Outdoor Recreation Catalogs & Magazines


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With its explosive growth over the last few decades, the outdoor industry has firmly positioned itself as a significant part of the commercial, environmental, and social fabric of the country. One way to examine this impact is through gear catalogs, which represent the culmination of a company’s work, from the design and development of the products to marketing and promotion of the brand, and how this process changed over time. They also tell us a great deal about consumers, including their style preferences and how they experienced the outdoors. 

Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ Outdoor Recreation Catalogs & Magazines collection represents an ongoing effort to collect these catalogs and other outdoor recreation publications. Within this digital exhibit, you can browse, by company, the covers of more than 1,300 issues from manufacturers like Lowe Alpine and Sierra Designs to retailers like Eastern Mountain Sports and REI. You will also find publications for outdoor enthusiasts, like Backpacker magazine and Ski Research News

If you have questions about the collection or would be interested in donating any catalogs or magazines we are missing, please contact us at scweb@usu.edu.





Project Credits:

  • Clint Pumphrey: Manuscript Curator, Project Curator and Lead
  • Darcy Pumphrey: Digital Project Designer/Coordinator (2018-2020), Digital Asset Librarian (2020-present)
  • Branson Roskelley: Digital Project Coordinator (2020-2021), Digitization Coordinator (2020-present) 
  • Brittany Bertazon: Digital Project Manager (2022-present)
  • Shay Larsen: Graphic Designer
  • Abby Thorne: Copy Editor, Data Entry, Digital Archive Support
  • Monique Davila: Graduate Student Fellow (2021-2022): Digitization Student Assistant, Data Entry, Digital Archive Support
  • Elizabeth Clemens: Digitization Student Assistant, Data Entry, Digital Archive Support
  • Blane Santilli: Digitzation Student Assistant
  • Megan Wilson: Digitization Student Assistant
  • Malori Menck: Digtization Student Assistant
  • Clayton Shaw: Digitization Student Assistant
  • Talyn Hawkes: Digitization Student Assistant, Digital File Management Support
  • Brandon Ott: LIT Student Assistant, Digital File Management Support