Charles Gregory Crampton (March 22, 1911 – May 2, 1995) was a historian at the University of Utah best known for documenting cultures and artifacts in Glen Canyon before it was flooded by the Glen Canyon Dam.[1]

C. Gregory Crampton
Born(1911-03-22)March 22, 1911
DiedMay 2, 1995(1995-05-02) (aged 83)

Born in Kankakee, IL, he moved with his parents to Delhi, CA where the family tried to run a farm, mostly unsuccessfully. The family travelled from Illinois to California by automobile, and Crampton credits this trip with inculcating in him an interest in the American West. Crampton attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning an AB, MA and PhD in history. His thesis concerned the history of mining in Mariposa, CA, with an emphasis on the land grant of John Charles Fremont. During World War II he worked with the quartermaster corps. In 1945 he began his career as a professor at the University of Utah.[2]

In the early 1950s, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley obtained an original manuscript of a member of the Mariposa Battalion expedition. Largely on the basis of the fact that Crampton's PhD thesis covered some of that history, he was requested to edit this work, which was published in 1957.

In 1956 Crampton was awarded a grant to study the cultures and retrieve artifacts from the area which was to be flooded by the Glen Canyon Dam. He subsequently wrote several books and articles about his findings.[3]

Crampton received an Award of Merit in 1983 from the Western History Association.[4] His book Standing Up Country won the Best Western Non-Fiction Award of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.[5]

Crampton retired in 1979 and died at his home in St. George, UT on May 2, 1995.[1]


  1. ^ a b "C. Gregory Crampton dies at 84, U. emeritus professor of history". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. May 4, 1995. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Cooley, Everett L. (January 19, 1984). "C. Gregory Crampton, Salt Lake City, Utah: an interview". J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Rogers, Jedediah (2006). "Glen Canyon Project" (PDF). United States Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Back matter". Western Historical Quarterly. Oxford University Press. 26 (3): 422. Autumn 1995. JSTOR 970699.
  5. ^ "Past Western Heritage Award Winners". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved April 21, 2018.

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