Oral Histories
Downwinders of Utah Archive
Downwinders of Utah Archive
Beginning in 1951, the era of nuclear weapons testing was a time of tremendous change at both national and local levels. In the name of national security, a variety of nuclear weapons were tested in a remote area of the Nevada desert known as the Nevada Test Site. Fallout and radiation from these tests have affected communities across the nation, resulting in ongoing health problems, loss of life, and generational impacts that continue to this day. This collection features a collection of interviews, stories and personal accounts with Downwinder victims, families and advocates.
Everett L. Cooley Oral History Project
Everett L. Cooley Oral History Project
The Everett L. Cooley oral history project is an ongoing oral history program designed to document the history of Utah with an emphasis on the interaction between the University of Utah and the local and regional communities.
Golden Spike Oral History Papers
Golden Spike Oral History Papers
This project, funded by the National Park Service, documents the history of the Golden Spike National Historic Site. The interviews were conducted in 1974 by Gregory Thompson and Phil Notarianni in conjunction with the American West Center.
Great Basin National Heritage Area Oral Histories
Great Basin National Heritage Area Oral Histories
Oral histories of sheepherders and video recordings from the annual gathering of sheepherders and sheep ranching families from Nevada and Utah. The Great Basin National Heritage Area is a geographical region encompassing White Pine County, Nevada and Millard County, Utah and adjacent Indian reservations that contains nationally significant archaeological, historical, cultural, natural and scenic features that are emblematic of the entire Great Basin Area. The Great Basin National Heritage Area Partnership is a grass roots organization incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization in the States of Nevada and Utah.
Hispanic Oral Histories
Hispanic Oral Histories
The Hispanic oral histories (1984-1987) were conducted by the Oral History Institute of Salt Lake City, Utah, primarily by Leslie Kelen and Sandra Fuller. Transcripts of tapes of interviews with Hispanic Americans living in Utah. Those interviewed were either immigrants or children of immigrants. Principal topics are family life, work, and religion.
Interviews with African Americans in Utah
Interviews with African Americans in Utah
This particular series of interviews with African Americans took place from 1982 to 1988. Events recalled by the interviewees span the time period from 1889 to 1988. Of particular interest are the interviews done by Pastor France Davis and Reverend Theodore P. Fields, regarding the 1980 killing of two young black men, and the interview by Woody Wright which provides insight into the activities taking place in Ogden, Utah, on the notorious 25th Street. Common themes within the interviews are family life, work, religion, discrimination, civil rights experiences, and relations with the white, and in particular the Mormon, establishment in Utah.
Interviews with Japanese Americans in Utah
Interviews with Japanese Americans in Utah
The interviews with Japanese Americans in Utah (1984-1988) consists of transcripts of a series of interviews conducted with members of the Japanese community between 1984 and 1988. Common themes within the interviews are family life, work, religion, immigration experiences, discrimination, and relations with the Mormon establishment in Utah.
Interviews with Jews in Utah
Interviews with Jews in Utah
The interviews with Jews in Utah collection (1982-1988) is part of a project funded by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities and undertaken by the Oral History Institute of Salt Lake City, Utah. Events recalled by the interviewees span the time period from the 1880s to 1986. Common themes include family life, immigration, relations with the LDS community, religious activity, the unification of the congregations Montefiore and B'nai Israel, Jewish businesses and organizations, and World War II.
Jewish Oral History Project
Jewish Oral History Project
The Jewish oral history project was conducted by the American West Center and consists of a series of interviews between 1972 and 1977 with local Jewish Americans concerning life in Utah.
Life Story Library collection
Life Story Library collection
The Life Story Library Foundation's mission is to collect, save and share the personal life stories of our time as valuable recorded history. Support authenticity, reflection, personal growth and collaboration.
Saving the Legacy Oral History Project
Saving the Legacy Oral History Project
The American West Center at the University of Utah is involved in a nationwide effort to preserve the stories of men and women who witnessed the events of World War II. This oral history project, Saving the Legacy: An Oral History of Utah's World War II Veterans, has the mission of interviewing veterans living in Utah and the Intermountain Region. The project is ongoing, and has been enlarged to include veterans of subsequent wars.
Topaz Oral Histories
Topaz Oral Histories
The Topaz oral history project collection contains transcripts of tapes, and related transcription materials of a collection of 70 oral history interviews which document the lives of Japanese Americans who were interned at the Topaz, Utah, camp. The interviews were conducted by Sandra Taylor of the University of Utah Department of History. Also included are copies of articles and other research materials.
UAIDA Main Collection
UAIDA Main Collection
The Utah American Indian Digital Archive (UAIDA) is a gateway to the best resources regarding Utah’s Indian tribes. With articles, books, government documents, tribal documents, oral histories, photographs, and maps pertaining to all 6 Utah tribes, this unique archive captures the complicated history of the tribes from multiple perspectives. The project, which stems from forty years of research conducted by the University of Utah’s American West Center on behalf of Utah’s Indians, offers tribal members, students, and researchers unprecedented access to information about the rich history and culture of Utah’s native peoples.
UAIDA Oral Histories Transcripts
UAIDA Oral Histories Transcripts
The Utah American Indian Digital Archive (UAIDA) is a gateway to the best resources regarding Utah’s Indian tribes. With articles, books, government documents, tribal documents, oral histories, photographs, and maps pertaining to all 6 Utah tribes, this unique archive captures the complicated history of the tribes from multiple perspectives. The project, which stems from forty years of research conducted by the University of Utah’s American West Center on behalf of Utah’s Indians, offers tribal members, students, and researchers unprecedented access to information about the rich history and culture of Utah’s native peoples.
Uranium Oral Histories
Uranium Oral Histories
The uranium mining oral history project (1970-1971) was conducted under the auspices of the American West Center. The focus of the interviews was documentation of the uranium industry in Utah and Colorado. Among those interviewed were miners, residents of towns affected by the uranium boom, employees of Union Carbide and the Vanadium Corporation of America, Native Americans, and lawyers specializing in mining.
Utah's Urban Pioneer Folk Music Revival of 1958-1968
Utah's Urban Pioneer Folk Music Revival of 1958-1968
The urban folk music revival of the 1960s in Utah, a significant period culturally and historically, was almost completely ephemeral, fated to disappear with the artists who had participated in it unless somebody created a documentary record through oral history interviews and the recovery and preservation of historic photographs and memorabilia. Folklorist Polly Stewart (1943-2013) therefore initiated in 2004 an open ended documentation project to collect and preserve oral histories and materials.