Book Table Records, 1935-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Book Table (Firm)
Book Table Records
1935-1984 (inclusive)
3 boxes, (2 linear feet)
Collection Number
Contains records of The Book Table, a bookstore located in Logan, Utah.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Originally, The Book Table was an oak table displaying books that stood outside Scheby's cleaning and tailoring shop on Main Street. Local interest and demand for more children's and adults' books led to the establishment of a permanent bookstore, funded by donations from leading businessmen's wives in Logan. The Book Table opened its doors in1933 and was owned and operated by Lottie Hall Kuntz Esplin, a home reading specialist, for over 30 years. After Esplin's death in 1967, the store was inherited by her sixteen year old grandson, Miles Jensen, who sold it to Brent Hoggan and Glade Olsen. S. Eugene Needham purchased the store in 1976. Since Needham's purchase, The Book Table has moved twice and currently stands on Main Street in Logan. Esplin sold hard bound books for children and adults; Needham has expanded the store's inventory to include books on tape, videos, art supplies and musical instruments.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Check registers, inventories, and sales tax deduction account books of the Book Table located in Logan, Utah. (1935-1984). The collection's check registers are included within fourteen books and cover the years 1935 to 1984. The years of 1936-1938, 1947-1948, 1950, 1952-1953, 1957, 1959-1961, 1963-1964, and 1966-1981 are not included among these records. The inventory is located in three 3-ring binders and span the time period between 1946 and 1961. The sales tax deduction accounts span a total of thirty years between 1933 and 1963 and are included in twelve account books.

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 Book talbe Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Book Table Records USU_COLL MSS 242, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 242, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Check Registers
(14 books)
1935, 1939-1946, 1949, 1951, 1954-1956, 1958, 1962, 1965, 1982-1984
2 Inventory
(3 three-ring binders)
3 Sales Tax Deduction Account Books 1933-1963

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bookstores--Utah--Logan--Records and correspondence.
  • Personal Names :
  • Esplin, Lottie, 1967.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Book Table (Firm)--Records and correspondence.