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Walter Pace Cottam photographs of people, approximately 1920-1940

 Series — Box: 2, Folder: 4-5
Identifier: MSS P 15 Series 20

Scope and Contents

Materials include 27 photographs and 6 duplicates, for a total of 33 prints of photographs by Walter P. Cottam taken between approximately 1920 and 1940. These are photographs of people in locations throughout Utah.


  • approximately 1920-1940

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 Walter P. Cottam photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection: Walter Pace Cottam (1894-1988) was a botany professor in Utah. He founded the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum at the University of Utah.

Walter Pace Cottam was born March 2, 1894 in St. George, Utah, to Emmaline Jarvis and Thomas P. Cottam. He married Effie Frei on July 1, 1915. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Brigham Young University and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, writing his dissertation on the Ecology of the Flora of Utah Lake. Dr. Cottam taught at Brigham Young University for 12 years, then went to the University of Utah in 1931 and remained there for 31 years, serving as head of the botany department much of the time. While there, he founded the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum at the University of Utah. He retired in 1962. Walter Pace Cottam died December 22, 1988.


2 folders