Guide to the James H. Crockwell papers,
1776-1938

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Crockwell, James H., 1855-1940
Title: James H. Crockwell papers
Dates: 1776-1938 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 250
Summary: This collection consists of writings and personal documents of James H. Crockwell. Included are his autobiographical life sketch and a book of remembrance containing several generations of genealogical information.
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

James Hezekiah Crockwell was born on March 21, 1855 in Woodbury, Iowa. In 1863 or 1864 young James moved to Salt Lake City after his father, Dr. John D.M. Crockwell, converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. James and his brother George started a small business coloring photographs. After George left the business, Crockwell spent nearly a year as an apprentice to C.W. Carter in 1883. Shortly thereafter he formed a partnership with William Ottinger. For the next two years Crockwell and Ottinger used Salt Lake City as a home base and worked as traveling photographers in southern Utah and Southeast Nevada. In 1886 Crockwell bought out Ottinger and spent the next two years as an itinerant photographer for the mining towns of Nevada. In 1888 he settled in Virginia City, but moved back to Salt Lake City after business there tapered off. In Utah he photographed the mining towns of Park City and Eureka before becoming Utah's official photographer at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Afterwards Crockwell returned to Salt Lake City, but business was not good and there were expensive medical bills to pay. By 1900 he quit photography to become a traveling salesman.

In 1877 James Crockwell and Millie Bassett were married. They would have five children, Earl, Ada, Lula, Lawrence, and Clara Nevada (nicknamed Polly Wampus). In the spring of 1889 daughter Ada was fatally burned in a fire set by an angry former employee. Lulu was also badly burned. In 1915 Millie died. By 1930 Crockwell was living with a daughter in Alameda, California. He died on September 16, 1940.

Content Description

This collection consists of writings and personal documents of James H. Crockwell. Included are his autobiographical life sketch and a book of remembrance containing several generations of genealogical information.

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 James H. Crockwell papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

James H. Crockwell papers, 1776-1938. (COLL MSS 250). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to Box and Folder.

Acquisition Information :  

Unknown.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 Life Sketch and History 1776-1875
1 2 Hand-written and extended life sketch 1850-1919
1 3 Certificate from the Post Office Department certifying the appointment of Millie Crockwell to the position of Postmaster at Clear Lake 1881 May 18
1 4 Book of Remembrance containing genealogical information 1783-1938

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Crockwell, James H., 1855-1940
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormons.
    • Photographers--Utah.

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