A. Ray Oliver was born on September 8, 1884 in Spring Creek, Missouri. In 1900 he moved to Provo, Utah to work for the Telluride Power Company. Oliver spent time working in Provo, Telluride, Logan, and Niagra Falls. In 1907 he attended the University of Missouri where he played football. He graduated in 1910 with a degree in engineering and received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell in 1911. After graduation Oliver continued to work for the Telluride Power Company (later changed to Utah Power and Light) in a variety of capacities including electrical engineer and power plant supervisor in Hyrum and Olmstead, Utah. In 1920 he moved to California to work for the Goodyear Rubber Company. In 1923 he and his family moved to Chicago where he worked as an account collector until 1933. In 1933 they moved back to St. Charles where Oliver worked as a civil engineer for the Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) and the Defense Housing Administration. In 1914 Lola Castlio and Oliver were married in St. Charles, Missouri and the couple had two children (Ray Jr. and Lola). After Lola's death in 1945 Oliver was remarried to Ludine Lilian in 1946.
This collection consists of 50 images that are glued onto the verso side of an 168 page autobiography of A. Ray Oliver entitled, "One Pin Head." The images range from 1898-1964 and document the life of Oliver including education, travel, family, career, and retirement.
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 A. Ray Oliver photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
A. Ray Oliver photograph collection, 1898-1964. (P0332). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.
Detailed Description of the Collection