J. Cecil Alter papers

J. Cecil Alter papers

Dates: 1948-1957

This collection primarily contains the correspondence between J. Cecil Alter and Arthur W. Duncan, from 1948-1957. Included also is a preface written by J. Cecil Alter for Francis F. Victor’s River of the West.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Alter, J. Cecil, 1879-1964
  • Call Number: MSS 5989
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the J. Cecil Alter papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 5989; J. Cecil Alter papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5989, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Peter Crawley in 1986.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Peter Crawley; 1986.
Related Material
See The J. Cecil Alter Papers, 1896-1959, Utah State Historical Society Salt Lake City, Utah.
Subject Terms
Correspondence; Material Types; Utah--History
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles; 9 November 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Alter (J. Cecil) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:52-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

J. Cecil Alter (1879-1964) was a noted Utah historian.

J. Cecil Alter was born on 31 March 1879 in Rensselaer, Indiana. He attended Valparaiso University, Northern Indiana Teachers' Institute, and Purdue University. A noted Utah historian, Alter wrote >James Bridger(1925), Through the Heart of the Scenic West (1927), Storied Domain (1932), and Early Utah Journalism (1938). He began working for the Salt Lake Weather Bureau in Salt Lake City in 1927. In 1941 he accepted a similar position in Cincinnati, Ohio and retired there in 1949. He died in May 1964 in Los Angeles, California.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts