the University of Deseret (the forerunner to the U) opened its doors
in the autumn of 1850, it was clear that the fledgling university
the first of its kind west of the Missouri River required furnishings
for the classrooms. As a result, books, maps, charts, and scientific
apparatuses were secured in the early pioneer wagons that made the long
Perhaps the most inspiring
of the University's acquisitions during this time is a set of magnificent
globes purchased in England by F.D. Richards, an apostle in the LDS
church, and brought by wagon to Salt Lake. Each measuring three feet
in diameter, these handwatercolored globes
one celestial and the other terrestrial
were among the most sophisticated three-dimensional cartographic tools
of their day. Richards purchased the newest and most accurate globes
manufactured by John Addison and Malby & Co. The attention to detail
in their lithographic printing, hand watercoloring, and oversized construction
reflects their purpose as educational tools.
With their imposing size
and precise detail, the globes quickly became symbols of academic scholarship.
In 1869 they were proudly mounted on wagons and drawn by oxen through
the streets of Salt Lake City as a Fourth of July float. Judging from
their present condition, it is clear that they received much use
and far too much abuse. Currently, they are being stored in a semipublic
space in the library, waiting for funding to initiate conservation.
Besides the library's pair,
only six other globes manufactured by Malby & Co. are known to exist
(three in the United States, three in England), with the University
of Utah's being the only examples produced in the years 1845 and ca.
1851. A unique piece of history, the globes represent an unbroken tradition
of supporting the quest for knowledge at the U.
Continuum intern Kathryn Austin Maksimov BA'00 is a full-time technical
writer and a freelance writer.