Guide to the Noble Nielsen photograph collection,
1860-1980

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cache County (Utah). Assessor's Office
Title: Noble Nielsen photograph collection
Dates: 1860-1980 ( inclusive )
1940-1980 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0363
Summary: 196 snapshots of residences and businesses in Cache County (mostly Logan), Utah taken from the 1930s to the 1960s. These tax assessment photographs were kept by the county for record keeping purposes and were taped to tax assessment cards. The photos have been detached from their cards, but stored together, for the sake of preservation. The information in this inventory comes directly from the tax assessment cards. In addition, there are assessment cards without photos, building and residence snapshots with ID numbers but no assessment cards, pictures of various houses and buildings throughout Logan, and five portraits of individuals. While nearly all the cards give the property owner, the tax assessed evaluation, and the town lot number, many cards also include descriptions of the property, the date the structure was built, the building's status, its address, and/or a sketch of the floor plan.
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

Noble Nielsen was a local Logan historian. He was born in Logan, UT on August 11, 1908 to James Christian and Emma Christina Nielsen who were from Denmark and Sweden, respectively. At the age of eight Noble's father died leaving his mother to raise eight children. Noble attended Woodruff School (now torn down) and graduated from high school. Afterwards he went to live with his only sister in Stockton, California where he worked on the Union Pacific Railroad as an express man. After four years in California he returned to Cache Valley. He met his wife Ruth Quayle, who was attending USU, and they were married February 9, 1933. They had two daughters. Noble worked as a field man for the Carnation Milk Co. in Wellsville, UT for 18 years and later at the Cache Valley Dairy for 14 years. Noble became interested in Logan history and wrote about the Bishops of the LDS Logan 1st Ward. As part of his historical fascination, he created a catalog of all the businesses that had existed in Logan. He valued learning about the government and faithfully attended City Council meetings. Upon doing some research at the Court House he found they were discarding the old house tax evaluation cards and photos and rescued them. He died on July 20, 1993.

Content Description

The Noble Nielsen Photograph collection contains 196 snapshots of residences and businesses in Cache County (mostly Logan), Utah taken from the 1930s to the 1960s. These tax assessment photographs were kept by the county for record keeping purposes and were taped to tax assessment cards. The photos have been detached from their cards, but stored together, for the sake of preservation. The information in this inventory comes directly from the tax assessment cards. In addition, there are assessment cards without photos, building and residence snapshots with ID numbers but no assessment cards, pictures of various houses and buildings throughout Logan, and five portraits of individuals. While nearly all the cards give the property owner, the tax assessed evaluation, and the town lot number, many cards also include descriptions of the property, the date the structure was built, the building's status, its address, and/or a sketch of the floor plan.

Because only a few of the photos have an address the best way to search is by the original owner of the property. It is not always clear when the snapshots were taken. Many of the cards, however, state either the date the building was built, the year of the tax assessment, or both. Each item includes the accession number, the city (when available) the owner or name of the building (if applicable), and the address (when available). Most of images are probably from Logan.

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 Noble Nielsen photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Noble Nielsen photograph collection, 1860-1980. (P0363). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Topical.

Acquisition Information :  

This collection comes from a generous donation by Nielsen's now deceased wife, Ruth Q. Nielsen, soon after his death.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Sarah R. Lee, December 2007.

Related Materials :  

Cache County tax assessment photograph collection (P0012).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Contains tax assessment cards with accompanying photographs
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 1
1:01:01: First Security Bank, 14 W. Center
1:01:02: First Security Bank, 14 W. Center
1:01:03: Logan, Vera D. Nielsen, 38 W. Center
1:01:04: Logan, Vera D. Nielsen, 38 W. Center
1:01:05: Logan, Evan & Ida M. Phillips, 231 W. 141 S
1:01:06: Logan, Evan & Ida M. Phillips, 231 W. 141 S
1:01:07: Logan, Francis S. Wilstead
1:01:08: Logan, L. Everett Harris, 12 S. 3 W
1:01:09: Dean O. & Eleanor P. Porter
1:01:10: Leland W. & Ruth S. Palmer
1:01:11: Lloyd R. Hunsaker, 46 N. 4 W
1:01:12: Lloyd R. Hunsaker, 46 N. 4 W
1:01:13: Helen B. DeWitt, 69 N. 2nd W
1:01:14: Helen B. DeWitt, 69 N. 2nd W
1:01:15: Logan, Eliza M. Earl
1:01:16: Eliza M. Earl, 36 N. 2nd W
1:01:17: Logan, Eliza M. Earl
1:01:18: Logan, Grant H. Nielsen, 650 E. Center
1:01:19: Sarah J. Law
1:01:20: Sarah J. Law
1:01:21: Sarah J. Law
1:01:22: Sarah J. Law
1:01:23: Logan, Joe J. Wilson
1:01:24: Logan, Walker Bank & Trust Co., 19 E. 1st N
1:01:25: Logan, Walker Bank & Trust Co
1:01:26: Logan, Dennis DeWitt
1:01:27: Logan, Dennis DeWitt
1:01:28: Logan, Joseph Cardon
1:01:29: Logan, Joseph Cardon
1:01:30: Henry B. Butterfield
1:01:31: Esther L. Howell, 55 W. 2nd N
1:01:32: Esther L. Howell, 55 W. 2nd N
1:01:33: Oliver C. & Esther L. Howell

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Contains tax assessment cards with accompanying photographs
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 2
1:02:01: Elden & Montana G. Stock, Sec. 15 (burned down)
1:02:01: Elden & Montana G. Stock, Sec. 15
1:02:03: Budge Memorial Hospital
1:02:04: C. Lester Pocock
1:02:05: C. Lester Pocock
1:02:06: Jesse Earl, 321 S. Main
1:02:07: Logan, Jesse Earl, 321 S. Main
1:02:08: Logan, Sears Roebuck & Co., N. Main St., Logan, UT
1:02:09: Logan, Wilhelm & Hazel F. Pederson, 34 W. Center
1:02:10: Logan, 1st Federal Savings & Loan Assn., 58 W. Center St
1:02:11: Logan, 1st Federal Savings & Loan Assn., 58 W. Center St
1:02:12: Logan, Geo. W. & B.G. Thatcher, W. Center
1:02:13: Logan, Lottie K. Esplen
1:02:14: Thelma Fogelberg
1:02:15: Thelma Fogelberg, 458 N. Main St
1:02:16: Rogers W. & Mercy G. Allen, So. 330 Main St
1:02:17: Fred Sears
1:02:18: Logan, Joseph D. Davidson, 54 W. Center
1:02:19: Logan, Joseph D. Davidson, 54 W. Center
1:02:20: Logan, Charles P. Olson & L. Brent HOggan, 56 W. Center
1:02:21: Logan, Bessie T. Hendricks, 220 W. 1st N
1:02:22: Logan, E.L. Everton, 250 W. 1st N., Logan, UT
1:02:23: Logan, Owen H. Kimball, 229 W. 1st S
1:02:24: Welden E. & Belva E. Kofoed, Owen H. Kimball, 220 W. 1st S
1:02:25: Logan, Elva R. Bodrero, 188 N. 1st W
1:02:26: Elva R. Bodrero, 174 N. 1st W
1:02:27: Logan, Hazel P. Cranney, 132 N. 1 W
1:02:28: Logan, Hazel P. Cranney, 132 N. 1 W
1:02:29: Logan, Arta Renfroe, 155 N. Poulsen Ave
1:02:30: Logan, Arta Renfroe, 155 N. Poulsen Ave
1:02:31: Blanche B. James, 154 N. 1st W
1:02:32: Blanche B. James, 154 N. 1st W
1:02:33: Logan, Dee W. & Betty Schwaneveldt, 156 N. 1st W
1:02:34: Logan, Dee W. & Betty Schwaneveldt, 156 N. 1st W
1:02:35: Anna L. Jones
1:02:36: Carrie C. Thomas

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Contains tax assessment cards with accompanying photographs
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 3
1:03:01: Joseph P. Morrell
1:03:02: Joseph P. Morrell
1:03:03: Bruce H. & Josie Barnett
1:03:04: Margarete Edwards
1:03:05: Serge C. Ballif
1:03:06: Alma Evan & Olive J. Western
1:03:07: Dewey V. & Lillian S. Petersen
1:03:08: Cecil M. & Minnie A. Jones
1:03:09: William R. Andrew
1:03:10: William R. Andrew
1:03:11: Devain E. Carlson
1:03:12: N. R. & Mildred B. Peterson
1:03:13: Amanda C. Eliason & Moses W. Eliason
1:03:14: Amanda C. Eliason & Moses W. Eliason
1:03:15: Logan, Jean J. Rogers, 24 W. 1st N
1:03:16: Logan, Al's Sporting Goods Store, 56 W. 100 N
1:03:17: Logan, Harold M. Currell & Jesse C., 60 W. 1 N
1:03:18: Logan, John A. Lawsen Co., 84 W. 1st N
1:03:19: H. B. Developments Co., 84 W. 1st N
1:03:20: B. B. Developments Co., 84 W. 1st N
1:03:21: Logan, Denny DeWitt, 21 W. 1 N
1:03:22: Logan, Denny DeWitt, 21 W. 1. N
1:03:23: Logan, Maurice W. Merrill & wf. Jean B., 23 W. 1st N
1:03:24: Logan, J. Steed & Genevieve S., 36 W. 1st N
1:03:25: Logan, John D. Lenkersdorfer & wf. Ruth Evelyn, 82 W. 1st N
1:03:26: Logan, John D. Lenkersdorfer & wf. Ruth Evelyn, 82 W. 1st N
1:03:27: Logan, H. A. Pedersen
1:03:28: Logan, Wilford Bauglo, 125 N. Main St
1:03:29: Logan, Max & wf. Johnson, 118 N. Main St
1:03:30: Logan, Aubrey H. & Eleanor St. Parker, 244 S. Main
1:03:31: Logan, Norman E. Sadler
1:03:32: Thilda Peterson
1:03:33: Logan, W. H. & Ione Hopkins, 195 S. Main St
1:03:34: Logan, Everton & Sons Co., 25 W. 1st N
1:03:35: Logan, Esther L. Paulsen
1:03:36: Logan, Joseph Quinney, 167 W. 1st S
1:03:37: Logan, Laurence B. Cottle & wf. Bonna C. Cottle, 141 W. 1st N
1:03:38: Logan, James E. & Creenie E. Maughan, 61 W. 1st S
1:03:39: Logan, James E. & Creenie E. Maughan, 61 W. 1st S
1:03:40: Logan, Phylis T. Spicker
1:03:41: Logan, Carl V. & Clara M. Brown, 61 W. 1st S
1:03:42: Logan, Walker Bank & Trust Co., 21 E. 1st N
1:03:43: Logan, Walker Bank & Trust Co., 21 E. 1st N
1:03:44: Logan, George W. Lindquist, 56 E. 1st N
1:03:45: G. Edgar & Marvilla St. Wynn, 32 N. 1 W
1:03:46: Logan, E. L. & Karina T. Everton

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Contains tax assessment cards without accompanying photographs
Container(s)
box
folder
1 4-5

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Contains some tax assessment cards with accompanying photographs and photographic prints of various buildings
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 6
1:06:01: Logan, Cache Valley Bldg. Co., 21 E. 1st N
1:06:02: Enlarged photographic print of men at a distance near a mountain and by some power lines
1:06:03: Fred's Cafe
1:06:04: Logan, Adella J. Wendleboe, 51 E. 1st N./326 E. 1st N
1:06:05: Marion Nelson, 12 N. Crockett Ave
1:06:06: Marion Nelson, 12 N. Crockett Ave. (enlarged print)
1:06:07: Logan, Swen J. Johnson
1:06:08: Logan, Swen J. Johnson, (enlarged print)
1:06:09: Enlarged photographic print of various houses with owners labeled
1:06:10: Logan, "Wendleboe", 51 E. 1st N
1:06:11: Portrait of Mrs. G. W. Thatcher
1:06:12: Portrait of G. W. Thatcher Jr

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Contains photographic prints of various buildings
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 7
1:07:01: Logan, Thatcher Opera House
1:07:02: Logan, George W. Lindquist Mortuary, 55 E. 1st N
1:07:03: Logan, Everton Factory, 33 N. 1st W
1:07:04: Clarkston, William Butters Home
1:07:05: "Low Cost Drug"
1:07:06: Central Proffessional Bldg
1:07:07: Unidentified building
1:07:08: Logan, John Roberts Edwards home, corner 2nd W. & Center St

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Contains photographic prints of various buildings
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 8
1:08:01: Logan, Thatcher Opera House (burned down), N. W. Corner Main St. & Center St
1:08:02: Logan, Enlarged print of Thatcher Opera House (burned down), N. W. Corner Main St. & Center St
1:08:03: Logan, Enlarged print of Thatcher Opera House (burned down), N. W. Corner Main St. & Center St
1:08:04: Logan, R. M. Rolfson Sporting Goods, 33 W. 1st N
1:08:05: Photographic print of various homes labeled with owners
1:08:06: Ann Fleming home(?)

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Contains various photographs, prints, and tax assessment photos without the accompanying cards

Building tax assessment number given when available.

Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 9
1:09:01: Unidentified house, G-202
1:09:02: Unidentified house, B-1245x
1:09:03: Unidentified house, F561a
1:09:04: Unidentified house, D2542b
1:09:05: Unidentified house
1:09:06: Unidentified house, F539
1:09:07: Unidentified house, F539x
1:09:08: Unidentified house, D2365a
1:09:09: Unidentified house, B-1242
1:09:10: Unidentified house, G-319
1:09:11: Unidentified house, D2365a
1:09:12: Unidentified house, G-336
1:09:13: Unidentified house, G-237x
1:09:14: Unidentified house, G-192
1:09:15: Unidentified house, G-237
1:09:16: Unidentified house, F1913
1:09:17: Unidentified house
1:09:18: Unidentified house, G-245
1:09:19: Unidentified house
1:09:20: Unidentified house, G-528
1:09:21: Unidentified house
1:09:22: Unidentified house, G259a
1:09:23: Unidentified house, G252
1:09:24: Unidentified house
1:09:25: Two men with a horse-pulled wagon
1:09:26: "Jessen's"
1:09:27: Julia Budge Nibley Home, 301 W. Center
1:09:28: Julia Budge Nibley Home, 301 W. Center
1:09:29: Noble Nielsen Home
1:09:30: J. R. Edward's Home, 165 W. Center St
1:09:31: Logan Jr. & Sr. High School
1:09:32: Ellis School
1:09:33: Wilson School
1:09:34: "Girl's Entrance", Wilson School?
1:09:35: Wilson School
1:09:36: Logan Junior & Senior High School
1:09:37: Logan Junior & Senior High School
1:09:38: Unidentified house
1:09:39: 25 W. Center St., lawn & railroad tracks

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Contains 3 prints of the Arimo building in Logan
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 10
1:10:01: "Arimo"
1:10:02: "Arimo"
1:10:03: "Arimo"
1:10:04: Black and white negative of unidentified building
1:10:05: Black and white negative of unidentified building

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Photographic prints
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 11
1:11:01: Portrait print of David Reese
1:11:02: Utah-Idaho Central, railroad
1:11:03: "George Smith - Motorman" with train
1:11:04: Snowplow Engine

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Brochure on Logan homes
Container(s)
box
folder
1 12

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Miscellaneous Photographs - possibly Nielsen family
Container(s)
Description
box
folder
1 13
1:13:01: Unidentified family portrait
1:13:02: Photocopy of "Logan Collegian," 1938 baseball team with identifications
1:13:03: Unidentified woman
1:13:04: Carte-de-visite, unidentified man
1:13:05: Carte-de-vistite, two unidentified girls, T.B. Cardon photograph
1:13:06: Group photo, outside of church(?)
1:13:07: Unidentified man and woman

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Subjects

  • Business enterprises--Utah--Cache County--Photographs.
  • Cache County (Utah). Assessor's Office--Records and correspondence.
  • Cache County (Utah)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
  • Central business districts--Utah--Logan--Photographs.
  • Dwellings--Utah--Logan--Photographs.
  • Nielsen, Noble.  ( contributor)
  • Tax assessment--Utah--Cache County--History--Sources.

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