Leo Alva Snow papers
MC 03

Summary Information

Repository
Dixie State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator - Photographer
Snow, Clarence P., (Clarence Pendelton), 1921-1995
Creator - Engineer
Snow, Leo Alva, 1881-1963
Creator - Photographer
Stewart, John Moffitt
Title
Leo Alva Snow papers
ID
MC 03
Date [inclusive]
1870-1962
Extent
6.29 Linear feet - 6 manuscript boxes and 11 oversized folders
Language
English
Abstract
The papers of Leo Alva Snow cover the years 1870 through 1962 and include documentation of his school years, engineering career, role as county surveyor, and his activities in the LDS Church as well as business records and photographs.

Preferred Citation

MC 03: [identification of item], Leo Alva Snow papers, 1870-1962, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

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Biographical/Historical

Leo Alva Snow was born September 5, 1881. He graduated from the School of Mines of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering in 1908. From that point he practiced general engineering for nearly 34 years. He became interested in public land surveys for a time and then settled down to general engineering practice in southern Utah. He was deeply interested in irrigation design and construction, city engineering for smaller cities in the state, waterworks improvements, sewer design and construction, and various other problems that confront growing cities. He also worked on highway problems in Washington County as County Surveyor. During 1939 he worked in the Public Works Administration as resident Engineer Inspector. He died in 1963.

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Scope and Contents

The Leo Alva Snow papers cover the years 1870 through 1962. These papers consist of a variety of materials including blueprints, maps, notebooks, contracts, land survey records, photographs, and other miscellaneous items. Series I (1902 - 1908; 1958) contains his school work and notes from college courses. Series II (1905 - 1962) comprises documentation of contracted work on canal, irrigation, city water systems, and water appropriation. Series III (1870 - 1962) covers his work while contracted as a civil engineer, building engineer, and county surveyor as well as his work for the Public Works Association. Series IV (1904 - 1961) covers the personal and business projects that Snow was active in, including his records of the St. George Garage Company and the Snow & Cannon Insurance Agency. There is also a small file on his family history and his activities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The final series, Series V (1903 -1937), contains the photographic prints of three photographers: John Moffitt Stewart, Leo A. Snow, and Clarence P. Snow. They document projects that Snow was involved in as well as Clarence's school days.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged alphabeticaly within series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Dixie State University Special Collections and Archives - 2013 May 18

330 Holland Centennial Commons
225 South 700 East
Saint George, Utah, 84770
435-652-7718

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers by appointment. This collection contains fragile and large-format documents that may require special handling and care. The archivist will make the final decision regarding access to fragile materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following items were removed from the collection during processing to be placed with more relevant collections or because they required conservation attention.

The Revised Ordinances of the city of St. George, Utah, 1894; Hotel Liberty Brochure; & Valley of Decision by Leola Woodruff (discarded - relevance to collection could not be determined).

CONSERVATION: Pine Valley U.S. Deputy Survey, 1909 May 7 - 1909 May 29 & Salient Geological Feature of the Virgin City Oil District by Leo Snow, 1908

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Saint George & Washington Canal Company. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • correspondence
  • maps (documents)
  • minute books
  • photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Hurricane (Utah)
  • Saint George (Utah)
  • Santa Clara (Utah)
  • Springdale (Utah)
  • Virgin (Utah)
  • Virgin River.
  • Washington (Utah)
  • Washington County (Utah)

Subject(s)

  • Civil engineering
  • Water-supply engineering

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Collection Inventory

Series I: School 1902 - 1908; 1958 

Scope and Contents note

Series I: School, (1902 - 1908; 1958) Leo A. Snow attended both Dixie College, and the University of Utah. He graduated from Dixie College in 1903 and then went on to the University of Utah from 1904 - 1908. He received his Bachelor's in Mining Engineering. This series contains his school work and notes from classes at both Dixie College and the University of Utah.

A: Woodward, 1902-1903 

Box Folder

Botany & Zoology, 1902-1903 

1 1

B: University of Utah, 1904 - 1908; 1958 

Box Folder

Physics A Notes, 1904-1905 

1 1

Chemistry 4 / Physics 2 / Mineralogy Notes, 1905 September 18 - 1906 June 

1 2

Experiment Notes, 1905 October 7 - 1906 May 19 

1 3

Experiment Notes, 1906 October 29 - 1907 February 11 

1 4

Experiment Notes, 1907 March 4 - 1907 May 

1 5

Notes taken at University of Utah, 1906-1907 

1 6

"Salient Geological Features of the Virgin City Oil District" by Leo A. Snow, 1908 

1 7
Drawer Folder Object

Diploma - University of Utah Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, 1908 June 

11 2 1
Box Folder

University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Certificate, 1958 June 4 

1 8

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Series II: Water Engineer Projects 1905-1962 

Scope and Contents note

Leo A. Snow worked as an engineer in many different fields. One of his primary contributions to engineering in Washington County from 1870 to 1962 was in the field of water engineering. He worked on canal projects and diversion dams for many towns throughout southern Utah. He also was contracted to build several waterworks systems.

Box Folder

Application 20518, 1959 

1 9

Colorado River Water Users Association, 1941-1951 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 1 5
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Graphic materials   12 1 4
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Graphic materials   12 1 1
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Graphic materials   12 1 3
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Graphic materials   12 1 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Cottonwood Canal & Reservoir, 1921 April 22; 1924 October 23 & December 6; 1935 November 21; 1936 January 14 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 5 1
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 5 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Box Folder

Decreed Schedule of Water Rights - St. George & Washington Canal Company vs. Hurricane Canal Company, 1925 

2 3

Draining Sump of Temple Boiler Room, 1926 December 30 

1 10

Enterprise Water Works Specifications, 1935 

2 4

Haven Paxman Water Claim, 1945 September 24 - 1955 May 22 

2 5

Hydraulic Tables and Memoranda, 1908 

1 11

John W. Spendlove Water Appropriation, 1939 February - April; 1941 August 4; 1942 February 

2 6

Measuring Water Circulars, 1912; 1929 June; 1941; 1950 May 

1 12

Navajo Lake Dike Project History & General Statement, undated 

1 13

Nevada Underground Water Appropriation Correspondence, 1962 December 

1 14

Oscar I. Randall Water Appropriation Case, 1920 

2 7

Pintura Ditch Company - Certificates, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, 1910 March 19; 1940 - 1941 

2 8

Quail Creek Water Determination, 1919-1920 

2 9

Report of Santa Clara Soil Conservation Projects, undated 

1 15

Santa Clara River Water Rights Arbitration, 1920 October 9 

2 10

St. George City Water Problems, 1957 February - 1958 March 

2 11

St. George City Waterworks, 1915-1938 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 3 1
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Graphic materials   12 3 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 12
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 3 4
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Graphic materials   12 3 3

Box Folder

St. George Clara Field Canal Company, 1905-1958 

2 13

St. George Water Supply Pipeline, 1933 August 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 3 5
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 14

St. George & Santa Clara Bench Irrigation Company, 1909-1939 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 1 6
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Graphic materials   11 4 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 16
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 15
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 1 7
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 4 1

Box Folder

St. George & Washington Canal Company Spillway Proposal, 1922 June 23 

1 16

Springdale Pipeline Blueprints, 1948 March 16 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 4 1
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Graphic materials   12 4 2
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Graphic materials   12 4 3

Box Folder

Suggested Repairs to the Winsor Dam, 1958 January 24 

1 17

Thomas B. Robinson Water Rights, 1934 October - 1935 December; 1936; 1938 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 1
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

A: Hurricane City Waterworks 1921-1939  (Bulk, 1938-1939)

Box Folder

Contractor Bids & Tabulations 1938 September - December 

3 1

Contracts & Agreements 1938 July - 1939 May 

3 2

Hurricane Waterworks Correspondence 1921 December 19; 1938 January 7 - 1939 April 26 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 2 1
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 3

Box Folder

Hurricane Waterworks Specifications 1938 November 21; 1939 January 27 

1 19

Invocies 1938 December 2 - 1939 April 16 

3 4

Road Commission Test Results & Irrigation Estimates 1939 January 

1 20

Hurricane City Waterworks Blueprints ?? 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 2 2
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Graphic materials   12 2 3
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Graphic materials   12 2 4
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Graphic materials   12 2 5
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Graphic materials   12 2 6
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Graphic materials   12 2 7
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Graphic materials   12 2 8

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Series III: City Engineer Projects 1870-1962 

Scope and Contents note

Leo A. Snow worked on many engineering projects for the various towns and cities in southern Utah from 1870 to 1962. He fulfilled the roles of a civil engineer, county surveyor, and project engineer. His work encompassed many projects throughout southern Utah including land surveys, the building of schools and bridges, and working for the Public Work Administration.

Box Folder

Beaver & Milford Schools and Library, 1938-1939 

4 1

Board of Health Petition on Utah Idaho Sugar Company, undated 

4 2

City of St. George Financial Report, 1918 Decenber 31; 1919 February 13; 1920 December 31 

3 5

Correspondence as Civil Engineer, 1948-1962 

3 6

Gas Pump Ordinances, 1929 August 31; 1937 August - October 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 3
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 4
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 3

Hurricane City Library, 1938 October 31 - December 9 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 9
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Graphic materials   11 1 8
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 4
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 10
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Graphic materials   11 1 7
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Graphic materials   11 1 5
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Graphic materials   11 1 6

Box Folder

Project Calculation Book, undated 

4 5

Public Work Administration Correspondence, 1938-1952 

4 6

St. George City Electric Department, 1911; 1913; 1916; 1922 

3 7

St. George Street Improvements, 1921 February 4; 1926 - 1929 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 8
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 6 1
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Graphic materials   12 6 2

Box Folder

Six Place Tables Book by McGraw Hill, 1925 

4 7

State of Arizona Engineer Certification, 1946 December 31 

4 8

Virgin Dome Oil Company Lease, 1923 August 30 - 1941 December 21 

3 9

A: Land Surveys, 1870-1960 

Box Folder

Abstract of Title, 1919 January 23 

4 9

City of St. George Survey Reports, 1930; 1935 - 1937 

3 10

Contract #304 & Survey Field Notes, 1908 May 14 - 1950 October 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 11
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   12 6 3
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Graphic materials   11 3 1
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Graphic materials   12 6 4
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Graphic materials   12 6 6
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Graphic materials   12 6 5

Box Folder

Contract #304 & Survey Field Notes, 1910 October 5-7 

3 12

Contract #305 Survey Field Notes, 1908 June 30 - 1910 August 5 

3 13

Contract #307 Survey Field Notes, 1908 July 12 - 1911 August 4 

3 14

Contract #308 Survey Field Notes, 1908 July 16 - 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 15
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 1

Contract #309 & Survey Field Notes, 1909 March 17 - June 26 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 1 2
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Graphic materials   11 3 2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 2

Box Folder

Contract #310 Survey Field Notes, 1909 June 6 - 1910 February 19 

5 3

Diamond Valley Landsale, 1915 June 3 - August 14; 1956 March - April 

4 10

Escrow Agreement - Sylvester to Thompson, 1928 May - August 

5 4

Field Notes of the Survey of the Silver Flat Mine Claim in Harrisburg, 1877 October 9 -10 

5 5

Land Entries Book, 1906-1919 

5 6

Mrs. O. A. Higley, 1938 October - 1939 May 25 

4 11

Notary Records for Land Surveys, 1910 January 6 - 1911 October 2 

4 12

Roster of Registered Engineers & Land Surveyors, 1960 April 

4 13

Safeway Building, 1958-1959 

4 14

Survey Field Notes, 1870 April 28 - 1877 March 19 

5 7

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Series IV: Personal 1904-1961 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the personal correspondence, business records, and church service accounts of Leo Alva Snow. He had several other businesses on top of his engineering work that he kept records for including an insurance agency and the St. George Garage Company. He also worked on his family history, and timelines about his own life as well as the Baldwin line are included.

Box Folder

American Educational Society Pamphlets, undated 

4 15

Correspondence, 1953-1961 

4 16

Draft Board Correspondence, 1950 August - 1951 November 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   5 8
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 2 2
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Graphic materials   11 2 3
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Graphic materials   11 2 4

Box Folder

Employment Applications, 1938 - 1941; 1951 

5 9

Income Tax Forms, 1951-1955 

4 17

Mend Your Speech; Better Say Books, 1920; 1923 

4 18

Note Book & The Holy Bible Genesis, undated 

4 19

Political Flyers & Campaign Posters, 1910; 1914; 1916 August 18 & 22; 1918 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 20
    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 5 1

Box Folder

St. George Garage Company Minutes & Account Book, 1919 January - 1938 July 

4 21

Snow & Cannon Insurance Certificates, 1953; 1957; 1959 - 1960 

4 22

Tabled Fish Plate - Plain Fish Plate Diagrams, undated 

6 1

Woolson's Economy Expense Book, 1919 November - 1943 

6 2

A: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1904-1954 

Box Folder

Bishop's Store House Receipts & Book of Mormon Notes, 1904-1905 

6 3

LDS Pamphlets & Newsletters, 1925; 1927; 1931; 1941; 1943; 1945; 1954 

6 4

Quorum of the Seventy Correspondence, 1937-1941 


    Drawer Folder Object
Graphic materials   11 4 3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   6 5

Box Folder

Quorum of Seventy vs. LeRoy H. Cox (Complaint), 1939 June 

5 10

B: Family History, 1939-1962 

Box Folder

Abridgment of Leo A. Snow Family Letters, 1960 March 12 - 1962 December 31 

6 6

Genealogy of Baldwin Family, undated 

6 7

Leo A. Snow Timeline, undated 

6 8

Personal History as Related by Leo A. Snow, undated 

6 9

St. George School Programs, 1939 May; 1952 February 21 

6 10

Snow Family Academic Society, undated 

6 11

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Series V: Photographs 1903-1937 

Scoope and Contents note

There are three collections of photographs within this series. The photographs in the first subseries, John Moffitt Stewart (1934), were taken by John Moffitt Stewart who was a prominent photographer of the southern Utah area. They contain many photographs of the progress of Windsor Dam as it was built in 1934.

The second subseries, Leo A. Snow (1903 - 1934), contains photographs taken by Leo A. Snow. Most of the photographs are of the Virgin area and the Virgin Oil Company. These photographs correspond to his paper "Salient Geological Features of the Virgin City Oil District" written while he was completing his Engineering Degree at the University of Utah.

The final subseries, Clarence P. Snow (1934 - 1937), is a collection of photographs from Leo's son Clarence P. Snow. They contain school photos of his time at Woodward School in St. George, Utah.

A: John Moffitt Stewart, 1934 

Box Folder Object

Windsor Dam - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 1

Windsor Dam - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 12 3
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Graphic materials   6 12 2
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Graphic materials   6 12 5
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Graphic materials   6 12 4

Box Folder Object

Windsor Dam - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 6

Windsor Dam - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 7

Windsor Dam - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 8

Windsor Dam (negative Built by Zion CCC Camp Co. 961) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 9

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 10

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 11

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 12

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 13

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 14

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 15

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 16

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 17

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 18

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 19

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 20

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 21

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 22

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 23

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 24

Windsor Dam (negative) - Gunlock, Utah, 1934 

6 12 25

Company 961 C.C.C. St. George Camp S-213 (taken North of Don Lee Drive) - St. George, Utah, circa 1930's 

6 12 26

Education & Gymnasium Buildings - Dixie College, St. George Utah, undated 

6 12 27

Class of 1941 - St. George, Utah, undated 

6 12 28

St. George Desert Panoramic, undated 

6 13 29

B: Leo A. Snow, 1903-1934 

Box Folder Object

Flume Near Olmstead (Maximum height 30 ft.) - Provo Canyon, Utah, undated 

6 14 1

Basalt Columnar Structure - La Verkin, Utah, 1908 January 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 3
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Graphic materials   6 14 2
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Graphic materials   6 14 4

Box Folder Object

Sandstone and Conglomerate Capstone North of Virgin - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 

6 14 5

Shale of Virgin North of Town - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 

6 14 6

Conglomerate Capping North of Virgin - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 

6 14 7

Strata Near Virgin - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 9
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Graphic materials   6 14 8

Box Folder Object

Strata North of Virgin - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 

6 14 10

West from Point 2 Miles North of Virgin - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 11
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Graphic materials   6 14 12

Oil Outcrop, 1908 January 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 15
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Graphic materials   6 14 14
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Graphic materials   6 14 13
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Graphic materials   6 14 17
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Graphic materials   6 14 16
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Graphic materials   6 14 18

First Producer in Field - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 19
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Graphic materials   6 14 20
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Graphic materials   6 14 21

Box Folder Object

Jack Martin's Rig - Virgin, Utah (North Creek), 1908 January 

6 14 22

Well No. 2 belonging to same company as owns No. 1 first producer in field - North Creek, 1908 January 

6 14 23

Oil Rig - Virgin, Utah, undated 

6 14 24

Oil Rig - Virgin, Utah, undated 


    Box Folder Object
Graphic materials   6 14 26
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Graphic materials   6 14 27
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Graphic materials   6 14 25

Box Folder Object

Looking down North Creek and Mr. Lambert's Rig - Virgin, Utah, 1908 January 

6 14 28

Interior View (Oil Rig) - Virgin, Utah, undated 

6 14 29

Oil Rig & Tents - Virgin, Utah, undated 

6 14 30

Unidentified, undated 

6 14 31

Unidentified, undated 

6 14 32

Dinner "Good Roads Day" (Road across Ivins Bench and through Wild Cat to Santa Clara) - St. George, Utah, 1917 February 10 

6 14 33

Leo Alva Snow, undated 

6 14 34

Unidentified, undated 

6 14 35

South Columbus Tunnel, circa 1906 

6 15 36

South Columbus Mine Tunnel - Salt Lake County, Utah, circa 1906 

6 16 37

Aerial photo of St. George by George Carter Miller - St. George, Utah, prior to 1935 

6 14 38

Woodward High School Sophomore Class of 1903 - St. George, Utah, 1903 

6 14 39

Unidentified, undated 

6 14 40

C: Clarence P. Snow, 1934-1937 

Box Folder Object

Individual Students - St. George, Utah, undated 

6 17 1

School Photographs - St. George, Utah, 1936-1937 

6 17 2

Woodward Grade School - St. George, Utah, 1934-1935 

6 17 3

School Photographs - St. George, Utah, undated 

6 17 4

Individuals, undated 

6 17 5

Yellowstone & Tabernacle, 1935 July; undated 

6 17 6

Parades, undated 

6 17 7

School Friends, undated 

6 17 8

School Activities, undated 

6 17 9

The Old Red Prison (taken by Clarence P. Snow; Woodward School) - St. George, Utah, 1936-1937 

6 17 10

Unidentified, undated 

6 17 11

Jr. High Band (taken by Ernest Bradshay & myself C.P. Snow) - St. George, Utah, 1936-1937 

6 17 12

Jr. High School Photo - St. George, Utah, undated 

6 17 13

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