Oral histories have shaped the way we record information for thousands of years, and to this day they still play a vital role in our collective history. This exhibition explores the physicality of oral histories, how the Marriott Library approaches the topic, how you can access these materials through the Special Collections division of the library, and it provides examples of such histories from three distinct groups: Jewish immigrants, interned Japanese Americans at Topaz, and Carbon County miners.
Glen Canyon has been called “the place no one knew.” This remote stretch of Colorado River watershed had few visitors and even fewer settlers. But the number of those visiting by way of boat or raft was on the rise by the 1950s when the canyon’s fate was determined, so that there were enough admirers to mourn when, in 1963, the gates of Glen Canyon Dam were closed and this desert oasis began to disappear under the rising waters of Lake Powell.
The University of Utah has extensive collections that can be used to research Japanese American history, including special collections finding aids and digitized primary source materials.
“Brigham Young was the colonizer, Daniel Jackling the mining giant, and Marriner S. Eccles was Utah’s premier financial genius” was the introduction to a 1977 Deseret News review of the life of Marriner S. Eccles. He became the “principal economic philosopher of the New Deal,” according to James Gardner, a professor at the University of Utah’s College of Management. Another review of Eccles’ biography stated, “the political and institutional principles he advocated and laid down as head of the ‘Fed’ are the very armature of the legislative structure under which US business and finance now operates.”