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Farrell R. Collett papers

Identifier: 05-05---002

Scope and Contents

Over ten linear feet of awards, brochures, correspondence, flyers, reproductions of illustrations, memorabilia, military papers, news clippings, periodicals, photographs, poems and stories are contained in MS 45. The material in this collection spans the career of one of Utah's best known artists and teachers whose illustrations and paintings depicting the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin regions have exemplified the unique beauty of Western America.


  • circa 1932-1996


Biographical / Historical

Born: Farrell Reuben Collett. November 13, 1907, Bennington, Idaho.


13.35 Linear Feet (31 document cases, 3 flat document cases, 1 legal half Hollinger box)


Application, Awards and Honors, Brochures, and Consignment Records (Box 1, 23) Information pertaining to awards and honors, and art exhibitions of Collett's art career. Included are consignment record to and from various art agencies. Correspondence (Boxes 2-7, 24) Letters and cards written and received by Mr. Collett. Exhibitions, Flyers, and Guest Registers (Box 8, 25) Exhibition notices and flyers for various artists including Mr. Collett. Included are guest registers for art exhibits and a reception prior to leaving for military service. Illustrations (Boxes 9-10. 26) Illustrations by Mr. Collett for advertisements, books, brochures, naval service, pamphlets, periodicals and stationery. Included are reproductions of working sketches. Itineraries, Journal, Mailing Lists, Maps, Membership (Box 11) Included are itineraries for various functions, a journal kept during sabbatical leave to Europe, mailing Lists for numerous organizations and membership information for various associations. Memorabilia and Memorandums (Box 12, 27) Included are badges from art exhibits and expositions, grade school art, souvenirs from travels and a tape cassette of a building dedication. Also included are memorandums from Mr. Collet's career in illustrating and teaching. Minutes of Meetings and Miscellaneous (Box 13) Information pertaining to meetings of various organizations including the Weber State College Art department. Miscellaneous items include invitations, reproductions of photographs, and papers relating to Mr. Collett's art career. Naval Service Papers (Box 14) Papers pertaining to Mr. Collet's service in the United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. News Clippings (Box 15, 28) Information concerning Mr. Collett's career in art and teaching from 1936 to 1987. Newsletters, News Releases, and Painting Lists (Box 16, 29) Newsletters from numerous organizations, news releases pertaining to art exhibits and expositions, and painting Lists of works by various artists including Mr. Collett. Oversize Material (Boxes 21-22) Books, calendars, manuscripts, poster, and year books concerning Mr. Collett's life and career. Pamphlets, Periodicals, and Poems (Box 17, 30) Pamphlets from foreign schools of art, and numerous periodicals with articles relating to Mr. Collett's art and career in art. Included also are poems written by friends and associates of Mr. Collett. Programs (Box 18) Programs to various social affairs, 1932-1987. Reports, Resumes, Sales Receipts, Songs, Speech Notes, and Speeches (Box 20, 31) Reports from organizations including Weber State College, resumes for Mr. Collett, sales receipts from art galleries, and miscellaneous sales receipts, songs from Brigham Young University, and speech notes and speeches by Mr. Collett and other speakers. Ribbons (Box 32) Ribbons received by Mr. Collett for award-winning art. Tributes (Box 33) Tributes received including Governor’s Award in the Arts, 1994; UK Utah Festival Distinguished Utahn Award, 1996. Farrell R. Collett Photograph Collection (Box 34) Contains approximately one-hundred photographs of Mr. Collett, family members, art work, and other subjects.

Custodial History

Material was acquired by Special Collections from Farrell R. Collett in August 1986. The collection was transferred to the Archives in April 2016.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.
Briana Beckstrand, Special Collections assistant
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408