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Van Cott, John W., 1911-2006



  • Existence: 1911 - 2006

Biographical History

John W. Van Cott (1911-2006) was a biology professor at Brigham Young University.

His Utah place names, 1990: CIP t.p. (John W. Van Cott) data sheet (b. 6/24/11)

Brigham Young Academy High School (Website), viewed August 28, 2020 (John Waldemar Van Cott, educator, biologist, historian; born June 24, 1911; died March 7, 2006; grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah; degree from Utah State University; moved to Utah Valley in 1960 where he was on the BYU faculty and taught at BY High School, retired in 1976; charter member of the Utah State Committee on Geographic Names; founding president of the Utah Place Names Society)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interview with John W. Van Cott

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2997
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview taken from the included audiocassettes. Van Cott was interviewed by Arthur Chapman on August 1, 1984 for the Joint Oral History Program of the Brigham Young University Archives and the BYU Alumni Association Emeritus Club. Van Cott talks about his youth and education. He also describes his experiences at Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1984

John W. Van Cott papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1723
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typewritten proposals and decisions relating to the choice of place names in Utah. The suggestions were submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Board on Geographic Names in Washington, D.C. The materials were compiled by John W. Vancott.

Dates: 1936-1978

John W. Van Cott papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 449
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, rules, award lists, printed materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to Van Cott's work as fair director, 1957-1971.

Dates: 1957-1971