Guide to the Cache Valley Historical Society Papers,
1951-2008

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cache Valley Historical Society (Utah)
Title: Cache Valley Historical Society Papers
Dates: 1951-1962, 1983-2008 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 boxes (6 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 43
Summary: This collection contains the minutes and papers of the Cache Valley Historical Society, 1951-1962, 1983-2008.
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: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

The Cache Valley Historical Society (CHVS) was founded October 24, 1951 in Logan, Utah as the first local chapter of the Utah State Historical Society. The founding of CVHS was largely spearheaded by Dr. Joel E. Ricks, a Utah State University (USU) history professor, and during initially had fifty-two members. The first major project by the society was to compile the history of Cache Valley to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of its settlement. In 1956 the society produced "A History of a Valley" which received praise and an award of merit from the Association for State and Local History.

Between the 1950s and 1970s the society worked in conjunction with the USU History Department, and professors such as J. Duncan Brite, S. George Ellsworth, and Leonard J. Arrington sought to collect and preserve historic materials related to the study of local and state history. These efforts also played a role in establishing USU Special Collections & Archives.

Today the Cache Valley Historical Society meets monthly for lectures, field trips, and other projects that deal with local history.

Content Description

This collection contains the working papers and records of the Cache Valley Historical Society and spans the period of 1951 to 1962, and 1983 to 2009. These papers consist of Society meeting minutes, correspondence, meeting programs, newspaper clippings, copies of papers presented to the society, by-laws and constitutions, and other similar papers.

Prior to donation these papers were bound by the Society and arranged chronologically and topically, and the collection has been arranged in reflection of this organization.

In the newspaper clippings located in the 1983-2006 material are articles about the society meetings, society members, and events that occurred in Cache Valley and Utah. There are several newspaper clippings on the Utah Centennial in 1996.

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 Cache Valley Historical Society Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Cache Valley Historical Society Papers, 1951-1962, 1983-2008. (COLL MSS 43) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged by chronologically and topically.

Processing Note :  

Processed by Kandice Newren on December 3, 2008.

Acquisition Information :  

The original materials in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections in batches between the years of 1976 and 1981 by the Cache Valley Historical Society, represented by S. George Ellsworth. The most recent batches of materials were donated between 2003 and 2005 by Marie Christensen and in 2008 by Daniel Davis and Kent Christensen.

Related Materials :  

J. Duncan Brite Papers Coll Mss 5

LeGrande R. Humphreys Papers Coll Mss 36

The Joel E. Ricks Cache Valley CollectionColl Mss 46

Coll Mss 114: Joel E. Ricks Papers

Herschel Bullen, Jr. Papers Coll Mss 178

S. George Ellsworth PapersColl Mss 228

The Leonard J. Arrington Papers LJAHA 1


Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers and Proceedings, January 1951 - June 1954
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
book
1 1 Membership Roster 1951
1 2 Minute Book 1951-1953
1 3 Papers and Proceedings: volumes I and II
  • Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Officers Roster
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Circular, "Topics for Study and Research"
  • Papers
  • Arrington, Leonard J. "The Rise and Fall of the Loan Mercantile Institution, 1869-1872."
  • Arrington, Leonard J. "The Rise and Fall of the Loan Mercantile Institution, 1869-1872."
  • Correspondence
  • Roster of Members 73-87 (volume II)
  • Preface page
  • Constitution and By-Laws
  • Officers Roster
  • Programs
  • Papers
  • Campbell, Eugene E. "California Backgrounds of Three Cache Valley Settlers."
  • Ellsworth, S. George "Cache County - 1860: Pioneer Society."
  • Tingey, Willis A. "Early Land Surveys and Land Allotments in Cache Valley."
  • Reports of Officers
  • Correspondence (1952-1953)
1951-1952
1 4 Papers and Proceedings: volume III
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws
  • Officers Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Officers' Reports
  • Papers
  • Arrington, Leonard J. "The Logan Tithing Office and Its Operation." "The Mormon Tithing House: A Frontier Business."
  • Budge, S.M. "Early History of Medicine in Utah and Cache Valley."
  • Hovey, M.R. "Cache Valley Before the Settlements."
  • Humphreys, Thomas H. "The History of Irrigation in Cache Valley."
  • Larkin, Melvin A. "Interesting Incidents in the History of the Logan Temple."
  • Peterson, William "History of Roads and Freighting in Cache Valley."
  • Program Notes:"Reminiscences of Cache Valley Oldtimers.", "...Cache Valley Dairy Industry."
  • Rasmussen, Gunnar "Providence and Her People."
  • Correspondence
  • Rosters
1953-1954
Folder
1 1 Inventory of papers presented at Cache Valley Historical Society meetings, collections, books, etc.
(7 items, 8 pieces)
1951-1956
Folder
1 2 Constitution adopted
(3 items)
1953 January 08
Folder
1 3 Minutes of meetings 1953-1954

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Papers and Proceedings, September 1954 - May 1956
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
book
2 1 Papers and Proceeding, volume IV
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws
  • Officers Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Officer's Reports
  • Correspondence
  • Papers
  • Allen, Alvin "Pioneer Life in Hyrum"
  • Campbell, Eugene E. "L.D.S. Church Leadership in Cache Valley"
  • Larson David "History of Logan Water Works"
  • Pike, Marybel "Cache Valley's West Side"
  • Rich, Jesse "The Judiciary of Cache County"
  • Rosters
1954-1955
2 2 Papers and Proceedings: volume V
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws
  • Frederick Jackson Turner and Cache Valley
  • Officers' Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Officers' Reports
  • Essay, "Cache Valley's Triumph over Adversity: A Comprehensive Study of the Cache Valley Economy during the Great Depression." Patricia K. Hurren.
  • Essay, "A Short History of the Utah-Idaho Central. Railroad," P.E. Sorensen
  • Correspondence
  • Papers
  • Mulder, William "The Scandinavian Migration to Utah: An Overview" (Supplementing this paper were three papers by Emma Anderson Liljenquist; "The Story of My Life," "Pioneer Observance of the Sabbath Day, Hyrum, Utah," and "Memories of the Gustave Anderson family." Also included; "A History of Gustave Anderson," by Andrew Jenson.
  • Sonne, Alma "Economic Development of Cache Valley"
  • Rosters 288-311
  • >Inventory of Archives
  • Minutes of Meetings
1955-1956
Folder
2 1 Minutes of Meetings 1954-1955
Folder
2 2 Minutes of Meetings 1955-1956
Folder
2 3 Unbound Correspondence and Miscellaneous 1955-1956

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Papers and Proceedings, 1956-1960
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
book
3 1 Papers and Proceedings: volume VI
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws
  • Officers Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • President's Report
  • Financial Report
  • National Award Press Release
  • Correspondence
  • Document: "Higher Education of Women and Co-education of the Sexes," Sarah W. Eddy. Read at dedication of the Agricultural College of Utah, 1890.
  • Press Releases and Society Newsletter
  • Rosters
1956-1957
3 2 Papers and Proceedings: volume VII
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws
  • Officers' Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Papers: Bullen, Herschel "The History of Richmond."
  • Cooley, Dr. Everett L. "The Nauvoo Legion: Utah's Militia."
  • Creer, Leland H. "Mormon Theo-Democracy and the State of Deseret."
  • Hayward, Ira N. "Review of Vardis Fisher's
  • Novel on Lewis and Clark Expedition."
  • Newspaper Publicity and Newsletter
  • Rosters
1957-1958
3 3 Papers and Proceedings: volume VIII
  • Table of Contents:
  • Constitution and By-laws pages
  • Officers' Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Roster
  • Officers' Roster
  • Programs
  • Secretary's Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Newspaper publicity and Newsletters
  • Rosters
  • Papers: Brite, J. Duncan "Chartres City and Cathedral"
  • Hayward, Ira N. "Joseph C. Rich and Thomas Sleight: Pioneers in Cache and Bear Lake Valleys"
  • Hillyard, W. Hazen, "History of Smithfield."
  • Jameson, Jessee "The Corinne Railroad Museum and the Golden Spike."
  • Lyon, Dr. T. Edgar "Orson Pratt: Pioneer, Philosopher, Scientist and Educator"
  • Ricks, Dr. Joel E. "The Early History of Logan"
  • Sturges, Dr. Philip C. "The Problems of Publishing History in Utah"
  • Papers
  • Brooks, Juanita "Pioneer Diaries as a Source of History"
  • Cazier, Stanford "William Henry Hooper: Pioneer, Merchant, Statesman."
  • Humphreys, L.R. "The Pony Express"
  • Larson, Gustave "The Struggle for Land in Early Utah"
  • Murray, Evan "The History of Organized Labor in Utah and the West."
  • Murray, Evan "The History of Organized Labor in Utah and the West"
  • Poll, Dr. Richard "The Attempt of the Federal Government to Eradicate Polygamy in Utah"
  • Wells, Dr. Merle "Anti-Mormonism in Southern Idaho"
1959-1960

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Memorabilia, 1959-1960

Wooden ruler used by Dr. John R. Park while he taught at Draper, Utah. It was passed on to his successor, John Z. Stewart, who in turn gave it to his son, Dr. I.P. Stewart, of Logan. The latter made it a gift to the Society in 1956.

A gavel made from the door of Amelia's Palace in Salt Lake City, donated by I.P. Stewart in 1956.

Container(s)

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Miscellaneous and Scrapbooks, 1947-1962

Twenty issues of the Hyrum News and two Society scrapbooks from 1947 and 1952-1962.

Container(s)

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Papers and Proceedings , April 1983-May 1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 1 Membership Information 1983-1996
6 2 April 1983-August 1984
6 3 October 1984-August 1985
6 4 September 1985-May 1986
6 5 May 1986-June 1987
6 6 September 1987-June 1988
6 7 August 1988-June 1989
6 8 August 1989-July 1990
6 9 August 1990-June 1991
6 10 September 1991-July 1992
6 11 September 1992-May 1993
6 12 June 1993-November 1993
6 13 January 1994-May 1994

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Papers and Proceedings,  JUNE 1994-MAY 2000
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 1 Papers and Proceedings June 1994-May 2000
7 2 June 1994-May 1995
7 2 January 1996-May 1996
7 4 June 1996-May 1997
7 5 June 1997-May 1998
7 6 June 1998-May 1999
7 7 June 1999-May 2000

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Papers and Proceedings, June 2000-June 2006
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 June 2000-May 2001
8 2 June 2001-March 2002
8 3 April 2002-December 2002
8 4 2003 CVHS Constitutional Revisions
8 5 January 2003-June 2003
8 6 August 2003-March 2004
8 7 April 2004-December 2004

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Papers and Proceedings, July 2006-July 2008
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 July 2006-December 2006
9 2 January 2007-January 2008
9 3 June 2007-November 2007
9 4 December 2007-July 2008
9 5 Extra News Clippings 1987-2003

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Financial Records, 1987-1998
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 1 Cache Valley Historical Society Money Receipts Ledger undated
10 2 Small Box Folder Accounts undated
10 3 Zions Bank Records 1987
10 4 Zions Bank Records 1998
10 5 Zions Bank Records 1989
10 6 Zions Bank Records 1990
10 7 Zions Bank Records 1991
10 8 Zions Bank Records 1992
10 9 Zions Bank Records 1993
10 10 Zions Bank Records 1994
10 11 Zions Bank Records 1995
10 12 Checking Account Register 1995-1996
10 13 Zions Bank Records 1996
10 14 Zions Bank Records 1997
10 15 Zions Bank Records 1998

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Cache Valley Historical Society (Utah)--Archives
    • Subject Terms :
    • Frontier and pioneer life--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
    • Mormon Church--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--History
    • Mormon pioneers--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Biography
    • Geographical Names :
    • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Biography
    • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--History
    • Logan (Utah)--History

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