William Neff Photograph Collection, 1952-1987 PDF
- Neff, William
- William Neff Photograph Collection
- 1952-1987 (inclusive)19521987
- 6 boxes, (3.5 linear ft.)
- Collection Number
- Beginning in 1930 Neff began working as a landscape architect. Although Neff was primarily a golf course landscape architect, occasionally he also took residential and commercial jobs, as well as projects for the US National Parks Service. During the mid-1950s Neff oversaw the landscaping done at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Los Angeles Temple.
- Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Utah State University
- Access Restrictions
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
William Henrichsen Neff was born September 22, 1905 in Salt Lake City, Utah the son of William Cyprus and Caroline Henrichsen Neff. During his teenage years Neff worked at Frank Crocker's nursery. In 1925 Neff established the Mount Olympus Nursery which he operated until 1995 in addition to his landscaping work. In 1926 Neff enrolled at the University of Utah to study landscape architecture, but majored in art and botany because the university did not offer landscape architecture courses at the time. Neff however took correspondence courses from the American Landscape School in Des Moines, Iowa where he received his landscaping degree in February 1929. That same year Neff married Elizabeth Leggett and they later had two daughters, Caroline and Diana.
Beginning in 1930 Neff began working as a landscape architect. Although the market for landscape architectural work was small in Utah during the 1930s, Neff still managed to secure a number of residential jobs and received federal support for a few projects, such as his work at Fairmont Park in Salt Lake City. During the 1940s Neff received a contract to landscape the "booming" mining towns of Dragerton and Sunnydale, in Carbon County, Utah. During his work at these locations Neff invented a turf planting machine (originally costing him $2,000), which improved his profits substantially. Neff was able to obtain several patents for his turf machine in the United States and also in several other countries, including Germany, England, Italy, Canada, and Sweden.
In 1952 Neff was asked to overhaul the Salt Lake Country Club's golf course. This project helped Neff establish a name for himself as a major golf course landscape architect. During this period Neff improved his knowledge of golf course architecture through personal study and also teamed with architect William P. Bell on a number of projects. During this period, Neff went on to supervise work on golf courses at Mountain Dell, Hobble Creek, and the Bonneville Country Club. After W.P. Bell died, Neff worked with his son, William F. Bell, on the Riverside Golf Course as a construction supervisor. Although Neff was primarily a golf course landscape architect, occasionally he also took residential and commercial jobs, as well as projects for the US National Parks Service. During the mid-1950s Neff oversaw the landscaping done at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Los Angeles Temple.
In 1967 landscape architect William Howard Neff (no relation) moved to Salt Lake and joined with Neff to design several golf courses. They worked on numerous projects in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and other western states. Neff worked with William Howard Neff until 1981 when the latter started his own landscaping business. Neff continued on his own to design golf courses and country clubs until his death in 2001.
Over the course of Neff's career he was also actively involved in local and civic affairs. Neff was the first president of the Holliday Lions Club, served as president of the Utah-Idaho Nurseryman's Association, was a member of the Sugarhouse Rotary Club, a member of the Surety Life Organization, and a member of the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum. Neff was also one of the early members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and helped to write the organization's founding by-laws and constitution. Neff was also an avid golfer in his spare time.
Neff died at his home in Holliday, Utah on March 24, 2001. In 2002 William Henrichsen Neff was posthumously inducted into the Utah Golf Association Hall Of Fame.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The majority of this collection contains photographs, negatives, and slides that depict the landscape architecture projects of William Henrichsen Neff.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the William Neff Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photo Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Permission to publish material from the William Neff Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Initial Citation: P0334; William Neff Photograph Collection; Photograph Collections Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:P0334, USUSC.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||01:01:01-34: Hawaii, Europe, and Job Site||1952-1987|
|01:03:01-09: Dr. Winthrope||1965|
|01:05:01-27: Koanapali, Las Vegas, and Rancho Bernardo||1967-1968|
|01:06:01-28: Scenery P||1969|
|01:08:01: Jim Carter and Jimmie||1952-1987|
|01:10:01-13. : Olympic||1972|
|01:11:01-22: Little America, Cheyenne||1965-1976|
|01:13:01-19: Planet Ranch||1971|
|01:14:01-06: Mt. view Golf Course and John Wallace||1967|
|01:15:01-05: Masters/Augusta Par 3 and Merion/ Ardmore PA||1952-1987|
|01:16:01-21: Stansbury, Denver and Colo. Springs||1970|
|01:17:01-12: Dragerton, Lawn Planting Machine||1952-1987|
|01:18:01-11: Murray School, Colorado Scenery and Homes in Denver||1952-1987|
|01:19:01-23: Mt. Olympus Nursery||1974-1982|
|01:20:01-04: Tall Oaks||1986|
|01:21:01-06: Hidden Valley and Condo Palm Desert||1952-1987|
|01:22:01-21: Rancho Perrazo||1969|
|01:23:01-06. : Little America/Western||1976|
|01:24:01-07: Vaughn Barker Course and Hearst Castle||1974-1976|
|01:25:01-19: Bloomington and Stansbury||1969-1972|
|01:26:01-05. : Alpine C.C||1960-1965|
|01:27:01-22: Park City and Treasure Mountain Winter||1962-1965|
|01:28:01-25: The Pinery||1969-1971|
|01:29:01-14: Bountiful and Hi-Ute||1969-1974|
|01:30:01-09. : Bloomington, before construction||1969|
|01:31:01-05: Salt Lake C.C||1962-1974|
|01:32:01-06: Round Valley||1967|
|01:33:01: Riverside C.C||1962|
|01:34:01-11: Sweetwater #1, before Construction||1972|
|01:35:01-06: Bill Howard Neff in Greenhouse and Midway Golf Course||1966-1967|
|01:36:01-20: Kanab Area, Enoch Smith's, Lambs Canyon||1952/1987|
|01:37:01-08: Los Angeles Temple Model||1952/1987|
|01:38:01-05: Murray School Showing Planting Machine||1952/1987|
|01:39:01: Hack and Bill Neff||1952/1987|
|01:40:01-14: Little America, Flagstaff||1972-1976|
|2||02:01:01-27: Oakridge, Riverside, Park City, 1962-1963. Wasatch (Before construction), Alpine, Salt LaKe Communtiy College, Sweetwater, Barker (Fore Lakes), Stansbury (Before construction)||1962-1963|
|02:02:01-30: Salt Lake Communtiy College, Alpine, Wasatch (before construction), and Stansbury (before construction)||1965/1972|
|02:04:01-14: Barker Course (Fore Lakes)||1976|
|02:06:01-53: New Zealand||1971|
|02:09:01-105: Hong Kong, tourist, golf course, and city/people shots||1971|
|02:10:01-16: Hong Kong and Singapore||1952/1987|
|02:11:01-10: Carmel Valley||1972|
|02:12:01-80: Palm Springs Motor Lodge and Palm Springs||1959-1968|
|02:13:01-20: Misc. - Ross Fountain, Eager, Vaughn Barker and Others||1952/1987|
|02:15:01-31: San Francisco Golf Club||1972|
|02:16:01-39: Landscaping - Home and Winthrope, England||1965|
|02:17:01-37: Cypress Point and Spyglass||1972|
|02:18:01-33: Olympic Golf Course and Pebble Beach||1972|
|02:19:01-15: Masters-Augusta National, Merion/Ardmore, PA, Westlake C.C., Beverly Hills Construction (Dean Martin), T. Jones, and San Jacinto||1952/1987|
|02:20:01-46: Southern Utah (Glen Canyon), Flaming Gorge, and Jackson Hole||11959-1963|
|02:21:01-05: England Que Gardens and Denmark||1952/1987|
|02:22:01-31: Spain and Portugal||1952/1987|
|02:23:01-40: Italy and Greece||1952/1987|
|02:25:01-26: Las Vegas, Bill Ralphs home, Mrs. June Jackson, flowers, and family||1952/1987|
|02:26:01-88: San Francisco Golf Club Holes 15-18 and Misc. views||1952/1987|
|3||03:01:01-13: Misc. photos of William Neff||1952/1987|
|03:02:01-04: William Neff playing golf and shaking hands with others||1952/1987|
|03:03:01-03: William Neff recieving golf awards||1952/1987|
|03:04:01: View of landscaping around Neff's home, includes a putting green||1952/1987|
|03:04:02-08: Misc. photos of Neff, his friends or family and golfing buddies||1952/1987|
|03:04:09-10: Neff golfing, folder labeled "Holdings Little America."||1952/1987|
|03:04:11-12: Neff with a friend at a golfing event||1952/1987|
|03:05:01-03: William Neff and others at golfing events||1952/1987|
|03:06:01: Photo of 4 men around a golf cart (Walt Wakin sitting inside), "1st cart allowed in the C.C. due to heart impairment."||1952|
|03:07:01-17: ASCGA Photos||1952/1987|
|03:08:01: William Neff playing golf||1952/1987|
|03:08:02: William Neff with an unidentified man||1952/1987|
|03:08:03: Two unidentified men, likely surveying land for a future golf course site||1952/1987|
|03:09:01-11: Sweetwater Golf Course||1974|
|03:10:01-14: Riverside Golf Course||1962|
|03:11:01-15: Negatives - Unknown Golf Course||1952/1987|
|03:12:01-13: Mount Olympus Nursery||1952/1987|
|03:13:01-17: Mount Olympus Nursery (?)||1980|
|03:14:01-37: Mount Olympus Nursery (?)||1982-1983|
|03:15:01-09: Little America, Cheyenne||1976|
|03:16:01-03: Tree transplanting equipment||1952/1987|
|03:17:01-13: Little America, Flagstaff||1952/1987|
|03:18:01-15: Wasatch Mountain Golf Course, aerial views and a map||1952/1987|
|03:19:01-05: Treasure Mountain, Bountiful, Mountain View, and Stansbury golf course maps||1952/1987|
|03:20:01-10: Aerial photos, location unknown||1952/1987|
|03:21:01: Aerial photos, location unknown||1952/1987|
|03:22:01-10: Aerial photos for Davis County golf course||1967|
|03:23:01: Aerial Photo. Travertine Rock Section||1952/1987|
|03:24:01-25: Jean Johnson, 4529 Wander Lane||1952/1987|
|03:27:01-15. : Misc. views - Southern Utah, Planting equipment, Landscapes, Palm Desert, and people||1952/1987|
|03:28:01: Carte-de-Visite of an unidentified man||1952/1987|
|03:29:01-12: Negatives. Lawn planting equipment and tree transplanting||1952/1987|
|03:30:01-08: Negatives. Misc. - William Neff with others, an unidentified man, and an unknown golf course||1952/1987|
|03:31:01-54: Negatives. Unknown golf courses, people, and places||1952/1987|
|03:32:01-02: Photos of a mermaid sculpture||1952/1987|
|4||04:01:01-07: Photos of a golfer in various stages of a swing, William Neff, and an unidentified woman||1952/1987|
|04:02:01-05: Acapulco and a view from a boat floating a Canal||1952/1987|
|04:03:01-21: Tourist booklet - photographs of Lisbon, Portugal||1952/1987|
|04:04:01-06: Photos of homes||1952/1987|
|04:04:07-09: Slides of homes||1952/1987|
|04:05:01-31: Hidden Valley||1952/1987|
|04:06:01-02: Vernal (Utah) Golf Course after a 1983 flood||1983|
|04:07:01-11: Los Angeles L.D.S Temple model||1952/1987|
|04:08:01-22. : Various fountains||1952/1987|
|04:09:01-19: Salt Lake Country Club and Golf Course||1962|
|04:10:01: "Rolling Acres." - A postcard-like view of a rural farm||1952/1987|
|04:10:02-06: Photos of unknown golf courses||1952/1987|
|04:11:01-04. : Aerial views of the Alpine Country Club site||1952/1987|
|04:12:01-02: An aerial photo and a Vail-on-Eagle program||1952/1987|
|04:13:01-03: Neff with others at golfing events||1952/1987|
|04:14:01-02: Bloomington golf course maps||1952/1987|
|04:15:01-03: An aerial view and landcape illustrations for 2 projects||1952/1987|
|04:16:01-03: South East High School building plans||1952/1987|
|04:17:01: "Earl Holding Materials." - An aerial view||1952/1987|
|04:18:01-12: Unknown golf course||1952/1987|
|04:19:01-07: Misc. photos, landscapes, homes, and golfing||1952/1987|
|04:20:01-02: Alfred Teufel Nursery in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho - Austrian Pines||1952/1987|
|04:21:01-16: Misc. Negatives. (See also 04:18:01-12)||1952/1987|
|04:22:01-04: Negatives of the Alpine Country Club dedication||1952/1987|
|04:23:01-09: Orem Aerial Photos||1952/1987|
|5||05:01:01-85: Home and Family||1952/1987|
|05:02:01-16: Lake Powell||1952/1987|
|05:05:01-11: Naples, Florida||1952/1987|
|05:06:01-17. : Spain or Portugal? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|05:07:01-27: Greece? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|05:08:01-13: Europe? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|05:09:01-11: Doris - Church Office||1952/1987|
|05:10:01-15: Hearst Castle||1952/1987|
|05:11:01-15: Trip to Asia||1952/1987|
|05:12:01-15: Sydney (3), Phoenix Airport (1), Canberra (1), Doris-California (1), a model (3), Grand Canyon (4), Las Vegas (1), and Venice Italy (1)||1952/1987|
|05:13:01-15: Spain or Portugal? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|05:14:01-25: England? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|05:16:01-34: Various different gardens - Sunken (13), Japanese (7), Italian (3), and Rose (1), lawn (1), Star pond (1), and flowers (6)||1952/1987|
|05:17:01-20: Europe? Unidentified||1952/1987|
|6||06:01: Oversized negative of an Area near Bill Williams River||1952/1987|
|06:02: Large portrait of William Neff||1952/1987|
|06:03-04: Unknown Black and White Photos||1952/1987|
|06:05: Black and White Aerial view of Flagstaff||1952/1987|
|06:06-08: Board mounted aerial photos of Wasatch Mountain State Park||1952/1987|
|06:09: Board mounted Photo of Bloomington Hill Golf Course||1952/1987|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Personal Names :
- Neff, William H. (William Henrichsen), 1905-2001--Photographs.
- Corporate Names :
- Los Angeles Temple (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Photographs.
- Little America (Flagstaff, Ariz.)--Photographs.
- Mt. Olympus Nursery--Photographs.
- Family Names :
- Neff family--Photographs.
- Geographical Names :
- Dragerton (Utah)--Photographs.
- Sunnydale (Utah)--Photographs.
- Occupations :
- Golf courses--Utah--Photographs.
- Landscape architects--Utah--Photographs.
- Landscape architecture--Utah--Photographs.
- Landscape architecture--West (U.S.)--Photographs.
- Landscape nurseries--Utah--Photographs.