Great Basin National Park Foundation Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: NC1404

Scope and Contents

Great Basin National Park Foundation Oral Histories primarily contains recordings of oral histories done by Dave Tilford, who served on the Foundation board for 20 years, from the mid-2000s-2019. The subjects of the oral histories include sheepherding and the sheep industry, ranching, growing up in the area, working as a park ranger, individuals experiences during World War II, mining in Nevada, and the founding of the Great Basin National Park.

Dates

  • 2005-2021

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials may be inaccessible due to format. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

The Great Basin National Park Foundation was established and incorporated in 1998 under the laws of the State of Nevada with the purpose of raising funds for Great Basin National Park and the National Park Service. Bonnie Bryan, wife of then-senator Richard H. Bryan of Nevada, served as the Founding Chairperson. The Foundation's Oral History Project began in the mid-2000s as a way to preserve and document the cultural heritage of the Great Basin in over 60 interviews with individuals who were raised and worked in the White Pine County, Nevada and Millard County, Utah.

The project was conducted by Dave Tilford with the help and support of the Great Basin National Park Foundation, Great Basin Heritage Partnership, and Denys Koyle of the Border Inn.

[Note information adapted from the Great Basin National Park Foundation website, accessed August 19, 2021]

Extent

1.678 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Great Basin National Park Foundation Oral History Project begain in the mid-2000s as a way to preserve and document the cultural heritage of the Great Basin in over 60 interviews with individuals who were raised and worked in the White Pine County, Nevada and Millard County, Utah. The collection primarily contains oral history recordings by Dave Tilford completed over the course of approximatly 15 years from the mid-2000s-2019.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Great Basin National Park Oral History Interviews; 2) Snake Valley and Spring Valley Oral History Interviews

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dave Tilford on behalf of Great Basin National Park Foundation in March 2021.

Related Materials

Oral Histories from 2006-2008 are held by the J. Willard Marriott Library, Univeristy of Utah.

Processing Information

Material was received with interview releases, DVDs, and Mini-DVs stored in enevelopes. The materials were separated by format for ease of storage and retrieval. All releases are contained in one folder.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Great Basin National Park Foundation Oral Histories
Status
Completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
2021 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5665
775-682-5724 (Fax)