Friday, April 20, 2018

Yee-haw! Recent collection harvest roundup!

We are thrilled to welcome yet more collections to MWDL! This week saw the addition of another three collections from Boise State University-Alberstons Library, one from Orem (UT) Public Library, and five from Utah State University-Merrill-Cazier Library. Read on to learn more about these collections! They are a very diverse group, ranging from political papers to pioneer history to legends of haunted retreats. 

Boise State University

Claudio Beagarie Photographs of California Farm Workers
From 1965 to 1967, photographer Claudio Beagarie documented through photos the farm workers' struggle for economic justice and civil rights in California. A union activist with a commitment to progressive causes, Beagarie captured images of farm workers in their homes, in the fields, and marching with Cesar Chavez, cofounder of the United Farm Workers of America and the best-known leader of the movement.

Frank and Bethine Church Collection
The entire photograph collection of Frank and Bethine Church, spanning their young adult years in Boise, Idaho, 1940-1943, the early political career of Frank as Idaho Legislature, 1952-1956, and U.S. Senator, 1958-1980, and Bethine's involvement in social and environmental issue in the 1990s to 2010. The majority of the photographs document the many campaigns, political events in Washington D.C. and around the world, and daily work as a U.S. Senator. Church's involvment in foreign relations is well documented in photographs, as well as his work with other various Senate committees. The collection contains both video and audio clips, documents and photographs.

Pete Cenarrusa Collection
Photos, clippings, articles and some emphemera from the life and carreer of Pete T. Cenarrusa, Idaho's longest serving public official. The son of Basque Country immigrants, Cennarusa was an Idaho native who devoted his life to promoting and preserving Basque culture. Cennarusa passed away in 2013.

Orem (UT) Public Library

Orem (UT) School Yearbooks

This digital collection focuses on the scrapbooks and yearbooks from the elementary, junior high and high schools, past and present, of Orem, Utah.  Several of the schools-Spencer School, Lincoln High School, and Lincoln Junior High School-no longer exist.

The schools included in this collection, and the years of operation, are:
  • Spencer School, 1883-1989
  • Lincoln High School, 1912-1921
  • Lincoln Junior High School, 1921-1975
  • Orem High School, 1956-
  • Mountain View High School, 1980-
  • Timpanogos High School, 1996-
  • Orem Junior High School, 1963-2010
  • Lakeridge Junior High School, 1975-
  • Canyon View Junior High School, 1985-1989

The most recent yearbooks are subject to a five to seven year delay from the original publication date. Missing yearbooks from these schools as well as materials from additional schools may be added in the future as they become available.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (USL16-004).

Utah State University 

American Folklore Society Papers
The American Folklore Society (AFS) is a scholarly association that exists to further the discipline of folklore studies. The society was founded in Boston in 1888 by such luminaries as Francis James Child, William Wells Newell, Daniel Garrison Brinton, and Franz Boas, with its principal emphasis directed toward the publication of a scientific journal and the convening of an annual meeting.

The society’s papers and records are archived at Utah State University’s Special Collections & Archives (USU SCA). As records become inactive, AFS will transfer them to USU SCA. These materials are then indexed and made available for research. Included in the collection are correspondence, memorandums, financial records, membership records, meeting agendas, conferences, notes, questionnaires, surveys, election records, by-laws, applications, grants, committee records, and affiliate records. With the increased use of electronic communication at the turn of the 21st century, many of these records have transitioned from paper-based to born-digital. USU SCA continues to host the paper materials in onsite archival storage while this digital collection serves as the access point for born-digital materials.

Brigham Young College
This digital collection covers the history of Brigham Young College from its beginnings in 1877 to its final memorial service in 1926 and contains many of the college’s publications, such as the student-edited Crimson and Crimson Annual, and the official College Bulletins and Catalogues. While many of the BYC materials held in USU’s Special Collections and Archives are represented in the digital collection, the finding aids for the Brigham Young College Records Collection (1877-1926) and the Brigham Young College Photograph & Memorabilia Collection (1860-1963) contain a full inventory of items. Following its final commencement and the divestment of much of its assets, the campus itself became the home of the Logan Senior High School, where it continues to operate today.

Cache Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum Collection
The Cache Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum honors the pioneers who came to Utah and settled Cache Valley before 1869. It is the Museum’s mission to honor that legacy by sharing the artifacts, histories and photos of those pioneers. The Museum operates under the direction of the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

The portraits in this digital collection represent pioneers from around the world who came to Utah. The portraits depict early settlers of Cache Valley, Utah, prominent business leaders in Cache County, and early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They also depict community organizations in Cache Valley, including local bands, fire departments, the Cache Stake/Logan Tabernacle Choir, and Logan Temple workers.

Logan Public Library - Logan (UT) Digital Collection
Logan Public Library has spent considerable amount of time collecting images related to the architectural landscape of the city over time. We are proud to offer a collection of some of these photographs combined with other materials related to the history of Logan, Utah. 

This digital collection begun with a grant from the Digital Public Library of America's Public Library Partnership Project and the Mountain West Library Digital Services grants.

Palmer DeLong
Palmer DeLong was born on March 16, 1918 in Ogden, Utah. In 1941 he graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a degree in Civil Engineering and joined the United States Bureau of Reclamation, where he directed water management projects and operations for 38 years. Among his most significant contributions was his service as the project manager of the Central Utah Project, a massive effort to provide water for agricultural, municipal, and industrial use through the construction of an extensive network of aqueducts, dams, and reservoirs. DeLong passed away in October 2010 in Orem, Utah. 

This digital collection contains reports, speeches, photographs, and correspondence related to DeLong’s work on the Central Utah Project, which were scanned from original documents retained by the donor. A complete inventory of these digitized items, as well as additional physical materials housed in Special Collections and Archives, can be viewed here:

St. Anne's Retreat
Legendary St. Anne’s Retreat in Logan Canyon has been the source of a contemporary oral tradition and legend-tripping for the last fifty years.  Local legends tell of a haunted place with stories laced in ancient themes telling of nuns and priests secretly engaging in sexual encounters, nuns getting pregnant by priests, giving birth and drowning their babies in the legendary pool.

Explore this collection to research the meaning behind these legends, the circumstances around this event and how religious folklore and other cultural constructs play important roles in the maintenance of a vivid local legend cluster. 

St. Ann's OR St. Anne's: What's in a Name? According to the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, the Retreat is officially spelled St. Ann’s Retreat (Ann without an “e”). Local traditions, including most collected legend versions held in the Fife Folklore Archives, articles from the local newspaper, and some scholarly articles, use the spelling of St. Anne’s (with the “e”). While not the official spelling, this collection reflects the folklore surrounding this location. Therefore, we have chosen to represent the folk spelling in this collection.

Thanks to all the hard work at each of these institutions for making these collections available! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

14 New Collections from Oregon Digital!

Oregon Digital is one of our newest members and they are doing a splendid job of sending us new collections to work with. We look forward to the next set. We spotlighted some of our favorites below along with links to the rest of the 14 new collections.

Dissociation and Trauma Archives

The Dissociation and Trauma Archives contains original psychological  studies and cases in English and French. The oldest of these reports was written in 1845 regarding a case of "Double-Consciousness". Many of these studies pertain to cases of multiple personality or identity disorder and they may be acutely interesting to anyone passionate about medical history. 

An excerpt from Hypnotic and Post-Hypnotic Appreciation of Time: Secondary and Multiplex Personalities. It reads, "I commenced to employ hypnotism as a theropeutic agent in 1889, and in less the two years treated over 500--"



Lesbian Intentional Community: Ruth Mountaingrove (b.1923) Photographs

Ruth Mountaingrove (1923– ) is a photographer, writer and artist who moved to Oregon in 1971, settling in communes and eventually co-founding Rootworks, a lesbian land in Southern Oregon. Rootworks was home to the Ovular workshops, which Ruth and Tee Corinne, another prominent lesbian photographer, and others, led. The workshops, which ran for six years, were an opportunity for women to learn photography in the context of the Women’s Movement, providing a means for the women to examine the differences between the way men pictured women and the way the women saw themselves. The feminist photography magazine, The Blatant Image, sprang from the Ovular workshops. The Ruth Mountaingrove collection consists of correspondence, diaries, ephemera, and photographs.

Photograph from the Ruth Mountaingrove papers, 1950-1999           

C. L. Andrews Photographs,1880s-1948

Clarence L. Andrews (1862-1948) documented and collected documentation on native life, natural resources, and exploration of Alaska and the Yukon. The collection (1805-1948) consists of approximately 1600 prints and 75 negatives by more than 60 photographers, dealing almost exclusively with Alaska and the Yukon. Main subjects include the towns of Sitka, Skagway, Eagle, and Valdez; modes of transportation, from reindeer and dogs to railroads, ships, and kayaks; Native Americans; totems; wildlife and natural resources.

A man identified as R. Amundsen stands in a snowy arctic landscape with three dogs. Roald Amundsen was the discoverer of the South Pole and the first person to fly over the North Pole. He is clothed in fur garments with hooded coat with fringes, pants, gloves and laced boots. Part of a mountain, or glacier is visible in the background.

Dan Powell Photographs,1970s-2000s

This collection contains interpretive and expressive photographs captured by Dan Powell, an Associate Professor and Head of the Photography Program at Oregon State University. The photographs document a diverse range of subjects from an equally sweeping range of locations including Oregon, the Western US, New York City, and many European countries.

Color image of torn photograph of a man's chin and necktie lying on a white background. The bottom of the photograph has a blue band with black handwriting. Below the photo rests a black ceramic vessel containing a thorny twig, atop a crumpled section of black and silver paper.

The Electric Studio/O.G.Allen Photographs, ca. 1911-1913

The Orla G. Allen Photographs focus on rodeo events and people circa 1911-1913 and contain a few fantastic photos illustrating the life of the rodeo at the time.  If this piques your interest you might also look at the Grayson Mathews (1948-2007) Photographs, 1970s-1990s which contains a large collection of rodeo photos from around the 1970s. 

A man identified as Martin Schmitt is lying in the grass in front of an appaloosa horse. He is wearing a cowboy hat, long-sleeved shirt, holster containing bullets and gun, and wooly chaps. A handkerchief is tied around his neck. The horse is fitted with a saddle, bridle and reins. Coiled rope hangs from the saddle. Deciduous trees, flowers, and a wooden fence are visible in the background.

Explore the other Oregon Digital Collections! 

These are mainly composed of portrait photographs documenting indigenous peoples, events, places, and daily life from the mid 19th to late 20th centuries.

Florence M. Hartshorn Photographs
Charles W. Furlong(1874-1967) Photographs

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Happy National Library Week! If you haven't already, take a look at American Library Association's post about it. In the theme of Libraries Lead, take a look at several of our public library partners' collections! Many of these collections are the results of library-led community endeavors to preserve local history and culture. Comment below with your stories of library impact in your community!

This collection features a variety of historic buildings photographs from Emery County, Utah. The photographs were taking over the years from 1880 to 1990.

Grain silo is located near the old farm owned by Dave Jeppsen. Artwork done on the silo was by the old hermit known as Harry the Hermit, who made this his home.

This collection contains unique historic souvenir images and the Official Coat of Arms of Salt Lake City.

Tinted photograph of "The Amelia Palace" or Gardo House, in Salt Lake City. Frank H. Leib noted as publisher. Postcard number 511

The American Fork City Royalty collection contains photographs of the women who served as the American Fork Poultry Days queens between 1928 and 1941, and the queens and attendants for Miss American Fork for American Fork Steel Days from 1946 to 1983.

American Fork City Steel Days winners. Pictured from the left are Bonnie Jean Wanlass, Jill Lynn Smith, and Laurie Depew.

Digitized historic photographs of the buildings, people, and history of Provo.

This picture shows the interior of the Startup Candy Kitchen. Left to Right are Minnie A. Startup Thornburg, Artie Harris Startup, unknown customer, and Hazel Singleton.

Collection consists of 12 photographs of The Tremonton City anonymously donated to the Tremonton City Library.

Intersection near City Drug Co. Tremonton was first incorporated as a town in 1906.

The Green River Public Library is a repository for historic documents involving the Green River Area. Pearl Biddlecomb Baker played a key role in making the facility possible. This collection contains some of the documents the Library has to offer, as well as documents about the life of Baker.

Portrait of Pearl Baker as a young woman in Robbers Roost country.

A chronological collection of Tooele (UT) area history between 1849 – 1890. Compiled by local historian George William Tripp.

Clipping from Chronological Index Tooele County 1886

This collection contains a visual history of the people and places in the town of Newton, UT from the late 19th century til the end of the 20th.

From left to right Jerry Jenkins, Reed Jenkins, Chief Darrell Goodsell, Norval Jones, Rodney Fabricius, Norris Anderson in front of the water tender truck and the pumper truck. The recently remodeled building that used to house the school is also in the background.