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Otto Duke papers

Identifier: MSS 1536

Scope and Contents

Contains Duke's professional activities in the field of mining engineering between 1919 and 1975, and includes articles and reports, research and financial data, blueprints, machinery descriptions and project specifications, and correspondence. It also includes personal papers which document his education, involvement in academic and religious organizations, travel brochures and stationary, postcards, and assorted family correspondence, also dating from 1919 to 1975.


  • 1919-1975


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 the Otto Duke papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Otto Duke (1899-1983) was a mechanical engineer in the western United States.

Born in 1899, Otto Duke was educated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. He worked as an instructor in that program in the 1930s, and later served as the secretary-treasurer of the Intermountain Alumni Association of the Theta Tau fraternity there. During his career in mining engineering, Duke worked with numerous mining companies,including the United States Smelting, Refining, and Mining Co. in Alaska, Chicago, and the western states; F.C. Torkelson Co. in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Alaska; Utah Construction and Stearns-Roger in Tucson, Arizona; Allis Chalmers, Traylor Engineering and Manufacturing, Columbia Steel Co., and Geneva Works; as well as the U.S. Naval Supply Depot in Clearfield, Utah. Duke died in 1983.


3 oversize folders (0.9 linear ft.)

7 oversize boxes (6 linear ft.)

28 boxes (14 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Mixed boxes consisting of materials relating to Otto Duke's career in mining engineering, as well as personal material, between 1919 and 1975.


This collection is arranged into twelve series: 1. Otto Duke family papers, 1933-1975. 2. Otto Duke papers on education, 1919-1945. 3. Otto Duke personal papers, 1920-1975. 4. Otto Duke papers on religion, 1920-1975, bulk 1930-1946. 5. Otto Duke papers on the Theta Tau fraternity, 1955-1969. 6. Otto Duke collection of engineering papers, 1908-1975. 7. Otto Duke papers on the United States Smelting, Refining, and Mining Company, 1924-1958. 8. Otto Duke papers on the F. C. Torkelson Company, 1946-1975. 9. Otto Duke papers on the Utah Construction-Stearns Roger Joint Venture, 1941-1975, bulk 1954-1955. 10. Otto Duke papers on the Columbia Steel Company, 1941-1944. 11. Otto Duke papers on the US Naval Supply Company, 1942-1945. 12. Otto Duke miscellaneous engineering papers, 1917-1973.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory available in repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Duke's son Melvin after his death in 1983; transferred from his home in Salt Lake City.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Melvin Duke; 1984.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also the John M. Boutwell papers (MSS 1647) and the Robert Gorlinski collection (MSS 998).

Processing Information

Processed; John Murphy, curator, and Amanda Clark, student processor; 2008.

Register of Otto Duke papers
Amanda C. Clark
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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