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Oral history interviews with Edward and Virginia Smith

Oral history interviews with Edward and Virginia Smith

Dates: 27 June 1972, 20 July 1971

Oral history interviews with Edward and Virginia Smith, conducted by Dean Sundberg and Elizabeth Scheib on 27 June 1972 and 20 July 1971 for the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program. The subjects are range riding, Navajo stock reduction, and Navajo trading experiences. Edward discusses in depth his experiences with the Navajo tribe in Arizona and Virginia discussed life on a reservation and trade relations with the Navajos.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Scheib, Elizabeth. -- Smith, Edward, 1915-1986. -- Smith, Virginia. -- Sundberg, Dean
  • Call Number: MSS 6706
  • 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 Edward and Virginia Smith 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 6706; Oral history interviews with Edward and Virginia Smith; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6706, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.
Subject Terms
Material Types; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Oral Histories; Trading posts--United States
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 21 January 2009.
Appraisal Information
(Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Smith (Edward and Virginia), 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 2011-01-31T10:49-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Edward D. Smith was born in West Orange, New Jersey on 22 December 1915. He attended Rutgers University and worked in a variety of careers, including the Forest Service, the railroad and a Navajo tribe in Arizona. He married Virginia Carson of Farmington, New Mexico and owned a trading post in Oljato, Utah. He died in January of 1986 in Navajo County, Arizona.

Biographical History

Virginia Carson Smith was born about 1921 in Farmingon, New Mexico and spent her whole childhood on the Indian reservation there. Her father ran an Indian trading post. Virginia and her husband later carried on this profession in Oljato, Utah.

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