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George E. Peterson Collection

Identifier: MS-288


This collection contains information on Charles Peterson and his wife Harriet May Robison. It includes materials from Central Junior High, Ogden High School, Weber College, and Peterson’s personal and political career. The collection was donated by their daughter Joan Fisher in 2006. Copies of Central Jr. High’s Blue and Gold, Ogden High’s Classicum and Weber College Acorn Crumbs were removed from the collection and cataloged in Archives and Special Collections, in memory of Charles Peterson.


  • Creation: 1914 - 2002

Biographical / Historical

Charles Eric "Chuck" Peterson was born June 4, 1914 in North Ogden, Utah, the son of Charles Eric Peterson and Dora Ann Brown, and raised in Ogden, Utah by his grandfather, Charles Alma Peterson after the death of his father. Chuck later graduated from Weber State College and the University of Chicago. Charles married Harriet May Robison October 4, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Chuck's greatest love was for his family. Their children are Charles Eric "Charlie", Ida Joan, Kent Davis, and Steven James. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life, Chuck served as high counselor, bishop, stake president, President of the Chicago South Mission, and home teacher. Chuck loved political life and served his community and state in many positions. Six governors appointed him to various committees and leadership positions. He served five years on the Coordinating Counsel for Higher Education and as Vice Chair for ten years on the Board of Regents as well as on the Utah Highway Patrol Commission. Chuck served six years in the State House of Representatives, two years as Majority Leader and two years as Speaker of the House, and eight years in the State Senate and was a delegate almost every year of his life in Utah to the Republican State Convention. He was President of the Provo Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1950 and then manager of the Provo Chamber of Commerce in 1959; Chairman of the Board for Utah Valley Hospital; Walker Bank Board of Advisors and on the Board of Directors for State Savings and Loan from 1965 to 1980; chairman of the Utah Automobile Dealers Association in 1967 and the Volkswagen Dealers Council in 1973. Chuck also served on the National Parks Council of The Boy Scouts of America, was a member of the Provo Kiwanis for 50 years, and former Kiwanis President. Chuck Peterson has received numerous awards of recognition and he would say that he never deserved these awards. As owner of "Chuck Peterson's Motors", a Volkswagen dealership in Provo, Utah for 24 years, he received the 1973 TIME "Quality Dealer Award," and was made a member of the Utah Auto Dealers Hall of Fame in 1995. Chuck was named Provo's "Mr. Free Enterprise" in 1974, received the Brigham Young University Abraham O. Smoot Public Service Award in 1978, and the Utah County Council of Governments Citizen of the Year Award, 1978. He also received an Honorary Alumni Award from BYU in 1977; the Weber College Presidential Citation in 1980; Utah Valley State College Honorary Degree, 1983; BYU Presidential Citation, 1995, and was a founding member and former president of the BYU Cougar Club. Chuck at age 87, died at home January 14, 2002 from lung failure due to pneumonia.


6 Boxes

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Box 1 Certificates-Miscellaneous

Box 2 Miscellaneous-Harriet's Scrapbook

Box 3 Photographs-Plaques

Box 4-6 Plaques

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Repository Details

Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408