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J. Cecil Alter papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5989

Scope and Contents note

This collection primarily contains the correspondence between J. Cecil Alter and Arthur W. Duncan, from 1948-1957. Included also is a preface written by J. Cecil Alter for Francis F. Victor’s River of the West.


  • 1948-1957


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the J. Cecil Alter papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

J. Cecil Alter (1879-1964) was a noted Utah historian.

J. Cecil Alter was born on 31 March 1879 in Rensselaer, Indiana. He attended Valparaiso University, Northern Indiana Teachers' Institute, and Purdue University. A noted Utah historian, Alter wrote James Bridger(1925), Through the Heart of the Scenic West (1927), Storied Domain (1932), and Early Utah Journalism (1938). He began working for the Salt Lake Weather Bureau in Salt Lake City in 1927. In 1941 he accepted a similar position in Cincinnati, Ohio and retired there in 1949. He died in May 1964 in Los Angeles, California.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence between J. Cecil Alter and Arthur W. Duncan, 1948-1957.

Custodial History note

Donated by Peter Crawley in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Peter Crawley; 1986.

Appraisal note

Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

See The J. Cecil Alter Papers, 1896-1959, Utah State Historical Society Salt Lake City, Utah.

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles; 9 November 2007.

Register of J. Cecil Alter papers
Melissa Cowles and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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