The F. Ross Peterson Photograph Collection consists of 240 images, including many of his family and friends.
Also included are images of the Teton Dam failure and Idaho Senator Glen H. Taylor. The
collection also features 6 postcards, photographs of the American West Heritage Center, and images from F. Ross Peterson's book, A History of
Cache County, which are all reproductions of images from USU Special Collections and Archives.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Material in English
Frank "Ross" Peterson was born on September 7, 1941 in Montpelier, Idaho. After completing his education in local schools, Peterson served for two years (1960-1962)
as a missionary in the Great Lakes Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return, Peterson enrolled at Utah State University and
began his study of history. On December 6, 1963, he married Mary Kay Grimes. Together they raised three children; Bret Ross, Bart Allyn, and Matthew Aaron. In
1965 Peterson graduated from Utah State University. He continued his education at Washington State University until his graduation in 1968 with a Ph.D. From
1968 to 1971 Peterson taught history at the University of Texas-Arlington. In 1971 Peterson began teaching at Utah State University, where he remained until 2004.
Over the course of Peterson's career at Utah State University, he held many positions including: History Department Chair; Director of the Mountain West Center for
Regional Studies; and Executive Secretary of the David W. and Beatrice Cannon Evans Biography Award. Peterson also served as the editor for, The Dialogue; a
Journal of Mormon Thought, from 1987 to 1992. Some of his publications include: Idaho: A Bicentennial History; The Teton Dam Disaster: Tragedy or Triumph; The
History of Cache County; and Prophet Without Honor: Glen H. Taylor and the Fight for American Liberalism. In 2004, Peterson became president of Deep Springs
College, where he had previously taught several times as a visiting professor. In 2007 he returned to USU to become the Vice Provost for University Advancement.
He retired in 2011.
The F. Ross Peterson Photograph Collection consists of 240 images, including many of his family and friends as well as images of the Teton Dam failure of 1976 and
Idaho Senator Glen H. Taylor. The
collection also features 6 postcards, photographs of the American West Heritage Center, and images from Peterson's book, A History of Cache County, which are all
reproductions of images from USU Special Collections and Archives.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright
Permission to publish material from the F. Ross Peterson photograph collection must
be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections
Preferred Citation :
USU_P0391; F. Ross Peterson photograph collection;
Photograph Collections Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University
Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Processing Note :
Processed in June of 2011
Acquisition Information :
Donated to USU Special Collections in 2004 by F. Ross Peterson