The Library of Congress has selected Utah State University's Merrill Library as the repository for materials gathered in the Grouse Creek Cultural Survey of 1985.
Grouse Creek is an isolated Mormon ranching community in northwestern Utah. Its population was 100 in the summer of 1985, when a team of historians and folklorists spent several weeks in the town recording its past and present.The team was funded and sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, the Utah Historical Preservation Office, the Folk Arts Program of the Utah Arts Council, the Western Folklife Center and Utah State University. Grouse Creek was chosen for the intensive field project because of its size and cultural homogeneity.
"Folklorists and preservation specialists photographed, mapped and recorded the daily activities of the people, the equipment used, the structures used for animals and people, as well as the traditions and beliefs of the people," said Max Peterson, Merrill Library director. He said the library's selection as repository "represents a major and outstanding collection coming to the archive."
The Grouse Creek material is kept in the Fife Folklife Center of the library's Special Collections. It consists of historical and geological information about the Grouse Creek area, maps of structures, taped interviews, color slides and black and white prints.
The Grouse Creek Cultural Survey has been summarized in a book by Thomas Carter and Carl Fleisch-hauer, available for $5 from the Folklore Society of Utah, c/o David Stanley, Utah Folk Arts Council, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84102.
The collection is open to the public. For further information, call Barbara Walker at the Merrill Library, 750-3493.