Marriott Library offers a vast, free, historical resource
Though it’s not the sharpest of photos, Robert Leroy Parker clearly has a shiner.
A black eye in an old, shadowy photo wouldn’t normally warrant more than a mere observation — unless you know that Parker also went by Butch Cassidy.
Cassidy was an American train and bank robber famously played on screen by Paul Newman. The mugshot was taken in 1894 after Parker was sentenced to two years in the Wyoming Territorial Penitentiary at age 27. His crime? Stealing a $5 horse. After Parker’s release in 1896, he joined a band of criminals who collectively became known as the Wild Bunch.
These details suddenly make the backstory of that bruise considerably more compelling.
Every photo has a backstory, and Parker’s is one of more than 70,000 in the J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections. The J. Willard Marriott Library has served as the University of Utah’s central library, in one building or another, since the U’s first librarian was appointed in 1850. Today, its holdings include more than 350 digital collections — millions of digital photographs, maps, books, videos, and audio recordings, among other historical artifacts.
The photos below are part of these digital collections. We invite you to explore this vast and enlightening historical resource, available for free to the U community and public. A note about copyright permission: Patrons are not required to request the library’s permission to publish or reuse any document or image that in the public domain. Please see the library’s Policy on Describing Ownership and Re-Use of Digital Assets for additional details.
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