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Leo Alva Snow papers Edit


WASH 003


  • 1870-1962 (Creation)


  • 7.5 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    12 manuscript boxes, 1 over-size box, and 1 legal box

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  • Abstract

    The papers of Leo Alva Snow cover the years 1870 through 1962 and include documentation of his school years, engineering career, role as county surveyor, and his activities in the LDS Church as well as business records and photographs.

  • Biographical/Historical

    Leo Alva Snow was born September 5, 1881. He graduated from the School of Mines at the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering in 1908. From that point he practiced general engineering for nearly 34 years. He became interested in public land surveys for a time and then settled down to general engineering practice in southern Utah. He was deeply interested in irrigation design and construction, city engineering for smaller cities in the state, waterworks improvements, sewer design and construction, and various other problems that confront growing cities. He also worked on highway problems in Washington County as County Surveyor. During 1939 he worked in the Public Works Administration as resident Engineer Inspector. He died in 1963.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Leo Alva Snow papers cover the years 1870 through 1962. These papers consist of a variety of materials including blueprints, maps, notebooks, contracts, land survey records, photographs, and other miscellaneous items. Series I (1902-1908; 1958) contains his school work and notes from college courses. Series II (1905-1962) comprises documentation of contracted work on canal, irrigation, city water systems, and water appropriation. Series III (1870-1962) covers his work while contracted as a civil engineer, building engineer, and county surveyor, as well as his work for the Public Works Association. Series IV (1904-1961) covers the personal and business projects that Snow was active in, including his records of the St. George Garage Company and the Snow & Cannon Insurance Agency. There is also a small file on his family history and his activities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Series V (1903-1937), contains the photographic prints of three photographers: John Moffitt Stewart, Leo A. Snow, and Clarence P. Snow. They document projects that Snow was involved in as well as Clarence's school days. Series VI (1905-1957), contains survey field notes from Southern Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Series VII (undated), contains index books with field notes and maps.

    These were transferred to DSU Special Collections and Archives from the County Recorder Russell Shirts at the request of descendants of Leo Alva Snow. Special Collections and Archives is now better equipped to care for the entire collection and having all of the material together in one location will make access easier for

  • Arrangement

    The Leo Alva Snow Collection is arranged in six series. Series 1. School, 1902-1908; 1958. Series 2. Water Engineer Projects, 1905-1962. Series 3. City Engineer Projects, 1870-1962. Series4. Personal, 1904-1961. Series 5. Photographs, 1903-1937. Series 6. Survey Field Notes, 1905-1957. Series 7. Index Books, undated. The Collection consists of fourteen boxes that are organized alphabetically and numerically within each series.

  • Separated Materials

    The following items were removed from the collection during processing to be placed with more relevant collections or because they required conservation attention:

    The Revised Ordinances of the city of St. George, Utah, 1894; Hotel Liberty Brochure; and Valley of Decision by Leola Woodruff (discarded - relevance to collection could not be determined)

    CONSERVATION: Pine Valley U.S. Deputy Survey, 1909 May 7 - 1909 May 29 and Salient Geological Feature of the Virgin City Oil District by Leo Snow, 1908

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, WASH 003 Leo Alva Snow papers, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.