May 18, 2022

Special Collections: Utah St. University Photo Curator Preserves Snapshots of History

From The Daily Herald (Provo, UT):

One day, Daniel Davis, the photo curator for Utah State University Special Collections and Archives, got a phone call from a Cache Valley resident who had an interesting request.

The caller said he wanted the school to find a particular photo of himself, as he had obtained his degree at Utah State University.

After Davis asked the man why he wanted that particular photo, the man said, “Oh, I think it would be a good photo to use for my obituary.”


Davis’ duties include: acquiring images by purchase, donation or duplication; working with USU employees and the public to find images and reproduce them; creating exhibits and publishing articles about the images in the Special Collections; conserving the nearly half-million images stored there; and conducting tours and giving classes about the Special Collections.

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