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Paul D. Veach papers on Yellowstone National Park

Identifier: MSS 9536

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Paul D. Veach's papers documenting his experience working at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1948, including photographs, negatives, correspondence, and ephemera. Photographs and negatives document tourist activity in the park, Lake Lodge employees, the scenery and wildlife, and transportation. The collection also contains letters and postcards addressed to Paul D. Veach, an empty autograph book, an unidentified poem lamenting the food at Lake Lodge, automobile entry passes, a Yellowstone National Park Season 1948 Folder B pamphlet, and other ephemera.


  • 1948


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted. Some items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to pbtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Paul D. Veach was born April 26, 1919in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Sunset High School and joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a master sergeant of the 77th Bombardment Squadron and serving in WWII. He served in the Aleutian Islands during WWII and was awarded three bronze battle stars, one for service as a submarine hunter in the Aleutian Islands. In the summer of 1948, Paul traveled to Yellowstone National Park to work with his band at the Lake Lodge. On October 22, 1949, he married Buna Merritt. He later graduated with a music degree from Southern Methodist University and became a band and music teacher in the Dallas area. Paul retired in 1984, and passed away October 24, 2014.


5 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Paul D. Veach photographs and negatives, 1948. 2. Letters sent to Paul D. Veach, 1948 June-September. 3. Paul D. Veach collection of information about Yellowstone National Park, 1948.

Custodial History

Purchased in January 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; January 2016.


Yellowstone Collection Development policy 2019 IV a. i. 1-3 and 7

Processing Information

Processed; Ivy Griffiths; 2022 August.

Register of Paul D. Veach papers on Yellowstone National Park
Ivy Griffiths
2022 August 22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States