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Chester Olsen Collection

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Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Content Description

Collection Use

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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Chester Olsen Collection
Dates: 1953-1969 (inclusive)
Collection Number: MS 002
Summary: This collection contains personal correspondence and memorabilia particularly related to Bernard DeVoto. The correspondence is between Chester "Chet" Olsen and DeVoto's widow Avis. Most is concerned with the death of DeVoto and requesting that Olsen scatter his ash among a National Forest in Idaho. It includes items from the cremation including the body tag.
Repository: Stewart Library Special Collections
Address:
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden UT 84408-2901

Collection Inventory +/-

Box 1, Folder 1: (March 19, 1969)

Unlined note card with notes about Operation Lochsa, author or writer unknown Original letter dated March 19, 1969, Avis DeVoto to a Mr. Allred. Concerns Allred's interest in doing an article on DeVoto and Mrs. DeVoto's comment that Olsen had her burn his letters to DeVoto after DeVoto's death. Envelope to March 19, 1969 letter.

Box 1, Folder 2: (1962)

Elers Koch's monograph Lewis and Clark Across the Bitterroot Range, 1962. Published by United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Missoula, Montana.

Box 1, Folder 3: (1960)

The Stanford University Register on the DeVoto papers they have. Copyright 1960. Includes a Tribute by Wallace Stegner, 21 pages.

Box 1, Folder 4: (May 14, 1957)

Original letter dated December 16, 1959, Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Personal except that she gives Olsen permission to write about his part in the scattering of DeVoto's ashes. Original letter dated May 14, 1957 Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Personal. Envelope to May 14, 1957 letter, Avis DeVoto to Olsen.

Box 1, Folder 5: (1958)

Reprint copy of "Living in Harmony with Nature" by Reed Bailey in Utah Educational Review , May Issue, 1958.

Box 1, Folder 6: (July 21, 1958)

Ogden Standard clipping July 21, 1957 describing the scattering of DeVoto's ashes and the role Olsen played as a friend, not as a Forest Service official.

Box 1, Folder 7: (December 30, 1956)

Original letter December 30, 1956 Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Personal.

Box 1, Folder 8: (1956)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Bob Fogg August 1, 1956 enclosing copy of the pictures of Operation Lochsa, the scattering of the ashes. Memorandum, original, from Maureen McKenna, secretary to Sen. Neuberger, asking if the DeVoto ashes have been scattered. July 31, 1956 memo. Carbon copy. Letter to Mrs. DeVoto dated July 26, 1956. Letter speaks of an August issue of Holiday which ran an article by the deceased DeVoto. Olsen enclosed a set of photo prints of Operation Lochsa. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Mrs. DeVoto dated April 13, 1956. Olsen describes the scattering of the ashes. Map of Lolo National Forest with red coloring where ashes were scattered. Map was enclosed in April 13, 1956 letter above. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Miss McKenna confirming the ashes were scattered on April 6, 1956.

Box 1, Folder 9: (1954-1956)

Original letter Scheinberg to Olsen, not dated. Olsen's July 6, 1956 reply. Personal Scheinberg's original letters (Jan. 19, 1956 and Feb. 2, 1956) concerning personal films made of a trip Olsen, Scheinberg, and DeVoto made in the Summer, 1954. Carbon copies Olsen's replies to Scheinberg (Jan. 24 and Feb. 20, 1956) also, postal receipt for the films. Original letter Scheinberg to Olsen dated September 23, 1954. A magazine clipping on a steam engine was enclosed. Personal. Original letter. Dr. I. Herbert Scheinberg, M. D. to Olsen. Personal. August 23, 1954, answer wherein Olsen encourages Scheinberg to become a conservationist.

Box 1, Folder 10: (June 27, 1956)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Mrs. DeVoto dated June 27, 1956. Personal and discusses the change in the Snow Basin area.

Box 1, Folder 11: (April 20, 1956)

Original letter dated April 20, 1956 Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Thanks Olsen for scattering the ashes of DeVoto

Box 1, Folder 12: (March 2, 1956)

Carbon copy. Letter Lynn Crandall to Senator Richard Neuberger March 2, 1956, stating there is no citizen interest in naming an Idaho forest after DeVoto

Box 1, Folder 13: (1956-1957)

Handwritten letter received February 20, 1956 by Olsen's office. The writer has some pictures and slides of DeVoto and wants to know what to do with them.Envelope to Olsen from Mrs. DeVoto postmarked November 16, 1955. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated October 27, 1955. Personal and concerning publications the two were exchanging. Carbon copy of letter Olsen to Mr. Wright of the Ogden Standard Examiner . Olsen is lending a picture of DeVoto to the paper. One piece of letterhead stationary for the Bernard DeVoto Memorial, Missoula, Montana. Unidentified memo or notes with dates and some themes.

Box 1, Folder 14: (Feb. 17, 1956)

Ogden Standard clipping February 17, 1956 describing Idaho Senator's protest of naming a forest for DeVoto.

Box 1, Folder 15: (Feb. 6, 1956)

Original letter dated February 6, 1956, from Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Mentions some conservation issues of the day, Wes D' Ewart, Floyd Olsen ( a mistake for Chester Olsen) and Congressman Neuberger and Morse.

Box 1, Folder 16: (Feb. 6, 1956)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Mrs. DeVoto dated February 6, 1956. Olsen describes how he will handle the scattering of the ashes of Bernard DeVoto. Also personal information.

Box 1, Folder 17: (January 24, 1956)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Mrs. DeVoto dated January 24, 1956. Personal.

Box 1, Folder 18: (Dec. 25, 1955)

Two copies of Ogden Standard of December 25, 1955 news clipping of DeVoto's death.

Box 1, Folder 19: (Dec. 13, 1955)

Envelope to December 13 letter. Original letter dated December 13 from Mrs. DeVoto to Olsen. Personal.

Box 1, Folder 20: (Dec. 5, 1955)

Envelope, December 5 letter, Mrs. DeVoto to Olsen. (1955) Original letter dated December 5 from Mrs. DeVoto to Olsen. Personal and comments about DeVoto's activities in conservation just prior to his death.

Box 1, Folder 21: (Nov. 23, 1955)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Mrs. DeVoto dated November 23, 1955. Personal, condolence over DeVoto's death. Olsen agrees to scatter DeVoto's ashes as per the DeVoto wishes.

Box 1, Folder 22: (Nov. 13, 1955)

Boston Herald clipping November 13, 1955 describing DeVoto's funeral in great detail.

Box 1, Folder 23: (Nov. 12, 1955)

Envelope, November 12, 1955 letter Mrs. DeVoto to Olsen. Original letter Bernard DeVoto to Olsen November 12 from Mrs. DeVoto to Olsen. She mentions much about her gardening as well as saying DeVoto has just left for New York. (He died on that trip). She is writing not knowing this.

Box 1, Folder 24: (Nov. 1, 1955)

Original letter Bernard DeVoto to Olsen November 1, 1955. Concerns comments he has to make about his new book he is writing and he wants Olsen to read it for him and answer questions or fill in areas. Also concerns some political talk.

Box 1, Folder 25: (1954-1955)

Two postcards postmarked June 1954 and November 1955 from DeVoto to Olsen asking for information on black beetles and on Wasatch National Forest.

Box 1, Folder 26: (May 17, 1955)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated May 17, 1955. Contains descriptions of conservation - related publications and happenings.

Box 1, Folder 27: (1954-1955)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated March 14, 1955. Concerns personal matters and some talk of Wyoming seceding from the Union. Memorandum original copy. Lester Moncrief to Olsen. Olsen asks for some information on tariffs for DeVoto. Dated December 2, 1954.Carbon copy of before mentioned memorandum.

Box 1, Folder 28: (Jan. 5, 1955)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto family dated January 5, 1955. Personal.

Box 1, Folder 29: (Sept. 21, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated September 21, 1954. Olsen thanks DeVoto for sending books to him and Reed Bailey.

Box 1, Folder 30: (September 1, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated September 1, 1954. Concerns a historical description of the Salmon River country and a comment on that same country in 1954.

Box 1, Folder 31: (August 31, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated August 31, 1954. Concerns an editorial from the Salt Lake Tribune .

Box 1, Folder 32: (August 21, 1954)

Original letter dated August 21, 1954 DeVoto to Olsen. Personal, but also discussed a trip DeVoto and other conservationists had recently made to the west. Envelope to the August 21, 1954 DeVoto letter.

Box 1, Folder 33: (July 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated July 19, 1954. Gives information copied from news and other sources concerning the Davis County flood history. Rough draft of the July 19, 1954 letter Olsen to DeVoto. Postcard DeVoto to Olsen postmarked June 3, 1954. Concerns DeVoto's interest in Davis County mud

Box 1, Folder 34: (June 12, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated June 12, 1954. Concerns a trip DeVoto was making to the Idaho area and some personal comments.

Box 1, Folder 35: (June 4, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated June 4, 1954. Concerns Utah flood history and watershed information.

Box 1, Folder 36: (May 14, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated May 14, 1954. Concerns flood problems and an unidentified mortgage.

Box 1, Folder 37: (April 28, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated April 28, 1954 concerning permit to use Snyder Basin Guard Station dwelling. Special Use Permit for use of Snyder Basin Guard Station dwelling by Bernard DeVoto. A yellow scratch sheet with numerical figuring on it.

Box 1, Folder 38: (April 23, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated April 23, 1954. Concerns personal matters and Olsen sends DeVoto the population stats DeVoto requested on Willard, Farmington, and Centerville, Utah.

Box 1, Folder 39: (April 21, 1954)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto's family dated April 21, 1954. Personal nature.

Box 1, Folder 40: (1953-1954)

p. 18 of Collier's magazine, February 19, 1954 with red circle around a letter to the Editor that responds to the article. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to Collier's magazine, letter dated December 18, 1953. Olsen praises DeVoto's article "Our Great West - Boom or Bust." Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated December 18, 1953. Olsen is sending DeVoto an editorial from The Deseret News and Telegram concerning the Collier's article.

Box 1, Folder 41: (Dec. 15, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated December 30, 1953. Personal and mentions some articles DeVoto is publishing. Original letter DeVoto to Olsen dated December 22, 1953. Personal matters and Alfred A. Knopf is mentioned as an influential member of the Advisory Board on National Parks. DeVoto has received two copies of Olsen speeches and is using them. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated December 15, 1953. Discusses a DeVoto article from Collier's and Olsen enclosed two of his own speeches. Label from the box of apples DeVoto sent to Olsen.

Box 1, Folder 42: (Dec. 14, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated December 14, 1953. Concerns the Cour d' Alene forest fire of 1910.

Box 1, Folder 43: (Nov. 30, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated November 30, 1953. Discusses Salt Lake Tribune editorial that seems favorable to DeVoto's interests.

Box 1, Folder 44: (Sept. 30, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto concerning the drought in the Southwest. Dated September 30, 1953.

Box 1, Folder 45: (Sept. 18, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated September 18, 1953. Concerns personal matters as well as state and national water issues.

Box 1, Folder 46: (July 10, 1953)

New clipping Ogden Standard-Examiner dated July 10, 1953. Describes DeVoto visit to Ogden and interview with DeVoto. Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated February 18, 1953. Concerns a Feb. 5 Salt Lake Tribune editorial and personal matters.

Box 1, Folder 47: (April 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto concerning editorials which appeared in March and April, 1953.

Box 1, Folder 48: (January 7, 1953)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto dated January 7, 1953. Discusses the publication entitled "Rain Follows the Plough." Carbon copy. "Rain Follows the Plough: The Notation of Increased Rainfall for the Great Plains, 1844-1880" by Henry Nash Smith.

Box 1, Folder 49: (1953-1969)

Newspaper clipping, unidentified source and date. Describes DeVoto's death and gives biographical information, including a picture of DeVoto.

Box 1, Folder 50: (1953-1969)

Map, Clearwater National Forest, Northern Region. Red circle on it indicates where DeVoto's ashes were scattered.

Box 1, Folder 51: (1953-1969)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto concerning DeVoto family trip out west and Olsen's receiving two copies of DeVoto's books from the publisher.

Box 1, Folder 52: (1953-1969)

Seven pages of receipts related to the services involved in the cremation of Bernard DeVoto.

Box 1, Folder 53: (1953-1969)

Original letter (undated) from Avis DeVoto to Olsen. Mentions the fact that the newspapers managed to get some facts wrong about DeVoto's ashes and their scattering. Mentions many personal details about DeVoto's death and the disposition of his ashes.

Box 1, Folder 54: (1953-1969)

Carbon copy. Letter Olsen to DeVoto's son Mark. Personal.

Box 1, Folder 55: (1953-1969)

News clippings, unidentified source, that is an article on DeVoto's opinion of the Upper Colorado River Storage Project.

Box 1, Folder 56: (1953-1969)

Allistaire Cooke eulogy of DeVoto.

Box 1, Folder 57: (1953-1969)

Memorabilia from DeVoto's cremation and the scattering of his ashes.

Content Description +/-

This collection contains personal correspondence and memorabilia particularly related to Bernard DeVoto. The correspondence is between Chester "Chet" Olsen and DeVoto's widow Avis. Most is concerned with the death of DeVoto and requesting that Olsen scatter his ash among a National Forest in Idaho. It includes items from the cremation including the body tag.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open for public research.

Administrative Information +/-

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in reverse chronological order.

Acquisition Information:

Acquisition unknown

Processing Note:

Process date unknown

Creator:

Olsen, Chester

Language:

Material in English .

Sponsor:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Quantity:

1 box, 57 folders, .3 linear feet

Language of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid encoded in English .

Author of the Finding Aid:

Sarah Langsdon

EAD Creation Date:

2011

Standard:

Finding aid based on DACS

Subjects +/-

Subject Terms:

Politics
cremation

Personal Names:

Olsen, Chester
DeVoto, Bernard, 1897-1955

Geographical Names:

Ogden, Utah

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