Barbara Yamada photograph collection, 1940-2010

Overview of the Collection

Yamada, Barbara
Barbara Yamada photograph collection
1940-2010 (inclusive)
2 boxes
Collection Number
Barbara Yamada (1946-) is a former ski instructor known for preserving and promoting Utah's ski industry through involvement in the boards of the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the J. Willard Marriott Library's Utah Ski Archives. The Barbara Yamada photograph collection contains prints and digital-only items depicting Yamada's family, her life, and her involvement in organizations related to winter sports as well as other volunteer and charitable organizations.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Barbara Yamada was born in 1946 in Pocatello, Idaho, to Lina and Hiroshi "Mike" Yamada. She moved to Salt Lake City in the late 1960s, where she was a ski instructor at Park City West for a year before moving to the ski school at Alta. Yamada has been involved with the United States Ski Association (USSA) since the early 1970s, serving as the executive director of the Intermountain Division in 1973. She has also volunteered for various foundations and organizations dedicated to winter sports including: the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation Board and the J. Willard Marriott Library's Utah Ski Archives Advisory Board. Beginning in 2000, Yamada began serving as chair of the Marriott Library's annual Ski Affair. In addition to her work preserving and promoting winter sports, Yamada volunteered with the University of Utah Athletic Department, the Adopt a Native Elder program with the Navajo Nation, and the Park City Institute. Barbara Yamada was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2018 for her contributions as a Ski Sport Innovator.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Barbara Yamada photograph collection consists of 2 boxes containing photograph prints and digital-only items. Folders 3-10 in Box 1 are digital only, consisting of scans of photograph prints and born-digital photos. The subject of these photographs is a mixture of images related to sports collected by Yamada; Yamada family photographs, particularly of Hiroshi Yamada serving in the United States Army's 442nd Infantry in Italy during World War II; and photographs of Barbara Yamada, particularly her volunteer work with various organizations including the Utah Ski Archives. In addition to images, the collection contains digital-only scans of clippings of news articles related to Yamada's life. Box 2 is oversize and contains a poster of Alf Engen signed by Michael Leavitt, Francis "Frank" Magleby, Randy L. Dryer, Mitt Romney and Alan K. Engen. The images date from approximately 1940 to 2010.

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 Barbara Yamada photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Donated by Barbara Yamada in 2003 with addendums in 2006 with addendums donated 2008 and 2011.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Barbara Yamada papers (ACCN 1250) in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

Forms part of Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archives.

Forms part of the Ski and Snow Sports Archives (S.J. Quinney Outdoor Recreation Archives).

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

See also the Kunio Yamada digital photograph collection (P1457).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 University of Utah Football team, 1987
.These were labeled by the donor as 1989, but the backs indicate 1987
  • 1-3: members of the 1987 football team near the Special Event Huntsman Center
1 2 Bode Miller
  • 1: Autographed calendar page of Bode Miller in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
1 3, digital only Hiroshi Yamada, 442nd Infantry
  • 1 : Hiroshi Yamada. 1997 or 1998. American Legion Function in Seaview, Washington
  • 2 : Yamada Family. Pocatello, Idaho. Circa 1920s.Front, L to R: Jiro, Miyo, Natsuyo. Back: Toshi, Hiroshi
  • 3 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 4 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 5 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1941. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 6 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1941. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 7 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 8 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 9 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 10 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 11 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
  • 12 : Hiroshi Yamada, 1940s. 442nd Infantry in Italy.
1 4, digital only University of Utah Ski Team 60th Anniversary and Reunion. Snowbird, Utah. April 18-20, 2008
captions provided by donor
  • 1 : Kristina Joder-Casey (Cross Country Coach), Casey Simons, Chelsea Laswell, Charine Njeim
  • 2 : Olav Malkomsen, Scott Veenis, Matz Jensen, ? , Bjorn Malkomsen
  • 3 : Bill Spencer, Kristina Joder-Casey, Sara Schweiger, Casey Simons
  • 4 : Linda Shurtleff, Registration
  • 5 : Stine Hellerud and ?
  • 6 : Nona Weatherbee (blue sweater), Barbie Patterson-Kallerud (red shirt), Kathy Kreiner-Phillips (white shirt), Kristina Joder-Casey (white shirt, sitting), and Jaka Korencan
  • 7 : Shirley and John Durham
  • 8 : Alain Britt-Cote and Mike Elvidge
  • 9 : Kevin Sweeney, Barbo Hatlevik, and Scott Veenis
  • 10 : Robyn Newcomb, Marv Melville, and Nona Weatherbee
  • 11 : Barbara Yamada, Robyn Newcomb, Marv Melville, and Nona Weatherbee
  • 12 : Marcus and his son, Nikko, Leunig
  • 13 : Marcus and his son, Nikko, Leunig
  • 14 : Anne Kari-Aas-Hunt, Katja Lesjack-Waters, Kris Ryan-Clarke
  • 15 : Jesse Lasley with Erin Kiefl's son
  • 16 : Tina Kavcic-Buchheister, Kristina Joder-Casey, and Geoff Buchheister putting the race teams together
  • 17 : Race day, Robyn Newcomb in the middle
  • 18 : Race day, Robyn Newcomb in the middle, Peter Adde (?)
  • 19 : Tommy Eckfeldt and Kim Stephens-Jennifer DeRose in the background
  • 20 : Ryan Forsyth and Geoff Buchheister (?)
  • 21 : Stein Hellerud and Markus Leunig. In back: Kristian and Christina Babilis-Guay
  • 22 : Barbara Yamada and Pat Miller (coach)
  • 23 : Pat Miller (coach) and Krista Ryser
  • 24 : Gordon Perry and Brent Nixon
  • 25 : unidentified
  • 26 : Kristian and Christina Babilis-Guay
  • 27 : Ann Lasley, Christina Babilis-Guay, Erin Kiefl, and the future Utes
  • 28 : Nikko Leunig and Stella Buchheister
  • 29 : Jaka Korencan (alpine coach)
  • 30 : Lester and Safia Keller
1 5 Barbara Yamada, Alta Ski instructor, 1972
  • 1: Barbara as an instructor at the Alf Engen Ski School at Alta, 1972
1 6, digital only Barbara Yamada, 1960-1970s
  • 1: Barbara Yamada, Queen of the I Club (Idaho State University athletes club), 1968.
  • 2: Barbara Yamada at Idaho State University, posing with the school mascot, a bengal tiger, 1967-68.
  • 3: Barbara with John and an unidentified man. Signed congratulating her on all her accomplishments
1 7, digital only Portraits
  • 1: Alf Engen Ski School Instructor's photo, 1997
  • 2: Barbara Yamada, circa 2010s
  • 3: Lina Luise Rafael Caliendo Yamada (Barbara's mother)
1 8, digital only Ski
  • 1: Barbara Yamada with her dog
  • 2: Barbara in her ski gear
  • 3: Barbara in her ski gear
  • 4: Barbara Yamada and 2002 Olympic mascot, Powder, at a post-Olympic celebration in SLC. February, 2003.
  • 5: L to R: Tori Kallerud, Barbara Yamada, Bjorn Kallerud at Deer Valley, 2009.
  • 6: Barbara with a group of kids in the Cottonwood Club. Alta ski resort, 1992
  • 7: Barbara and a male at the Alta, circa 1990s
  • 8: L to R: Tori Kallerud, Barbara Yamada, Bjorn Kallerud at Deer Valley, 2009.
  • 9: A large group of skiers on the slopes for ski history week, 2010.
  • 10: Utah Ski and Snowboard ski day at Alta, 2009. Kneeling, L-R: Marsha Irwin, Liz McIntyre, Connie Nelson, unknown, Barbara Yamada. Standing, L-R: Alan Engen, Connie Marshall, Gretchen Besser, Roger ? (in the hat), unknown, Jim Wilson, Al Geibel, Jim Berry, Tom West, Bill Briggs, unknown, unknown, unknown
  • 11: Unknown, Barbara Yamada, Marsha Irwin, unknown wearing University of Utah gear
1 9, digital only Events
  • 1: Barbara with an unknown older woman. August, 1996
  • 2: Barbara in a group of University of Utah fans
  • 3: Barbara as a volunteer with two others, 2010
  • 4: Barbara at a "party in pink" fundraiser for breast cancer
  • 5: Barbara with another woman at Deer Valley in the summer (probably for a concert)
  • 6: Barbara on the right at a Halloween party
  • 7: Barbara at the University of Utah with a graduate. Marriott Library in the background
  • 8: Barbara Yamada and Lorraine Crouse at an Adopt a Native Elder event.
1 10, digital only Newspaper articles and certificates
  • 1-7: Newspaper articles featuring Barbara, some with her in the advertisement photos
  • 8-12: certificates of accomplishment
2, Oversize 1 Alf Engen
  • 1: Alf Engen wearing a Alta hat

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans--Utah--Photographs
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Engen, Alf, 1909-1997--Photographs
  • Miller, Bode, 1977---Photographs
  • Yamada, Barbara--Photographs
  • Yamada, Hiroshi--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd--Photographs
  • University of Utah. Ski Team--Photographs
  • Utah Utes (Football team)--Photographs

Family Names

  • Yamada family--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Snowbird (Utah)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Color prints (photographs)
  • digital images