Walter Pace Cottam photographs
Scope and Contents
Materials include photographs and prints taken by Walter P. Cottam throughout Utah between approximately 1920 and 1940. The subjects of these photographs include landscapes, close shots of flowers and other plants, photographs of buildings, and photographs of people on hikes, fishing, or doing other similar activities. Materials also include 96 negatives that correspond to prints in the collection. Materials also include oversize prints on the same subjects.
- approximately 1920-1940
- Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894- (photographer, Person)
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.
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.
1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
2 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Arranged in 23 series. 1. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of the Wasatch Mountains, approximately 1920-1940. 2. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of the Uintah Mountains, approximately 1920-1940. 3. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Mount Timpanogos and Utah Valley, approximately 1920-1940. 4. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Brigham Young University, approximately 1920-1940. 5. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Moab and Monticello, approximately 1920-1940. 6. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Mexican Hat, Utah, approximately 1920-1940. 7. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Monument Valley, approximately 1920-1940. 8. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Bryce Canyon, approximately 1920-1940. 9. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of Zion National Park, approximately 1920-1940. 10. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of a car in Cedar City, approximately 1920-1940. 11. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of St. George, Utah, approximately 1920-1940. 12. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of a map of Utah, approximately 1931. 13. Walter Pace Cottam stereographs, approximately 1920-1940. 14. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of deserts, approximately 1920-1940. 15. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of water scenes, approximately 1920-1940. 16. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of trees, approximately 1920-1940. 17. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of flora, approximately 1920-1940. 18. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of ancient cave paintings and buildings, approximately 1920-1940. 19. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of campsites and buildings, approximately 1920-1940. 20. Walter Pace Cottam photographs of people, approximately 1920-1940. 21. Walter Pace Cottam unidentified photographs, approximately 1920-1940. 22. Walter Pace Cottam negatives, approximately 1920-1940. 23. Walter Pace Cottam oversize prints, approximately 1920-1940.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage, access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Walter Pace Cottam in 1974.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Walter Pace Cottam; 1974.
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Duplicates of the same photograph are assigned the same number. For example, two copies of photograph number 11 would both be numbered 11.
Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.
Processed; Jamie Wiser; July 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy.
- Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894- -- Photographs
- Desert ecology
- Environment and Conservation
- Environmental Conditions
- Gelatin silver prints
- Landscape photography
- Landscapes -- Utah -- Photographs
- Nature photography
- Nitrate negatives
- Photographic prints
- Rocky Mountains -- Photographs
- Utah -- Environmental conditions
- Utah -- Photographs
- Register of the Walter Pace Cottam photographs
- Under Revision
- Anne Ashton
- 2013 August 8
- 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.
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States