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Broaddus, J. E. (John Eugene), 1882-1954

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1882-1954

Biographical History

J. E. Broaddus (1882-1954) was a Utah optometrist, photographer, and national parks enthusiast.

John Eugene Broaddus was born January 17, 1882 in Plano, Illinois to Henry Arthur Broaddus and Viola Hail Broaddus. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1900 where he apprenticed himself to the Columbia Optical Company. He learned to make glass lenses and then became one of the leading optometrists in Utah. He married Clara Louise Deighton in 1906 and they had one daughter, Viola Louise.

Sometime before 1916, he was introduced to both the natural wonders in Utah and photography. He helped to publicize many of these landscapes and campaign for them to secure national park and national monument status, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, and the future Dinosaur National Monument. He took photographs and created brochures for these and other sites to publicize them.

He died in Salt Lake City on April 16, 1954.

Citation

UPB files, Oct. 31 2014, (born January 17, 1882 in Plano, Illinois to Henry Arthur Broaddus and Viola Hail Broaddus; moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1900; apprenticed himself to the Columbia Optical Company; learned to make glass lenses and then became one of the leading optometrists in Utah; married Clara Louise Deighton in 1906; they had one daughter, Viola Louise; sometime before 1916, he was introduced to both the natural wonders in Utah and photography; helped to publicize many of these landscapes and campaign for them to secure national park and national monument status, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, and the future Dinosaur National Monument; took photographs and created brochures for these and other sites to publicize them.) He died in Salt Lake City on April 16, 1954.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

J. E. Broaddus papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608
Scope and Contents Materials include manuscripts of J.E. Broaddus' writing, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and J.E. Broaddus' research notes. There are also pamphlets, primarily about Utah and Mormon history, and some photograph albums. There is also a photocopy of a book by J. E. Broaddus from the Utah State University Special Collections. The book is "Report of U.E.R.A. Project No. S-F2-53: Archaeological and Paleontological Exploration." There is also a slide projector that belonged to J. E....

“Intolerance” by J. E. Broaddus, approximately 1900-1954

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 1 Sub-Series Sub-series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include the unfinished manuscript of J. E. Broaddus's story "Intolerance." It is a story set alongside the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and focuses on two fictional families and their involvement in real events. The short stories "Trail of Glory" and "Glory Trail" are early versions of the first part of "Intolerance." Materials dated approximately 1900-1954.

J. E. Broaddus book on writing, approximately 1900-1954

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 9
Scope and Contents Materials include a book on the process of writing and getting published. It appears to have been compiled by J. E. Broaddus, but it's not clear whether or not he wrote the material. Materials dated approximately 1900-1954.

J. E. Broaddus collection of extracts on Mormon history, approximately 1900-1954

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 5
Scope and Contents Materials include J. E. Broaddus's notes from his research. Materials also include excerpts from books or articles that J. E. Broaddus used in his research. Materials dated approximately 1900-1954.

J. E. Broaddus collection of newspapers, 1934-1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 2
Scope and Contents Materials include various newspaper clippings. These include two articles on the Echo Park Dam Project and J. E. Broaddus. The other two items are multiple-page newspapers. The front page of one features an article on the end of the Apollo 13 mission, while the front page of the other geatures an article about the old houses in Salt Lake City, Utah. Materials dated 1934-1970.

J. E. Broaddus collection of photographs, approximately 1848-1954

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 7
Scope and Contents Materials include historical photographs of Utah collected by J. E. Broaddus. Materials also include 2 photo albums of J. E. Broaddus's family photographs. Materials also include one album of family members' obituaries. Materials dated approximately 1848-1954.

J. E. Broaddus collection of recipes, approximately 1900-1954

 Sub-Series — Box: 2, Folder: 55
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 4
Scope and Contents Materials include 24 various recipes. Materials dated approximately 1900-1954.

J. E. Broaddus collection of Utah Historical Landmarks Association releases, 1930

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 1
Scope and Contents Materials include articles released by the Utah Historical Landmarks Association relating to Utah history. These include articles on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the fur trading industry, the Mormon migration, and the Pony Express. Materials dated 1930.

J. E. Broaddus collection of Utah Maps, approximately 1930-1950

 Sub-Series — Box: 2, Folder: 54
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 3
Scope and Contents Materials include four maps of Utah. They cover different areas but all have notes by J. E. Broaddus on them. Materials dated approximately 1930-1950.

J. E. Broaddus copy of extract of Bancroft’s “History of Utah”, approximately 1891

 Sub-Series — Box: 3, Folder: 16
Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub-series 8
Scope and Contents Materials include part of J. E. Broaddus's copy of Hubert Howe Bancroft's "History of Utah," 1891 edition. It contains pages 149-180 and 467-542.