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Merle V. Adams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8108

Scope and Contents

Collection contains photocopies of family scrapbook items relating to Merle V. Adams' career and family life. Also includes family biographies, Merle's filmography, copies of newspaper articles that mention Adams, and information about a hidden treasure reported to be near Kanab that Adams helped look for. Dated 1934-2014.


  • 1934-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Merle V. Adams papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Merle V. Adams (1899-1988) was a Kanab, Utah rancher and movie liason, stunt man, wrangler, and factotum.

Merle V. "Cowhide" Adams was born in 1899. He was a rancher in Kanab, Utah. Because of his expertise in ranching and handling livestock, Adams also served as a liason, stunt man, wrangler and general factotum for the many motion picture studios which filmed productions in Utah. Adams was responsible for coordinating livestock, transportation, locations, and people for use by the motion picture industry.

He married Emma Hortt on May 31, 1920, in Kanab, Utah. They had 4 children: John Hortt Adams, Vivian Allen Adams, Emma Jean Adams Crosby, and Merlyn "Pinkie" Adams Esplin.

He died in 1988 in Kanab, Utah.


5 folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Jean Adams Crosby in 2012.

Donated by Dale W. Adams in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jean Adams Crosby; September 2012.

Donated; Dale Adams; April 2014.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; John N. Gillespie; 2013.

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Merle V. Adams papers
Norm Gillespie
2013 February 1
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