Swaner family oral histories, 2015-2016  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Swaner, Paula Margetts
Swaner family oral histories
2015-2016 (inclusive)
Five born-digital interviews, ()
Collection Number
USU_Folk Coll 60
In 2010 the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter (Snyderville Basin, Park City, Utah) was donated to Utah State University, making it the largest gift in USU history. Known to native peoples as the "Hole in the Sky," the preserve encompasses a 1,200 acre wildlife preserve and state of the art environmental education facility. The dream of the preserve started in 1992, when Dr. Paula Swaner and her children pursued a way to honor their late husband and father Leland Swaner; and culminated in the impressive, one-of-a-kind preserve in the high desert. In 2015, USU Special Collections was given the opportunity to document the family’s legacy story. This collection compromises five interviews with Swaner family members. Check out the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Paula Margetts Swaner was born in 1927 at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was raised in Salt Lake City by her parents Sumner Gray Margetts, a civilian consulting engineer who was on Governor Henry H. Blood’s Civil Conservation Board, and her mother Pauline Moyle Margetts, and her two sisters Katherine and Sherrie. Paula Swaner graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; and from the Pacific Graduate Institute an M.A. in the Mythological Studies Program. In 2003 Dr. Swaner "established the Rocky Mountain Psychological Center, a psychotherapist's group practice involving training and community mental health projects; from 2003-2006 she organized a two-year project coordinated with the Utah Psychological Association's 'Perspectives on Prejudice' project, including presenters from International Psychotherapy Institute and Pacifica Graduate Institution." 1

She married Leland Scowcroft Swaner on 22 May 1951; they had three children: Leland Scowcroft, Jr (Tad), Sumner Margetts Swaner, and Paula Swaner Sargetakis. Leland Swaner, graduated from Stanford University in 1941. "As a young man he worked for Deseret Livestock Ranch, Forestry Service, John Scowcroft and Sons Co. and the Tracy Loan and Trust Co. He established Redwood Investment Co. in 1948, which was pioneering in the area of Industrial Parks in the United States. He became an investor, land developer, farmer and rancher. During his life he devoted time and energy to many community projects." 2 In 1957: Leland S. Swaner purchases the Spring Creek Angus Ranch which he continues to operate for the next 35 years. Originally constructed in the late 1800s, the ranch was located on the north side of the roadway, complete with a barn and other ranch buildings.

Leland Swaner, Sr. died on 3 September 1992. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Paula suggested to her children that they set aside a few acres of land as a memorial to Leland, Sr. This grew to the 1,200 acre Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, which this collection documents. In 2010, the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter made the largest gift in Utah State University's history, transferring the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter to USU ownership and oversight. Swaner's mission to preserve, educate, and nurture will continue with increased programming, research opportunities, and satellite education.3

Citation: 1. Paula M. Swaner: Alumna, M.S. Educational Psychology. College of Education, University of Utah. Accessed 9 June 2016, http://education.utah.edu/alumni/profiles/paula-swaner.php; 2. Deseret News. Obituary, Leland S. Swaner, 6 September 1992. accessed 9 June 2016, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/246233/DEATH--LELAND-S-SWANER.html?pg=all; 3. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter website: History: accessed 9 May 2016: http://www.swanerecocenter.org/about_us/history.html

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection was born digital. The products (audio and transcripts) are being processed into a digital collection: Swaner Family Oral History Collection, with links to this register. As well, a copy of each vetted transcript will be included in the physical collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Permission to publish material from the Swaner family oral histories must be obtained from theCurator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: USU_Folk Coll 60: Swaner family oral histories; Fife Folklore Archives, Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_Folk Coll 60, USUSCA.

Alternative Forms Available

To view images, see the digital library collection of the Swaner Legacy: Oral History Project

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Sumner Swaner, 2016Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5 2015 January 14
1 5 2015 January 14
No Video

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Swaner, Leland Snowcroft,Sr.
  • Swaner, Paula Margetts
  • Corporate Names :
  • Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter (Park City, Utah)
  • Family Names :
  • Swaner family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Snyderville Basin (Utah)