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, which are available online at Wasatch Mountain Club. 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

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

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) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 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.
1 2-3
Rules, Regulations, Constitution and Amendments
1937-1963
1 4
Certificate of Incorporation
1923
1 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
1 6-9
Membership Rosters
1961-1977
1 10
Board of Directors Rosters
1973-1976
1 11-25
Treasurer's File
Operating statements, balance sheets, property inventories and ledger pages.
1920-1945

Financial InformationReturn to Top

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

Club MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Meeting Minutes
1921-1960
4
Meeting Minutes
1960-1968
5
Meeting Minutes
1968-1975
Folder
6 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.
6 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 NoticesReturn to Top

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

Schedules, Reports, and NewslettersReturn to Top

In addition to the foldered material, box 8 contains envelopes of postcards with schedules of Wasatch Mountain Club activities from 1930 to 1966.

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

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Papers in box 9, 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 Folder
9 1
Guest Register, Brighton Lodge
1944-1959
9 2
Summit Register, Box Elder Peak
1933-1973
9 3-4
Constitution and Amendments
1930-1950
9 5
Rules and Regulations
1937
9 6
Application Forms
1930s
9 7
Legal Documents
1932-1936
9 8
Income Statements and Receipts
1929-1947
9 9
Correspondence, Board of Directors
9 10
Lodge Construction
1915-1930
9 11-13
Membership Rosters
1930-1953
9 14
Thank You Letter, Charles Pfeiffer to Frank Trottier
1939
9 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.
9 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 MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
10
General Materials
Contains two treasurer's journals (1931-1968) and a tee-shirt (1995).
1931-1995

Correspondence and Administrative DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 1-5
Correspondence
1921-1939
13 6-8
Administrative Documents
1922-1988
14
Board Meeting Minutes
1926-1946

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 1
Trip Schedules and Bulletins
1949-1951
15 2
News Clippings
1987-1996
15 3
Club Manual
1993-1995
15 4
75th Anniversary Reception
A tee-shirt commemorating the club's 75th anniversary was placed in box ten of this collection.
1995
16
Poster, Utah's Scenic Wonderlands Lecture

Administrative FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17a 1-2
Bylaws and Constitution
1932-1991
17a 3
Officer Responsibilities
17a 4
Policies and Procedures
1974-1982
17a 5-6
Administrative Files
1990s
17a 7
Lodge at Brighton
17a 8
Conservation
17b 1-2
President's Files
1940s-1990
17b 3
President's Questionnaire
1984

Secretarial and Financial RecordsReturn to Top

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

Administrative MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
18a
Board of Directors
1947-1970s
18b
Board of Directors
1970s-1988
18c
Board of Directors
1985-1995
19a
Correspondence
1920s-1946
19b
Correspondence
1947-1950
19c
Correspondence
1951-1983

MembershipReturn to Top

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

NewslettersReturn to Top

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

Pamphlets and Club ActivitiesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 20c

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

Summit RegistersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21a 1
Clayton Peak
1980s
21a 2-4
Hayden Peak
1950s-1970s
21a 5
Kessler Peak
1960s-1980s
21a 6-7
Lone Peak
1970s
21a 8
Mount Olympus
1970s
21b 1-2
Mount Olympus
1972
21b 3
Mount Majestic
21b 4
Notch Peak
1960s-1980s
21b 5
Pfeifferhorn
1960s-1970s
21b 6
Sunset Peak
1960s
21b 7
Superior Peak
1960s-1970s
21b 8
Thunder Mountain
1960s-1980s
21b 9
Twin Peaks
1960s
21b 10
Wolverine Peak
1970s
21c 1
Wolverine Peak
Copy of the containing notes by hikers who apparently ran out of room in the summit register.
1970s
21c 2-4
Unidentified Summit Registers
Possibly Wolverine and Lone peaks.
1960s-1973

Hike Ratings, Trip LogReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21c 5
Hike Ratings
1990s
21c 6
Unidentified Trip Log
1930s-1940s

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
22
Scrapbook and Memorabilia
This box contains one scrapbook, one folder of material, and one plaque.
23
News Clippings

Membership MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
24
Membership Applications
Contains 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" index cards arranged alphabetically.
1920s-1930s
25
Membership Applications
Contains 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" index cards arranged alphabetically.
1920s-1930s

Financial DocumentsReturn to Top

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