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Records of the Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project

 Collection
Identifier: MCLP

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project consists of documents dated from 2005 to 2006. The collection includes 36 oral history transcripts of audiotape interviews and audio cassette tapes corresponding to 21 of the transcripts. Fifteen transcripts do not include audio and exist in print alone. Topics in the oral histories include local history, recreation, water issues, personal histories, mining, farming, general history, and the effect of the Poudre River on individuals and community members. Permissions for the interviews accompany each history. Transcripts of the interviews are available in Mountain Scholar.

Dates

  • 2005-2006

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

In 2006, the Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections department received oral history transcripts from an expeditionary learning classroom project by Pioneer School (now Polaris Expeditionary Learning School) in Fort Collins. Matt Strand, the supervising educator, realized that there were few sources relating to local citizens who had a unique relationship with the Cache la Poudre River. As part of a collaborative effort to capture a variety of perspectives on the Cache la Poudre River, the major river in Fort Collins, Strand incorporated oral histories into the learning experience.

With the assistance of parent volunteers, Strand began a program to train his seventh and eighth grade students in the classroom on the technology and interviewing process. Students then interviewed 36 'narrators'. The citizens interviewed included water commissioners, members of historic families, activists, farmers, and recreation specialists. Following the interviews, students created spiral-bound notebooks of each 'narrator' interviewed and labeled each audiotape by 'narrator'.

Extent

1.5 linear feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Pioneer School, an expeditionary learning academy (now Polaris Expeditionary Learning School) embarked on an oral history project from 2005 to 2006. Noting a gap in oral histories of myriad people with connections to the Poudre River, teacher Matt Strand created an assignment for his seventh and eighth grade students to conduct oral history interviews. The 36 citizens interviewed included water commissioners, members of historic families, activists, farmers, and recreation specialists. The collection consists of audiotapes and spiral-bound interviews. Transcripts of the interviews are available in Mountain Scholar.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 2 series in 1 record carton:

Series 1: Oral history transcripts, 2005-2006

Series 2: Audiotapes, 2005-2006

Acquisition

The Records of the Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project was acquired from Matt Strand in 2006. A duplicate of this collection was also donated to the Fort Collins Museum (now the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery) by Matt Strand.

Processing

The Records of the Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project was processed in 2013. Printed transcripts and audiotapes were separated into two series. The printed transcripts were foldered in acid-free folders and the audiotapes remain in their original cases.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Records of Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Date
Copyright 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2020 April 03: Box descriptions added to physdesc.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844