SUU Press Publishes Mountain Meadows-themed Haight Biography

Published: July 27, 2009 | Read Time: 1 minutes

The SUU Press announces the publication of a family biography on Isaac C. Haight, early Cedar City mayor and general manager of the Deseret Iron Company. 

This is the second SUU Press publication with a Mountain Meadows theme. The first was Historical Topography: A New Look at Old Sites on Mountain Meadows by former professor Morris Shirts. With a primary focus on scholarly and regional publications, the SUU Press is excited to expand the community’s access to historical records about the region with such publications. 

Haight’s biography came to SUU as an unfinished manuscript, I Would to God: A Personal History of Isaac Haight, originally written by Haight’s granddaughter Caroline Keturah Parry Woolley. It, along with Woolley’s papers and memorabilia, were donated to the Southern Utah University library in 1966 with the provision that the work would be edited and published. 

A noted artist and sculptor, Woolley dedicated over 20 years to searching and documenting Isaac C. Haight’s story. She writes from the family’s perspective and uses Haight’s personal writings and journal, family letters and photographs, sources from the Deseret News and the Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in addition to other secondary sources available to her in the 1950s and 1960s. 

From the Woolley Collection of papers and multiple manuscript chapters, former SUU Special Collections librarian Blanche Cox Clegg compiled the biography. Both the Shirts and Woolley books are available in the SUU Library offices or by calling 435-865-8172. 

The SUU Press, founded in 1985 as a department of the Sherratt Library is a non-profit publisher of scholarly and regional books. The press publishes general interest and historical books on Southern Utah and Southern Utah University. Additional areas of primary interest include manuscripts on southern Utah people and places.

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