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LaVell Cooley photograph collection, 1920-1985

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Cooley, I. LaVell, 1901-
Title
LaVell Cooley photograph collection
Dates
1920-1985 (inclusive)
1940-1960 (bulk)
Quantity
4 boxes, (2 linear ft. )
Collection Number
USU_P0101
Summary
The LaVell Cooley Photograph Collection consists of 736 artistic and personal photographs (both black & white and color) taken by this career military man and Utah State University graduate. Included in the collection are a few early shots of the Utah State University campus, but the bulk consists of views taken while on military assignment in the Virgin Islands (including Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Dutch Guinea, Haiti, and Jamaica) as well as national parks (including Monument Valley, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Zion National Park), mountain scenes, and the California coast. Cooley and his wife Gwendolyn appear in many of the images. More Cooley photographs (including black and white and color 16mm film of national parks) can be found in the unprocessed photographs.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

LaVell Irwin Cooley (1901-1980) was the son of Oscar Wood Cooley, manager of the Utah State cafeteria for many years. LaVell took up photography at an early age making many images for the Buzzer yearbooks. In 1925, after graduating with a degree in chemistry, he attended summer school and worked on his Masters Degree in Geology, which he earned in 1929. Cooley later became a research engineer in Long Beach, California where he worked with photomicrographic and high speed photography. In 1940 he was called to active duty with the Army; his first assignment was Camp Callan, LaJolla, California. LaVell held several command positions during World War II, and retired after becoming physically disabled. He and his wife settled in Los Altos, where he immediately built a darkroom and continued his photography for the rest of his life. He died in 1980.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The LaVell Cooley Photograph Collection consists of 736 images of artistic and personal photographs taken by this career military man and Utah State University graduate. Included in the collection are a few early shots on campus, but the bulk consists of views taken while on military assignment in the Virgin Islands (including Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Dutch Guinea, Haiti, and Jamaica) as well as national parks (including Monument Valley, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Zion National Park), mountain scenes, and the California coast. Cooley and his wife Gwendolyn appear in many of the images. More Cooley photographs (including black and white and color 16mm film of national parks) can be found in the unprocessed photographs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the LaVell Cooley photograph collection> must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

LaVell Cooley photograph collection, 1920-1985. (P0101). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Grand Teton National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 1
1:01:01-1:01:03: Chapel of the Transfiguration
1:01:04-08: Views of Grand Teton National Park (Jenny Lake?)
1:01:09-11: Photos of a woman on a horse

Yellowstone National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 2
1:02:01-02. : Views of The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (waterfall)
1:02:03: Elk discarding winter coat
1:02:04-05: Views of Yellowstone river
1:02:06-07: Scenic views of Grand Canyon?
1:02:08: Bison
1:02:09: The Firehole River
1:02:10: A black bear
1:02:11: Tower Falls
1:02:12-14: Views of geyser formations in the park

Death Valley, CA:Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 3
1:03:01-03: Views of the valley

Mesa Verde:Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 4

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 4
1:04:01-06. : Views of the Indian ruins at Mesa Verde

Zion National Park:Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 5

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 5
1:05:01-02: Views of the Narrows
1:05:03-08: Rock Candy Mountain area, along Mt. Carmel Highway (just outside of Zion National Park)
1:05:09-17: Great White Throne area
1::05:18: Park visitors exploring on rocks
1:05:19-20: Virgin River. Entrance to Park
1:05:21-30: The Narrows. Some views include a group of Boy Scouts and their leaders

Yosemite National Park:Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 6-9

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 6-9
1:06:01-15: Several different views of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
1:07:01-10b. : Yosemite National Park Waterfalls and Streams
1:08:01-03: Photos of deer
1:08:04. : View of road, car driving out of park
1:08:05. : Oddly shaped tree stump

Views of Glacier National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 9

Mount Whitney and Glacier Lake:Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 10

Container(s) Description
box folder
1 10
1:10:01-06. : Views of Mount Whitney and Glacier Lake
1:10:07. : Alabama Hills. Back of Lone Pine, CA
1:10:08. : View of the park
1:10:09. : View of a 19 mile hike, showing a glacier lake
1:10:10-11: Views of the park

Various views of Mount WhitneyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 11

1:11:01-12.

Views of the Alabama Hills near Mt. WhitneyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 12

1:12:01-14.

Infra-red views of the South Rim of the Grand CanyonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 13

1:13:01-05.

Winter Scenes of Yosemite National Park, including Mirror LakeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 14

1:14:01-09.

Winter Scenes of Yosemite National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 15

1:15:01-11.

Christmas at Yosemite , 1931.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 16

1:16:01-08.

Views of Half Dome at Yosemite National ParkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 17

1:17:01-13.

Arizona photosReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 1

Container(s) Description
box folder
2 1
2:01:01: A pueblo ruin in Arizona
2:01:02: A native-American woman with baby in Arizona
2:01:03: Cancer on Sajuaro cactus near Tuscon
2:01:04-11: Various views of cacti in Arizona
2:01:12-27: Views of the Arizona desert, various photos of cacti, flowers

Craters of the MoonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 2

Container(s) Description
box folder
2 2
2:02:01: "Craters of the Moon" on the way to Sun Valley

Views of Washington, D.CReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 3

2:3:01-02.

Views of Richmond, VirginiaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 4

2:4:01-03.

Photos near El Paso, TexasReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 5

2:5:01-03.

San Juan Capistrano Mission near San DiegoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 6

2:6:01-04.

Animal PhotosReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 7

Container(s) Description
box folder
2 7
2:07:01-02: Elephants
2:07:03: Cocker Spaniel
2:07:04: Donkey
2:07:05: Chipmunk

Niagra FallsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 8

2:8:01.

Columbia River (falls)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 9

2:9:01-02.

San Juan Capistrano Mission near San DiegoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 10

2:10:01-15.

Virginia City, NevadaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 11

2:11:01-02.

White Sands, New MexicoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 12

2:12:01-22.

North California Scences, incliuding Stanford UniversityReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 13

Container(s) Description
box folder
2 13
2:13:01-02: Devil's Post Pile, High Sierras
2:13:03-04: Views of Stanford
2:13:05-06: Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
2:13:07-08: Views of the High Sierras, near Bishop, CA
2:13:09-10: Devil's Post Pile
2:13:11: Lodge at Mount Hood
2:13:12-22: Redwood trees in North California, including the General Sherman tree
2:13:23: Beautiful old home of Pacific Lumber Co. President Eureka, California
2:13:24: Burney Falls
2:13:25-30: More views of Redwood forests
Includes photos of LaVell, Gwen and friends among the trees.
2:13:31-34: San Francisco Bay
2:13:35-38: Views of the California-Oregon coast (Pyramid Rock?)
2:13:39: Russian Church
2:13:40-41: Famous old cypress at Carmel
2:13:42: Stanford Chapel
2:13:43: View on the way to the Gold Country

Views of New Orleans including Jackson Square Cathedral, Statue of Andrew Jackson, and The Old Absinthe HouseReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 14

2:14:01-17.

Views of Georgetown, British Guiana (Manatees?)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 1

3:01:01-07.

Views of New Orleans including Jackson Square Cathedral, Statue of Andrew Jackson, and The Old Absinthe HouseReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 2

3:02:01-10.

PanamaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 3

Container(s) Description
box folder
3 3
3:03:01. : Colon-Panama (Caribbean Side)
3:03:02-05. : Old Panama City (Pacific Side)

Culebra IslandReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 12

Container(s) Description
box folder
2 12
3:04:01. : Typical West Indies Cove at Culebra Island, between Puerto Rico and the virgin Islands

Views of Kingston, JamaicaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 5

3:05:01-03.

Paramaribo, Dutch GuineaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 6

Container(s) Description
box folder
3 6
3:06:01. : Market Place in Paramaribo, Dutch Guinea

Port-au-Prince, HaitiReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 7

Container(s) Description
box folder
3 7
3:07:01. : Market Place at Port-au-Prince in Haiti

Views of Trinidad including the famous Tar PitsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 8

3:08:01-13.

San Juan HarborReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 9

3:09:01.

Views of San Juan, Puerto Rico including poor native families, and photos of the trip from Puerto Rico to TrinidadReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 10

3:10:01-22.

Views of San Juan, Puerto Rico including Fort El MoroReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 11

3:10:01-20. Some duplicates of photos in folder 10.

Views of Puerto Rico including the oldest Christian church in the western hemisphere at San German (dated about 1511 AD)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 12

3:12:01-16.

Views of Puerto Rico including locals harvesting sugar cane fields, Colonel Jones, and a snapshot of the Capital Building at San JuanReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 13

3:13:01-21.

Various photos of LaVell and others in Puerto RicoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 14

3:14:01-31.

Views of Cache Valley, Utah, Arizona and CaliforniaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 1

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 1
4:01:01: Woman taking photo of a girl and a dog
4:01:02: A field of Sheep
4:01:03: Rick's Spring in Logan Canyon, Utah
4:01:04: View of the Valley, LDS Temple in sight
4:01:05: Old Main USAC Campus in winter
4:01:06: View of LDS Temple
4:01:07: View of Logan Canyon from USU Campus
4:01:08: Great Grandma Cooley with baby Gene and his Grandpa
4:01:09: Old Main Tower
4:01:10: A photo of the Cooley Family

Various views of Hoover Dam and electric equipmentReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 2

4:02:01-07.

Views of Palm Springs including Palm Springs CanyonReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 3

4:03:01-11. Photo 11 is in color.

Photos of Monument Valley (Also Arches National Monument?)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 4

4:04:01-06.

Photos of Arizona: Mostly palm treesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 5

4:05:01-11. Photo 10 is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ.

Photos of UtahReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 6

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 6
4:06:01. : Cache Valley, Utah. Wellsville and Mendon in the distance
4:06:02-03: Logan Canyon
4:06:04: Wasatch Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains (near Brigham City)
4:06:05-17: Views of aspen trees in Southern Utah

Photos of CaliforniaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 7

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 7
4:07:01: Harbor in Southern California
4:07:02: Cypress tree in Carmel, CA
4:07:04: Old Prospector in Borego Desert, CA
4:07:05-06: Southern California, Los Angeles area
4:07:07-24: Photos of Sailboats
4:07:25-43: Ocean views on the California Coast
4:07:44: San Juan Capistrano Mission, near San Diego
4:07:45-48: Various photos of boats
4:07:49-50: Photos of olvera Street in L.A

Various views of Bryce Canyon (also Pueblo Ruin)Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 6

4:08:01-09.

Cedar BreaksReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 9

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 9
4:09:01: Photo of Cedar Breaks

Mount Saint Helen's and Spirit LakeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 10

4:10:01-02.

Photos of LaVell, Gwen and other military friends stationed in various countries including Trinidad and Puerto RicoReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 11

4:11:01-21.

Unidentified locationsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 12

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 12
4:12:01-11: Different angles of unidentified beach and valley locations, possibly in Haiti
4:12:12-26: Photos of natives and their homes in various unidentified locations, possible Puerto Rico and/or Trinidad

Unidentified locationsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 13

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 13
4:13:01-04. : Views of cows in an unknown location
4:13:05-11. : Unidentified photos of buildings and street scenes probably in Puerto Rico, Antigua, or Trinidad
4:13:12: A man looking at photos of topless women
4:13:13-15: Unidentified water scenes
4:13:16-23. : Photos of plants in tropical locations

Some locations unidentifiedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4, Folder 14

Container(s) Description
box folder
4 14
4:14:01: Shoshone Falls, Idaho
4:14:02: The California coast
4:14:03: A wooden cabin with a fallen tree straight through the middle of it. Possibly in the Redwood Forest in CA
4:14:04: Gwen and LaVell Cooley (in uniform) standing in front of a white house with columns-location unknown
4:14:05: A postcard with photos of four of the public schools in Brigham City, Utah
4:14:06: A blossoming tree
4:14:07: Corn stalks
4:14:08: Military men in uniform surrounding a bomb on display
Label on back of photo: "Roc Glide Bomb."
4:14:09: A field of wild daisies
4:14:10: Photo of a woman collecting rocks
4:14:11: A field of wheat, ready to harvest, probably in Cache Valley
4:14:12-13: Photos of dead tree stumps
4:14:14-21: Mountain scenes of trees and stream. One view in winter
4:14:22-23: Views of unidentified mountains
One photo includes a cemetery possibly in Cache Valley.
4:14:24-57: Various unidentified photos: trees, rivers, lakes, mountains (Yosemite? Mount Rainer? Southern Utah?)