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Jenny M. Smith's Indian Student Placement Program oral histories, 1999

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Smith, Jenny M.
Title
Jenny M. Smith's Indian Student Placement Program oral histories
Dates
1999 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box, (.25 linear ft.)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 294
Summary
This single box collection contains the typescripts and cassette recordings of six oral history interviews conducted in 1999 by Jenny M. Smith for her M.A. thesis, "Beyond the Statistics: Indian Experiences in the Indian Student Placement Program." Those interviewed for Smith's thesis were all Native Americans who had been involved in the ISPP. Interview subjects were: Alvia J. Brown, Celina Jake, Edmond Jake, Durinda Tom, Orlando Tsosie, and one interviewee who wished to remain anonymous.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
Restrictions

Open to public research.

Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1947 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began what became known as the Indian Student Placement Program (ISPP). Encouraged and funded by the leadership of the LDS church, the objective of this program was to assimilate local Native Americans into the Mormon culture. Assimilation was to be accomplished by having members of the LDS church offer to act as foster parents to Native American youths, thereby providing the opportunity for a better education, Mormon religious influence, and life away from the reservation. In 1954 the ISPP was formally instituted by the LDS church. During the 1960s and 1970s the program had high enrollment, but by the 1980s the program was in decline and subject to mounting public criticism. With the 1985 death of the ISPP's strongest advocate, LDS president Spencer W. Kimball, the program lost much of its momentum. In 1990 the program was officially discontinued by the LDS church.

Source: Smith, Jenny M., Beyond the Statistics: Indian Experiences in the Indian Student Placement Program, USU M.A. Thesis, 2003. (Available in USU Special Collections & Archives.)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This single box collection contains the typescripts and cassette recordings of six oral history interviews conducted in 1999 by Jenny M. Smith for her M.A. thesis, "Beyond the Statistics: Indian Experiences in the Indian Student Placement Program." Those interviewed for Smith's thesis were all Native Americans who had been involved in the ISPP. Interview subjects were: Alvia J. Brown, Celina Jake, Edmond Jake, Durinda Tom, Orlando Tsosie, and one interviewee who wished to remain anonymous.

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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 Jenny M. Smith's Indian Student Placement Program oral histories must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Jenny M. Smith's Indian Student Placement Program oral histories, 1999. (COLL MSS 294). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Brown, Alvia J., typescript of interview
1 2 Jake, Celina, typescript of interview
1 3 Jake, Erdman, typescript of interview
1 4 Tom, Durinda, typescript of interview
1 5 Tsosie, Orlando, typescript of interview
1 6 Anonymous informant, typescript of interview
1 7 C. Jake and E. Jake, cassette recording of interview
1 8 D. Tom, O. Tsosie, and anonymous, cassette recording of interview