Guide to the David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's papers

Table of Contents

Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information


Collection Overview +/-

Title: David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's papers
Dates: 1991-2008 (inclusive)
Collection Number: ACC-183B
Summary: This collection consists of the office papers of David Stanley, a faculty member at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Repository: Westminster College, Giovale Library
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-2250

Collection Inventory +/-

box 1, folder 1: Articles
box 1, folder 2: Faculty memories
box 1, folder 3: Flyers
box 1, folder 4: Foster Hall dedication speech (August 30, 1994)
box 1, folder 5: Malouf Hall
box 1, folder 6: Memorandums (1998-2002)
box 1, folder 7: Newspaper clippings (1996-2008)
box 1, folder 8: Notes
box 1, folder 9: Photographs
box 1, folder 10: Pranks (1996-1997)
box 1, folder 11: Programs (1996-2000)
box 1, folder 12: Shadowlands haunted places index -- Utah (2006)
box 1, folder 13: Spoofs on John Keats
box 1, folder 14: Stanley article and poem (1996)
box 1, folder 15: Westminster College folklore note cards (1996-2003)
box 1, folder 16: Westminster College history and map (1996)
box 1, folder Unfoldered: 4 faces on paper plates (undated)
box 1, folder Unfoldered: VHS tape of "The Mahabharata", Peter Brooks, director, Great Performances (6 hours) (March 25-27, 1991)

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

David Stanley was born in 1942. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1964. From 1964-1966, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in India and from 1972-1973 a Fulbright scholar in Japan. Stanley received both an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin.

Stanley taught in the English Department of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah from 1991-2008. While at Westminster, he taught American, Asian, and Native American literatures, in addition to folklore and environmental studies. During fall semester 2007, he taught American studies in Budapest, Hungary on a Fulbright fellowship.

His areas of experience include:

  • literature of the American West
  • American folklore
  • cowboy poetry
  • American literature (pre-Civil War)
  • nature writing
  • environmental policy
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • ethnic folkore
  • Asian literature and culture

David Stanley co-edited a collection of essays entitled Cowboy poets & cowboy poetry (University of Illinois Press, 2000) and produced a Smithsonian Folkways CD entitled Cowboy poetry classics (2003). He edited Folklore in Utah : a history and guide to resources (Utah State University Press, 2004).

Sources of information for this biographical note, viewed online January 21, 2014:

  • David Stanley's Linkedin webpage (and September 2014 correspondence with Stanley).
  • "Faculty news : David Stanley" published in the Westminster Review, Spring 2005 issue
  • "From Elko to Ulaan baataar" / David Stanley, published in the Westminster Review, Spring 2007 issue
  • Westminster College faculty directory website

Content Description +/-

This collection consists of the office papers of David Stanley, a faculty member at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon his retirement in 2008, he gave this portion of his papers to the Giovale Library archives.

Box 1, Folder 1 (Articles) includes a photocopy of an article by Barre Toelken entitled "The folklore of academe" and another by Ronald L. Baker entitled "The folklore of students".

Box 1, Folder 7 (Newspaper clippings) are primarily from Westminster newspapers, including Campus news and The Forum.

Box 1, Folder 9 (Photographs) comprise color prints and negatives, mostly of the Westminster campus, including construction of the Giovale Library, and the pottery studio on campus, housed in the Dolores Doré Eccles Ceramic Center.

Box 1, Folder 14 (Stanley article and poem) comprises an article entitled "Folklore and Westminster College" by David Stanley published in the Winter 1996 issue of Westminster review, and a poem he wrote about renaming "Westminnie" from "College" to "University".

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.

Restrictions on Use:

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.

Preferred Citation:

David Stanley Westminster College faculty member's papers, 1991-2008, ACC-183B, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative Information +/-


Arranged alphabetically by topic or format, with the exception of the paper plates and VHS tape placed at the end of the collection due to physical format (Unfoldered).

Processing Note:

Processed 2009 by Giovale Library staff.


Stanley, David, 1942-


Collection materials are in English.


0.4 linear feet

Language of the Finding Aid:


Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid written September 2014 by Sarah Shaw.

EAD Creation Date:

2014 September 18 by Sarah Shaw


Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)



Related Material:

Related collection in Giovale Library Archives:

Related photographs held by Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library:

Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Westminster College of Salt Lake City--Archives
Westminster College of Salt Lake City--History--Sources
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- )--History--Sources

Subject Terms:

College professors--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives

Form or Genre Terms:

Cards (information artifacts)
Clippings (Information artifacts
Fliers (printed matter)
Indexes (reference sources)
Programs (documents

Personal Names:

Baker, Ronald L., 1937- --Archives
Stanley, David, 1942- --Archives
Toelken, Barre, 1936- --Archives

Geographical Names:

Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources