Oral history interview with Pearl Baker

Oral history interview with Pearl Baker

Dates: 1971 July 9

Printed, bound oral history of Pearl Baker conducted on 9 July 1971. Interview conducted by John McFarlane for the Utah State Historical Society and the California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program. The subject is stated as reminiscences of southeastern Utah. Baker describes her childhood on the Robber's Roost Ranch in southeastern Utah. She also answers questions about people and experiences in White Canyon, Utah, the Wolverton and the Pick Mines. 26 pages, index included.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Baker, Pearl Biddlecome. -- McFarlane, John, 1937
  • Call Number: MSS 6668
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Oral history interview with Pearl Baker must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6668; Oral history interview with Pearl Baker; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6668, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.
Related Material
Pearl Baker, Price, Utah, born 1907, AC 901 .A1a no.2247; The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost, F 826 .B17; Robbers Roost Recollections, F 826 .B169; Pearl Baker oral history interview: Tape and transcript, 1977 July 22 sound recording, MSS OH 198; Rim flying Canyonlands with Jim Hurst, TL 540 .H87 B34; Trail on the water, CT 275 .L683 B3.
Subject Terms
Hite (Utah)--History; Material Types; Oral Histories; Robber's Roost (Utah)--History; White Canyon (Utah)--History
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 16 December 2008.
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Oral history interview with Pearl Baker
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processor; John M. Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-09-13T12:39-0600
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Biographical History

Pearl Biddlecome Baker (1907-1992) researched and published a book about about the history of Robber's Roost titled, The Wild Bunch of Robbers Roost.

Pearl Biddlecome Baker was born 5 August 1907 in Ferron, Utah. In 1909 her family moved to a ranch that included the notorious Robber's Roost in Southeastern Utah. Pearl and her husband bought this ranch after her father died in 1929, but her husband died soon after. She ran the ranch alone until she remarried in 1934. In 1939 Pearl sold the ranch to her sister and brother-in-law and moved to Oregon. She moved to White Canyon, Utah in 1949 and taught school. In 1955 and 1956, she ran the White Canyon post office and trading post. Because of familiarity with Southeastern Utah and the ranch, Pearl felt drawn to research and publish a book about the history of Robber's Roost. The Wild Bunch of Robbers Roost was published in 1989. Pearl died in Price, Utah in 1992.

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