In 1909, Oscar and Emma Swett filed a homestead claim and started a cattle ranch and later a sawmill near present-day Greendale, Utah. From 1909 to 1970, Oscar and Emma Swett lived on their ranch until Oscar’s death in 1968, and Emma moved to Vernal in the fall of 1970. Shortly thereafter, the Forest Service purchased the 397 acre Swett Ranch for the price of $595,425.00. Since then, the Swett Ranch has been placed on the state and national historical site registers. The Swett Ranch is in the process of becoming a historical museum.
From 1989 to 1991, two co-sponsors, the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies and the Ashley National Forest, worked in conjunction with Eric G. Swedin, a graduate student at Utah State University, to collect historical information on the Swett homestead. The information contained in this collection is a result of Swedin’s undertaking to create biographical information on the Swett family and their experiences on the Swett Ranch.
Those interviewed were eight of the nine living children of Oscar and Emma Swett. Those interviewed; Mary Elizabeth Swett Arrowsmith, Irma Eliza Swett Toone, Merne Swett Moore, Wilda Swett Irish, Idabell Swett Robinson, Myrle Augusta Swett Moore, Lewis Lyman Swett, and Verla Swett Bursen.
Collection 283 consists of one box with seventeen folders containing a Catalogue of Artifacts & Photographic Record and the typescripts of eight oral history interviews conducted during 1989 and 1990. The Catalogue of Artifacts & Photographic Record gives basic information on what artifacts and photos are contained on site at the Swett Living History Museum. For each of the eight oral history interviews, there is an original and edited transcript of each interview. The interviews are organized chronologically.
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 Swett Ranch Oral Histories must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Swett Ranch Oral Histories USU_COLL MSS 283, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 283, USUSCA.
The interviews are organized chronologically.
Processing Note :
Processed in April of 2004Acquisition Information :
The materials contained in collection 283 were donated in connection with the Frank Ross Peterson papers.Related Materials :
Swett Ranch oral history project (979.2523 SW45)
Eric G. Swedin, The Swett homestead : an oral history, 1909-1970 (BOOK COLL 42 NO. 1)Note: The materials in collection 283 were used for this thesis.
Dick and Vivian Dunham, Flaming Gorge County: The Story of Daggett County, Utah. Denver, Colorado: Eastwood Printing and Publishing Co., 1977.
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