John Warren Brigham scrapbook, 1939-1972

Overview of the Collection

Brigham, John Warren, 1857-1940
John Warren Brigham scrapbook
1939-1972 (inclusive)
.25 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 535
Scrapbook with newspaper and periodical clippings, photocopies, correspondence, and photographs.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

John Warren Brigham was one of the University of Idaho founders. This collection contains a scrapbook that includes newspaper and periodical clippings, photocopies, correspondence, and photographs.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Warren Brigham was born on March 22, 1857 to Curtis and Esther Metcalf Brigham in Placer County, California. Brigham attended school in California before moving to Latah County in 1878. Here he claimed a homestead from the government, and was considered a pioneer of the Genesee community. In 1893, he married to Nellie Wilson.

Brigham was a member of the fifteenth territorial council, a member of the first state senate, and occupied a seat in the upper house of the general assembly. He introduced a bill which established the University of Idaho in 1889. This push was the last in the territorial legislature. Brigham's wife, Nellie, was one of the first students to enroll in the university.

At that time, Brigham was the youngest man in the council or the senate, being 32 years old. In 1939 he earned an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree during the university's commencement. John Warren Brigham died on February 25, 1940 in Genesee, Idaho.

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Preferred Citation

Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Photographer, "Title," date. Collection name, object ID. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

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Acquisition Information

The estate of Forest L. Brigham, John Warren Brigham's son and University of Idaho graduate (1929 and 1940), donated this scrapbook to the University of Idaho. Forest L. Brigham died in 1972. The scrapbook was received by the U of I Alumni Office on February 11, 1974. It was then transferred to U of I Library special Collections and Archives and accessioned in 2012.

Processing Note

Processed in 2022.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. ScrapbookReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
This scrapbook includes newspaper articles about John Warren Brigham and the role he played establishing the University of Idaho. It also includes his honorary degree speech which he presented at the 1939 Commencement. Additionally there are photographs of family members and other papers.

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Subject Terms

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • College campuses
  • Universities and colleges
  • University of Idaho