University of Utah

       The Native American Oral Histories Collection at the University of Utah, was originally funded by the Doris Duke Cheritable Foundation in 1966 and completed in collaboration with The American West Center under the guidance of C. Gregory Crampton, contains reel-to-reel audio tapes recorded between 1949 and 1972. The recordings consist of interviews with Indigenous Peoples primarily in the Uinta basin and surrounding areas. The interviews cover topics such as traditional knowledge, social and cultural beliefs, tribal termination and relocation, personal life experiences, tribal sovereignty, and views on the urbanization of American Indian peoples. The bulk of the project was completed in ten years and includes over 2,000 hours of interviews with approximately 1000 individuals. The audiotapes were later digitized between 2005 and 2006 where they continue to be maintained by staff at the J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City. 

       In 2020, the Doris Duke Cheritable Foundation provided grant funding to the J.W. Marriot Library to improve the collection’s metadata standards and practices. In many cases, the interviewees tribal affiliations were not included and research has been conducted in efforts to provide more information on interviewees. In an effort to elevate our role as stewards of this content we are working to collaborate with tribal partners, update outdated collection metadata, and flag historical materials that contain harmful language and statements. 

If you are an original interviewee, a relative of the original interviewee, would like to report harmful materials, or have questions regarding any of the content, please email to connect with staff at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Below is a list of currently known Tribal groups represented in our collection. This list is subject to change as the project progresses:

Acoma Pueblo, Cayuga Nation, Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Comanche Nation, Crow Creek Sioux Nation, Crow Nation, Deleware Tribe of Indians, Elko Band Colony: Te-Moak Tribe of Shoshone, Gros Ventre Cree Tribe, Athabascan, Ho-Chunk Nation, Hopi Tribe, Kaibab Band of Paiutes, Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Lakota, Luiseño Tribe, Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians, Minnesota Chippewa (unknown band), Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Muscogee Creek Nation, Navajo Nation, Nez Perce Tribe, Northern Ute Tribe, Northwestern Shoshone, Oneida Nation, Osage Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Pawnee Nation, Pomo Tribe, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Zuni, Sac and Fox Nation, Salt River Pima-Mericopa Indian Community, Sante Sioux Nation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Shoshone-Bannock at Ft. Hall Reservation, Southern Ute Tribe of Shoshone, Tewa Pueblos, The Havasupai Tribe, The Hualapai Tribe, Tlingit, Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation and Agency, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and White Mountain Apache.