Westside stories oral history collection, 2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Brady, Margaret K., 1947-
Westside stories oral history collection
2003 (inclusive)
4 boxes
Collection Number
Collection consists of transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by students of Professor Margaret Brady during the Fall Semester of 2003. Life stories written by the students follow the transcripts.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

English, Chinese

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by students of Professor Margaret Brady during the Fall Semester of 2003. Life stories written by the students follow the transcripts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Westside stories oral history collection, ACCN 2117, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: ACCN 2117.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Desimone to KuhelReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Don Desimone
48 pages
Desimone (b. 1940) chats about religion, rock and roll music, attending a Grateful Dead concert in the 1990s, the West Coast Hobo Gathering, and various hobos he has known and traveled with. Desimone, who caught his first freight at sixteen, was National Hobo King in 1992.
1 2
"Heart, Mind, and Soul: Reflections of a Hardcore Drifer," by Don Desimone As Told to Jef Jones
1 3
Elvira DiIorio
32 pages
DiIorio (b. 1923) talks the emigration of her family from Italy, recalls her childhood in New York state, her marriage to a fellow Italian, the birth of her children, and her conversion from Catholicism to the LDS Church.
1 4
"The Life Story of Elvira 'Cookie' DiIorio," As Told to Liza Thomas
1 5
Perry Driggs
57 pages
Driggs (b. 1907) recalls his childhood in New York and Salt Lake City, and talks about his marriage and children.
1 6
"Perry Driggs: A Life Story," As Told to Amanda Lancaster
1 7
Max Harward
37 pages
Harward (b. 1929) recalls his early life working on ranches at sheep camps in Utah. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Utah and taught at Bountiful High School for thirty years.
1 8
"Work and Will: The Life Story of Max Harward," As Told to Eliza Van Orman
1 9
Mona Jensen
73 pages
Jensen (b. 1920) recalls her childhood in the Salt Lake valley and going to high school in Los Angeles. She reminisces about her courtship and marriage, the birth of her children, married life, a mission to New Zealand, and the experience of caring for a husband with Alzheimer's disease.
1 10
"The Story of My Life," by Mona Jensen, As Told to Drew Williamson
1 11
Alice Kasai
42 pages
Kasai (b. 1916) discusses her childhood in Japan with her grandparents, her schooling in Utah, her marriage, life during World War II, the formation of the Japanese Citizens League (JCL), and getting older.
1 12
"The Lady from Latuda: A Life Story of Alice Kasai," AsTold to Lisa Brault
1 13
Shu-Ying King
58 pages
King (b. 1945) reminisces about her childhood as a member of a large, wealthy, upper-class family in Nanjing, China. She discusses life during the Sino-Japanese war, her marriage and emigration to Taiwan, raising children, joining the Baptist church, Chinese and American holidays, and being a grandmother.
1 14
"Finding Light in Darkness: The Life of Shue-Ying King," As Told to Amy Hale
1 15
"Finding Light in Darkness: The Life of Shue-Ying King," As Told to Amy Hale
Chinese Transcript
1 16
Ellen Kuhel
38 pages
Kuhel (b. 1933) talks about her childhood on a ranch near Tabiona, Utah. She also recalls life during the Depression, World War II, her marriages, and a visit to Pakistan, where she lived with her in-laws and met Osama Bin Laden as a young boy. Other topics include being a Jehovah's Witness, her life philosophy, and her children and grandchildren.
1 17
"My Life," by Ellen Kuhel As Told to Emily Higgins

Lewis to QuintanaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Elizabeth Lewis
48 pages
Elizabeth Lewis (b. 1946) recalls her childhood on a farm in Oregon, living with relative in Idaho during her high school years, and attending Brigham Young University. She describes her marriage to a classmate, talks about rasing children and about her life after divorce.
2 2
"A Small Town Girl: The Life Story of Elizabeth Lewis," As Told to Jeanne Houghton-Post van der Berg
2 3
Elsie Merrill
34 pages
Elsie Merrill (b. 1924) grew up in Sugarhouse, Utah. She discusses her parents and recalls her childhood, including a house with a haunted attic, harvesting sugar beets, and performing chores. She joined the Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in North Carolina. She also discusses various family members.
2 4
"The Unique Life of Elsie Merrill," As Told to Frances Merrill
2 5
Myrtle Muir
38 pages
Myrtle Muir recalls her childhood in Midvale, Utah, her courtship and marriage, and raising a family during the Depression. She describes her divorce and earning her living by caring for elderly women.
2 6
"It's Myrtle Leone Sisam Jex Muir: The Life of Myrtle Muir," As Told to Kendra Thompson
2 7
Josephine Nagle
44 pages
Josephine Nagle (b. 1915) talks about the death of her mother when she was ten years old, and her subsequent life on an Iowa farm with her siblings and cousins. She left school at twelve and worked as a hired girl and babysitter before moving to Utah, where she was married and divorced.
2 8
"The Adventures of Billy Jones: The First 40 Years," by Josie Nagle As Told to Megan Crivello
2 9
Helen Nisenblatt
37 pages
Helen Nisenblatt (b. 1925) recalls traveling to America from St. Petersburg with one suitcase and a backpack. She was born in Odessa, and was educated in Russian Literature and English language and literature. She describes her experiences as a teacher and leaving Russia just ahead of the Germans during World War II.
2 10
"Proud to be an American Citizen: The Life Story of Helen Nisenblat," As Told to Heather Hansen Ence
2 11
Charlie Piper
41 pages
Charlie Piper was born in Arapaho, Wyoming. He recalls his early life in a tent on the reservation, where he lived a traditional Indian life and went to Catholic school. His grandfather introduced him to the Sundance ceremony when he was sixteen. He now teaches Indian youth the traditional way of life.
2 12
"Red Pipe: The Life of Charlie Piper," As Told to Peter Bennion
2 13
Parvaneh Pishvai
32 pages
Parvaneh Pishvai (b. 1937) was born in Iran. She recalls family life and her childhood home near the Caspian Sea. She discusses courtship and marriage customs, her arranged marriage with a man seventeen years her senior, and married life. She recalls the Iranian revolution, her immigration to America, separation from her husband, and living and working to support herself in Salt Lake City.
2 14
"Parvaneh Pishvai: A Life Story," As Told to Irina Gushin
2 15
Bernie Quintana
21 pages
Bernie Quintana (b. 1923) talks about growing up in New Mexico, serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II, and health issues related to his war service.
2 16
"The Life of Bernie Quintana," As Told to Jed C. Hartgrove

Rosetto to SpackmanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 1
Paschoa Rosetto
47 pages
Paschoa Rosetto (b. 1919) was born near Bebedouro, Brazil. She discusses her childhood as the daughter of a farm worker and health problems that she and her siblings suffered. As a teenager, she moved to Sao Paulo and worked in factories and as a seamstress. After joining the LDS Church, she moved to the United States in 1976 and worked as a maid in Utah and Southern California. She retired to Salt Lake City.
3 2
"Searching for Meaning: The Life Story of Paschoa Rossetto," As Told to Michelle Sparks
3 3
Ronald Seaman
39 pages
Ronald Seaman (b. 1947) recalls his birth in Clifton Springs, New York. After the death of both his parents, he and his siblings were raised by an aunt and uncle. He began working for the New York State Department of Transportation at age 17, and eventually worked in the payroll department for 21 years. After marrying and having three children, he moved to Provo, Utah, in 1985. He also discusses his divorce and his life as a gay man in Salt Lake City.
3 4
"True to Myself: The Life Story of Ronald Seaman," As Told to Chad Burlingame
3 5
Mary Spackman
92 pages
Mary Spackman (b. 1942) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She discusses her childhood as the tenth of sixteen children and the vision problems she has suffered, as well as her marriage, children, and divorce.
3 6
"Meg: The Life Story of Mary Ellen Spackman," As Told to Clifton Winter

Restricted MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Master Files
Master files accessable to Manuscripts staff only. See curator for details.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Oral history--West (U.S.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--Biography