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In the Utah History Encyclopedia, over two hundred contributors write about the individuals, organizations, locations, institutions, and topics important to Utah history. This landmark volume will provide an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of the state.

The authors, who have donated their time to this project as a gift to Utahns for the state's centennial celebration, comprise nearly all scholars of Utah history working both within and outside the state. For this website, 250 historical photographs from the Utah State Historical Society were researched and displayed in order to enhance the resources available in the original book.

The Utah History Encyclopedia and the Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia were under the original project management of Paul E. Burrows and Rosemary Tanner, Media Solutions, University of Utah. Maintenance of the sites are now managed by the Utah Education Network-UEN. This website's original design was by Ciming Mei, Media Solutions, University of Utah.

The Utah History Encyclopedia is the first complete history of Utah in encyclopedia form, consisting of 575 articles and over 200 historic photographs.

Originally published by the University of Utah Press in 1994.

Edited by Allan Kent Powell, former Public History Coordinator at the Utah State Historical Society.

Funded in part by the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission.

The hard cover book was converted into digital form and re-published as this website as part of the Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia Project.

In the Utah History Encyclopedia, over two hundred contributors write about the individuals, organizations, locations, institutions, and topics important to Utah history. This landmark volume will provide an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of the state.

The authors, who have donated their time to this project as a gift to Utahns for the state's centennial celebration in 1996, comprise nearly all scholars of Utah history working both within and outside the state. For this website, 250 historical photographs from the Utah State Historical Society were researched and displayed in order to enhance the resources available in the original book.

UCMEWant to find more information about Utah's history, geography, cultures, art, and natural history?

Visit our companion website, the Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia.

The UCME repository houses over 6700 digital videos, audio clips, images, maps, charts, and text entries for viewing and download.

  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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A project of this magnitude would not be possible without the efforts and support of many people. The two hundred and seventy historians and writers who have contributed their time and donated their articles to the project deserve special thanks.

We have listed their names alphabetically [in the page enetitled "Contributing Authors"] as well as individually at the end of each article. Each author responded graciously and generously, even in many cases when it was necessary to ask them for additional help with other articles.

Particular thanks is extended to the Advisory Committee members. They not only helped launch the effort in the right direction, but also contributed generously as authors. Special mention needs to be made of the efforts of John S. McCormick to develop the concept of the encyclopedia and convince Max J. Evans, Director of the Utah State Historical Society, and David Catron, then Director of the University of Utah Press, of the necessity and feasibility of such a project. They then were willing to commit the resources of their institutions to its successful completion.

The constant encouragement and enthsiasm for the project of Nana Anderson, who became Director of the University of Utah Press in 1991, left no doubt as to its importance and was a source of strength in pushing it forward to completion. Similar support also came from the rest of the University of Utah Press staff, including Jeff Grathwohl, Norma Mikkelsen, and Rodger Reynolds. Rodger's talents were especially important in keeping us to our production schedule, and in designing and laying out the book.

He also arranged for the services of Richard A. Firmage. Richard, a freelance editor was hired to read and edit the entire manuscript for style and content; he then was asked to cull the Utah State Historical Society photograph collection for the photographs included in this volume. His attention to detail and willingness to raise questions when things were unclear or to ask for essential information that was not initially furnished has added immeasurably to the quality of the encyclopedia.

My heartfelt appreciation is also extended to the Division of State History staff, who have assisted and supported the project in many ways. Director Max J. Evans made the encyclopedia a high priority in a division with many priorities: I trust that the project will be judged one of the significant accomplishments of his administration.

Tricia Smith-Mansfield, as assistant director and program manager under whom the project was carried out, not only contributed one of the entries, but also showed encouragement and patience during the many months that the project required.

In the library, Linda Thatcher and Susan Whetstone were gracious and accommodating in providing access to materials and photographs and in arranging for the use of the photographs in the encyclopedia.

Most of the entries were typed into the computer system by Mary Peach. Division of State History staff who assisted with the project and who wrote articles include Craig Fuller, Jay Haymond, Martha Hayden, Stanford Layton, David Madsen, Miriam Murphy, Philip Notarianni, Mary Peach, Roger Roper, Linda Thatcher, and Tricia Smith-Mansfield.

Alan Kent Powell
Salt Lake City, Utah
1996

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Leonard J. Arrington
Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University
Maureen Ursenbach Beecher
Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, Brigham Young University
Jessie Embry
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
Max J. Evans
Utah State Historical Society
Jay M. Haymond
Utah State Historical Society
David Rich Lewis
History Department, Utah State University
Kathryn L. MacKay
History Department , Weber State University
Brigham D. Madsen
Professor Emeritus, University of Utah
Dean L. May
History Department, University of Utah
Miriam B. Murphy
Utah State Historical Society
Philip F. Notarianni
Utah State Historical Society
Nancy J. Taniguchi
History Department, University of California Stanislaus

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

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Douglas D. Alder
Thomas G. Alexander
James B. Allen
Bart C. Anderson
Lavina Fielding Anderson
Albert Antrei
Joseph A. Arave
Duane Archibald
Harriet Horne Arrington
Leonard J. Arrington
Wendell J. Ashton
Genevieve Atwood
Robert K. Avery
Doran J. Baker
Kenneth W. Baldridge
John D. Barton
Melvin L. Bashore
Ronald R. Bateman
Joseph M. Bauman, Jr.
Margaret S. Bearnson
Jane Beckwith
Dale Beecher
Maureen Ursenbach Beecher
K.C. Benedict
Lowell C. Bennion
Sherilyn Cox Bennion
Dale L. Berge
Gary James Bergera
David L. Bigler
Jay Bishop
M. Guy Bishop
Davis Bitton
Susan Easton Black
Dave Blackwell
Deborah Blake
Ouida N. Blanthorn
Linda L. Bonar
Kathleen Bradford
Martha Sonntag Bradley
Marlene Braegger
Newell G. Bringhurst
Frederick S. Buchanan
Elaine J. Burnham
Doris K. Burton
Judy Busk
Joseph A. Cannon
Kenneth L. Cannon II
Lisa Carricaburu
Sharon Snow Carver
LaRayne B. Christensen
Linda Bishop Bhrsitensen
Michael Christensen
Geraldine H. Clayton
Elizabeth Cocke
Jim Cole
Ronald G. Coleman
Don C. Conley
Louis J. Cononelos
Janeen Arnold Costa
Lamont Crabtree
C. Gregory Crampton
Maurine Crane
James Crosley
Scott Crump
J. Kenneth Davies
Sven T. Davies
Janice P. Dawson
Susan B. Day
Dennis R. Defa
S. Matthew Despain
Arlene H. Eakle
Carol Edison
Shanna C. Edwards
Scott J. Eldredge
Terry Ellis
S. George Ellsworth
Niles T. Elwood
Jessie L. Embry
Ann W. Engar
Eugene England
Ronald K. Esplin
Georgene Cahoon Evans
Dennis Farnsworth
Connie Fife
Rick Fish
Albert L. Fisher
Rell Gardner Francis
Craig Fuller
H. Dean Garrett
Doneta MaGonigle Gatherum
Edward A. Geary
Larry R. Gerlach
David C. Gessel
L. Kay Gillespie
Brent L. Goates
Audrey M. Godfrey
Kenneth W. Godfrey
Troy W. Gold
Robert Alan Goldberg
William Gonzalez
Peter L. Goss
Fred R. Gowans
Terry Graham
Donald V. Hague
Brian F. Hahn
Wilma J. Hall
Mark Hamilton
Ralph K. Harmer
Gordon Harrington
Mary Paulson Harrington
Vestile S. Harrison
Joan Ray Harrow
William G. Hartley
Martha Hayden
Jay M. Haymond
Charles G. Hibbard
Hope A. Hilton
Lynn M. Hilton
Wayne K. Hinton
Kristine Lyn Holbrook
Clayton J. Holt
Ronald L. Holt
Richard Holzapfel
Dorothy W. Houston
Jodi Hullinger
Winston Hurst
Richard H. Jackson
Joel C. Janetski
Karen Kay Jaworski
Paul Jennens
Richard L. Jensen
Dean C. Jesse
Jane Lyman Johnson
Walter Jones
Stephanie M. Kawamura
Tina Kelley
Scott Kenney
Kleon Kerr
Edward L. Kimball
Stanley B. Kimball
Wesley P. Larsen
Tim Larson
Roger Launius
Stanford J. Layton
Glen M. Leonard
David Rich Lewis
Constance Lieber
Edward Leo Lyman
Dennis L. Lythgoe
David McAllister
Mick McAllister
Joseph F. McConkie
John S. McConkie
Kathryn L. McKay
Robert S. McPherson
Brigham D. Madsen
Carol Cornwall Madsen
David B. Madsen
Loa B. Mangelson-Clawson
Ruth H. Maughan
Dean L. May
Blaine Miller
Kathryn L. Miller
Lorille Miller
Pam Miller
Roger L. Miller
Murray M. Moler
Bernice M. Mooney
Glen Moosman
William Mulder
Miriam B. Murphy
Lois J. Nelson
Jackson Newell
Scott Nielson
Carol Nixon
Philip F. Notarianni
Robert S. Olpin
Beth Radmall Olsen
Steven L. Olsen
Richard G. Oman
Delmont Oswald
Warren Ottley
Terry L. Overturf
Paul Pailla
Helen Z. Papanikolas
Zeese Papnikolas
Attilio G. Parisi
Mary Peach
Charles S. Peterson
F. Ross Peterson
Gary B. Peterson
John A. Peterson
Levi Peterson
Michael Peterson
Richard H. Peterson
Henry P. Plenk
Richard D. Poll
Larry C. Porter
Allan Kent Powell
Craig F. Radden
Raye C. Ringholz
Orlando Rivera
Allen Roberts
Richard C. Roberts
Roger Roper
W. L. Rusho
Emma Russell
Richard W. Sadler
Doris F. Salmon
Harold Schindler
David L. Schirer
Patricia Lyn Scott
Janet Burton Seegmiller
Gene Sessions
Greg W. Sessions
Larry K. Shepherd
Morris A. Shirts
H. Jeffrey Silliman
John Sillito
Linda Sillitoe
Lynne Singleton
Donna T. Smart
William B. Smart
Gibbs M. Smith
Linda H. Smith
Paul Thomas Smith
Tricia Smith-Mansfield
Mary Lee Spence
Jerry R. Springer
David H. Stanley
D. Michael Stewart
Mark E. Stewart
Don Strack
Paul Svendsen
Heidi Swinton
Vivian Linford Talbot
Nancy J. Taniguchi
Ralph M. Tannenbaum
Brian Taylor
Linda Thatcher
Gregory Thompson
Douglas F. Tobler
Gary Topping
Laurie Snow Turner
Jack B. Tykal
Takeyuki Ueyama
Benjaim Urrutia
Richard S. Van Wagoner
David M. Walden
Ronald W. Walker
Stanley Wangsgaard
Ronald G. Watt
Roy Webb
Kelsey Weinriter
Jean Bickmore White
Beverly Wiberg
Gary Wilder
Dionne Williams
Kenneth R. Williams
Cherie N. Willis
Arlene Despain Wilson
Erma H. Wilson
Pearl D. Wilson
William A. Wilson
Steven Wood
Becky White Workman
Betty Wullstein
Florence Youngberg
Robert F. Zeidner