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Metta E. Nelson papers Edit


WASH 044
Finding Aid Author
Amber J. D'Ambrosio
Finding Aid Date
2013 December 5
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  • 1915 July 2 - August 9 (Creation)


  • 0.21 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 manuscript box

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  • Abstract

    Metta E. Nelson's papers contain the photocopied transcript of a fifty page journal kept by Mrs. Jack Randall and an accompanying album of photographs by her husband documenting a trip from Price to Cedar City, Utah from July 2 to August 9, 1915. As a member of the vacation party, Metta Nelson received a copy of the journal transcript and an album of the photographs.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    Metta Elenora Nelson was born on November 9, 1882 and graduated from the Groves L. D. S. Hospital Nurses’ class of 1909 in Salt Lake City. She became the first Public Health Nurse in Davis County in 1920, and in December 1929 she married Charles Larsen. She died on May 3, 1947 in Price, Utah.

    Reference to her was found in the 1920 bulletin of the California State Nurses’ Association (pg. 756). She is listed as a Registered Nurse granted a California certificate by the State Board of Health. Reference to her also found in The American Journal of Nursing from 1918 (pg. 920) under the list of Reserve Nurses, Army Nurse Corps as “relieved from active service in the military establishment”.

  • Scope and Contents

    The papers of Metta E. Nelson contain the photocopied transcript of a fifty-page journal kept by Mrs. Jack Randall and an accompanying photograph album. The journal documents a trip from Price to Cedar City, Utah from July 2 to August 9, 1915. The photograph album contains photographs taken by Jack Randall from July 5 through August 8. As one of the 12 members of the vacation journey, Metta Nelson received a copy of the journal transcript and an album of the photographs taken during the trip from Mr. and Mrs. Randall.

    The actual journey began in Ferron, and the initial group of seven dwindled to five after a wrong turn to Emery instead of Salina. In Salina, they were to join with a second wagon and two additional travelers. The two groups eventually met and continued south following the same route as what is now U.S. Highway 89 & 89A to the Grand Canyon. Returning north, they visited Zion a second time, taking in all that was possible to view before the roads into much of the canyon were available. They ended their journey together, as a group, in Cedar City on August 9. The Randall's and the Twisses, on their way to the Pacific, rode the “mail auto-bus” to Lund where they boarded the “S. Lake Limited” for Modena.

  • Arrangement

    The photograph album was unbound in order to interleave acid free paper for preservation purposes. The order of the leaves of the album has been maintained.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, 2012-02 Metta E. Nelson papers, 1915, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

  • 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.