Guide to the William A. Wilson slide collection,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wilson, William Albert
Title: William A. Wilson slide collection
Dates: 1978-1985 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.75 linear foot (3 boxes)
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 34
Summary: 35 mm color slides taken mainly by William A. Wilson during 1978-1985. Subjects of slides include the Mendon, Utah's May Day Celebration, Southern Utah's Folklife Festival, the Library of Congress's Paradise Valley, Nevada, Fieldwork Project, the Utah Arts Council's Folk Arts Program activities, student fieldwork, such as Swiss Easter egg dyeing and Logan, Utah, Halloween yard art, and other folklife activities. Also includes some slides by other Utah State University Folklore Program fieldworkers and students.
Repository: Utah State University. Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives
Fife Folklore Archives

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

William A. (Bert) Wilson directed Utah State University's Folklore Program and Fife Folklore Archives from 1978-1985. During that time he also conducted folklore fieldwork to use in his own research, his classes, and for grant projects. This collection comprises the slides that Professor Wilson took during this time. The collection also includes the slides of other fieldworkers who worked on the same projects of Wilson.

Content Description

The materials in the Collection include slides on Mendon, Utah's May Day Celebration, Southern Utah's Folklife Festival, the Library of Congress's Paradise Valley, Nevada, Fieldwork Project, the Utah Arts Council's Folk Arts Program activities. There is no metadata for the slides. For more information on the Paradise Valley project go to American Folklife Center: Nevada. The collection is housed in an acid-free box and sorted into separate folders and stored in USU's Special Collections.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, box number, folder number and item number. The materials do not circulate and are available in USU's Special Collections and Archives.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Italian-Americans in the West : Utah section collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

William A. Wilson slide collection, 1978-1985. (FOLK COLL 34). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to Box

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were donated by Professor William A. Wilson to the Fife Folklore Archives. In the spring of 2001, on a visit to the Fife Folklore Archives, Barbara [Walker] Lloyd reviewed and identified the images and photographers. In 2005, Randy Williams reviewed and organized the material and boxed and foldered the collection. Finding aid created by Randy Williams, 2001; updated March 2012.

Processing Note :  

Originally processed by Randy Williams. Register created by Randy Williams, August 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 Mendon, Utah May Day Celebration
Some slides taken by Jim Abrams.
2 Fieldwork Slides, including festival,Fife Folklore Archives, tradition bearers, and student fieldwork
Some slides taken by other photographers, including Carol Edison (Utah Arts Council)
3 Paradise Valley, Nevada, Fieldwork Project


  • Subject Terms :
  • Festivals--Utah--Photographs.
  • Folk art--Utah--Photographs.
  • Folklore--Nevada--Paradise Valley--Photographs.
  • Folklore--Utah--Photographs.
  • Holidays--Utah--Mendon--Photographs.
  • Material culture--Nevada--Paradise Valley--Photographs.
  • Material culture--Utah--Photographs.
  • Wilson, William Albert.

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