Guide to the Ida Hunt Udall photograph collection,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ellsworth, Maria S. (Maria Smith), 1918-
Title: Ida Hunt Udall photograph collection
Dates: 1866-1898 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (0.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0311
Summary: Ten photographic prints, cartes-de-visite, copy prints, and one tintype, depicting Ida Hunt Udall, her grandmother, her children, and David and Luella Udall and their children. The photos date from 1866 to around 1898.
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

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

Biographical Note

Ida Frances Hunt was born on March 8, 1858 at Hamilton Fort (near Cedar City, Utah) in the back of a wagon to parents John Hunt and Lois Pratt. The family was on their way to Utah from San Bernardino, California. Ida grew up in Beaver, Utah. She kept books for Beaver Woolen Mills, sang in the choir, and was active in the Beaver theater. She also taught in the territorial school. The family moved to New Mexico where they hauled freight for the government for two years. Afterwards, they settled in Snowflake, Arizona. Four years later, on May 26, 1882, Ida married David King Udall in the St. George Temple. As the second wife in a plural marriage, she spent much of her life between 1883-1892 living with relatives in Nephi, Utah and Snowflake in order to avoid U.S. Marshalls. The couple had six children: Pauline, Grover, John, Jesse, Gilbert and Don. Ida died on April 26, 1915.

David King Udall was born on September 7, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of David and Eliza King Udall. David grew up in Nephi, Utah. He married Eliza Luella Stuart on February 1,1875, but soon thereafter he went on a mission to Great Britain. He returned in 1877 and moved his family to Kanab, Utah. In 1880 David moved to Arizona and served as bishop to the St. Johns Ward. Eliza Luella Stuart (Ella) and David King had five children: Pearl, Erma, Luella, David K., Jr. and Levi S. In 1887 he was made stake president to preside over seven wards in Arizona. He testified in the land claim case of Miles P. Romney and was later tried for perjury for that testimony. He was sentenced to three years in the Detroit House of Correction. He served time in Detroit from Sept 2, 1885 to December17, 1885 when he received a presidential pardon. He served as stake president until 1922; he was then ordained patriarch for the St. Johns Stake. The Mesa, Arizona Temple was dedicated in 1927, and David King was chosen to be temple president and served in that capacity until 1934. Eliza Luella died on May 28, 1937. David died in St. Johns on February 18, 1938.

Content Description

This collection consists of ten photographs, including carte-de-visites, tint-types, and copy prints, depicting the life and family of Ida Hunt Udall. They date from 1866 to around 1898.

Ida Hunt Udall was the great-grandmother of Maria Smith Ellsworth. This collection was created as a result of Maria Smith Ellsworth's research into her family history and specifically into the life of Ida Hunt Udall, her grandmother on her mother's side. Maria wrote a biography of Ida Hunt Udall titled Mormon Odyssey: The Story of Ida Hunt Udall, Plural Wife. This book was given the MHA award for best biography of the year in 1993.

For further information and photographs of Ida Hunt Udall and her family researchers may wish to examine the Ida Hunt Udall Papers, MS 229b, the Asahel Henry Smith and Pauline Udall Family Papers, MS 228h, the Pratt Family Photograph Collection, P0280 as well as the Ellsworth Family Photograph Collection, P0142.

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 Ida Hunt Udall photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Ida Hunt Udall photograph collection, 1866-1898. (P0311). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized numerical by photo number.

Acquisition Information :  

The Ida Hunt Udall photographs were originally part of a large collection of papers and photographs donated to Utah State University by the Ellsworth family between 1997 and 2001.

Processing Note :  

Photographs removed, in part, from the David King and Ida F. Hunt Udall family papers (MSS 229b), and the S. George Ellsworth family photograph collection (P0143). Register completed by Liz Woolcott, June 2004.

Related Materials :  

S. George Ellsworth family photograph collection (P0025)

Pratt Family photograph collection (P0280)

Asahel Henry Smith and Pauline Udall family papers (COLL MS 228h)

David King and Ida F. Hunt Udall family papers (COLL MS 229b)

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1:01: Carte-de-visite portrait of Louisa Barnes Pratt and granddaughter Ida Frances Hunt Udall, Salt Lake City, Utah
(1 item, 1 negative)
duplicate of 2:06:05 in the Pratt Family Photograph Collection, P0280.
1:02: Tintype portrait of Ida Hunt Udall at age 12, after her haircut
(2 items)
ca. 1870.
1:03: Carte-de-visite portrait of Ida Hunt Udall
(1 item, 1 negative)
ca. 1875
1:04: Carte-de-visite portrait of Ida Hunt Udall. Photographed by J. Fennemore and Co., Beaver, UT
(1 item)
ca. 1880
1:05: Portrait of Ida Hunt Udall
(1 item, 1 negative)
1:06: Portrait of Ida Hunt Udall with a young child, probably her oldest daughter Pauline Udall Smith
(1 item, 1 negative)
ca. 1887
1:07: Portrait of Ida Hunt Udall with her six children, Pauline Udall Smith, Grover Cleveland Udall, John Hunt Udall, Jesse Addison Udall, Gilbert Douglas Udall, and Don Taylor Udall
(1 item, 1 negative)
ca. 1898
1:08: Portrait of Ida Hunt Udall
(1 item, 1 negative)
1:09: Portrait of Ida Hunt Udall with four of her children, including Pauline Udall Smith and three young men
(1 item, 1 negative)
1:10: Portrait of David King Udall and Eliza Luella Stewart Udall, with their children possibly including: Pearl Udall Nelson, Erma Udall Sherwood, Luella Udall Pace, David King Udall, Jr., and Levi Stewart Udall
(1 item, 1 negative)
ca. 1893


    • Personal Names :
    • Pratt, Louisa Barnes, 1802-1880--Portraits.
    • Smith, Pauline Udall, 1885-1968--Portraits.
    • Udall, David King, 1851-1938--Portraits.
    • Udall, Don Taylor, 1897-1976--Portraits.
    • Udall, Eliza Luella Stewart, 1855-1937--Portraits.
    • Udall, Gilbert Douglas, 1895-1963--Portraits.
    • Udall, Grover Cleveland, 1887-1950 Portraits.
    • Udall, Ida Hunt, 1858-1915--Portraits.
    • Udall, Jesse Addison, 1893-1980--Portraits.
    • Udall, John Hunt, 1889-1959--Portraits.
    • Family Names :
    • Udall family--Photographs.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormons--Arizona--Photographs.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Cartes-de-visite.
    • Studio portraits.
    • Tintypes.

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