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Milton P. Skinner letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8572

Content Description

Contains a letter written by Milton P. Skinner to Ms. Payne Bigelow of Syracuse, New York. He is writing from Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and telling her of his recent trip to the mountains. He tells her of the animals he has seen, the beautiful weather, and his love of the park. He also is commenting on Ms. Bigelow's recent trip to the west. Letter is dated July 20, 1925.


  • July 20, 1925


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 Milton P. Skinner letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Milton P. Skinner (1879-1963) was a Yellowstone Park Naturalist and author.

Milton P. Skinner was born on December 14, 1879 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Peter and Mary C. Skinner. In 1895, Skinner went to Yellowstone Park where he worked as a walking-tour guide. In 1913 while working for the park engineers, Skinner suggested they focus more on way to educate visitors. His suggestion had a large impact on the goals of the park. In the 1920's he became the first park naturalists and he served in that position until 1922. Following this promotion he wrote a series of influental books and articles about the parks wildlife and other natural attractions. In 1930 he moved to Long Beach, California.

Skinner died on December 15, 1963 in Los Angeles, California.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The letter was found in the book "Bears in the Yellowstone." It was donated to the library by an unknown donor. The letter was discovered in the 20th century workroom in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; unknown; 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; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Milton P. Skinner letter
Catie Freedman
2015 February 9
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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