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Title Summary

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 4 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 Utahans 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 include a general description of Utah in 1884 including geography, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, railroads, commerce, and a chronology. Overview of each of the counties. Also cover 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.


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. Raymond E. Beckham Special Collections 070 B388o
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
The Revised Ordinances of Provo City Provo: Published by Authority of the Board of Commissioners, 1877-
Holdings: 1877, 1903, 1930, 1937, 1949, 1985 (we also have Provo City Ordinances 1988- )
Special Collections 348.74792 REV
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
Brigham Young University: A House of Faith Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1985. 513 p. Gary J. Bergera and Ronald Priddis Special Collections 377.8 BER
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
Brigham Young University: A School of Destiny Provo: BYU Press, 1976. 925 p.
Ernest L. Wilkinson and W. Cleon Skousen
378.792 WIL
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
History of Provo, Utah Provo: Published by the Author, 1924. 414 p.
J. Marinus Jensen
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO J453h 1924
The Story of Provo, Utah Provo : John C. Moffitt, 1975. 301 p.
John C. Moffitt
979.224 STO 1975
The Provo Woolen Mills: Utah's First Large Manufacturing Establishment Utah Historical Quarterly 21 (April 1953): 97-116.
Leonard J. Arrington
Special Collections 979.2 UTA 1953 
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
Provo & Orem: A Very Eligible Place: An Illustrated History Northridge, Calif.: Windsor Publications, 1987.128 p.
Kenneth L. Cannon
979.224 CAN 1987
Provost: Provo High School annual: times to remember 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, 2011-2017.
Special Collections 373.7922 P949p
Scrapbook : Provo Chamber of Commerce, 1968   Special Collections
Oversize 979.224 C355
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 History Springville : Art City Publishing, 1947. 488 p. 979.224 MEM 1947
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, 2004-2016.
Special Collections 917.9224 P759
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
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
Facts About Provo: Provo, Utah, 1849-1947: From Sagebrush to Steel - A Century of Progress (Centennial Souvenir Booklet) [Provo]: Provo City Commission, [1947]. 8 p.
Theron H. Luke
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO L969f 1949
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

Provo/Orem Chamber Annual Report

Provo: Provo Chamber of Commerce, 1931. Holdings: 1924, 1928, 1931

Special Collections 979.224 PROVO P848p 1931
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
Provo, the Garden City of Utah: Its resources and attractions Published under the auspices of The Chamber of Commerce
Omaha, Neb. : D.C. Dunbar & Co., 1888. 47 p.
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO P949p 1888
Pictorial Provo: An Illustrated Industrial Review of Provo, the Garden City of Utah William M. Wilson
[Provo : by the author], 1910. 88 p.
Special Collections 979.224 PROVO W699p 1910
Founding Fort Utah: Provo's Native Inhabitants, Early Explorers, and First Year Settlement

D. Robert Carter                                                [Provo]: Provo City, 2003

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
Tales from Utah Valley: Spellbinding and Sometimes Strange Selections from the Daily Herald's History Page D. Robert Carter
[Provo]: Daily Herald, 2005-2007. 2 volumes.
979.224 CAR 2005 & 979.224 CAR 2007
Utah Lake: Legacy

D. Robert Carter
[Provo]: June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program, [2002?]
979.224 CAR 2002



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