Wasatch Mountain Club records, 1920-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Wasatch Mountain Club
Title
Wasatch Mountain Club records
Dates
1920-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
28.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0283
Summary
The Wasatch Mountain Club records (1920-1998) contain financial records, membership lists, activity schedules, newsletters, brochures and pamphlets, summit registers, corresponence, meeting minutes, and ski-related material. The Wasatch Mountain Club was formed in August 1913, and remains in operation. The club supports a broad range of outdoor activities including hiking, ski mountaineering and river running. The club has also been involved with wilderness preservation issues since the 1960s, and continues to provide outdoor opportunities for club members and the public.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Although the Wasatch Mountain Club was formally incorporated on 13 May 1920, it was informally organized earlier, sometime in August of 1913. The seven original participants are said to have met in the mountains, on various trails near Salt Lake City. Soon, women were present on the outings, and before the club was formally organized, it had sponsored hiking and skiing trips, built a ski jump, and helped to rediscover Timpanogos Cave and preserve it from mining interests. There were thirteen charter members when the club incorporated, but within five years their numbers grew past 500. With a more extensive schedule of activities, hiking and skiing outings, bus tours, and social programs, it was agreed that a permanent lodge and headquarters should be constructed. Brighton, Utah at the head of Big Cottonwood Canyon, was selected as a site, and work began in the spring of 1929. Much of the labor necessary to build the lodge was volunteered by club members. When the building was finished in October 1937, it had a capacity of fifty overnight guests. In 1933 the club was governed by its first woman president, Miss Edith Cook. Also in that year the Wasatch Mountain Club Ladies Chorus (later the Schubert Singers) was founded. During the 1930s rock climbing outings and classes were first offered by the club. World War II effected the club significantly. Many of the male members were in the armed forces and gasoline was rationed, therefore club activities were somewhat limited. Nevertheless, club members joined the mountain Ski Corps Emergency Squad and the Office of Civil Defense participating in rescue work, guide service, and searches for lost aircraft. After the war, a series of shelter huts were constructed by the club along the exposed ridges between Alta, Brighton, and Park City. In 1949, a ski tow was put in at Great Western Hill, Brighton. During the 1950s, the club's activities diversified to include river running and ski mountaineering. By 1960 the club's membership had increased from under 100 immediately after the war to 600. In the 1960s the club became increasingly concerned with the conservation of wilderness. Club members made extensive studies and participated in lobbying efforts aimed at preserving the Wasatch and Uintah Ranges and many areas of Southern Utah and neighboring states. These efforts have been gratified by the designation of the Lone Peak Wilderness Area in the 1970s and eight other wilderness areas in Utah in 1984.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Wasatch Mountain Club records (1920-1998) contain materials pertaining to club activities from the 1920s through the 1990s. A good introduction is provided by "A Wasatch Mountain Club History" by Lawrence Vanderplas, found in box one, folder one. Also in boxes one and two are incorporation and organizational documents, financial material, and a series of membership rosters dating form 1929 to 1977. These records are filed in the original order of their sources. Boxes three through five contain the club president's copies of the minutes of club meetings. Treasurer's reports, read at each meeting, are filed with the minutes of that meeting. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers are filed with the minutes in their original order. Box 6 contains correspondence between Miss Edith Cook (later Mrs. S. Dean Green) and the club directors. It also contains a scrapbook compiled in 1946 by Loretta Bartlett with materials dating back to the 1920s. Box seven contains newspaper clippings pertaining to the club and its members from 1949 to 1970 and a series of notices of club events and meetings. Box eight contains postcard schedules of club events from 1930 to 1966 and copies of the Wasatch Rambler, the club's magazine. Also in box eight are documents pertaining to ski mountaineering and the civilian ski patrol, two avalanche reports, an information sheet about a 1917 hike of Mt. Timpanogos, and a series of programs from the Wasatch Mountain Club Ladies Choir. Box nine contains the guest register of the Wasatch Mountain Club Lodge at Brighton, Utah, with entries from 1944-1959, and a summit register from Box Elder Peak with entries from 1933 to 1977. Also in box nine are the papers of Frank Trottier, the club's legal advisor from 1920s and 1930s, and a notebook kept by O'Dell Peterson in the 1930s and 1940s. Box ten contains oversize material and issues of The Rambler are in boxes eleven and twelve. Boxes thirteen through sixteen contain further administrative and miscellaneous documents. Boxes seventeen through twenty-one contain correspondence, administrative material, and summit registers. Boxes twenty-two and twenty-three contain a scrapbook and news clippings, boxes twenty-four and twenty-five contain membership cards, and box twenty-six has financial information.

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 Wasatch Mountain Club records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Wasatch Mountain Club records, Ms 283 Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Ms 283.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Organization and MembershipReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1
Lawrence Vanderplas, "A Wasatch Mountain Club History"
This essay traces the development and activities of the club from before its incorporation in 1920 until the mid-1970s. It includes a list of interviews the author conducted while researching this subject.
2-3
Rules, Regulations, Constitution and Amendments
1937-1963
4
Certificate of Incorporation
1923
5
President's Notebook
A notebook containing the club president's copy of membership rosters. Some of these rosters have marginal notes and corrections. The original order of this notebook has been maintained.
1929-1957
6-9
Membership Rosters
1961-1977
10
Board of Directors Rosters
1973-1976
11-25
Treasurer's File
Operating statements, balance sheets, property inventories and ledger pages.
1920-1945

Financial InformationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Folder
1-2
Ledger
1923-1947
3
Lodge Construction
A collection of receipts, contracts, and treasurer's records.
1929-1937
4
Commissary Expenses
1942

Meeting Minutes, 1921-1960Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Meeting Minutes, 1960-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Meeting Minutes, 1968-1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Correspondence and ScrapbooksReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Container(s) Description Dates
box
6
Folder
1
Correspondence
Miscellaneous correspondence between the Wasatch Mountain Club board of directors and Miss Edith Cook (later Mrs. Samuel Dean Green). Some of these letters are personal, some are "form letters" addressed to Mr. Green. They have been arranged chronologically.
2-22
Scrapbook
The Wasatch Mountain Club Scrapbook, Volumns I through III. This scrapbook was compiled in 1946 by Loretta Bartlett, the club librarian and historian, and contains materials dating from 1926 through 1946. This scrapbook contains the only known existing copies of some early editions of , the Wasatch Mountain Club magazine. It also contains a variety of official correspondence, notices of meetings and outings, newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to the Wasatch Mountain Club and its members, photographs and other memorabilia.
1926-1946

Clippings and Notices, 1924-1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

Container(s) Description Dates
box
7
Folder
1-2
News Clippings
1949-1970
3-11
Notices
Primarily notices of meetings and events.
1924-1968

Schedules, Reports, and NewslettersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 8

In addition to the foldered material, this box contains envelopes of postcards with schedules of Wasatch Mountain Club activities from 1930 to 1966.

Container(s) Description Dates
box
8
Folder
1
Wasatch Rambler
1922-1957
2
Ski Mountaineering and Civilian Ski Patrol
3
Avalance Accident Reports
Silver Fork, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Cardiac Ridge, Cardiff Fork, Big Cottonwood Canyon.
1967; 1972
4
Mount Timpanogos
An information sheet describing a trip up Mount Timpanogos sponsored by Brigham Young University.
1917
5
Ladies Chorus
Programs from concerts by the Wasatch Mountain Club Ladies Chorus (later the Schubert Singers).
1934-1971

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Papers in folders 3-14 were donated by Frank Trottier, who advised the Wasatch Mountain Club in legal matters in the 1920s and 1930s.

Container(s) Description Dates
box
9
Folder
1
Guest Register, Brighton Lodge
1944-1959
2
Summit Register, Box Elder Peak
1933-1973
3-4
Constitution and Amendments
1930-1950
5
Rules and Regulations
1937
6
Application Forms
1930s
7
Legal Documents
1932-1936
8
Income Statements and Receipts
1929-1947
9
Correspondence, Board of Directors
10
Lodge Construction
1915-1930
11-13
Membership Rosters
1930-1953
14
Thank You Letter, Charles Pfeiffer to Frank Trottier
1939
15
O'Dell Peterson Notebook
A notebook kept by O'Dell Peterson of Wasatch Mountain Club activities in the 1930s and miscellaneous materials. The originalorder of this notebook has been preserved.
16
Grand Canyon Trip
Record of a trip to Southern Utah, written at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Bright Angel Point, 12 September 1924.
1924

Oversize Material, 1931-1995Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Contains two treasurer's journals (1931-1968) and a tee-shirt (1995).

The Rambler, 1980-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

The Rambler, 1985-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

Correspondence and Administrative DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Container(s) Description Dates
box
13
Folder
1-5
Correspondence
1921-1939
6-8
Administrative Documents
1922-1988

Board Meeting Minutes, 1926-1946Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 15

Container(s) Description Dates
box
15
Folder
1
Trip Schedules and Bulletins
1949-1951
2
News Clippings
1987-1996
3
Club Manual
1993-1995
4
75th Anniversary Reception
A tee-shirt commemorating the club's 75th anniversary was placed in box ten of this collection.
1995

Poster, Utah's Scenic Wonderlands LectureReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 16

Administrative Files, 1932-1991Return to Top

Container(s): Box 17a

Container(s) Description Dates
box
17a
Folder
1-2
Bylaws and Constitution
1932-1991
3
Officer Responsibilities
4
Policies and Procedures
1974-1982
5-6
Administrative Files
1990s
7
Lodge at Brighton
8
Conservation

Administrative FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 17b

Container(s) Description Dates
box
17b
Folder
1-2
President's Files
1940s-1990
3
President's Questionnaire
1984

Secretarial and Financial Records, 1920s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 17c

Container(s) Description Dates
box
17c
Folder
1-2
Secretary's Files and Notebooks
1920s-1950s
3-4
Financial Records
1960s-1990s
5
Treasurer's Reports and Financial Documents
1970s-1980s
6
Inventory, Outdoor Gear
1982

Board of Directors, 1947-1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 18a

Board of Directors, 1970s-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box 18b

Board of Directors, 1985-1995Return to Top

Container(s): Box 18c

Correspondence, 1920s-1946Return to Top

Container(s): Box 19a

Correspondence, 1947-1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 19b

Correspondence, 1951-1983Return to Top

Container(s): Box 19c

Membership, 1936-1992Return to Top

Container(s): Box 20a

Container(s) Description Dates
box
20a
Folder
1-3
Lists
1936-1992
4
Cards
5
Applications
1940s

Rambler, 1923-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 20b

Container(s) Description Dates
box
20b
Folder
1-3
Rambler
1923-1980s
4-5
Editor's Files
1970s-1990s
6
Layouts

Pamphlets and Club ActivitiesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 20c

Container(s) Description Dates
box
20c
Folder
1
Big Cottonwood Geology Sign
1998
2
News Clippings and Brochures
3
Brochures, Wasatch
4
Pamphlets
1940s-1960s
5
Club Activities
1950s-1960s

Summit Registers, 1950s-1980sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21a

Container(s) Description Dates
box
21a
Folder
1
Clayton Peak
1980s
2-4
Hayden Peak
1950s-1970s
5
Kessler Peak
1960s-1980s
6-7
Lone Peak
1970s
8
Mount Olympus
1970s

Summit RegistersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21b

Container(s) Description Dates
box
21b
Folder
1-2
Mount Olympus
1972
3
Mount Majestic
4
Notch Peak
1960s-1980s
5
Pfeifferhorn
1960s-1970s
6
Sunset Peak
1960s
7
Superior Peak
1960s-1970s
8
Thunder Mountain
1960s-1980s
9
Twin Peaks
1960s
10
Wolverine Peak
1970s

Summit Registers, Hike Ratings, Trip LogReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21c

Container(s) Description Dates
box
21c
Folder
1
Wolverine Peak
Copy of the containing notes by hikers who apparently ran out of room in the summit register.
1970s
2-4
Unidentified Summit Registers
Possibly Wolverine and Lone peaks.
1960s-1973
5
Hike Ratings
1990s
6
Unidentified Trip Log
1930s-1940s

Scrapbook and MemorabiliaReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 22

This box contains one scrapbook, one folder of material, and one plaque.

News ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 23

Membership Applications, 1920s-1930sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 24

Contains 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" index cards arranged alphabetically.

Membership Applications, 1920s-1930sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 25

Contains 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" index cards arranged alphabetically.

Financial Documents, 1970s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 26

Container(s) Description Dates
box
26
Folder
1
Hiking Committee
1970s-1980s
2
Lodge Remodeling
1980s
3
Taxes, Lodge Property
1980s
4
IRS Audit
1986
5-9
Taxes, Treasurer's Files
1970s-1990s
10
Utah Incorporation Files
1980s
11
Miscellaneous

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Outdoor recreation--Utah--History--Sources
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Sources
  • Corporate Names :
  • Schubert Singers (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Constitutions
  • Histories
  • Lists
  • Newsletters