Browse Exhibits (17 total)

Utah Valley University Historic Photographs

The Utah Valley University Historic Photographs collection consists of digital photographs that document various activities, courses, and people affiliated with the school, and cover from 1942 through the 1990s. The photographs were already scanned and on discs when they were donated to the George Sutherland Archives, and are scanned at various levels of quality. Some of the images duplicate those found in the Wilson W. Sorensen Photograph Collection, but most of them are not found elsewhere, making them a unique source of information about the earlier years of UVU.

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50 Year Utah Jubilee Parade


Photographs taken during the 50 Year Utah Jubilee Parade, Salt Lake City, Utah, and portraits from the Johnson Portrait Sudio.

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Commencement Programs

The Utah Valley University Commencement Programs collection is comprised of the printed programs prepared for the graduation ceremonies held each year.  Our collection runs from 1955 to the present, with the exception of the 1960s,  for which we currently have no programs.

Our holdings represent the ceremonies held at the various incarnations of the school: the Central Utah Vocational School; Utah Technical College; Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem; Utah Valley Community College; Utah Valley State College; and Utah Valley University.

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Deaf Assistive Technology Exhibit


Selected items from the "Deaf Technology Through The Ages" display in the George Sutherland Archives, Spring 2012.

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Dismantling the Bunnell Pioneer House


Photographs taken during three different days of the dismantling of the Bunnell Pioneer House on UVU Campus in May and June 2012.

The Bunnell Pioneer Home sat on what is now UVU's main campus from 1892 until it was dismantled in May/June 2012 to make way for the new Student Life and Wellness Center. A smaller replica was built on campus, just south of the Sparks Automotive Building, using some of the original brick as well as the original red front door.

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E. Mark Bezzant collection of Asian artifacts


This exhibit consists of mostly Chinese artifacts, as well as a few from Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan. It includes: opium boxes, Buddha shrines, toothpick boxes, dishes, pots, boxes, an incense censor, a porcelain flute, and silver coins.

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Harry Bolam Saltair Photographs

The Harry Bolam Saltair Photographs collection consists of nine photographs taken of the old Saltair resort on the shores of the Great Salt Lake by Harry Bolam. The photographs were taken in approximately 1965, when the resort was abandoned and delapidated, but before it finally burned to the ground in an arson fire in 1970.

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J. Clayton Tullis Utah State Capitol Collection

The J. Clayton Tullis Utah State Capitol Collection began when the donor, Mr. Tullis, volunteered as a tour guide at the Utah State Capitol.  Mr. Tullis has been interested in the Utah State Capitol building for many years and began to collect anything relating to the capitol building, its history, construction, and the people who played a role in its development and construction.  

The collection currently consists of vintage postcards from the early twentieth century and a lithograph of the capitol building from the Governor's Office, commissioned to commemorate the Utah Centennial in 1996.  

The collection is still growing and Mr. Tullis continues to look for new materials to add to it.

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Japanese-American Internment Materials

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This exhibit consists of 9 booklets published about Japanese-American Internment during the Second World War.

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Lyndon W. & Margaret Ann Cook collection of Oceanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern artifacts


This exhibit consists of artifacts collected by Lyndon W. and Margaret Ann Cook. Obtained from New Zealand, Japan, Tonga, and Eqypt. Material types include wooden tribal masks, woven cloth, greenstone figurines and pendants, carved bone pendants, carved animal teeth, shell necklaces, wooden and greenstone clubs, and various woven and carved containers.

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The Roots of Knowledge art glass window showcases humanity’s pursuit of knowledge since the dawn of recorded time. The influence these advancements have on our present day quest for knowledge reminds us that we too, can impact the learning process of future generations.

This stained glass masterpiece not only serves as a stunning piece of art, but a tangible reminder that as a human race, we are undeniably connected. Each piece of glass is individually crafted and plays a vital role in the overall wonder of the window just as each person, no matter how insignificant they feel, adds beauty and purpose to this world.


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This exhibition presents research produced in an upper-level seminar offered by the English & Literature Department and taught by Todd Goddard, Assistant Professor of English. The class, titled "'Scribbling Women': Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers," focused on a range of authors and texts from the early nineteenth century to the Civil War. Throughout the semester, students in the class conducted on-line research in digital-archives and elsewhere on a writer of their choosing. Students then wrote biographies and plot synopses and provided information about historical context and the reception of specific works. In many instances, students discovered rare images and sometimes hard-to-find information about these writers' lives and works. The few original letters and books in the exhibit belong to a private collection.

The title of the exhibit, "Scribbling Women," comes from a well-known comment made by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in January of 1855 complained to his publisher that women writers were diminishing his chances at publication and of reaching a larger audience. "America," he wrote, "is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success . . . " Unfortunately, Hawthorne's comment reflected and reinforced the dismissive attitude of many literary critics (most of the men) toward the works of nineteenth-century women writers as not serious, simply sentimental, and too popular. As a result, many women writers were overlooked for much of the twentieth century. Recently, though, critics have begun to recover and re-discover the lives and works of many "lost" women writers. This exhibit seeks to contribute to this important project. Although you may be familiar with some or all of these writers, we hope that you find some pleasant surprises.

~ Todd Goddard

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The Spectrum (UTC Yearbook)

The Spectrum was the annual yearbook for Utah Technical College at Provo, now known as Utah Valley University. There were issues published for 1969, 1970, and 1971.

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Utah Fire Service History Digital Archive

This collection includes images of community or district fire stations around Utah.

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Utah Technical College Women's Association Scrapbooks

This is a collection of scrapbooks compiled by the Utah Technical College.

Membership consisted of the wives of UTC faculty and staff, as well as women serving on the faculty and staff of the college. The scrapbooks contain memorabilia of the various arts, humanities, and professional programs and socials held by the group, as well as that of their services to the community and the college.

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Wilson W. Sorensen Photographs

The Wilson W. Sorensen photograph collection contains images that trace the history of UVU from 1942 to 1982.  Wilson W. Sorensen was president of the school during that time, and donated these photographs that document the changing missions, and many names, of the school, from Central Utah Vocational School and Utah Trade & Technical Institute, to Utah Technical College at Provo to Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem. After President Sorensen retired in 1982, the school became Utah Valley Community College, then Utah Valley State College, and now Utah Valley University.

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Woodbury Art Museum Collections

The Woodbury Art Museum serves as a catalyst in engaging our community in aesthetic investigation and cultural awareness. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art and related materials, focusing on, but not limited to, modern and contemporary artistic styles. These exhibitions, programs, and collections stimulate research and serve as a valuable resource in our academic setting as well as in the community.

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