Guide to the Maxwell D. Cohn photograph collection,
1880-1950

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cohn, Maxwell David, 1881-1965.
Title: Maxwell D. Cohn photograph collection,
Dates: 1880-1950 ( inclusive )
bulk 1901-1902 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 flat box, 1 storage box (1.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0007
Summary: Mainly photographs taken by Cohn while attending the Agricultural College of Utah in Logan, Utah between 1901 and 1902, images of friends and relatives, and outdoor scenes from his families ranch near Arimo, Idaho. The collection contains a variety of images of the ACU including class-room scenes, cadet activities, scenic shots, and social events. Other photographs of interest are of Logan Canyon (Logan, Utah), the Hercules Power Company (Logan, Utah), and Salt Lake City, Utah. Also contains family photographs not taken by Cohn.
Repository: Utah State University. Merrill-Cazier Library. 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

Maxwell D. Cohn was born on December 10, 1881, in Malad, Idaho. Maxwell was the son of Meyers and Sarah Gumpert Cohn, both of German origin, who migrated to the United States in their late teenage years. Records show that Maxwell attended Utah Agricultural College in 1901 and 1902 under the classification of Special Student. Cohn loved to hunt and fish and this is reflected in the many outdoor photographs of the collection. Maxwell took care of the family ranch in Idaho and was involved with the Idaho Cattlemen's Association (serving as president between 1935 and 1940) and the National Cattlemen's Association. After selling the ranch, he became superintendent of the Lava Hot Springs resort. He died, having never married, on September 5, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Content Description

The Maxwell D. Cohn collection consists mainly of photographs Cohn took while he was attending the Agricultural College of Utah in Logan, Utah between 1901 and 1902. These images (some of which were probably not taken by him) are excellent early illustrations of class-room scenes, cadet activities, scenic shots, and social events at the ACU. Most of the other photographs date from 1895 to 1905 and are of friends and relatives, Logan Canyon, the Hercules Power Company, Salt Lake City, and outdoor scenes from his family’s ranch near Arimo, Idaho.

Researcher note: Some of the photographs have faded but most are in good condition. Photographs 3:01:01-3:09:04 are located in box 2 (there is no box 3).

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 Maxwell D. Cohn photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Alternative Forms Available :  

View selected digitized images from the Maxwell D. Cohn photograph collection

Preferred Citation :  

Maxwell D. Cohn photograph collection, 1880-1950. (P0007). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Photographs arranged numerically by assigned image number.

Acquisition Information :  

Given to Bernice Hirschman Tumen, who donated them to USU Special Collections.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Camille Gooch, February 2001.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Album 1
Container(s)
Description
box
1
01:01: A man at a train depot in Arimo, Idaho (Utah-Idaho Northern?), with a bicycle rigged with an outrigger to ride on the rails
01:02-1:25: Cohn and friends
01:26: Sarah Godwin Brown Goodwin at her desk at the library in Old Main
01:27: Cohn and friends with bicycle
01:28-01:35: Cohn and friends
01:36: Coeds in chemistry class
01:37. : Cohn, in his cadet uniform, standing on the stage of the chapel in Old Main
01:38-01:44: Cohn and friends
01:45-01:46: Jerome Cohn
01:47: Bernice Hirschman, niece of Max Cohn, at one year old, at 318 2nd Ave., Salt Lake City
01:48-01:51: Cohn and friends
01:52: Bernett Oppenheimer and Bernice Hirschman in Salt Lake City
01:53-01:56: Cohn and friends
01:57. : Bernice Hirschman
01:58-01:66. : Friends
01:67. : Men at a mountain camp
01:68. : Building construction, Continental Block in Salt Lake City?
01:69-01:70: Ranch scenes, one man on horseback
01:71: Three men fording a river on horseback
01:72: Stacking hay, probably at Arimo
01:73: Man with a violin
01:74: Stacking hay, probably at Arimo
01:75: The Cathedral of the Madeleine, under construction, South Temple, Salt Lake City
01:76: Construction of the Sullivan Building, Main and South Temple, Salt Lake City
Part of the Temple visible in background. Streetcar in foreground.
01:77: Jerome Cohn on horseback
01:78: Jerome and Max Cohn in office in Oneida, Idaho
01:79: One-room schoolhouse?
01:80: Shearing a sheep, Arimo?
01:81: Two men riding a bucking horse, camp in background
01:82: Men on wagons
01:83: Room interior
01:84: Construction work on the Sullivan Building, Main and South Temple, Salt Lake City. Brigham Young Monument visible in background
01:85: A man shaping metal?
01:86: Cadets at attention, west side of Old Main (Main not visible)
01:87: Group of boys skinny-dipping, probably in the Logan River, Logan Canyon
01:88: Cohn and friend
01:89: View in Logan Canyon?
01:90: Cohn and friend
01:91: Cohn
01:92: Horse and cart, hired hands at the Cohn Ranch in Oneida
01:93: Friends
01:94: Coeds walking south across Center St. in Logan, Budge Block in background

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Album 2
Container(s)
Description
box
1
02:01: View of the Utah Agricultural College looking southeast, 1901. Old Main complete except for tower
02:02-05: Views of a river and gorge, probably the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
02:06: Views in canyon, probably near the Cohn Ranch at Arimo, Idaho, including old outbuildings
02:07-02:08: Campsites, including tents and a covered wagon, location unknown (Arimo?)
02:09: People at the teller windows of the College Bank in Old Main
02:10-02:13: Effie Nebeker and girlfriends, relaxing in what is probably the Caine house, which stood at 100 E. 200 N. Logan
02:14: College students by the stream at the mouth of Logan Canyon
The trestle of the Hercules Power Co. canal is just visible in the background. Photo is in an envelope outside of the album.
02:15: Students in a football scrimmage on field east of Old Main
The east side of the north wing of Old Main and the experimental barn are visible.
02:16: View of the stream, looking up Logan Canyon
02:17: A camp with covered wagons, probably near the Cohn Ranch at Arimo, Idaho
02:18: View east about 1/4 mile up Logan Canyon, showing Hercules Power Co. canal and trestle partially complete
02:19: Students, including Cohn in cadet dress, at the College Bank in Old Main
02:20: Cohn standing at the end of the partially completed Hercules Power Co. canal up Logan Canyon
02:21: View of the U.A.C. looking southeast, Old Main complete except for the tower
02:22-02:23: Stacking hay at the Cohn Ranch, Arimo
02:24: A street scene, so faded that it is impossible to positively identify
02:25-02:26: A fishing party in Logan Canyon, and a large string of trout displayed
02:27: A group of cadets in an engineering class, posed some sort of model
02:28: Students posed next to a bridge in Logan Canyon
02:29-02:30: Students, including Cohn, picnicking in Logan Canyon
02:31: A woman posed in a backyard
02:32: A camp and a herd of sheep, could be up Logan or Blacksmith Fork Canyons
02:33: A party in a wagon next to the stream in Logan Canyon
02:34: Students, including Cohn, in a mathematics class
02:35: Group portrait of Cohn and other students
02:36: Unidentified students, in the Caine home?
02:37: Max D. Cohn posed in front of an American flag
02:38: Herd of sheep and shepherd on a hillside.
02:39: A family group picnicking by a stream
02:40: A stenography and typewriting class, including Cohn
02:41: Casual shot of Cohn in front of a classroom
02:42: A couple of bicyclists in front of the Logan Train Depot
02:43-02:45: Unidentified groups of students
02:46: A ranch scene, probably Hardware Ranch
02:47: View of experimental farm land looking east toward the Bear River Range, just north of entrance to Logan Canyon
02:48: Students examining plants in a botany class
02:49: Corralled sheep, Arimo?
02:50: Stacking hay, Arimo
02:51: Faded photo of sheep grazing
02:52: Ranchers standing before a cabin, Arimo?
02:53: Unidentified canyon view
02:54: View looking upstream, Logan Canyon
02:55: Stuffed bear which was kept in the museum in Old Main
02:56: Group of coeds relaxing at home
02:57-02:58: Group of students relaxing outdoors
02:59: Men by stream in Logan Canyon
02:60: Portrait, Max D. Cohen
02:61: View looking up Logan Canyon, showing Hercules Power Co. canal
02:62: Ranch scene, Arimo?
02:63: Portrait, group of cadets including Cohn
02:65: Portrait, unidentified student
02:66: A horse and wagon, schoolchildren in front of a one-room school house
02:67: Cadets at attention, east side of Old Main
02:68: A fishing party camped by stream, Logan Canyon?
02:69: Unidentified students shaking hands, residences on interior of...?
02:70: Portrait, three coeds in fancy hats
02:71: Portrait, casual group of students
02:72: Family at their campsite in Logan Canyon
02:73: Unidentified mountain view
02:74: Sheep at the U.A.C. farm
02:75-02:79: Casual groups of students, both inside and out
02:80: View of the stream in Logan Canyon
02:81: An officer of Military Science
02:82: Unidentified portrait
02:83: Coeds in a cooking class
02:84: View of a tree down in the street, Logan?
02:85-02:88: Casual group of students
02:89: View of alfalfa? field bordered by lombardy poplars, north Logan?
02:90: View in unidentified canyon
02:91: Farmer mowing alfalfa with two-horse mower
02:92: View of the south side of the Logan Mormon Temple
02:93: Coed at the window of the College Bank in Old Main
02:94: Unidentified student
02:95-02:96: Cohn with another student
02:97: View of Logan looking west from College Hill includes Logan Temple, Wellsville Mountains in the background
02:98: Members of the Utah Legislature arriving in carriages, front of Old Main
02:99: View of Logan looking west/southwest from College Hill
02:100: Flume of the Logan-Smithfield canal, mouth of Logan Canyon
02:101: Board room? in Old Main
02:102: Librarian Sarah Godwin Brown Goodwyn in the library in Old Main
02:103: View of hay harvesting just south of Logan Cemetery, looking east toward the Bear River Mountains
02:104: Students at religious exercises in the chapel in Old Main
02:105: A group of students with surveying equipment. North of campus
02:106: Group of students at the head of the Logan-Smithfield canal flume
02:107: The end of the Hercules Power Co. canal, Logan Canyon
02:108: Cohn with other students
02:109: Street scene, Malad?
02:110: Too faded to identify
02:111: Unidentified residence
02:112: Residence of Sarah Godwin Brown Goodwin
02:113: View looking up Logan Canyon, the Hercules Power Co. canal
02:114: A theater minstrel company
02:115: View of a farm, home and barn, north Logan?
02:116: A man in a two-horse buggy
02:117: Too faded to identify
02:118: Two men hiking, unidentified peak
02:119: View looking east toward mouth of Logan Canyon, taken from College Hill just east of campus
02:120: View of stream and rock in Logan Canyon
02:121: Missing

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folder
2 1
3:01:01: Two men and three women, all holding guns, standing in sagebrush at the foot of a hill
3:01:02: Max D. Cohn kneeling in front of a woman. The woman has her foot on top of Cohn's knee and is holding a gun
3:01:03: Man sitting in a chair next to a window
3:01:04: Max D. Cohn with another man and four women posing in front of a doorway. Trees in the background 1910
3:01:05: Max. D. Cohn (on right) with another man and two women, trees and brush in the background
3:01:06: Cohn with three other men and two women posing in the brush in 1910, shrubbery in the background 1910

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Loose photographs
Container(s)
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2 2
3:02:01: Woman sitting in a chair, reading a book. Photograph taken by M.D. Cohn on 1901 March 24
3:02:02: Five women, three sitting down and two standing behind them. Photograph taken by Cohn in 1901 February
3:02:03: Group of students standing in front of the school in Logan, Utah. Max Cohn at upper left 1901 January 21
3:02:04: Group photo of the officers of the A.C. Cadets taken in Logan, Utah. Max Cohn at upper left corner 1901

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Loose photographs
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2 3
3:03:01: Snapshot of two women in dark dresses, one woman wearing glasses in Logan 1901 December 18
3:03:02: Mabel Ormsby (?) standing in front of a doorway. Taken in 1901 January
3:03:03: Four women sitting on a bed, two in front and two in back
3:03:04: Max Cohn sitting next to a woman wearing a light colored dress and glasses, piano in the background
3:03:05: Woman sitting down on a couch holding a piece of paper in her hand
3:03:06: Emma Cohn with three women and one man posing on the porch. Taken in Logan, Utah 1897 June 12
3:03:07: Woman with long hair, holding a brush in her hand, standing in front of a shed (washing shed ?) 1902

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2 4
3:04:01: Max Cohn's school friends. Taken in Logan, Utah 1901
3:04:02: A.C.U. chemistry class. Max Cohn in upper left corner 1903 April
3:04:03: A.C.U. chemistry class. Max Cohn in upper left corner 1903 April

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Loose photographs
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2 5
3:05:01: Portrait of Max Cohn as a young man. Taken in Salt Lake City, Utah
3:05:02: Portrait of a woman with a dress and hat on. Taken at Thomas & Odell in Logan, Utah
3:05:03: Portrait of a woman wearing a hat and a light colored blouse. Taken at Thomas & Odell in Logan, Utah
3:05:04: Portrait of Ethel ? wearing a light colored dress and holding a bouquet of roses upside down. Taken by B. Wrensted in Pocatello, Idaho
3:05:05: Portrait of a woman in a light colored dress, facing to the side of the image. Taken by Thomas & Odell in Logan, Utah 1902 May
3:05:06: Portrait of Dr. Dave Henderson by Thomas & Odell in Logan, Utah
3:05:07: Portrait of E.S.S. (?) Fry, school teacher of Max Cohn. Taken by Silliman in Three Rivers, Michigan, on 1902 February 23
3:05:08: Three women, one in a wedding dress holding hands with the other woman wearing a black jacket and hat, while the third woman is standing behind them holding a book. Taken in Logan, Utah on 1901 January 20

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2 6
3:06:01: Cabinet portrait of William M. Howell taken by H Drewery in Ogden, Utah
3:06:02: Cabinet portrait of a woman and a young girl with her arms wrapped around the woman's neck. Taken by Gasberg in Ogden, Utah
3:06:03: Cabinet portrait of Fry (?), a school friend of Cohn taken by Centrol Artistico in Manilla. Taken in 1899 October
3:06:04: Cabinet portrait of Miss Hansen (?) taken by H.J. White of Ogden, Utah
3:06:05: Cabinet portrait of a man wearing a suit and holding a rolled up piece of paper that is tied with bows. Taken by Thomas & Odell in Logan, Utah

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2 7
3:07:01: Tintype of a man wearing a suit and hat
3:07:02: Tintype of Joe at age 7

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2 8
3:08:01: Cartes-de-visite of Phil Margetts and his ghost
3:08:02: Cartes-de-visite of Phil Margetts and his ghost
3:08:03: Cartes-de-visite of Daniel W. Price in uniform
3:08:04: Cartes-de-visite of Otto Rupp taken by G.M. Groh and Bro. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
3:08:05: Cartes-de-visite of a woman, friend of Emma Cohen
3:08:06: Cartes-de-visite of Deseret Bank taken by C.R. Savage in Salt Lake City, Utah

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3:09:01: Election card of Myers Cohn when he was running for county commissioner 1924
3:09:02: Portrait of Myers Cohn wearing a dark suit and tie at age 82 1926
3:09:03: Portrait of Max D. Cohn wearing a light suit and tie. Taken when he ran unsuccessfully for congress in 1942
3:09:04: Max. D. Cohn laying in front of a bed of flowers growing on a hillside at Lava Hot Springs, Idaho in 1941

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Cohn, Maxwell David, 1881-1965.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Agricultural College of Utah--Pictorial works.
    • Hercules Power Company (Logan, Utah)
    • Utah State University--History--Pictorial works.
    • Subject Terms :
    • College students--Utah--Logan--Photographs.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Arimo (Idaho)--Pictorial works.
    • Logan Canyon (Utah)--Pictorial works.

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