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Featured Collections

  • J. Bracken Lee

    Any conversation about controversial Utah politicians must include J. Bracken Lee (1899-1996). The six-term mayor of Price, two-term governor of Utah, and three-term mayor of Salt Lake City was a staunch economic conservative who fought to cut taxes and trim what he saw as wasteful government spending. His small-government fiscal conservatism inspired a sizable following across the state, but Lee's penchant for blunt honesty and personal confrontation also earned him a number of enemies. With a 36-year career in both state and local politics, Lee is remembered as one of Utah's most legendary elected officials.

    This featured digital collection for March 2015 contains photographs, newspaper articles, campaign ephemera, transcripts, correspondence, and audio recordings that span Lee's entire life, from birth to retirement. While these papers are physically housed at the Utah State University-Eastern in Price, Utah, you can sample some of the most significant documents and recordings from Lee's remarkable career in the J. Bracken Lee Digital Exhibit.

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  • Central Utah Project

    The Central Utah Project Digital Collection is the featured collection for January 2015. The collection features 71 oral histories from stakeholders with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), Central Utah Project Completion Act(CUPCA), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and the Ute Nation, along with Utah water users, members of the environmental community and Utah's political establishment to tell the complex and oftentimes controversial story of the Central Utah Project (CUP). The CUP captures the excess flow of the Duchesne River and its tributaries in the Colorado River Basin of eastern Utah and transfers it to the Wasatch Front through a trans-mountain diversion consisting of pipelines, tunnels, and reservoirs.

    Commissioned by the CUWCD and CUPCA, the oral history project is an effort by Utah State University Library's Special Collections & Archives to preserve and present this fascinating story and to augment research for the forthcoming book on the CUP by Utah historians Craig Fuller, Robert Parson, and Ross Peterson.

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  • Barre Toelken Fieldwork Image

    Featuring half a century (1954-2002) of folklore fieldwork, the images in our December 2014 digital collection spotlight were created by noted folklorist Barre Toelken and cover a range of folklore topics such as cemeteries, Native Americans (mostly Navajo), folk art, vernacular architecture, and customs of Austria, Germany, Japan, and the United States. The Barre Toelken Fieldwork Image Collection is a donation from Barre Toelken, emeritus Utah State University English (folklore) professor; originals are housed in the Fife Folklore Archives in Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives.

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  • Cache Valley Diaries

    "I am starting my 30th year of keeping a diary," wrote Lucetta Thompson on January 1, 1962. "Can tell what happened every day ... I enjoy reading them. They bring back memories some sad but more happy I believe." Thompson was one of many Cache Valley residents-including early settlers, businessmen, missionaries, homemakers, polygamists, farmers, and teachers-who documented their experiences in northern Utah and southern Idaho through diaries and memoirs.

    The Cache Valley Diaries digital collection, our May 2014 spotlight, brings a sampling of these firsthand accounts from the Merrill-Cazier Library's Special Collections and Archives to your computer screen. More than just lists of daily reflections by Cache Valley residents, these volumes also contain biographies and correspondence related to the individuals who wrote them. Each contributes to understanding 150+ years of Cache Valley experience.

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