Founded in 1964, the American West Center of the University of Utah is dedicated to advancing the interdisciplinary study and understanding of the American West through publicly engaged scholarship. The center’s mission is three-fold: to produce scholarship that serves the needs of our community partners and clients, to produce and sponsor innovative humanities programming for public and scholarly audiences, and to train the next generation of publicly engaged scholars.
If you would like to learn more about AWC projects, training in oral history, digital history, and other public history methods, or our other activities -- including our contract research for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and a number of American Indian Nations -- contact us at 801-581-7611.
The Utah American Indian Digital Archive is a joint venture between the American West Center and the Marriott Library with generous support and guidance from the Division of Indian Affairs of the State of Utah. The project compiles essential Utah tribal primary source documents digitized for an online, key-word searchable archive. In undertaking this state-of-the-art venture, Center staff has built on the extensive research done across the country by Floyd O’Neil and Greg Thompson in their combined years of service at the American West Center. The goal is to create an archive that will serve more than just researchers, offering the tribes themselves unprecedented ease of access to information about their past.
Now Available! Utah American Indian Digital Archive and The Utah Indian Curriculum Project at UtahIndians.org
The oral histories of University of Utah leaders are being taken as part of the long-term project to document the history of the University and its interaction with the community. Recent additions to the Everett Cooley Oral History Collection include interviews with past University presidents, vice presidents and deans; and the directors of research/teaching projects and program: the development of the artificial heart, the ACCESS program for women in science, pediatric neuroscience, and the University's board of trustees.
Saving the Legacy: An Oral History of Utah's Veterans is the Center's largest ongoing oral history project. At present, more than 600 veterans from World War II to the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan, have been interviewed and their stories preserved for future generations. For more information please visit the Saving the Legacy Oral History page under Oral Histories.
Applications are now being accepted for this scholarship. Please click here for more information.
The 2012-2013 Floyd O'Neil scholarship recipients will present their research on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Noon-2:00pm in the History Department seminar room (Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Room 351). Please click here for more information.
Your support is crucial to our projects. Gifts support student research, community outreach, and projects that span a wide range of disciplinary fields at the University of Utah. If would like to make a contribution, please contact us directly at (801) 581-7611 or make a secure online donation using the University of Utah Online Giving Form.