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Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah

This pioneer classic includes biographical sketches and nearly 5,000 portraits of many male pioneers who immigrated to Utah prior to 1868. 
Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
vol. 1
vol. 2
vol. 3
vol. 4
Andrew Jenson compiled this four volume reference which includes over 5,000 biographical sketches and over 2,000 photographs of Mormon pioneers.
Portrait, Genealogical and Biographical Record of the State of Utah Includes just over 400 biographical sketches of prominent Utahns of the 19th century.
Utah Gazetteer and Directory of Logan, Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake Cities (1884) Besides including business and residential directories for Logan, Ogden, Provo, and Salt Lake City, this compilation includes a general description of Utah in 1884 covering geography, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, railroads, commerce, and a chronology.  It contains an overview of each county. Also covers Utah attractions, churches, benevolent societies, government officials, educational institutions, immigration statistics, and production & property statistics for 1883.
Brigham Young University: A House of Faith A history of Brigham Young University from its beginnings to the early 1980s.
Establishing Zion: The Mormon Church in the American West, 1847-1869 Covers many aspects of Mormon colonization and life in the West up to the arrival of the transcontinental railroad.
A Schoolmarm All My LIfe: Personal Narratives From Frontier Utah
Twenty-four personal narratives of frontier schoolteachers edited to focus on the education of the women, including entries that illuminate how their personal lives varied from traditional western teachers.
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Print Materials Available at Provo City Library

Title Author & Holdings Call Number
One Hundred Years of Journalism in Provo, Utah: A History of the Daily Herald and its Predecessors from 1872 to 1972

Southern Illinois University, 1980. 438 p.
Raymond E. Beckham

Special Collections 070 B388o
Out of the Ashes: From Tabernacle to Temple: Based on a True Story American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2015. 32 p.
Judy Fetcher Davis
Special Collections
246.958 D27o
Provo's Two Temples

Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2015. 364 p.
Richard O. Cowan

246.9589 COW
Provo LDS Seminary Provo: [S.n.],1976.
Lynn Banks
Special Collections
Provo's Two Tabernacles and the People Who Built Them Provo: Provo Utah East Stake, 1983. 192 p.
N. La Verl Christensen 
Special Collections 277.9224 C462p
Protestant and Catholic Churches of Provo Provo: BYU Center for Family and Community History, 1986. 233 p.
David M. Walden
Special Collections 280.0979 W144p LPB
Salt of the Earth: The History of the Catholic Church in Utah, 1776-2007

Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2008. 391 p.
Bernice Maher Mooney

Special Collections 282.792 M779s 2008
The Revised Ordinances of Provo City Provo: Published by Authority of the Board of Commissioners, 1877-
Holdings: 1877, 1893, 1903, 1930, 1937, 1949, 1985 (we also have Provo City Ordinances 1988- )
Special Collections 348.74792 REV
History of the Utah State Hospital, Provo: A Study of the Evolution of Public Care for the Mentally Ill

Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 1948. 172 p.
Charles Robert McKell

Special Collections
362.2109 M195h 1948

Utah State Hospital, Provo, Utah

Provo: Utah State Hospital, 1976. 157 p.
Paul I. Thorpe

Special Collections 362.2109 Ut1 1976
Provo Police Remembered

Provo: Provo Police Retired, 2001
Kenneth Forshee & Gary Miner

Special Collections
363.2097 P949 2001 vol. 1

History of the Provo City Fire Department [Provo: The Department], 1959. 43 p.
Ephraim H. Davis
Special Collections 363.37 D292 1959
A Century of Public Education in Provo, Utah Provo: [S.n.] 1944. 194 p.
John C. Moffitt
Special Collections 372 M72c
Dixonian Provo: Dixon Middle School, 1931-.
Holdings: 1947, 1971
Special Collections
373.1897 D647
Banyan Provo: Brigham Young University, 19-.
Holdings: 1910-1931, 1933-1985
Special Collections
Wildcat Provo: Brigham Young University High School, 19-.
Holdings: 1934, 1945-1946, 1948-1950, 1956-1968
Special Collections
373.7922 B768w
 Wildcat: 1934-1968 Provo: Brigham Young University High School, 2016.
Holdings: 1934-1968
4 computer discs
Special Collections
373.1897 B768
Wildcat '67 Provo: Brigham Young University High School, 1967.
1 computer disc.
Special Collections
373.7922 B768w
Elenté Provo: Farrer Middle School. 1966. Special Collections
The Echo Provo: Farrer Middle School, 1969-
Holdings: 1970-1978, 1980-1984
Special Collections
Farrer Middle School Provo: Farrer Middle School, 1985-
Holdings: 1985-1988, 1990-1998, 2000-2003, 2005
Special Collections
373.1897 F248f
Junior Life Provo: Provo Junior High School, 1926. Special Collections
Talon: Timpview High School Yearbook Provo: Timpview High School, 1977-.
Holdings: 1978-1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004-2011, 2013-2020
Special Collections
Talon: Timpview High School Yearbook

Provo: Timpview High School, 2016.
Holdings: 1978-2015
10 computer discs

Special Collections
Provost: Provo High School Yearbook Provo: Provo High School, 1918-.
Holdings: 1920, 1925, 1931, 1933-1939, 1941-1942, 1945-1946, 1948, 1950-1953, 1958, 1961-1967, 1972, 1975-1976, 1978-1986, 1991, 1993, 2005-2008, 2011-2018
Special Collections 373.7922 P949p
Provo High School Yearbooks: 1920-2015 Provo: Provo High School, 2016.
Holdings: 1920-2015
22 computer discs
Special Collections
Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years

Provo: Brigham Youn University Press, 1975-1976.  Four volumes.
Ernest L. Wilkinson

378.7922 BRI
History of Buildings and Grounds, Development and Maintenance of Brigham Young University: Brigham Young Academy 1875-1903, Brigham Young University 1903-1947, Including Brief Sketches and Additions of Physical Plant Maintenance 1947-1973 Provo, [S.n., 1989?]. 365 p.
Karl A. Miller
378.7922 MIL 1989
Brigham Young University: 1,000 Views of 100 Years Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1975. 354 p.
Edwin Butterworth
Special Collections 378.7922 B982b 1975
A History of Commercial Fishing on Utah Lake Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1969. 142 p.
D. Robert Carter
Special Collections
Tabernacle to Temple: The Past, Present & Future of Provo's City Center Provo: Daily Herald, 2013. 19 p. Special Collectiions
Utah Gazetteer and Directory of Logan, Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake Cities

Salt Lake City: Printed for Sloan & Dunbar, by the Herald Printing & Publishing Company. 1884. 634 p.
Robert W. Sloan

Special Collections 917.92 Ut1 1884
Polk's Provo City and Utah County Directory Salt Lake City: R. L. Polk & Co., 1900?-.
Holdings: 1917-1918, 1920, 1922, 1926, 1929, 1930-1931, 1935-1936, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1950, 1953, 1955-1956, 1958-1959, 1961-1962, 1964-1965, 1967-1980, 1982-1984, 1985, 1987, 1996, 1998, 2000-2002, 2004-Present
Special Collections 917.9224 P759
Historic Provo: A Self-Guided Tour of Historic Architecture in Provo, Utah

Provo: Provo City, 1999. 20 p.
Provo Landmarks Commission

Special Collections 917.9224 P949h
Biographical Sketches of Former Mayors of Provo, Utah: A Report to the Provo Municipal Government 1990. 143 p.
David M. Walden
Special Collections 920.0792 WAL
Brief History of Provo City Cemetery

Provo: 1997. 11 p.
Cathy Jackson

Special Collections
929.5979 BRI 1997

Provo Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub., c2011. 127 p.
Marilyn McMeen Miller Brown and Valerie Holladay
B8121p 2011
Tales from Utah Valley: Spellbinding and Sometimes Strange Selections from the Daily Herald's History Page [Provo]: Daily Herald, 2005-2007. 2 volumes.
D. Robert Carter
979.224 CAR 2005 & 979.224 CAR 2007
Utah Lake: Legacy [Provo]: June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program, [2002?]. 165 p.
D. Robert Carter
979.224 CAR 2002
A History of Utah County Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1999. 434 p.
Richard Neitzel Holzapfel
979.224 HOL 1999
Memories That Live: Utah County Centennial HistoryMemories That Live: Utah County Centennial History Springville: Art City Publishing, 1947. 488 p.
Emma N. Huff
979.224 MEM 1947
Provo & Orem: A Very Eligible Place: An Illustrated History Northridge, Calif.: Windsor Publications, 1987.128 p.
Kenneth L. Cannon
979.224 CAN 1987
Founding Fort Utah: Provo's Native Inhabitants, Early Explorers, and First Year of Settlement [Provo]: Provo City, 2003. 263 p.
D. Robert Carter 
979.224 CAR 2003
From Fort to Village: Provo, Utah, 1850-1854 Provo: Provo City, 2008. 262 p.
D. Robert Carter
979.224 CAR 2008
Troubled Times: Provo, Utah, 1855-1856Troubled Times: Provo, Utah, 1855-1856 Provo: Provo City, 2015. 252 p.
D. Robert Carter
979.224 CAR 2015
Conflict and Change: Provo, Utah, 1857-1859 Provo: Provo City, 2017. 345 p.
D. Robert Carter
979.224 CAR 2017
A Historical Study of the Explorations of Utah Valley and the Story of Fort Utah Brigham Young University, M.A. Thesis, 1946.
Ray E. Colton
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO C722h 1946
History of Provo City [Provo, Utah? : s.n., n.d].15 leaves. 
Jane B. Evans
Special Collections
979.224 PROVO Ev15
A Look at Provo, Utah: Spring 1972 Unpublished paper, Brigham Young University, 1978. 72 leaves.
Merwin G. Fairbanks, ed.
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO F1531 1978
Pleasant Views: A History of the Early Pleasant View Area of Northeast Provo, Utah S.l.: S.n., [1974?]. 288 p.
Merle S. Foote
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO F739p
History of Provo, Utah Provo: Published by the Author, 1924. 414 p.
J. Marinus Jensen
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO J453h 1924
Provo: A Story of People in Motion Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1974. 106 p.
Marilyn M. Miller and John C. Moffitt

Special Collections 979.224 PROVO M612i 1974

The Story of Provo, Utah Provo: John C. Moffitt, 1975. 301 p.
John C. Moffitt
979.224 STO 1975
Provo: Pioneer Mormon City Portland, Ore.: Binfords & Mort, 1942. 223 p.
Compiled by the Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Utah
979.224 PRO 1942
Pictorial Provo: An Illustrated Industrial Review of Provo, the Garden City of Utah

[Provo: by the author], 1910. 88 p.
William M. Wilson

Special Collections 979.224 PROVO W699p 1910
Carter Pioneer of Provo, Utah: A Biographical, Genealogical, and Historical Account of the Dominicus and Other Carter Families

Provo: J. G. Stevenson, 1966. 504 p.
Arthur D. Coleman

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