Guide to the Survey notebooks and maps of Nephi and Lorenzo Anderson,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Anderson, Nephi, 1847-1910
Title: Survey notebooks and maps of Nephi and Lorenzo Anderson,
Dates: 1886-1946 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 boxes (Survey notebooks: 16 items; Maps: 35 maps))
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 089
Summary: Contains the survey notebooks and maps from box Elder County surveyors Nephi and Lorenzo Anderson. Includes survey notes and maps made in box Elder, Cache County, and northwestern Utah. The Nephi Anderson material covers the period from 1886-1909 and the Lorenzo Anderson material covers 1931-1946.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

Nephi Peter Anderson was born on November 29, 1847, in Tjornede, Tollose Station, Holbaek, Denmark to Peder Andersen and Karen Olsdatter. Nephi immigrated to the United States sometime before 1872, the year that he married Mette Catrine Jensen in Salt Lake City. The couple gave birth to Lorenzo William Jensen, their second child, on March 10, 1875, in Bear River, Utah. Both Nephi and Lorenzo worked as surveyors in Box Elder and Cache counties. Nephi died on June 4, 1910, in Logan, while Lorenzo died on June 22, 1949, in Brigham City.

Content Description

This collection contains the survey notes and maps of Nephi Anderson and his son Lorenzo. Between the two, the collection covers a period from 1886 to 1946. The material divides into two distinct sections, the first being the Nephi material covering the years from 1886-1909, and the second being the Lorenzo material, covering the years from 1931- 1946.

Nephi Anderson's material details early survey work done in box Elder and Cache counties. The survey notebooks contain field notes from surveys done in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, Cache Valley and the marker for the boundary of Nevada, Utah and Idaho. Nephi's maps, numbered 1-6, include the Mantua cemetery, and the original survey of the Bear River Canal. Nephi was titled as a United States Deputy Surveyor, which at that time period was in essence a surveyor's license. Nephi also had a connection with box Elder County, what this connection was is not known.

Lorenzo Anderson's work in this collection dwells upon the Ogden- Brigham Canal. Which begins North of Ogden and follows the east slope of the Wasatch Mountains to Brigham city. A series of 28 plat maps, numbered as B 1-28, show surveyed arteries to the Ogden-Brigham canal. In addition there are two folders containing survey and miscellaneous notes concerning the Ogden-Brigham Canal.

For research reference, the survey maps in this collection can be found on the U.S.G.S. seven minute maps for Northern Utah.

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 Survey notebooks and maps of Nephi and Lorenzo Anderson must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Survey notebooks and maps of Nephi and Lorenzo Anderson, 1886-1946. (COLL MSS 089). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to box and folder or map number.

Acquisition Information :  


Processing Note :  

The survey notebooks were placed into acid free folders and boxes. These notebooks are in poor repair and need to be handled with care. The maps numbered A 1-6 and the Mantua Cemetery map have been deacidified. The maps marked B 1-28 have not had any conservation work done with them.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 No. 1; No. 2 1886-1891; 1890-1894
1 2 No. 3; No. 4 1898-1901; 1899-1903
1 3 No. 5; No. 6 1899; 1899-1903
1 4 No. 7; No. 8 1899; 1899-1903
1 5 No. 9; No.10 1900-1905; 1902
1 6 No.11 1909
1 7 No.12 1931-1936
1 8 No.13; No.14 1935-1939; 1937-1939
1 9 No.15; No.16 1941-1943; 1943-1946
1 10-11 Ogden-Brigham Canal Company, miscellaneous notes
1 12 Nephi Anderson Bank Statements
1 13 "Early Surveys in Utah," outline of a speech, presenter unknown
2 Al - 7: Nephi Anderson maps. See each item for specific location. Map No. 7 is the Mantua cemetery map
2 Bl-28: Lorenzo Anderson maps of the Ogden-Brigham Canal.


    • Personal Names :
    • Anderson, Nephi, 1847-1910.  ( contributor)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Surveyors--Utah.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Bear River Canal (Utah)--Maps.
    • Bear River Canal (Utah)--Surveys.
    • Blacksmith Fork Canyon (Utah)--Surveys.
    • Box Elder County (Utah)--Surveys.
    • Cache County (Utah)--Surveys.
    • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Surveys.
    • Mantua Cemetery (Utah)--Maps.
    • Ogden-Brigham Canal (Utah)--Maps.
    • Utah--Surveys.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Maps.
    • Surveys.

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