Guide to the Utah State University student fieldwork collection,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wilson, William A.
Title: Utah State University student fieldwork collection
Dates: 1981-1983 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear foot
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 8: Fieldwork
Summary: Early fieldwork projects conducted by Utah State University students in fulfillment of graded credit requirements for coursework in graduate folklore classes (1981-1983).
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

The Utah State University Student Fieldwork Collection consists of 18 USU student fieldwork projects from William A. Wilson's Folklore Colloquium Course: 1981 and 1983. The collection is closed.

Content Description

The Utah State University Student Fieldwork Collection: FIELDWORK consists of 18 projects collected by USU students in fulfillment of graded credit requirements for Folklore Colloquium course. Most items include accession sheet, release form, essay, journal, cassette-taped oral interview, tape transcription/log, and some contain photographs and/or slides. The projects are oral histories. Items are numbered by the year of the course (1981 or 1983) and an number for each student project. For example, FOLK COLL 8a: FIELDWORK 81-02, means that the item was submitted in 1981 and it is item 2 in that year. The items are stored in archival boxes. The materials do NOT circulate. Click for information on folklore collecting assignments for folklore classes, including examples.

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. Patrons must sign and comply with the USU Special Collections and Archives Use Agreement and Reproduction Order form as well as any restrictions placed by the collector or informant(s).

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 Utah State University student fieldwork collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

USU Student Fieldwork collection, 1981-1983. (FOLK COLL 8: Fieldwork, box, no.). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Each fieldwork collection is arranged chronologically. Collections include:

  • Utah State University undergraduate student collections (FOLK COLL 8: USU)
  • Utah State University graduate student fieldwork collection (FOLK COLL 8: GRAD)
  • Utah State University student fieldwork collection (FOLK COLL 8: Fieldwork)
  • Utah State University Fife Conference student collections (FOLK COLL 8: FFC)
Acquisition Information :  

The Utah State University Student Fieldwork Collection: FIELDWORK is comprised of fieldwork conducted by USU students enrolled in the folklore courses taught by Professor William A. Wilson. The projects were deposited in the Fife Folklore Archives by the Professor Wilson.

Processing Note :  

Originally processed by Barbara [Garrett] [Walker] Lloyd and updated by Maria Walters and Randy Williams. Finding aid created by Tricia Harrison and Randy Williams, February 2006; updated by Randy Williams, May 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 81-01 Folklore (interview with Elaine Thatcher)
4 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Owens, Doris
Folk Music: Revivalist folk singing
1982 January 5
1 81-02 A Change of Heart (inteivew with anonymous)
4 cassette tapes. Release forms included: RESTRICTIONS
Blake, Nikki
Oral History: Adolescent Rebellion: Drug Culture; LDS Conversion
1981 May 20
1 81-03 Interview with Melvin R. Ballard, Sr.
3 cassette tapes: 1 photograph. Release forms included
Ballard, Clark
Oral History: M. R. Ballard, Sr.: Family
1981 May 25
1 81-04 No Item
1 81-05 Dad, Granddad and Me: Personal Experience and Family Narratives Told by Lloyd Walker
4 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Abrams, James
Family Folklore: Southern Utah, Cock Fighting, LDS
1981 June 3
1 81-06 No Item
2 81-07 The Hospice Movement: Interview with Carol Martinez
2 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Olsen, Marie F.
Hospice Program in Cache Valley, UT; Personal Narrative: Cancer
See also FOLK COLL 50 Box 3 Folder 3; Box 4 Folder 3
1981 April 30
2 81-08 No Item
2 81-09 Rosamond Hurst Melartin: Keeper of Tradition
6 cassette tapes: 24 slides. Release forms included
Thatcher, Elaine
Oral History: Rosamond H. Melartin; Teaching, Childhood--Blanding, UT; Music: Songs; Customs: Games; Material Culture: Textiles
1981 June 3
2 81-10 Biography of Venetta King Gilgen
5 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Cannon, Marty
Oral History: Venetta K. Gilgen: Childhood [early 1900s] and life in Cache Valley, UT
1981 May 8
3 81-11 Bill Cunningham: Buckskinner (interview with William A. Cunningham)
4 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Compton, John A.
Custom: Buckskinning; Rendezvous: 18th-19th Century Weaponry, Fur Trapper
1981 June 1
3 81-12 Iver LaVon Larsen and The Homesteading of Pocatello Valley, ID
4 cassette tapes: 10 Pphotographs. Release forms included
Larsen, Gregory A.
Oral History: Iver LaVon Larsen and Garnel E. Larsen
1981 June 1
3 81-13 Interview with Valerie Evans Atkins
4 cassette tapes: 2 photographs. Release forms included
Garrett, Barbara
Oral History: Valerie E. Atkins: Childhood in Blackfoot, ID; Mormonism
1981 May 1
3 81-14 Biography of Newel E. Munk D.D.S.: A Sketch of his Professional Life
4 cassette tapes: 14 slides. Release forms included
Malan, Timothy B., D.D.S.
Occupational Folklore: Dentistry/Work Experiences in the Early 1900s
1981 June 2
4 83-01 The Depression: An Era of Lost Innocence (intervew with Charles E. Brubaker)
4 cassette tapes. No release forms included
Brubaker, Robert Mike
Oral History: Charles E. Brubaker: Childhood and School Days, Boise, ID; Depression Era: Selling Newspapers; Grandparents Ranch
1983 May
4 83-02 What Makes the Job Interesting is Success: The Story of J. Calvert Gridley, U.S. Postal Inspector
3 cassette tapes: 16 photographs. No release forms included
Plucinik, Bonnie G.
Oral History: J. Calvert "Cal" Gridley: Occupational Folklore: U.S.P.S.
1983 May
4 83-03 Gus Ekstrom: A Man for All Ages
4 cassette tapes. No release forms included
Suddreth, Diana
Oral History: Gosta Ekstrom; Depression-Era Chicago, IL; Swedish-American
1983 May
4 83-04 Karen Matsumoto Grah: The Japanese Identity
4 cassette tapes. Release forms included
Eastmond, Daniel V.
Oral History: Karen M. Grah; Family Folklore: Japanese and Japanese-American; Racism
1983 May
5 83-05 Milo Dewey Gardner: A Celebration of the Ordinary Man
3 cassette tapes and 2 CD duplicates of cassettes. Release forms included
Macfarlane-Johnson, Annette R.
Oral History: Milo Dewey Gardner: Childhood (born 1898) and life in the first 40 years of 20th Century: Deweyville, UT: Work: Farming, Cannery; Customs: Holiday and Pranks
1983 May
5 83-06 Interview with Reed Bullen
4 cassette tapes. No release forms included
Taylor, Matthew J.
Oral History: Reed Bullen: Family Life: Cache Valley, UT; Occupational Folklore: Utah State Senator, Radio Station Manager, Cable Company
1983 May
5 83-07 Interview with Catherine Rogers
3 cassette tapes. No release forms included
Kathy Miller
Oral History: Catherine Rogers: Resistance and Analysis of Culture in Cache Valley, UT; Return to and Celebration of Southern (US) Childhood
1983 May


    • Subject Terms :
    • Folklore archives--Utah.
    • Folklore--Utah.
    • Folklore--West (U.S.)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Utah--Folklore.
    • West (U.S.)--Folklore.

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