Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection,, 1890-1925  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Forster, Mathew McCullough, 1860-1935.
Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection,
1890-1925 (inclusive)
1 flat box, (1 linear ft.)
Collection Number
Photograph album of images probably taken in 1899. The photographs consist of Salt Lake City views, agricultural scenes around Mendon, and members of the Forster family.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
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

Mathew McCullough Forster (not to be confused with his first cousin Mathew A. Forster who was also a photographer in Mendon) was born on March 29, 1860, in Mendon, Utah. He was said to have been the second child born in Mendon. He served on a mission for the LDS Church to Great Britain from 1899-1901. Upon his return he was engaged as the postmaster of Mendon and as a photographer. He also served as a counselor in the Y.M.M.I.A., and was elected Secretary of the city of Mendon in 1913. Sometime after 1913, however, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and worked as a street car motor man. Forster returned to Mendon when he retired. He died in 1935. He was married to Carrie M. Sorenson, but the two apparently did not have children.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Mathew Forster photograph collection consists of a photograph album of images probably taken just before Forster left on his LDS mission in 1899. The photographs consist of Salt Lake City views, agricultural scenes around Mendon, and members of the Forster family.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Nitrate negatives have been removed from this collection and placed in Cold Storage box 4. Patrons must request to view these negatives 3 hours in advance. Copies are available in box 1.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

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Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: P0010; Mathew M. Forster Photograph Collection; Photograph Collections; Utah State University Special Collections and Archives, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University.

Following Citations: P0010, USUSC.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1.01.: A wooden trestle bridge, possibly over the Jordan River in the Salt Lake Valley 1890-1925
1.02: A wooden trestle bridge, possibly over the Jordan River in the Salt Lake Valley 1890-1925
1.03: Image of farm, assumed to be the Forster ranch in Mendon, Utah 1890-1925
1.04: Farm scene, dog coming towards a young girl, boy in the background 1890-1925
1.05: Farm scene, young girl standing next to a group of roosters and chickens 1890-1925
1.06: Farm scene, young girl standing up next to a baby buggy 1890-1925
1.07: Cattle 1890-1925
1.08: Cattle 1890-1925
1.09: Cattle 1890-1925
1.10: Cattle 1890-1925
1.11: Four women standing outside, in front the James G. Willie home 1890-1925
1.12: One woman standing outside, in front the Willie home 1890-1925
1.13: Woman standing in the yard with an animal at her feet, blurred image 1890-1925
1.14: Woman sitting in the doorway of the Willie home 1890-1925
1.15: Man and a woman sitting together on large boulders 1890-1925
1.16: Two women holding up an object in a field 1890-1925
1.17: Three people standing outside, on the side of house 1890-1925
1.18: Man holding the reins of a horse. Horse standing in the street in front of some buildings 1890-1925
1.19: Man holding the reins of a horse. Horse standing in the street in front of some buildings 1890-1925
1.20: Image of horse standing the street, buildings in the background 1890-1925
1.21: West side of the Salt Lake City and County Building 1890-1925
1.22: Two women, two young girls, and a boy standing on a porch 1890-1925
1.23: View looking north at Eagle Gate 1890-1925
1.24: View looking northwest at the Brigham Young Monument, LDS Salt Lake Temple in the background 1890-1925
1.25: The south side of the LDS Salt Lake Temple 1890-1925
1.26: The Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City 1890-1925
1.27: Store owned by Charles Ellis Johnson, The Johnson Co. (sign says "Kodaks and Curios") and the Desert News and Publishing Co
1.28: View looking southwest at intersection of South Temple and Main Street, shows Brigham Young Monument and Continental Block 1890-1925
1.29: The Bureau of Information building 1890-1925
1.30: The Salt Lake Theater 1890-1925
1.31: Young boy in overalls leading a cow down a path. Hens next to the fence 1890-1925
1.32: Two young girls, a boy, and a cow 1890-1925
1.33: Man holding on to the side of a cow, winter scene 1890-1925
1.34: Cow eating hay out of a wagon, winter scene 1890-1925
1.35: Cows standing in a field, winter scene 1890-1925
1.36: Pigs and piglets in a field 1890-1925
1.37: Pigs in their pen, a man and two horses also in pen 1890-1925
1.38: Portrait post card of "Aunt Violet" 1890-1925
1.39: Portrait post card of a man, taken in Ipswich in January 1913
1.40: Post card of Violet Nelson Jensen and Myrtle Nelson Holmgren playing the guitar and ukelele 1890-1925
1.41: Family snapshot in front of the car 1920-1925
1.42-63: 1:42-63. Probably members of the Forster family. Also includes a photo of the Saltair Saloon, farm buildings, a stone bridge, and what appears to be a hotel registration desk. At least two of the photos show a horse and buggy next to Old Main
These photographs were printed from nitrate negatives some of which show extensive deterioration

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Foster family -- Portraits.
  • Agriculture -- Utah -- Mendon -- Photographs.
  • Forster, Mathew McCullough, 1860-1935 -- Portraits..
  • Forster, Mathew McCullough, 1860-1935.
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Mendon (Utah) -- Photographs.