Guide to the Ranch Family Documentation Project
2009-2012

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Williams, Randy, 1961-
Title: Ranch Family Documentation Project
Dates: 2009-2012 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 14 boxes (6.75 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 49
Summary: The Ranch Family Documentation Project consists of 61 interviews with 78 ranchers from four Intermountain West counties: Elko County, Nevada; Box Elder County, Utah; Cache County, Utah; and Rich County, Utah. The interviews were conducted summer 2009-spring 2012.
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 

Content Description

The collection consists of 61 interviews with 78 ranchers from four Intermountain West counties: Elko County, Nevada; Box Elder County, Utah; Cache County Utah; and Rich County, Utah. The collection is divided into five series: Series I: Administrative; Series II: Box Elder County [Utah]; Series III: Cache County [Utah]; Series IV: Elko County [Nevada]; Series V: Rich County [Utah]. Each interview includes a vetted transcript, CD of the interview audio, and for some associated materials, like newspaper clippings. There is also a digital collection of the collection which includes images.

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 Ranch Family Documentation Project must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Ranch Family Documentation Project, 2009-2012. (FOLK COLL 49). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by alphabetical order. The Collection has five series: Series I: Administrative; Series II: Box Elder County [Utah]; Series III: Cache County [Utah]; Series IV: Elko County [Nevada]; Series V: Rich County [Utah].

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Nicole Cornwall, May 2013. Finding aid prepared by Randy Williams, September 2013.

Acquisition Information :  

During 2009-2012, Utah State University Library's Special Collections and Archives Division conducted oral histories with people involved in ranching and ranch support industries in four Intermountain west counties: Elko County, Nevada; Box Elder County, Utah; Cache County, Utah; and Rich County, Utah. The project was directed by Randy Williams, USU Fife Folklore Archives Curator and Oral History Specialist. Kevin Fuller-Martini, official photographer for the National Cowboy Poetry Collection in Elko, Nevada, suggested the project to Williams. As well, on a visit to USU Special Collections in the spring 2009, Elko Rancher Cliff Gardner discussed with Dan Davis, USU photo curator, his desire to collect the histories of Elko County ranchers. The interviews were conducted primarily by Randy Williams, with help from Cliff Gardner; Brad Cole and Dan Davis, USU Special Collections; Utah folklorists Elaine Thatcher and Lisa Duskin-Goede; and USU Folklore Graduate Student and SCA intern Rosa Thornley. The interviews were conducted from Summer 2009 to Spring 2012


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Administrative
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Project information: forms, IRB, grants, correspondence, newspaper clippings, PR
Box
Folder
1 1 Ranch Family Documentation Project
Project information
2009-2012
Item 1: Ranch Family Documentation Project forms
Letter of information, release form, questions, SCA field photo identification form, Ranch Family Documentaiton intake form
2009-2012
Item 2: IRB: Protocol 2400
IRB proposal approval memo; application
2009 August 7
Item 3: PR
Ranch Family Documentation brochure; reciept for brochure printing
2010 January 25
1 2 Grant: Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board
Files pertaining to USHRAB grant.
2011-12
Item 1: USHRAB grant applicaiton 2011 April 22
Item 2: USU Sponsored Programs Office Proposal Approval Form (2 versions) 2011 April 25
Item 3: Award letter from Patricia Smith-Mansfield 2011 May 11
Item 4: Grant contract with letter from Janell Tuttle (USHRAB executive secretary) 2011 May 11
Item 5: Signed contract with associated letter, email between Janell Tuttle and Randy Williams 2011 June
Item 6: USU Sponsored Programs Office Notice of Award Action 2011 July 6
Item 7: USU Controllers memo and reports regarding USHRAB grant 2011
Item 8: USHRAB grant budget guidelines 2011
Item 9: Interim Report for USHRAB grant, with associated emails between Janell Tuttle and Randy Williams 2011 December 21
Item 10: Final Report for USHRAB grant, with letter from Randy Williams 2012 May 11
Item 11: Copy of grant check, with invoice/letter from USU 2012 May
1 3 Grant: Utah Humanities Council/Utah State History
Files pertaining to UHC/USH grant
2009-2011
Item 1: Utah Humanities Council/Utah State History Community and Local History Grant Application: Ranch Family Documentation Project 2009 August 24
Item 2: USU Sponsored Program form 2009 August 25
Item 3: UHC/USH Award Letter from Cynthia Buckingham and Philip Notarianni, with project director instructions 2009 October 28
Item 4: USU Controllers Memo: New award information Ranch Family Oral History Project 2009 November 11
Item 5: UHC/USH Oral History Grant Agreement (2 copies) 2009 August 24
Item 6: Grant acceptance letter from Randy Williams to Cynthia Buckingham and Phil Notarianni 2009 November 6
Item 7: Correspndence between UHC (Maria Torres) and USU (Randy Williams) regarding closing of grant and extension 2010 September
Item 8: UHC/USH Oral History Grant Cash Request from USU (Randy Williams), (2 versions) 2010 November
Item 9: UHC/USH Final Report prepared by Randy Williams 2010 November 30
Item 10: Correspondence between USU (Randy Wiliams) and UHC (Megan van Frank) 2011 November -2012 February
Item 11: UHC final grant check 2011 February 22
Item 12: USU Controllers: UHC grant account closeout 2012 March 08
1 4 Fieldwork
Agendas
2009-2012
Item 1: Elko County, Nevada
27 interviewees; 20 interviews; 19 transcripts
2009-2012
Item 2: Box Elder County, Utah
25 interviewees; 19 interviews; 19 transcripts
2010-2011
Item 3: Cache County, Utah
16 interviewees; 11 interviews; 11 transcripts
2010-2011
Item 4: Rich County, Utah
14 interviewees; 12 interviews; 12 transcripts
2010-2012
1 5 Ranch Family Documentation correspondence: Box Elder County, Utah
Correspondence between Randy Williams and interviewees
2010-2012
Item 1: Blanthorn, Sam and Tawni 2010-2011
Item 2: Carter, Jay and Holly 2011
Item 3: Holmgren, Craig 2011
Item 4: Holmgren, Clair and Linda 2011
Item 5: Kimber, William (Bill) 2010-2011
Item 6: Kimber, Patti 2010-2011
Item 7: Kunzler, Kelly 2011
Item 8: Kunzler, Burt 2011
Item 9: Morris, Bryan 2011
Item 10: Oman, Milt and Marsha 2010-2011
Item 11: Palmer, Lynn 2011
Item 12: Rose, Brent 2011
Item 13: Tanner, Blaine and Jay Tanner 2011
Item 14: Tanner, Blaine and Diane 2010
Item 15: Tanner, Diane 2010-2011
Item 16: Tanner, Gordon 2010-2011
Item 17: Tanner, Julie and Diane Tanner 2011
Item 18: Tanner, Jay and Diane 2010
Item 19: Tanner, Kenna 2011
Item 20: Udy, Boyd 2011
Item 21: Warr, Kelly and Heather 2010-2011
1 6 Ranch Family Documentation correspondence: Cache County, Utah
Correspondence between Randy Williams and interviewees
2010-2012
Item 1: Baxter, Garth and Maydene 2011-2012
Item 2: Chambers, Chris 2011-2012
Item 3: Glenn, Irv and Joanne 2010
Item 4: Haviland, Shane 2011
Item 5: Haviland, Tanner 2011-2012
Item 6: Kunzler, Darrell and Sharon 2011-2012
Item 7: Parker, Lane 2011
Item 8: Parker, Sarah 2011-2012
Item 9: Peterson, Brad 2012
Item 10: Summers, Marjean and Bryan 2011-2012
Item 11: Wilde, Jay 2010-2011
1 7 Ranch Family Documentation correspondence: Elko County, Nevada
Correspondence between Randy Williams and interviewees and people associated with project
2009-2012
Item 1: Bear, Betty and Paula Bear Wright 2009-2011
Item 2: Boise, Steven and Robin 2010
Item 3: Branscomb, Mary 2009-2010
Item 4: Church, Susan Glaser 2010-2011
Item 5: Dalley, Beulah Walther 2009
Item 6: Dalton, Jay 2010
Item 7: Eklund, Lew 2010
Item 8: Ellison, Peter K. 2011
Item 9: Gardner, Cliff and Bertha 2009-2011
Item 10: Glazer, Marianne 2009-2010
Item 11: Howard, Kent and Jenece 2009-2010
Item 12: Marvel, Thomas and Rosita 2010
Item 13: Maupin, Bill 2009-2010
Item 14: Miller, Sharon 2010-2011
Item 15: Mitchell, Waddie 2010
Item 16: Parman, George 2010
Item 17: Prunty, Marge and Gary 2009-2011
Item 18: Quinton, Karen 2010
Item 19: Row, Mearl and Emma 2010
Item 20: Sweeney, Les 2010
Item 21: Warren, Norman F. 2010
Item 22: Wines, Claudia 2010
Item 23: Wines, Ira T. 2010-2011
Item 24: Wright, William B. 2012
1 8 Ranch Family Documentation correspondence: Rich County, Utah
Correspondence between Randy Williams and interviewees and people associated with project
2010-2011
Item 1: Arqyle, Bart A. 2011-2012
Item 2: Cornia, Pete 2011-2012
Item 3: Francis, Blair R. 2011-2012
Item 4: Johnson, Kent 2011-2012
Item 5: Johnson, Scott 2011-2012
Item 6: Larson, Elaine 2010
Item 7: Meek, Mike 2011-2012
Item 8: Peart, Dan 2011-2012
Item 9: Peart, Ivy 2011-2012
Item 10: Schulthess, Wallace 2011-2012
Item 12: Wamsley, Sutart and Diance K. 2011-2012
Item 13: Weston, Norman 2011-2012
2 1 Fieldnotes
Elaine Thatcher, Grouse Creek, 8-9 November 2010
2010-2011
Item 1: Notes from Grouse Creek interviews, including Gordon Tanner and Kelly and Heather Warr 2010
Item 2: Notes from Grouse Creek interview with Sam and Tawni Blanthorn and pre-interivew trip visit to Mr. Lynne Palmer in Park Valley, Utah 2010
2 2 Flyer
Western Folklife Center/USU Community Open House
2011
Item 1: In celebration of Nevada Day 2011, the Western Folklife Center and Utah State University's Special Collections and Archvies invited Elko residents to an open house to share ranch stories and photographs at the WFC in Elko, Nevada. Event sponosred in part by Utah Humaniteis Council and Utah State History. 2011 November 30
2 3 Research
Newspaper, journal, online articles
1976-2012
Item 1: 1976 September

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Series II: Box Elder County, Utah
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Blanthorn-B. Kunzler
Box
Folder
1 1 Blanthorn, Sam and Tawni
Sam and Tawni Blanthorn talk about their experiences running a ranch as husband and wife. Interviewed by Elaine Thatcher and Lisa Duskin-Goede on November 8, 2010 in the Blanthorn home in Grouse Creek, Utah.
2010 November 8
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: Photocopy of newspaper clipping "Eggs-pert Hunter," from Tremonton Leader, Page B2, 25 May 2011, featuring Travis Blanthorn with Easter egg basket.
Item 3: Photo log by Elaine Thatcher: photos found in Ranch Family Documentation Project Digital Collection
Item 4: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 5: CD of interview images, Elaine Thatcher photographer
1 2 Cater, Jay and Holly Spackman
Husband and wife Jay Carter and Holly Spackman Carter talk about raising their family on their ranch in Park Valley and the unique education they received. They also talk about grazing rights, branding, moving cattle to summer range, watershares, draft horses, breaking horses. Jay also shares his parents' chivaree story. Interviewed by Rosa Thornley on January 26, 2011 at the Park Valley School in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
1 3 Holmgren, Criag
Mr. Craig Holmgren speaks about being a rancher, growing up on a ranch, and raising his own family on his ranch. He also discusses some of the different struggles and benefits of ranching today. Interviewed by Randy Williams and Rosa Thornley on May 12, 2011 in the Holmgren home.
2011 May 12
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: 2 CDs of interview audio: MP3 format
1 4 Holmgren, Pete and Linda
Mr. Pete Holmgren speaks about being a rancher, growing up on a ranch, and raising his own family on his ranch. He touches on how ranching has changed from his boyhood, and now watching his grandchildren grow-up on the ranch. He talks a little about his life philosophies, and also shares some pranking stories over the years on the ranch. Interviewed by Todd Thornley and Rosa Thornley on May 15, 2011 at the Holmgren home in Connor Springs, Utah.
2011 May 15
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: Handwritten photolog by Rosa Thornley: photos found in Ranch Family Documentation Project Digital Collection
Item 3: CD of interview audio: .wav format
1 5 Kimber, Bill
Mr. Bill Kimber talks about his ranch property in Grouse Creek, Utah. He talks about being the fifth generation to ranch the family property and the other jobs he has worked in order to continuing ranching his own property. Interviewed by Randy Williams on November 8, 2010 at the Kimber home in Grouse Creek, Utah.
2010 November 8
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: CD of interview audio: MP3 format
1 6 Kimber, Patti
Patti Kimber talks about her experience as the contractor for the post office in Grouse Creek. She also talks about her other side business, as well as raising a family in a rural community, including sending them to Idaho to school when they got to high school age. Interviewed by Randy Williams on November 9, 2010 at the Grouse Creek Post Office in Grouse Creek, Utah.
2010 November 9
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: CD of interview audio: MP3 format
1 7 Kunzler, Burt
Burt Kunzler, a life-long resident of Park Valley, Utah, compares cattle and sheep ranching in the area. He and his two younger brothers run the family operation together, yet divide responsibilities of overseeing the crops, cattle, and sheep. They face issues with feed, grazing, sheepherders, and predators. He ends the interview with a short discussion of the community’s tradition of chivaree. Interviewed by Rosa Thornley on January 26, 2011 at the Park Valley School in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format

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Series II: Box Elder County, Utah
Container(s)
Description
Dates
K. Kunzler-D. Tanner
Box
Folder
2 1 Kunzler, Kelly
Mr. Kelly Kunzler is a fourth-generation rancher in Park Valley, Utah. He discusses his family sheep and cattle ranching operation, as well as his job as a Superior Auction representative. Interviewed by Brad Cole on January 26, 2011 in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: Cassette tape of interview audio (original)
2 2 Morris, Bryan
Mr. Bryan Morris talks about growing up in Park Valley, Utah, on a ranch and about his current family cattle ranching operation in Park Valley, Utah. Interviewed by Brad Cole on January 26, 2011 in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: Cassette tape of interview audio (original)
2 3 Oman, Milton and Marsha
Mr. Milt Oman talks about his life-long career as the ranch manager over three Simplot ranches, while living in Grouse Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Oman speak about raising a family on a rural ranch. Interviewed by Randy Williams on November 9, 2010 at the Oman home in Grouse Creek, Utah
2010 November 9
Item 1: Interview transcript, with handdrawn brand markings attached on front page
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: CD of interview audio: MP3 format
2 4 Palmer, Lynn
Mr. Lynn Palmer discusses how his father and mother worked to be able to earn and maintain a ranch, and how in his adult life, he was able to work and also help his father maintain the family ranch. He talks about being able to take the family ranch over from his father and rural life in general. He talks about his enterprises with his twin brother on a local store, hotel and rock quarry, KOA campground; and his work as the school bus drive (like his parents). Interviewed by Randy Williams on January 26, 2011 at the Park Valley School in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
2 5 Rose, Brent
Mr. Brent Rose talks about his history and ancestry in ranching and his family ranch. He talks about growing up in Park Valley, community events in Park Valley, his various leadership roles and positions within his local community, as well as the ranching community. Interviewed by Randy Williams on January 26, 2011 at the Park Valley School in Park Valley, Utah.
2011 January 26
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
2 6 Tanner, Blaine and Jay Tanner
Brothers, Jay and Blaine Tanner, speak about growing up on a ranch in Grouse Creek, Utah; buying their grandfather’s ranch property, and ranching together, with their brother Brent, as adults. Interviewed by Randy Williams on November 8, 2010 at the home of Jay and Diane Tanner in Grouse Creek, Utah. Images of Tanner's ranch found in digital collection.
2010 November 8
Item 1: Interview transcript, with handdrawn brand markings attached on front page
Item 2: "Preserving a way of life: The Tanners of Della Ranches in Grouse Creek, Utah," from Fence Lines, Volumne 13: Issue 2, Spring 2010, Page 8-10 and cover photo. Published by Western AgCredit.
Item 3: "Ranching Family Earns Conservation Award," from Box Elder News Journal, undated. Similar article found online at Sand County Foundation website: Leopold Conservation Award presented to Della Ranches, November 22, 2010.
Item 4: CD of interview audio: .wav format, Part I,II
Item 4: CDs of interview audio: MP3 format, Part I, II
2 7 Tanner, Diane
Mrs. Diane Tanner talks about moving to Grouse Creek as an outsider (when she married), about being a ranching wife, life in such a rural area and the families business ventures, including a dude ranch. Interviewed by Randy Williams on November 8, 2010 at the Tanner home in Grouse Creek, Utah. Images of Tanner's ranch found in digital collection.
2010 November 8
Item 1: Interview transcript
Item 2: CD of interview audio: .wav format
Item 3: CD of interview audio: MP3 format

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