Alta ski area collection, circa 1970s

Overview of the Collection

Lawson, Janet Quinney
Alta ski area collection
circa 1970s (inclusive)
1 box, (0.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
ACCN 1414
The Alta ski area collection (circa 1970s) consist of correspondence, pamphlets, reports, news articles, championship materials, and other papers.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alta, Utah, was established in 1871 as a result of mining operations in nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon. As mining operations ceased, the town declined. During the 1930s, the U.S. Forest Service purposed the area be turned into a ski area and hired noted skier, Alf Engen, to do a survey. In 1937, Joe Quinney, along with other prominent local businessmen, formed the Utah Winter Sports Association and oversaw the creation of the Alta ski area. Alta Ski Resort opened to skiers for the first time in January 1939.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Alta ski area collection (circa 1970s) consist of correspondence, pamphlets, reports, news articles, championship materials, and other papers.

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

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Janet Quinney Lawson.

Processing Note

Processed by Manuscripts staff in 1993.

Related Materials

Forms part of the Utah Ski Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence; "Comprehensive Study of the Future of Skiing in the State of Utah"; "A Short-run Forecast for the Utah Ski Industry"; Tourism in Utah
1 2 Tourism and Recreation Review; Newsprint; Pamphlets
1 3 88th Annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Championships; State of New Hampshire Department of Safety-Rules; Ski Hall of Fame Day; Alta Fact Sheets; Jr. Nordic National Championships
1 4 Sewer Line in Salt Lake Canyon; Legal Agreements; United Park City Mines Company Report
1 5 State of the Arts and Problem Analysis of Planning Data for Utah; Skiing and Other Winter Sports; Alf Engen
1 6 Alta News
1 7 National Geographic; Alta Ski School Instructor Hall of Fame
1 1 More People on Skis
1 2 Alta/Little Cottonwood Canyon Study
1 3 Ski Utah: A Report of the Industry 1978-1979

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ski resorts--Utah--Alberta--History--Sources
  • Skis and skiing--Training--Utah
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Sources

Personal Names

  • Engen, Alf
  • Quinney, S. Joseph

Corporate Names

  • Alta United Mines Company (Alta, Utah)

Geographical Names

  • Alta (Utah)--History--Sources

Form or Genre Terms

  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Reports