Guide to the Providence City Oral History Project,
2005-2008

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Providence City Oral History Project
Dates: 2005-2008 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_Folk Coll 53
Summary: The collection is comprised of oral histories of citizens of Providence City, Utah, including transcripts, photographs, fieldnotes, surveys and CD of images and transcription. Interviews conducted by Rachel Gianni (August 2005-October 2006) and Randy Williams and Lisa Duskin-Goede (2008).
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
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

Providence is a small but growing community in Cache Valley, Utah. Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1859, Providence is known for its German and Swiss ancestry and strong sense of cultural awareness and celebration.

As the 2009 sesquicentennial of Providence approached, the City of Providence wanted to publish an updated version of its history book Providence and Her People. Robert Parson was chosen as the author for the book. The goal of this project was to provide an updated and personal look at the history of Providence and its citizens by collecting oral histories from various people in the community. In the fall of 2005, the Providence Historic Preservation Committee chose sixteen individuals to be interviewed who would reflect various aspects of Providence life and history. Rachel Gianni was hired to conduct the interviews and Lisa Duskin-Goede to edit and assist with technical details. The project was directed for Providence City by Brenda Nelson.

The participants included farmers, car dealership owners, mayors, homemakers, professors, teachers and shop owners. Most of the participants were born and raised in Providence; however, those who came to Providence later in life offered an alternative yet valuable view of Providence’s history. Each interview was tailored to address the firsthand knowledge of historical events within the participant’s experience of life in Providence. Highlights of these interviews focus on: business in town, memories of school days, community celebrations such as Sauerkraut Days and Pioneer Days, and historic buildings such as the Pavilion and the Old Rock Church.

In 2008, the Providence Historic Preservation Committee and Robert Parson requested additional interviews. To this end, the committee chose sixteen individuals to help tell the story of more recent additions to the City's history. These individuals included newcomers, a major land developer, a water conservationist, local politician and modern immigrants from Iran and El Salvador. These interviews were conducted by Lisa Duskin-Goede and Randy Williams.

Content Description

The collection consists of 32 oral histories regarding Providence City, Utah (collected in two bound volumes containing 16 interview transcripts each), and four CDs containing electronic copies of the transcripts and photographs, fieldnotes, logs and release forms.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

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

Permission to publish material from the Providence City Oral History Project must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

The Providence City Oral History Project, 2005-2008. (FOLK COLL 53). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Location of Originals :  

The Original cassette tapes, photographs, transcripts, etc. are housed at Providence City Offices: 15 S Main Street, Providence, UT

Processing Note :  

Processed in March of 2013

Acquisition Information :  

Providence City donated the materials to Utah State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives.

Related Materials :  

Providence and her people: volume 3 by Robert Parson, USU Special Collections 979.27 P948-H 2009

Providence Oral Histories


Detailed Description of the Collection

Providence City Oral History Project, 2005-2008
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
item
1 1 Bound collection of sixteen interviews conducted by Rachel Gianni, August 2005-October 2006.
Includes interview transcripts, fieldnotes, photos, additional material, biographical sheets and release forms. Lisa Duskin-Goede: Project Editor, Technical Support; Ronald W. Goede: Technical Support.
Interviews:
  • Jake Fuhriman
  • Keith Watkins
  • Hoyt Kelley
  • Ken Braegger
  • Opal Chugg
  • Ivan Christensen
  • Marie Olsen
  • Alma Leonhardt
  • Carl Spear
  • Nate Done
  • Gary Millburn
  • Glade Davis
  • Seth Alder
  • Adola Barkle
  • Vada Rinderknecht
2005-2006
1 2 Bound collection of sixteen interviews conducted by Randy Williams and Lisa Duskin-Goede, February-July 2008.
Includes interview transcripts, fieldnotes, photos, additional material, biographical sheets and release forms
Interviews:
  • Dale Astle
  • Karl Seethaler
  • Paul Holden
  • Linda Goetze
  • Guy Ray Pulsipher
  • Woman's Oral History: Cindy Dunkley, Pam King, Sharell Eames, Evelyn Sibbernsen, Annette Briscoe, Gail Trowbridge, Allison Olsen
  • Sharell Eames
  • Jack Nixon
  • R. Curt Webb
  • Gayle Knapp
  • Ena Murillo
  • Marilyn Watts Dustin
  • Jay Hicken
  • Brenda Nelson
  • Saboor Sahely
  • Skarlet Bankhead
2008
1 3 CD 1
MS word documents of transcripts and photo log of interviews conducted/taken by Randy Williams
Transcripts
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-01: Sharrell Eames
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-02: Jack Nixon
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-03: R. Curt Webb
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-04: Gayle Knapp
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-05: Ena Murillo
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-06: Marilyn Watts Dustin
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-07: Jay Hicken
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-08]: Brenda Nelson
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-09: Saboor Sahely
  • PCOH 2008 T-RW-10: Skarlet Bankhead
Image log
2008
1 4 CD 2
Images (jpeg) taken by Randy Williams and MS word documents of selected transcripts of interviews by Randy Williams
Images #2 (see photo log on CD 1)
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.13-15: Marilyn Watts Dustin, 7 April 2008Marilyn Dustin residence, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.16-17: Jay Hicken, 22 April 2008, Jay Hicken residence, Providence UT
  • PCHO CRW.18-19: Brenda Nelson, 22 April, 2008, Providence City Offices, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.20-22: Saboor Sahely, 15 May 2008, Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University Library, Logan UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.23-24: Skarlet Bankhead, 23 May 2008, Providence City Offices, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008.CRW.25-30: Providence City Library, 7 April 2008, Providence UT
Transcripts #2
  • Nelson, Brenda
  • Hicken, Jay
  • Dustin, Marilyn Dustin
  • Sahely, Saboor
  • Bankhead, Skarlet
2008
1 5 CD 3
Images (jpeg) taken by Randy Williams and MS word documents of selected transcripts of interviews by Randy Williams
Images (see photo log on CD 1)
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.01-02: Curt Webb, 9 February 2008, Cache Title Company Offices, Logan UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.03-05: Gayle Knapp, 25 February 2008, Gayle Knapp Residence, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.06-07: Ena Murillo, 5 March 2008, Ena Murillo Residence, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.08-09: Sharell Eames, 5 March 2008, Sharell Eames Residence, Providence UT
  • PCHO 2008 CRW.11-12: Jack Nixon, 7 February 2008, Nixon and Nixon Offices, Logan UT
Transcripts
  • Webb, Curt
  • Murillo, Ena
  • Knapp, Gayle
  • Nixon, Jack
  • Eames, Sharell
2008
1 6 CD 4
Bios, Fieldnotes, Interview questions, photos, transcriptions, abbreviations and release form for interviews conducted by Lisa Dustin-Goede
Bios
  • Women's focus group
  • Dale Astle
  • Guy Pulsipher
  • Karl Seethaler
  • Linda Goetze
  • Paul and Mary Holden
Fieldnotes
Interview Questions
Photos and Photo Logs
  • PCOH 2008 D-LD-01 Seethaler
  • PCOH 2008 D-LD-02 Holden
  • PCOH 2008-03 Pulsipher
Transcripts
  • Astle
  • PCOH 2008-T-LD-02 Tape 1 of 2 Seethaler
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD 02 Tape 2 of 2 Seethaler
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD-03 Tape 1 of 1 Holden
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD-04 Tape 1 of 1 Goetze
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD-05 Tape 1 of 1 Pulsipher
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD-06 Tape 1 of 2 Women's Focus Group: Cindy Dunkley, Pam King, Sharell Eames, Evelyn Sibbernsen, Annette Briscoe, Gail Trowbridge and Allison Olsen
  • PCOH 2008 T-LD-06 Tape 1 of 2 Women's Focus Group: Cindy Dunkley, Pam King, Sharell Eames, Evelyn Sibbernsen, Annette Briscoe, Gail Trowbridge and Allison Olsen
Abbreviations
Release Forms
2008

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