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New Collections Roundup, Winter 2022

We’re back with more details on new collections added from Oregon Digital, University of Utah- J. Willard Marriott Library, and Utah Valley University – Fulton Library and City of Orem (UT). With International Women’s Day coming right up on Tuesday March 8, we’d especially like to highlight collections with content on women’s history and contributions throughout our region.

Oregon Digital

Twelve collections from University of Oregon Libraries joined MWDL via Oregon Digital in January.

The Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project documents the longtime lesbian community in Eugene (OR) and was conducted by Professor Judith Raiskin of the University of Oregon Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Linda Long, Curator of Manuscripts in the University of Oregon Libraries in 2018. The Lord & Schryver landscape architectural records, 1929-1970, showcase the work of two pioneering female architects, Elizabeth Lord (1887-1976) and Edith Schryver (1901-1984), who founded the Lord & Schryver landscape architecture firm in 1929 in Salem (OR). Laura J. Bock was a student at the University of Oregon during the 1960s who took part in civil rights activism and anti-Vietnam protests at the university. The Laura J Bock Papers (1962–1969) contains political ephemera such as flyers and posters, memos, buttons, and underground newsletters and publications, as well as Bock’s personal notes, correspondence, and an oral history (with transcript).

A number of collections detail work by illustrators, artists and architects. First, the Chester E. Corry Papers document Corry’s work as a prominent landscape architect, particularly in the southern Oregon towns of Medford and Ashland. The Edward Tunis papers offer manuscripts and illustrations for children’s books. The Ellis Fuller Lawrence papers, 1901–1929 includes correspondence, architectural drawings and photographs relating to projects undertaken by Lawrence as architect from 1908–1958, mainly in Oregon and Washington. (Though Lawrence became the Dean of University of Oregon’s School of Architecture & Environment in 1914, records and correspondence by Lawrence as Dean of the School of Architecture are not included in this collection.) John Yeon architectural drawings, 1934-1976 document Yeon’s work in the Pacific Northwest as an architect, landscape architect, and conservationist. The Kurt Werth papers consists of Werth’s original children’s book illustrations and manuscripts, other artwork and manuscripts, personal papers, artifacts, personal and professional correspondence, and papers of his wife, Margaret Werth. The Kurt Wiese papers is primarily comprised of children’s book production material including original drawings, sketches, proofs, manuscripts, and correspondence. Other artwork and personal papers are also included. Finally, the Quincy Scott Political Cartoons collection includes original artwork produced during his tenure at The Oregonian (1931–49), comprised of over 5,000 almost daily political cartoons.

Last but not least, the University Archives sound recordings collection, 1933-1995, contains historical sound recordings—cylinders, discs, wires, and tapes—that document the history of the university and of individuals and organizations documented in its special collections. Many of these recordings are unique, and as primary source materials offer different perspectives on the historical record. John Edward Tysell Sr. trained as a doctor in Chicago before serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. The Tysell papers consists of correspondence, photographs and slides, ephemera and artifacts relating to Tysell’s service in WWII.

University of Utah – J. Willard Marriott Library

Nine new collections from UU-Marriott Library joined MWDL in January, representing a broad array of topics including contemporary oral history projects, Mormon settlement in Arizona, American involvement in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines, home videos, and the Japanese-American experience.

In particular, the Women in STEM Oral Histories contain video and text transcripts of interviews of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields. The histories belong to the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive.

Other oral history projects include Great Salt Lake Oral History Collection, which documents the work and interactions of environmentalists, outdoor sport enthusiasts, artists, and authors with the Great Salt Lake. Construyendo Latinidad (Constructing Latinx Identity) in the Intermountain West contains video and text transcripts of interviews about constructing Latinx identity in the Intermountain West during the turn of the 21st century.

The Isaac K. Russell papers offer a unique resource: issues of The American Soldier, a newspaper founded by Russell during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. The Allen H. Lundgren papers contain correspondence between Lundgren and his wife during his LDS missionary service in Sweden and military service in World War II in France & Germany.

Somewhat closer to home, the Mormon Settlement in Arizona collection details Mormon settlement 1857-1986 around the Little Colorado River. Likewise the Pantages Theater – Salt Lake City collection offers historical architecture documents on the building located at 148 South Main Street (AKA the Utah Theater). The Lloyd and Kiyomi Takehara Ryujin Photographs offer a look into the Japanese-American experience in 1950s California.

Finally, the O.L. [Orland L. Brig] Tapp Film Collection contains footage from various scenic spots around the Intermountain West.

Utah Valley University & City of Orem (UT)

Two collections joined MWDL via Utah Valley University – Fulton Library; one is from UVU and the other, from City of Orem (UT) Public Library.

Orem (UT) Timpanogos Storytelling Festival collection documents the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, held in Orem, Utah. The collection covers materials from 1990 through 2016. Festival founder Karen Ashton held the Festival in her backyard from 1990-1995. As attendance increased the Festival location changed three more times, from the Olmstead Power Plant at the mouth of the Provo Canyon, to Orem’s Mt. Timpanogos Park, and finally, in 2017, to Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.

The Ian Wilson Collection of UVU Business School History Scrapbooks are part of the Ian Wilson Papers, a collection which is comprised of materials related to the history of Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, and donated by Dr. Ian Wilson, its former dean.

Thanks again for reading and this completes our collections roundup for now!

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New Collection Roundup – Late 2021

Hello MWDL network and welcome to late winter 2022! Today we’d like to feature collections and content that (re)joined MWDL in late 2021 before highlighting what’s been added since 2022 began.

Utah K-12 COVID-19 Memory Project (Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement)

The department formerly known as “Utah Department of Heritage & Arts” changed its name mid-2021 to “Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement” as part of a strategic planning process to guide its vision, mission, and objectives over the next five years. You can read more on their activities and initiatives in 2021’s Annual Report.

The Utah K-12 COVID-19 Memory Project began in 2020 to collect questionnaires with student responses regarding school, family, and community life collected during the COVID-19 pandemic from Utah K-12 students. DCCE’s Historical Collections Curator, Lisa Barr, appeared on PBS Utah in December 2021 to discuss the project in more depth. Be sure to check out the collection in its entirety!

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Digital Collections

Following several years of work to migrate digital collections content and systems from CONTENTdm to Islandora, UNLV’s content got a full facelift in MWDL in October 2021. Congratulations! This increased the amount of content to over 55K items on diverse topics ranging from gaming industry history to nuclear testing to water management in southern Nevada. You can view all collections here. UNLV’s finding aids are also available online.

Brigham Young University Finding Aids

BYU’s finding aids got a refresh in MWDL in fall 2021 and we added three times as many finding aids as before! This was the first content addition to this collection in a number of years and the first from BYU’s ArchivesSpace repository. You can search the entire collection here.

Utah Government Digital Library (Utah State Library)

Finally, Utah State Library’s Utah Government Digital Library underwent a major upgrade of its platform and we welcomed refreshed content to MWDL in September 2021. This collection offers over 97,000 public domain government publications from the Utah State Government on a vast array of topics.

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back shortly with more information on collections added in Winter 2021-22!

Partner Spotlight: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Featured Collection: Menus: The Art of Dining

This week’s Partner Spotlight shines bright on our partners at UNLV, University Libraries Digital Collection! We all know the city they are from, but the Digital Collections’ library at UNLV is full of historic and interesting collections. The collection highlighted today is their “Menus: The Art of Dining” collection. This collection features many pictures of various menus, from Wine menus at hotels, to lunch/dinner menus at some of the most historically respected restaurants around the world. This is a great resource to get an idea of the cultures the menus are from, but also what the trendy aesthetics were at the time the menu was created. As you go back further in time, you may notice that calligraphy as well as intricate detail to the art on the menu were heavily focused on. More recently, simplicity and minimalism is the focus. Below are a few favorites in the collection, but in order to get the importance of this collection feel free to browse it yourself!

To the left, you can see the cover of the wine menu at the hotel El Rancho Vegas. This menu cover is from some time between 1950-1960, about 75 years ago.

El Rancho Vegas was a hotel on the “Strip” in Vegas that was opened in 1941, and was short-lived as the owner, Beldon Katleman, knocked it down just 19 years in 1960.









Another favorite from this collection is the lunch menu cover from the Piccadilly Hotel, located in Paris, France. This menu cover dates all the way back to 1889. The artwork and calligraphy were hand-drawn, which speaks for itself.










Once we are able to travel freely again, or the next time you are at a restaurant, pay close attention to the menus, or lists, that you order from. See how times have changed as you compare the menus from today to those of the past from this amazing collection. Feel free to check out our partners’ website, Digital Library, UNLV. You can also head to this collection at the link at the top of the page!

Partner Spotlight: Southern Utah University

Featured Collection: Dixie National Forest (UT) Photographs

This week in our Partner Spotlight, we will be highlighting our partners at Southern Utah University, Sherratt Library as well as U.S. Forest Service, who provides all the photographs of this collection. One of the many interesting collections they supply is the Dixie National Forest Photographs, which include over 8,000 photos of Utah’s largest national forest. These pictures in the collection were provided by the US Forest Service. The picture above shows the road perpendicular to the entrance to one of the many campsites in the forest, Red Canyon Campground.

Browsing through this collection, you can expect to see various images of the lakes, reservoirs, campgrounds, and beautiful still scenes from everywhere around the forest.


Shown to the left is a scene from Panguitch Lake, one of the personal favorites from this collection. Depicted is a group of people lowering their boat at one of the docks on the 10 miles of shoreline that surround the lake. The word “Panguitch” comes from the local Native Americans and means “big fish”. This name seems to be very fitting as the lake is as good as any for year-round fishing.

Here is another look at Panguitch lake showing the large amount of shoreline in the background on a bright, clear day.






You can head to our partners’ websites at Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, and to U.S. Forest Service, Dixie National Forest. For more of this collection specifically, please check out the link below, which takes you to the MWDL page for this collection:

Dixie National Forest (UT) Photographs

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New Collections Showcase Content on Pandemics, Voting Rights

While many new collections have joined MWDL in 2020, we’re going to highlight four in this post. Three pertain to pandemics both past and present, and the fourth to the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. These are all wonderful examples of MWDL partners using digital libraries to document present history, aggregating existing collections to provide new historical context, and contextualizing local events on the national and global stage.

We hope these few examples demonstrate the amazing work MWDL partners continue to do despite hardship. These collections joined DPLA as they came online and represent the intermountain West in a nationwide pool of resources. The DPLA Black Women’s Suffrage Collection also launched earlier in September and we’re excited to dig into it!

Utah Valley University’s Fulton Library COVID-19 Collection

This new collection features diverse materials from the Fulton Library community. Images, documents, promotional materials, social media posts, and surveys contributed by staff members, students, and other Fulton Library-community members detail life as we all adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Fulton Library feline work-from-home companion

Utah COVID-19 Collection (University of Utah)

Have you ever heard of a quaranzine? Neither have we! This is but one of the unique items submitted to J. Willard Marriott Library’s crowd-sourced Utah COVID-19 collection. Beginning in late March, Marriott Library invited submissions from Utahns to document their pandemic experiences. At nearly 800 items and counting, this collection includes photographs, oral histories, protest flyers, digital performance art and more.

1918 Flu Pandemic Newspapers (University of Utah)

Hand The Flu A Lemon !

– Headline of folk remedy article in Salt Lake Telegram, October 9, 1918

Looking back to our last global pandemic, the 1918 Flu Pandemic Newspapers collection gathers articles published between 1918-20 in Utah newspapers on the topic of the Spanish flu. These articles are sourced from Utah Digital Newspapers. A brand-new digital exhibit launched September 28 and adds more context to the story!

Suffrage and Stories of Utah Women

Finally, Utah State Archives mounted a new collection and online exhibit about the history of women’s suffrage in Utah! As the United States celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage throughout 2020, Utah celebrates 150 years of suffrage. Utah women gained suffrage in 1870 when it was still a territory, a full 25 years ahead of statehood.