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Utah Resettlement Project Papers, 1910-1937

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Utah Resettlement Project.
Title
Utah Resettlement Project Papers
Dates
1910-1937 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 boxes, (1 linear foot)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 146
Summary
Records pertaining to Utah projects of the New Deal resettlement agencies. Included are records from Price River, Green River, Elberta, Blue Bench, Ashley Valley, LaSal, Ivin's Bench, Price, and Midvale. The records were obtained from the National Archives.
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
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration dispensed federal funds to establish rural rehabilitation communities for farmers who had been displaced by the Depression to encourage the development of self-sustaining farm families.

One of the New Deal's most ambitious schemes for agricultural reform was the rural resettlement program. Four New Deal agencies - the Division of Subsistence Homesteads, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Resettlement Administration, and the Farm Security Administration - participated in the effort. Thereunder, the government was to purchase submarginal farmland nationwide and resettle its inhabitants on viable farms. In Utah, the resettlement agencies proposed to buy 5,280 submarginal farms and resettle 1,200 farm families. In practice, the agencies permanently resettled fewer than fifty of the state's farm families, centering their activities in Widtsoe, a small town twenty miles north of Bryce Cannon. None of the projects proposed within this collection were ever implemented by the resettlement agencies. Nonetheless, the papers in this collection are valuable, for they reveal much about the nature of the New Deal resettlement program and about environmental, social, and economic conditions in southern eastern Utah during the Great Depression. It is fitting that these documents should be available at Utah State University since the university served as headquarters for the Resettlement Administration duding the 1930s

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of two boxes of material, 21 folders, discussing the following projects of the New Deal resettlement agencies: Price River, Green River, Elberta, Blue Bench, Ashley Valley, Lasal, Ivin's Bench, Price Suburban Homesteads, and Midvale Suburban Homesteads. The entire collection is composed of photocopied documents, the originals being in Record Group 96 of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The original filing order system has been maintained to preserve the integrity of the collection. The somewhat hasty manner in which documents were filed says much about the hustle and bustle of the New Deal resettlement agencies. Working with the collection, one can sense the frustration that the massive bureaucracy and endless paperwork of New Deal government provoked. The collection is small enough that preserving the original filing order will not inhibit the researcher's ability to use the documents.

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 Utah Resettlement Project must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Utah Resettlement Project USU_COLL MSS 146, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_USU COLL 146, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

"Price River Resettlement Project Report", 1936 JulyReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

78-page document discussing the location, physical features, social circumstances, and economy of the proposed project site, as well as photographs of the site. Also, a soils classification map of the project.

000-100-Level Correspondence and Reports, UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 2

Project progress reports and correspondence re: equipment, personnel, and salaries

200-Level CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box folder
1 3
Item 1: Preliminary Legal Report of the project
(4 pp.)
Undated
Box Folder
1 3
Item 2: Report of John M. Knighton, Ephraim Bergeson, and William Peterson to Governor Henry H. Blood
Regarding problems in the Price River irrigation districts (12 pp.)
Undated
1 3
Item 3: Untitled report of the project by C. O. Stott (acting director of the RA in Utah)
(12 pp.)
Undated
1 3
Item 4: Court Proceedings, Tidwell Canal Company v. Pioneer Ditch Company
(10 pp.)
1910 May 6
1 3
Item 5: Correspondence
Regarding land project land acquisition
1936
1 4
Item 1: John E. Guernsey and John P. Sparks, "Soil Report, Price Project, Utah"
(7 pp.)
1936 July 1
1 4
Item 2: R. C. Pixton and Glenn F. Cowan, "Supplemental Agricultural Economic Report: Price River Resettlement Project"
(2 pp.)
1934 June 30
1 4
Item 3: R. Earl Storie, "Preliminary Soil Report"
(2 pp.)
1936 May 1
1 4
Item 4: J. Winter Smith, "Engineering Report"
(31 pp.)
1934 June 30
1 4
Item 5: Correspondence
Regarding soils, economy, and maps of project
1936
1 5
Item 1: Correspondence
Regarding project costs, funds, wages, hours
1936
1 5
Item 2: F. O. Youngs and D. S. Jennings, "Preliminary Report on Land Classification of the Price River Area, Utah"
(5 pp.)
Undated
1 5
Item 3: Informative transcript of telephone conversation between William I. Palmer, O. M. Johnson, and Omer Mills
Regarding status of Utah resettlement projects.
1936 April 12

400-Level Correspondence, 1936Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 6

Regarding project funds, payroll, and proposed refinancing of the Price River Irrigation District by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The Resettlement Administration hoped that the RFC would refinance the irrigation district, because that would enable the RA to gracefully extricate itself from the region's economic morass.

700-Level Correspondence, 1936-1937Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 7

Regarding the project's fate. Also, correspondence with the Soil Conservation Service regarding soil maps and reports of the project area. Also, general correspondence regarding project progress reports

Green River Resettlement Project RR-UT-10, 1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
0-200-Level Papers
Discusses wages, hours, equipment, personnel, budgets, land acquisition, and engineering
Item 1: J. Winter Smith, "Engineering Report"
(16 pp.)
1936 July 15
2 2
400-1000-level paper
400-level Payroll
Undated
700-level: General Correspondence, including correspondence regarding project cancellation
900-level: Glenn F. Cowan, "Community Manager's Report" (Preliminary Plan Book)
Includes reports on soils, socioeconomic conditions, and copies of letters by local residents regarding the proposed project.
1936
1000-level: Land acquisition options and appraisals
Undated
2 3
Resettlement proposal and budget
Undated
2 4
"Preliminary Plan Book"
Maps of proposed project.
1936

Elberta Resettlement Project RR-UT-13, 1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
0-100-level papers
Discusses project costs, personnel, wages, and hours.
1936
"Labor Advisor's Statement on Elberta Project
(11 pp.)
1936
Map of project lands
Undated
J. Winter Smith, "Brief Progress Report"
(4 pp.) Discusses soils, water, topography, economic and social surveys, appraisals, options, findings, and recommendations.
1936
2 2
200-level papers
Budgets, correspondence requesting project data, progress reports on studies of soil and water.
1935-1936
Abstract of Clyde and Israelson, "Utah Elberta Project"
(21 pp.)
Undated
C. O. Stott, "General Discussion of Elberta Area"
(3 pp.)
1935
2 3
400-700-level papers
400-level: Payroll
Undated
500-level: Relations with clientele
Undated
700-level: Correspondence
Regarding maps, land acquisition, progress reports, and requests by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics for information on project lands
Undated

Blue Ranch Resettlement Project RR-UT-15, 1935-1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General Correspondence regarding project
1935-1936
"Outline of Proposed Resettlement Project"
Undated
"Project Proposal"
(4 pp.)
1936
Budget
Undated

Ashley Valley Resettlement Project RR-UT-16, 1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General Correspondence
1936
2 1
"Outline of Proposed Resettlement Project"
(2 pp.)
Undated
2 1
"Project Proposal"
(4 pp.)
Undated
2 1
Budgets
Undated

Lasal Resettlement Project RR-UT-17Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General Correspondence
1936
"Outline of Proposed Resettlement Project"
(2 pp.)
Undated
2 1
"Project Proposal"
(5 pp.)
Undated
2 1
Budgets
Undated

Ivins' Bench Resettlement Project RR-UT-18Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
General Correspondence
1936
2 1
"Outline of Proposed Resettlement Project"
(2 pp.)
Undated
2 1
"Project Proposal"
(5 pp.)
Undated
2 1
Budgets
Undated

Price Suburban Homesteads Resettlement Project SH-UT-6Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General Correspondence
Regarding the project and its fate
1937

Midvale Suburban Homesteads Resettlement Project SH-UT-8Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Folder 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
General Correspondence
1935-1936

Miscellaneous, 1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Omer Mills to William I. Palmer
Requesting final plans for the Widtsoe project
1936 February 11
2 1
Eunice E. Broyles to William I. Palmer
Inquiring regarding survey of project participants
1936 June 24
2 1
List of correspondence
Regarding the Strawberry Land Utilization Project (LA-UT-5)
1936