Exhibits (124 total)

USU Exhibits

Historical Photograph Meme Contest

  For Utah State University’s Historical Photograph Meme Contest, students use digitized historical images from USU’s Special Collections & Archives, along with those big, white block letters often associated with internet memes, to h...


I Remember When . . . : Memories and Moments in Mendon, Utah

Memories shape and bind a community together, like in the city of Mendon, which holds a special place in the hearts of those fortunate enough to call it home. I Remember When . . . : Memories and Moments in Mendon, Utah utilizes materials housed in...

Isaac Sorensen and the Sorensen Family

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The Sorensen Family Cache Valley, Utah, has one of the most fascinating stories in western American history. Within its wonderful mountainous landscape in northern Utah, there is a narrative that must be told. Northern Utah has provided a wonderfu...

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Jack London at Utah State University

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Utah State University's Special Collections and Archives, a division of the Merrill-Cazier Library, houses one of the world’s largest archival collections from Jack London, legendary author of classic adventure novels like Call of the Wild an...


Latinx Voices Project

Cache Valley, Utah, is home to a rich Latinx population whose voices are often underrepresented in local repositories. To rectify this, in 2007 Utah State University (USU) Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives directed an effort to coll...

Memento Mori: The Art of Death and Mourning

  Memento mori, “remember that you will die,” expresses the inevitability of death. No matter how good of a life you lead, nor how famous or rich you become, death always awaits. With the dawn of Christianity in the West, the symbol of deat...


Musical Visions of America: The 1948–49 Residency of Roy and Johana Harris at USAC

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“There is much to do which is thoroughly worthwhile doing in that little empire of mountains and valleys.” —Roy Harris Drawing from correspondence, concert programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs in the Utah State Univers...

Old Ephraim: The Legendary Grizzly of the Bear River Range

“He could see without being seen, hear without being heard, and kill without being killed.” —from “The Story of Old Ephraim” by Orson Ryan The story of Old Ephraim has circulated since the early twentieth century, when the legendary gr...


Outdoor Recreation Catalogs & Magazines

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With its explosive growth over the last few decades, the outdoor industry has firmly positioned itself as a significant part of the commercial, environmental, and social fabric of the country. One way to examine this impact is through gear cat...

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Regreening of Cache Valley

Cache Valley was settled by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) pioneers in the early 1860s. When they arrived in the area, they found rich soil, clear running streams, wild game, and abundant lumber and gr...


Remembering Main Street

USU Special Collections & Archives created Remembering Main Street to allow community members to view its photographs of Main Street in Logan, Utah, in a single online portal. Over 400 images of the downtown business district are browsable by l...


Rhyolite, Graveyard of Dreams

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The following exhibit tells the story of Aurora and Rhyolite, both gold and silver mining towns that became ghost towns in Nevada. This exhibit uses images from the Death Valley region photographs, 1905-1925 found in the Utah State University Merri...


San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Snapshots

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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 is one of the most famous of the well-documented disasters of the early twentieth century. During the quake and fire that followed, more than 3,000 people died and over half of the city’s population was left h...


St. Anne's Retreat

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Legendary St. Anne’s Retreat in Logan Canyon has been the source of a contemporary oral tradition and legend-tripping for the last fifty years.  Local legends tell of a haunted place with stories laced in ancient themes telling of nuns and p...


The American Guide Series: American Culture Defined

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The American Guide Series is a collection of guidebooks written by authors working for the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP). The FWP was a unit of the Works Progress Administration that was part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal created dur...


The Broadcasting Bullens: One Family’s Contribution to Cache Valley Newspaper, Radio, and Television

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Since the first local newspaper slid off the printing press in 1879,[i] Cache Valley residents have relied heavily on evolving forms of media for news and entertainment. This progression of newspaper, radio, and television outlets depended largely ...


The Built Environment: 130 Years of Growth, Development, and Change on the USU Campus

Utah State University (USU) sprouted from humble beginnings—a solitary building on a windy and arid hill. Since then, USU has grown for 130 years, creating new buildings and grounds to accommodate the fluctuating educational and recreational need...


Student Exhibits

ENGL 4360, Spring 2017: Studies in Film

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Welcome to Childhood, Identity, and Coming of Age in Film! This exhibition was created by students in Dr. Mattie Burkert's spring 2017 Studies in Film course at Utah State University. Enter Student Created Exhibits Credits:  Maddie A...

ENGL 4750/6750, Summer 2015: Voices: Eritrean Refugees in Cache Valley, Utah

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Voices: Refugees in Cache Valley In May 2015, Utah State University’s Fife Folklore Archives, Folklore Program, and The American Folklife Center  at the Library of Congress with help from the Eritrean community hosted a Field ...

ENGL 6330, Spring 2018: Haunted by History: The Deep Eighteenth Century

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What is the “deep eighteenth century?” It’s a term coined by theater historian Joseph Roach to describe how our twenty-first-century world remains shaped by events, ideas, and forces set in motion three centuries ago. It’s a...

ENGL 6750, Summer 2015: Voices: Burmese Muslims in Cache Valley, Utah

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Voices: Refugees in Cache Valley In May 2015, Utah State University’s Fife Folklore Archives, Folklore Program, and The American Folklife Center  at the Library of Congress with help from the Burmese Muslim community...

ENGL 6750, Summer 2015: Voices: Karen Refugees in Cache Valley, Utah

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In May 2015, Utah State University’s Fife Folklore Archives, Folklore Program, and The American Folklife Center  at the Library of Congress with help from the Karen community hosted a Field School for Cultural Documen...

ENGL 6750, Summer 2017: Jackson Hole Dude Ranching Tradition: Triangle X Ranch

Jackson Hole Dude Ranching Tradition: Triangle X Credits: Kylie Schroeder, Curator Randy Williams, Content contributor and editor, exhibit editor Lisa Gabbert, Content contributor and editor Andrea Graham, Content contributor Alison Gardner, ...

Every Step a Novel

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"We appreciate we’re part of this community. And the same thing, you know the pilgrims who came to this country, who escaped religious persecution, or wanted to have something better for their lives, that’s the same thing that we wanted. And, w...

HIST 3250, Fall 2017: History of Renaissance Europe

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Renaissance in Europe saw a rapid increase in the study of the human body, natural sciences and astronomy. This exhibit looks at primary sources from the period of the Renaissance and afterward showing how that period looked back to ancient sources...

HIST 3250, Spring 2015: The Renaissance in Europe

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In the 2015 spring semester, students in the History of Renaissance Europe class (HIST 3250) undertook a non-traditional research project to use archival materials to create their own digital exhibits. These exhibits showcase unique Renaissance-era...

HIST 3770, Spring 2016: Nuclear West

The Cold War marked a time of concern for, and intense focus on, America’s relationship to nuclear topics. This exhibit, curated by the students of the Spring 2016 History 3770 class, and overseen by Dr. Victoria Grieve, focuses on issues rel...

HIST 3770, Spring 2017: Post World War II Domesticity

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In the decades after World War II, Americans focused on their homes and families as never before. Marriage and birth rates -- across race and class lines -- rose to a 20th century high. Everything from popular culture, leisure activities, marital a...

HIST 3770, Spring 2018: Social Movements of Postwar America

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Often summed up with reference to “the Sixties,” the social movements of postwar America usually began much earlier, and many persist today. By taking a more local look at national movements like feminism, civil rights, and the battle o...

HIST 6020, Spring 2020: Claiming Spaces

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In 1890, fourteen-year-old Vendla Berntson became the first student and first woman to register for classes at the newly created Agricultural College of Utah (later Utah State University).[1]  In the 1890s, few women enrolled in college. It wa...

HONR Think Tank, Spring 2016: Food in Cache Valley

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These exhibits were created by students in a three-part Honors “Think Tank” offering that explored the themes of agriculture, food, and land through science and social sciences. Students enrolled in one of three sections—Engineeri...

In Search of America: One Barbershop at a Time

This exhibit shows the highlights of a personal odyssey exploring Main Street Barbershops across America.  It also confirms the concept that the Main Street Barbershop is an important mainstay, a perpetual community connecting point, a desired...

SPAN 3040, Fall 2015: Adventures in Spanish Poetry and Grammar

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In Fall 2015, Joshua Thoms offered an Advanced Spanish Grammar course which required a research project. The goals of the group project were for students to: familiarize themselves with a Spanish literary genre; analyze text(s); interview an author...