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Oral history interviews with Edwin Allan and Genevieve Mary Lewis Black

Oral history interviews with Edwin Allan and Genevieve Mary Lewis Black

Dates: 30 May 1978

Oral history interviews with Allan and Genevieve Black, conducted by Gary Shumway and Doug Daniels on 30 May 1978 for the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program, Southeastern Utah Project. The subject of Allan's interview is experiences in southeastern Utah and Arizona. Allan discusses his childhood in Blanding, Utah, his grandparents, his father's LDS mission to Atlanta, ranching in Verdure, Utah, the Ute Indians, the courtship of his wife, life in Prescott, Arizona, and his move back to Blanding. Genevieve's interview focuses on her childhood in Prescott, Arizona, the Great Depression, her conversion to the Mormon church and first impressions of Blanding, Utah. 117 pages of text, 31 pages of photocopied pictures, no indexes.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Black, Edwin Allan, 1907-2002. -- Black, Genevieve Mary Lewis, 1913. -- Daniels, Douglas. -- Shumway, Gary L.
  • Call Number: MSS 6703
  • 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Oral history interviews with Allan and Genevieve Black 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 6703; Oral history interviews with Allan and Genevieve Black; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6703, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Blanding (Utah); Material Types; Oral Histories; Prescott (Ariz.); Ute Indian Tribe
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 20 January 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Black (Edwin Allan and Genevieve Mary Lewis), oral history interviews with
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processor; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-01-31T11:14-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Allan Black (1907-2002) worked many jobs and eventually settled into a plumbing career.

Allan Black was born 28 October 1907 in Cortez, Montezuma, Colorado, to Edwin Zemira and Chloe Allan Black. He grew up in New Mexico and moved to Arizona in 1926. There he worked as a trucker for movie productions, for the Bureau of Public Roads, Flagstaff Electric Light Plant and the Arizona Power Company. He met and married his wife, Genevieve Lewis, in Flagstaff on 2 April 1929. His eventually settled into a plumbing career and moved back to Blanding, Utah. He died there on 5 February 2002.

Biographical History

Genevieve Mary Lewis Black was born 25 January 1913 in Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, to Joseph and Vivian Lewis, the last of six children. She lived in Prescott until she married Allan Black and had four children. They later moved to Blanding, Utah.

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