Originally, The Book Table was an oak table displaying books that stood outside Scheby's cleaning and tailoring shop on Main Street. Local interest and demand for more children's and adults' books led to the establishment of a permanent bookstore, funded by donations from leading businessmen's wives in Logan. The Book Table opened its doors in1933 and was owned and operated by Lottie Hall Kuntz Esplin, a home reading specialist, for over 30 years. After Esplin's death in 1967, the store was inherited by her sixteen year old grandson, Miles Jensen, who sold it to Brent Hoggan and Glade Olsen. S. Eugene Needham purchased the store in 1976. Since Needham's purchase, The Book Table has moved twice and currently stands on Main Street in Logan. Esplin sold hard bound books for children and adults; Needham has expanded the store's inventory to include books on tape, videos, art supplies and musical instruments.
Check registers, inventories, and sales tax deduction account books of the Book Table located in Logan, Utah. (1935-1984). The collection's check registers are included within fourteen books and cover the years 1935 to 1984. The years of 1936-1938, 1947-1948, 1950, 1952-1953, 1957, 1959-1961, 1963-1964, and 1966-1981 are not included among these records. The inventory is located in three 3-ring binders and span the time period between 1946 and 1961. The sales tax deduction accounts span a total of thirty years between 1933 and 1963 and are included in twelve account books.
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 clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Book talbe Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Book Table Records USU_COLL MSS 242, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 242, USUSCA.
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