Guide to the John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe photograph collection,
1901-1954

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Widtsoe, John Andreas, 1872-1952.
Title: John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe photograph collection
Dates: 1901-1954 ( inclusive )
1901-1910 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 box (0.25 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0250
Summary: Twenty black & white photographs of farm home interiors (circa 1911 kitchens, cooking tools, etc.); three portraits of Leah D. Widtsoe, wife of John A. Widtsoe; a portrait of John A. Widtsoe; and one photograph of the first Women's Institute at Monroe, Utah. The prints are silver gelatin or collodion printing-out paper prints and silver gelatin developing-out paper prints, circa 1901-1954.
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

John Andreas Widtsoe (1872-1952) moved from Norway to Logan in 1883 after his mother converted to the Mormon faith. Widtsoe graduated from the Brigham Young College in 1891 and attended Harvard University graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 1894. He became a professor at the Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Goettingen in 1899, was named the Director of the Experiment Station in 1900. In 1905 he left Logan for Brigham Young University but he returned in 1907 to become the President of USU. In 1916 he resigned to become the president at the University of Utah. In 1921 he resigned that position and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the LDS Church.

Content Description

This collection is comprised of twenty different photographs of farm home interiors, three portraits of Leah D. Widtsoe (1874-1965), wife of USU Experiment Station director and President John A. Widtsoe, and one of the first Women's Institute at Monroe, Utah. The prints are silver gelatin or collodion printing-out paper prints and silver gelatin developing-out paper prints, circa 1901-1954. Widtsoe was frequently misspelled as Widstoe.

Some of the farm home interior photographs were used in Leah D. Widtsoe's Labor saving devices for the farm home (Utah Agricultural College Experiment Station circular No. 7, 1912).

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 John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Alternative Forms Available :  

For more photographs of John Widtsoe see the USU Historical Photo Collection.

Preferred Citation :  

John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe photograph collection, 1901-1954. (P0250). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Topical.

Acquisition Information :  

The photograph of John A. Widtsoe that was in collection P0242 was transferred to this collection as 1:26.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Peter F. Schmid, June 1998, and revised by Daniel Davis, December 2006.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 1:01: Portrait of Leah D. Widtsoe (1874-1965). Photograph by Chidley (Liverpool, England) ca. 1920
1 1:02: Copy print portrait of Leah D. Widtsoe ca. 1930's
1 1:03: Portrait of Leah D. Widtsoe on her eightieth birthday 1954
1 1:04: Missing
1 1:05: Group, the first Women's Institute at Monroe, Utah in 1913
1 1:06-25: Home interiors
Some of these photographs were used in Leah D. Widtsoe's Labor Saving Devices for the Farm Home (Utah Agricultural College Experiment Station Circular No. 7, 1912). These photographs contain particularly good illustrations of period kitchens and wallpaper. Many of the photographs have several different printings of the same negative, and have been labeled "c. 2," "c. 3," etc. The silver gelatin developing-out paper prints are probably later printings of vintage negatives.
ca. 1911
1 1:026: John A. Widtsoe circa 1910s

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Widtsoe, John Andreas, 1872-1952--Photographs.
    • Widtsoe, Leah D. (Leah Dunford), b. 1874.  ( contributor)
    • Widtsoe, Leah D. (Leah Dunford), b. 1874--Photographs.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station--Photographs.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Kitchens--Utah--Photographs.
    • Women's institutes--Utah--Monroe--Photographs.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Collodion prints.

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