Golden Spike Oral Histories, 2003 PDF
- Golden Spike Oral Histories
- 2003 (inclusive)20032003
- 1 box, (.25 linear foot)
- Collection Number
- USU_COLL MSS 291
- This single box collection contains both the transcripts and cassette recordings from the six oral history interviews conducted for the Golden Spike oral history project in 2003.
- Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Utah State University
- Access Restrictions
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
In May 2000, the Western National Parks Association sponsored a research project aimed at conducting oral history interviews with six people who had knowledge relating to the history of the Golden Spike National Historical Site, such as early efforts to preserve and promote the site, and life and railroad operations in and around the old Promontory townsite. This project was carried out in a partnership between the Golden Spike NHS and the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University. Michael Johnson oversaw the project and Robert Sidford conducted the six interviews during the summer of 2003.
- The six candidates selected and interviewed were:
- Delone Glover, the longtime President of the Golden Spike Association who succeeded founder Berniece Gibbs Anderson.
- Deloris Larsen, a Promontory ranch wife who taught at the Promontory school, and is married to Merlin Larsen.
- Merlin Larsen, an area rancher who grew up at Promontory in the 1920s and lived near the park.
- Nathan Mazar, who headed the 1969 Golden Spike Centennial Celebration.
- John Stewart, a longtime member of the Golden Spike Association and re-enactment cast member who wrote The Iron Trail to Golden Spike.
- Arnold Whittaker, an area rancher who grew up at Promontory in the 1920s and operated a farm adjacent to the Park.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This single box collection contains both the transcripts and cassette recordings from the six oral history interviews conducted for the Golden Spike oral history project in 2003. Folders 1—6 contain the interview transcripts and Folders 7—8 contain the cassette recordings of the interviews.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Golden Spike Oral Histories must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Initial Citation: Golden Spike Oral Histories USU_COLL MSS 291, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 291, USUSCA.
Contains cassette tapes.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Golden Spike oral history transcripts and recordings, UndatedReturn to Top
Grover, Delone, interview transcript
Larsen, Deloris, interview transcript
Larsen, Merlin, interview transcript
Mazer, Nathan, interview transcript
Stewart, John, interview transcript
Whitaker, Arnold, interview transcript
Cassette recordings of D. Grover and M. and D. Larsen interviews
Cassette recordings of N. Mazer, J. Stewart, and A. Whitaker interviews
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Geographical Names :
- Golden Spike National Historic Site (Utah)