Oral history interview with Ray T. Matheny

Oral history interview with Ray T. Matheny

Dates: 1972

Oral history interview with Ray T. Matheny conducted by Betty E. Mitson for the Utah State Historical Society and the California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program on 11 July 1972. The subject for the interview is a BYU archaeological dig in Montezuma Canyon, Utah. Ray discusses in depth the Indian culture and archaeological remains they have uncovered. Bound manuscript, 26 pages, index included.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Matheny, Ray T.. -- Mitson, Betty Kulberg
  • Call Number: MSS 6749
  • 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 interview with Ray T. Matheny 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 6749; Oral history interview with Ray T. Matheny; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6749, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.
Subject Terms
Matheny, Ray T.--Interviews; Archaeology--Utah--Montezuma Canyon; Indians of North America--Utah; Material Types; Montezuma Canyon (Utah); Oral Histories
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 18 February 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
Matheny, (Ray T.), oral history interview 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 2011-01-03T13:23-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ray T. Matheny (1925-)formerly served in the Air Force and set up an athropology field in Montezuma Canyon for Brigham Young University.

Ray T. Matheny was born in Los Angeles, California on 15 February 1925. He spent eleven years in the Air Force, including three during WWII. He was a prisoner of war of Germany for 16 months. His aviation career lasted twenty years, before he returned to college to for ten years to pursue anthropology. Ray received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Oregon. His thesis centered on the Montezuma Canyon in Utah, and he later returned to set up an anthropology field there for BYU. He and his wife had six children.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts