Carolynne Merrell oral history interviews, 1992-2004

Overview of the Collection

Merrell, Carolynne
Carolynne Merrell oral history interviews
1992-2004 (inclusive)
3 folder
Collection Number
MG 5783
Transcripts and cassettes of oral histories conducted by Carolynne Merrell from residents of Hells Canyon.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Carolynne L. Merrell is an archaeologist and rock art specialist living in Moscow, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Masters of Science in Anthropology in 2006. Owner of an archaeological consulting and contracting business, Archaeographics, she has worked with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Parks Service, and the National Forest Service. Beyond her work as an archaeological consultant Merrell also conducts interviews relating to local history and ethnographic research.

It is believed that the oral histories found in this collection were conducted, in part, as part of a project Merrell worked on for Idaho Power in 2004. She conducted interviews with early residents of Hells Canyon for this project.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials in the collection contains the transcripts and audio cassette recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Carolynne Merrell between 1992 to 2004, with the bulk being between 2002 to 2004. Those interviewed include Elmer Earl, Douglas Tippett, Ace Barton, Helen Beard, Chuck Wilson, and Dennis Brown. The interviews pertain to the history of Hells Canyon, and most notably cover the areas: Captain John Creek, Dug Bar, and Saddle Creek.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item], Carolynne Merrell oral history interviews, MG 5783, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Carolynne Merrell in 2016 (MA 2016-12).


Merrell, Carolynne L.. Resume.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Oral Histories Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Interview Transcripts
Interviews: Elmer Earl, 5 October 1992; Douglas Tippett, 21 August 2002; Ace Barton, 15 November, 2003 (Also present: Tiny Barton, Gene Merrell); Helen Beard, 31 March 2004; Chuck Wilson, 7 May 2004 (Also present: Nell Wilson)
Cassette Tapes
Interviews: Elmer Earl, Tape I, 5 October 1992; Elmer Earl, Tape II, undated; Doug Tippett on Dug Bar, 21 August 2002; Ace Barton Original, 15 November 2003; Helen Beard, Idaho Power, Hells Canyon, 31 March 2004; Dennis Brown, nephew of Birdie Brown, 7 May 2004
Floppy Disks
Elmer Earl Interview, 5 October 1992; Ace Barton, 15 November 2003; Chuck Wilson, 7 May 2004; Helen Beard and Doug Tippett, undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Anthropology
  • Local history
  • Oral History

Personal Names

  • Barton, Ace, 1925-
  • Beard, Helen
  • Brown, Dennis
  • Earl, Elmer
  • Tippett, Douglas
  • Wilson, Chuck

Geographical Names

  • Hells Canyon (Idaho and Or.)
  • Idaho