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J. E. Broaddus research, approximately 1891-1970

Identifier: MSS 8608 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Materials include items J. E. Broaddus collected as part of his research and notes he made in the process of doing research. Materials dated approximately 1891-1970.


  • approximately 1891-1970


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 J. E. Broaddus Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

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.


39 folders

Language of Materials



Arranged in nine sub-series: 1. J. E. Broaddus collection of Utah Historical Landmarks Association releases, 1930. 2. J. E. Broaddus collection of newspapers, 1934-1970. 3. J. E. Broaddus collection of Utah Maps, approximately 1930-1950. 4. J. E. Broaddus collection of recipes, approximately 1900-1954. 5. J. E. Broaddus collection of extracts on Mormon history, approximately 1900-1954. 6. J. E. Broaddus papers on Fort Douglas, approximately 16 March 1947. 7. J. E. Broaddus papers on Utah resources and mining, approximately 1900-1954. 8. J. E. Broaddus copy of extract of Bancroft’s “History of Utah”, approximately 1891. 9. J. E. Broaddus book on writing, approximately 1900-1954.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States