snapshots, 1910s-1940s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 5
1:05:01: Allen and DeWitt Palmer
1:05:02: Roy Palmer
1:05:03: Thais Palmer as a young woman
1:05:04: Unidentified man holding a child
1:05:05: DeWitt, Thais, and Gladys Palmer
1:05:06: Allen Palmer as an infant
1:05:07: DeWitt, Thais, and Allen Palmer as children at house in Ocean Park, California
1:05:08: Roy DeWitt on horseback
1:05:09: Anna, Gladys, and Emma
1:05:10: Gladys DeWitt, Mrs. Stoney, H.J. DeWitt, Minnie DeWitt

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Snapshots, ca. 1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 6
1:06:01: Gordon Black, Emma, Gladys, and Allen DeWitt on a bridge, probably in Logan Canyon
1:06:02: Allen Palmer
1:06:03: Gladys Palmer next to automobile 1924
1:06:04: The Palmers before DeWitt was born
1:06:05: Emma, Allen, and Gladys Palmer
1:06:06: Gladys and Allen Palmer with Belle Peacock
1:06:07: H.J. DeWitt and Tom Romans fishing at Soda Springs
1:06:08: Rose Caffey and Allen Palmer at Bear Lake
1:06:09: Gladys and Allen Palmer on horseback

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Snapshots, ca. 1908-1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 7
1:07:01: Hunting party with game, boasting "198 Ducks in 3 hours," 1908
1:07:02: Dean A. Woodall at counter in Club Billiards, Logan
1:07:03: Dean A. Woodall standing outside Club Billiards, Logan
1:07:04: Men standing in Palmer Plumbing shop
1:07:05: Emma, Gladys, and Anna outside cottage at Bear Lake

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Snapshots, ca. early 1900s-1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 8
1:08:01: Allen Palmer with Thais as a child
1:08:02: Gladys DeWitt
1:08:03: Thais Palmer as a child
1:08:04: Roy and Vicki Palmer
1:08:05: Mrs. H.J. DeWitt with grandson DeWitt
1:08:06: LaVern Wilkenson and Gladys DeWitt on a horse-drawn buggy in Logan on 200 West; Goodwin house in background
1:08:07: Gladys and Fay Palmer
1:08:08: Thais and Gladys Palmer
1:08:09: The Stock Exchange Hotel in Soda Springs, Idaho
1:08:10: Men standing on spillway at third dam, Logan Canyon

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Snapshots, 1910s-1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 9
1:09:01: Allen Palmer with automobile, possibly in Logan Canyon
1:09:02: Allen Palmer doing a handstand, possibly in Logan Canyon
1:09:03: Gladys DeWitt, Della Morrell[?], and LaVern Wilkenson as young ladies
1:09:04: Roy Palmer, Mellen Earl, Art Brunson, and others on a ski trip, probably in Logan Canyon; horse-drawn sleigh in picture
1:09:05: Allen at Palmer at Hopper Springs, Soda Springs, Idaho
1:09:06: The Weston, Utah school in deep snow
1:09:07: View looking southeast, Independence Day parade at Main and Center Streets, Logan
1:09:08: Sheds in back of the Logan Sugar Beet factory
1:09:09: Unidentified street scene; California?

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Snapshots, ca. 1910s-1920s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 10
1:10:01: First home of the DeWitts, 69 North 200 West, Logan
1:10:02: Gladys Palmer
1:10:03: Allen Palmer in front of Palmer Plumbing
1:10:04: Errol Palmer with bathroom displays in Palmer Plumbing
1:10:05: Roy Palmer, Mellen Earl, Art Brunson, and others on a ski trip, probably in Logan Canyon; horse-drawn sleigh in picture
1:10:06: Roy Palmer, Mellen Earl, Art Brunson, Grant Bateson, and Clare Goodwin on a ski trip, probably in Logan Canyon
1:10:07: Gladys Palmer in Hoback Canyon
1:10:08: The Girl Scouts cabin in Logan Canyon
1:10:09: Gladys DeWitt fishing in Logan Canyon
1:10:10: Roy and Dennis DeWitt fishing in Logan Canyon

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Snapshots, ca. early 1900s-1930s
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 11
1:11:01: Roy Palmer(?) With his dog at Ricks Spring, Logan Canyon
1:11:02: View of Ricks Spring, Logan Canyon
1:11:03: Palmers at Ricks Spring
1:11:04: Interior of Club Billiards, Logan
1:11:05: Salt and pepper shaker collection ("One of the largest. . . in the world!") at Club Billiards, Logan
1:11:06: The Dansante dancehall under construction in Logan 1933
1:11:07: Snake River in Idaho. From an original postcard
1:11:08: H.J. DeWitt and his wife in front of bill advertising a bull fight at Tijuana, Mexico
1:11:09: Allen Palmer on pier at Long Beach, California

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Views
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
folder
1 12
1:12:01: The DeWitt house, 69 No. 200 W., Logan, Utah ca. 1910s
1:12:02: DeWitt camp in Logan Canyon during a birthday party for Emma ca. 1890s
1:12:03: James Quayle & Co., general merchandise store at 19 No. Main St., Logan 1890s
1:12:04: Mechanic Arts Building at the Agricultural College of Utah in Logan, after it had been destroyed by fire September 1905

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • DeWitt, Aaron, 1833-1923--Photographs.
    • DeWitt, Sarah Jenkins, 1845-1895--Photographs.
    • Family Names :
    • DeWitt family--Photographs.
    • Palmer family--Photographs.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Outdoor recreation--Utah--Logan Canyon--History--Photographs.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Logan (Utah)--History--Photographs.
    • Logan Canyon (Utah)--History--Photographs.
    • Soda Springs (Idaho)--History--Photographs.

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