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Alfred G. Erickson Photograph Collection

Cache Valley native Alfred Gordon Erickson attended Utah State Agricultural College in the second half of the 1940s following his service in the Army Air Force during World War II.  The 255 black and white photographs in this digital collection were taken by Erickson between 1940 and 1950 while he was with the Army in California and a …

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Alfred G. Erickson Photograph Collection
Bear Lake Monster

This collection is currently under construction.

 

Explore the origins of the Bear Lake Monster legend in this digital collection featuring folklore items, newspaper articles, interviews and other materials from Utah State University’s Special Collections and Archives. The Bear Lake Monster is a regional legend from the Bear Lake …

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Bear Lake Monster
Bear River Watershed

The Bear River Watershed's geography, history, and development are the primary focus of this collection of images, maps, papers, and reports. Funded by grants from the Utah State University Water Initiative, this project digitizes selected materials cited in the Bear River Watershed Historical Bibliography, including photographs of …

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Bear River Watershed
Beat Poetry, Broadsides, and Little Magazines

Make Love, Not War! Beat Movement broadsides and posters in this collection were part of a revolution in self-publishing as artists and poets seized control over the dissemination of their work and took it directly to the people and the streets, dodging the strong forces of censorship that permeated 1950s America. Diverse in size, …

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Beat Poetry, Broadsides, and Little Magazines
Bells - Connecting Animals, People and Land

Animal belling traditions began in Africa more than 5,000 years ago. Ever since then, bells have been used on various animals throughout the world from goats to chickens to sheep to camels. Bells: Connecting Animals, People and Land interprets how both handmade and industrial bells create relationships with cultures, landscapes and …

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Bells - Connecting Animals, People and Land

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Animal Bells

Animal belling traditions began in Africa more than 5,000 years ago. Ever since then, bells have been used on various animals throughout the world from goats to chickens to sheep to camels. Bells: Connecting Animals, People and Land interprets how both handmade and industrial bells create relationships with cultures, landscapes and …

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Bear River Watershed Historical Digital Collection

The Bear River Watershed's geography, history, and development are the primary focus of this collection of images, maps, papers, and reports. Funded by grants from the Utah State University Water Initiative, this project digitizes selected materials cited in the Bear River Watershed Historical Bibliography, including photographs of …

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Beat Poetry, Broadsides, and Little Magazines

Make Love, Not War! Beat Movement broadsides and posters in this collection were part of a revolution in self-publishingas artists and poets seized control over the dissemination of their work and took it directly to the people and the streets, dodging the strong forces of censorship that permeated 1950s America. Diverse in size, …

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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, …

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Practicing Medicine: A Historical Glimpse at Utah and Beyond

"Usually, when we think about medicine and its remarkable abilities, what comes to mind is the science and all it has given us to fight sickness and misery," says Dr. Atul Gawande, in his award-winning book Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. But, when you get sick, he says "it is not science you call upon but …

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Collecting Memories - Oral Histories of American Folklorists

Collecting Memories features the voices of American folklorists and aims to document the development and change in the field of folklore since the mid-twentieth century. A joint project of the American Folklore Society (AFS) and Utah State University (USU) (official repository of the AFS archives), this collection offers a descriptive …

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Cookery and Culture Digital Collection

Food and cooking are human universals -- we are what we eat and how we cook it. Cookbooks, then, are more than just how-to books; they can be guidebooks and storybooks, helping us understand other cultures and times.

The digitized historical cookbooks in this collection date from the 1700s to the 1900s. Mostly American and British, they …

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Extension, Enterprise, Education: Legacy of Co-operatives & Cooperation in Utah

Co-operatives are voluntary associations jointly-owned and operated for the benefit of those using their services. While the Co-operative Movement was a worldwide phenomena in the 1800s, it was particularly strong and pervasive early on in Utah. Nineteenth-century Utah pioneers embraced the spirit of cooperation, building shared …

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De Villers Book of Hours

De Villers Book of Hours

A prayer book intended for use by lay persons to recite daily the Divine Office, a complicated series of prayers that changed daily. Includes the following sections written mostly in medieval Latin: full calendar in French, standard pericopes of the gospels John 1:1-14, Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 2:1-12, and Mark …

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Death Valley Region Photo Collection

This small collection of black and white photographs of the Death Valley area of Nevada and California was taken mainly in the late 1920s by "Shorty" Harris or one of his associates. Featuring buildings, a hearse, a gravestone, and other scenes from the ghost towns of Rhyolite, Aurora, and Calico, the Death Valley Region Photograph …

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Design Workshop Landscape Architecture Digital Archive

Design Workshop®, a Denver-based landscape architecture firm, has been creating "sustainable places of timeless beauty" since 1969. The firm's numerous awards reflects its successful innovations in land planning and design. To mark its 40th anniversary in 2010, Design Workshop partnered with Utah State University to create the …

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Drawing Diaries of Larry E. Elsner

Explore the artistic universe of sculptor Larry E. Elsner as he invented, explored, and clarified ideas about form in hundreds of exquisitely drawn studies in seventy journals from the 1960s to the 1990s. Handwritten travel notes, poetry, technical notes, quotes from other artists, and thoughts about his own artwork and life intertwine …

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Facing the Color Line, Race, Ethnicity in Cache Valley

What was it like to be a minority in Cache Valley during the Civil Rights era?

To support this year's Common Literature Experience, Merrill-Cazier Library presents this digital collection of interviews, images, and documents illustrating attitudes toward race and ethnicity in Cache Valley before and after the events in Little Rock, …

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Fife Slide Collection of Western U.S. Vernacular Architecture

Mailboxes, quilts, murals, tree bark graffiti, fences, gravestones, and festivals are among the many examples of folklife and material culture visually recorded by folklorists Austin and Alta Fife and presented in this digital collection. Alta Fife wrote: "Since our first collecting ventures in the realm of the folklore of the …

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FolkBistro

FolkBistro is a series of podcasts exploring folklore topics. These engaging, short recordings feature interviews with visiting scholars as well as selections from the Fife Folklore Archives and folklore pedagogy. FolkBistro is a production of Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library in partnership with the USU Folklore …

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History of Science

The History of Science Digital Collection presents some of Utah State University's most beautiful and significant scientific treasures, many of them from the Merrill-Cazier Library's recently acquired Peter W. van der Pas history of science collection, a treasure-trove of titles showing the development of scientific thought. Focusing …

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Intermountain Indian School

In 1948 Bushnell Hospital in Brigham City, Utah was transformed into what would become the Intermountain Indian School, or, the "world's largest boarding school." The school opened its doors in January 1950 to five hundred Navajo students. Educational goals were to teach English and basic academic disciplines as well as vocational …

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Grouse Creek Cultural Survey: Mormon Buckaroo Territory, 1985

Imagine living in a small ranching and farming community of 80 people, where all the children attend the same tiny rural school until 10th grade, then go 150 miles out of town to finish up high school. Where the only store is a small cooperative called Gone Country that supplies food, gifts, pottery, and in hunting season becomes the …

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Latino Voices

Cache Valley, Utah is home to a rich and varied Latino population whose voice is often underrepresented in local repositories. To rectify this, in the summer/fall 2007 Utah State University's Special Collections and Archives collected the voices of 45 local Latino/a residents which are now presented in this digital collection. The …

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Lincoln Ellison, U.S. Forest Service

"Let us remember that there is an ethical element in sound land use. To us as human beings—rather than as animals—this ethical element may well be as important as the element of survival." -- Lincoln Ellison in his 1955 inaugural address "Our Weight in the Balance of Nature" to the Utah Academy of Sciences.

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Logan Canyon Reflections

Listen to people who have worked or played in Logan Canyon during the last century talk about what the canyon meant to them. Ranchers, scientists, activists, scholars, foresters, sheepherders, hikers, fishermen, and nearby residents tell their canyon stories, adding a social and cultural perspective to scientific studies of Logan Canyon.

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Newspaper - Box Elder

This digital collection of the The Box Elder News newspaper spans 1904 to 1926 when Box Elder County and Brigham city is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings.

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Newspaper - Corinne

This digital collection of the Corinne Daily Reporter newspaper spans 1871 to 1873 when Corinne city is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings.

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Newspaper - Logan Historical Newspaper Collection 1879 - 1892

This digital collection of Logan's local newspaper spans 1879 to 1898 when Logan is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings. During these years, Logan builds its Mormon temple, Ogden installs gas street lights, and the Territory of Utah becomes a state. The Utah and Northern Railway is the …

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Newspaper - Logan Historical Newspaper Collection 1893 - 1898

This digital collection of Logan's local newspaper spans 1879 to 1898 when Logan is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings. During these years, Logan builds its Mormon temple, Ogden installs gas street lights, and the Territory of Utah becomes a state. The Utah and Northern Railway is the …

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Newspaper - Morgan

This digital collection of the The Morgan County News newspaper spans 1904 to 1954 when Morgan County and Morgan city is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings.

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Mendon (Utah)

"...the town Mendon epitomized the landscape of the village type in significant ways. Like a page from the past, it was situated on the west side of Cache Valley snug against the Wellsville Mountains. In company with other pioneer Mormon settlements, it was located to take advantage of water, arable land, climatic attributes, and to …

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Old Ephraim

One bear was very well known to all of the local sheepherders of Cache Valley, Utah. At first they called him Old Three Toe and then later Old Ephraim. He had a deformed foot with only three toes which made it very easy for the sheepherders to know when Old Ephraim attacked their sheep. In 1913 Frank Clark decided to catch and kill Old …

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Paul Jones, the Portal -- St. John's Episcopal Church

Episcopal minister Paul Jones is the focus of this collection which contains a scrapbook with pictures of his Logan years (1906-1913), pictures and documents related to construction of the new church building for St. John's Episcopal Church, issues of the publication The Portal, and articles about his career and the pacifist …

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Ridgway Brothers - Explorers, Scientists, and Illustrators

This digital collection highlights the art work, correspondence, and research of the Ridgway brothers, John and Robert, late nineteenth century naturalists and illustrators of the American West.

 

In 1864, 14 year old Robert began a correspondence with noted naturalist Spencer Baird. This relationship led to Robert being asked to join …

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Special Collections Registers (EAD Finding Aids)

Over 600 collections are housed in the Special Collections and Archives division of Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library. The collections contain unique, primary-source material such as diaries, unpublished manuscripts, photographs, university records and oral histories.

Each collection has a register (also called …

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Singin' Sam Agins Collection

Singin Sam Agins (1919-1996) was passionate about writing, collecting, and recording American folk songs, especially of the West. He shared his joy of music for four decades (1940s+) by teaching and performing before audiences of dude ranch guests, hospital patients, disabled children, military vets, and even incarcerated prisoners …

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Special Collections Digital Exhibits

The materials housed by the Special Collections & Archives have been collected for the benefit of the public and are available for use by researchers. Historically, however, the public has not been aware of the research possibilities of archival material. Making digitized collections available through our website publicizes the many …

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Topaz Japanese-American Relocation Center Digital Collection

In 1942 shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from California, Oregon, and Washington and confined to relocation centers. One of these relocation centers was the Topaz Relocation Center located on 17,500 acres in the middle of the Sevier Desert just outside of Delta, …

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Utah Folklorist Image Collection

Austin and Alta Fife, Wayland D. Hand, William A. Wilson, Hal Cannon, Carol Edison, Wallace Stegner and Juanita Brooks are just some of the prominent Utah folklorists pictured in this collection of photographs from the 1930s to the present. Digitized from originals housed at the Utah Folk Arts Program in Salt Lake City, many of these …

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Utah's Most Elusive - Hard-to-find Government and Scientific Reports

This digital collection brings to light many elusive reports written about Utah by local, state and government agencies, but not widely distributed. Full of interesting, significant research and information, these hard-to-find reports provide baseline and historical data as well as viewpoints from earlier eras. Each title is presented as …

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Utah State University Buzzer Yearbooks Collection

Continually published from 1909 to 1971, Utah State University's yearbook, the Buzzer, captures in its pages a rich history of small-town college life in Logan, Utah.

Stroll back through time via the Buzzer' s many photographs, cartoons, drawings, and advertisements. Read about the University's traditions, student …

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Utah State University Historical Photo Collection

A century's worth of images from Utah State University's past (1880s-1980s) depict the changing faces and landscape on campus, from the university's early years when women's gym classes and military cadet formations took place inside Old Main's auditorium (1890s), to 1906 when football scrimmages were held on Old Main's …

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