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Golden Spike Oral Histories, 2003

Overview of the Collection

Title
Golden Spike Oral Histories
Dates
2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box, (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 291
Summary
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.
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

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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.

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Restrictions on Use

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

Alternative Forms Available

Contains cassette tapes.

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Golden Spike oral history transcripts and recordings, UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Grover, Delone, interview transcript
Undated
1 2
Larsen, Deloris, interview transcript
Undated
1 3
Larsen, Merlin, interview transcript
Undated
1 4
Mazer, Nathan, interview transcript
Undated
1 5
Stewart, John, interview transcript
Undated
1 6
Whitaker, Arnold, interview transcript
Undated
1 7
Cassette recordings of D. Grover and M. and D. Larsen interviews
Undated
1 8
Cassette recordings of N. Mazer, J. Stewart, and A. Whitaker interviews
Undated