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Hollis Wave Cowgill diary

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9444

Scope and Contents

Contains the travel journal of Hollis "Sam" Wave Cowgill kept from June 8 to August 24, 1924. Hollis records names of travelling companions, weather updates, miles travelled each day, and the cities and towns passed through. During the trip, his party went through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana. Included are accounts of a trip to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and other various historical sites including Fort Bridger, Sherman's Hill, and a Union Pacific Railroad monument. There were also stops in Salt Lake and Ogden, Utah, and a trip up to Idaho Falls.


  • 1924 June-August


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Hollis Wave "Sam" Cowgill was born December 14, 1900, in Seneca, Michigan, to Asa Lincoln Cowgill and Alta Estelle Kigar. He married Laurette Mary Knepper in Lima, Ohio in 1926, and they had three children. He passed away November 30, 1992, in Sandusky, Ohio.


1 volume (unpaged) ; 18 cm

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Custodial History

Purchased from Johnson Rare Books and Archives in 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Puchased; Johnson Rare Books and Archives; June 29, 2020.


Utah and the American West (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, II B VI).

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer; October 22 2021.

Register of Hollis Wave Cowgill diary
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Tayla Boyer
2021 October 22
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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