Cache Valley, Utah is the home of Burmese Muslim, Karen, and Eritrean refugees. Documenting and preserving their stories is an important goal of Utah State University’s Fife Folklore Archives (FFA). In May 2015, USU’s FFA and Folklore Program, with help from the Karen community, hosted a Library of Congress Field School for Cultural Documentation: “Voices: Refugees in Cache Valley.” Field school students worked to document Cache Valley’s recent refugee communities. This collection, Folk Coll 58: Cache Valley Refugee Oral History Project, houses the physical recordings, release forms, and associated materials of the interviews which took place during this field school.
This small but significant collection includes original negatives and photographs of Beat Generation poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Philip Whalen, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Creeley, and friends, made by Walter Lehrman from November 1955 through June 1956.