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Northern Utah Speaks


Northern Utah Speaks (NUS) is the aggregate of USU Libraries Special Collections & Archives' rich oral history and ethnographic collections, including ongoing fieldwork. NUS was founded in 2003 by Randy Williams, Fife Folklore Archives Curator and Oral History Specialist, who directs the work. NUS works to identify areas of interest to USU faculty, students, and the community of Northern Utah, to:

partner with community scholars, faculty, and students on all efforts from concept to completion

preserve areas critical to the people, environment, and history of Northern Utah and USU

teach ethnographic best practices, including workshops (see online)

ethically archive, interviewee retains copyright

preserve to state of the art conditions

make available ethnographic materials through programing, digital collections, finding aids, and scholarship

Austin & Alta Fife
Austin & Alta Fife, Ethnographers

This collection is added to by SCA staff, students (especially from the Folklore and Social History Programs), and community partners/affiliates in an effort to make the archives more socially just. Overarching aim is to include the voices of all Northern Utah communities, with special attention to the voices of the underrepresented, underserved, and the excluded in the archival record. This ethnographic work is important as a means to more fully understand and acknowledge Northern Utah people in the local, state, and national story for both present and future researchers. The collection includes:

Fife American & Mormon Collections
USU Veterans History Project Collection
Teton Dam Disaster Oral History Collection
USU Graduate Student Fieldwork Collection
September 11, 2001: USU Student Documentary Collection
The Living Traditions of the Bear River Heritage Area
Italian-Americans in the West: Utah Section Collection
Latinx Voices Project & Latinx Voices Digital Collection
Grouse Creek Cultural Survey and Grouse Creek Cultural Survey Digital Collection
Cache Valley Refugee Oral History Project, 2015 and Cache Valley Refugee Oral History Project Digital Collection
Swaner Family Oral History Project, 2015-2016 and Swaner Legacy- Oral History Project Digital Collection
The Reverend H. Baxter Liebler Collection
Cache Community Connections Oral History Project, 2008-2010
Smithfield Oral History Project, 1956-1991
Ranch Family Documentation Project, 2009-2012 and Ranch Family Documentation Digital Collection
The Marie Fuhriman Olsen Oral History Collection, 1972-1984
Providence City Oral History Project, 2005-2008
Collecting Memories: Oral Histories of American Folklorists and Collecting Memories: Oral Histories of American Folklorists Digital Collection
Central Utah Project: Capturing Utah's share of the Colorado River, 2012-2013 and Central Utah Project: Capturing Utah' s share of the Colorado River Digital Collection
Cache Valley Presbyterian Church Oral History Collection
Logan Canyon Land Use Management Oral History Collection and Logan Canyon Reflections
Fife Folklore Archives Oral History Collection
U.S. Election Reflections Collecting Project and U.S. Election Reflections Collecting Project Digital Collection
Cache Valley Drug Court Oral History Project, 2016-2017 and Cache Valley Drug Court Oral History Project Digital Collection
Jackson Hole Dude Ranching Tradition: Triangle X, 2017 and Jackson Hole Dude Ranching Tradition: Triangle X Digital Collection
Great Salt Lake Wetlands Oral History Project Digital Collection: Box Elder County, 2017-2018 and The Great Salt Lake Wetlands History Project, 2017-18 Digital Collection
The Climate Challenge: Utah State University Voices, 2018 and The Climate Challenge: USU Voices, 2018 Digital Collection