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Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey

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Identifier: MSS 6682

Scope and Contents note

Oral history interviews conducted by John Abraham to Charles and Nellie Harvey on 3 July 1872, sponsored by the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program southeastern Utah project. The interview subject is the Mormon exodus out of Mexico. Charles discusses his birth and childhood in the Mormon town Diaz (named for Mexican President Porfirio Diaz) in Mexico. He describes how his father was shot and killed by a neighbor shortly before "rebels" raided their town. Charles' family moved to Moroni, Utah in 1912, but he stayed down by the New Mexico/Mexico border to work. He finally migrated to Blanding, Utah a year later and joined the army. After a military tour in Europe he married Nellie Johnson in the fall of 1919. Nellie describes raising their family in Blanding during Indian uprisings, the Great Depression, and their later trips back to Old Mexico. Bound manuscript, 28 pages, index included.


  • 1972


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Charles Harvey was born to James Douglas Harvey and Nancy Anderson 28 September 1895 in Colonia Diaz, Mexico. He moved to Blanding, Utah in 1913 and married Nellie Jane Johnson on 8 October 1919 in Salt Lake City. He died 30 June 1986 in Blanding.

Biographical History

Nellie Jane Johnson was born to James Parley Johnson and Eliza Jane Rowley 17 January 1898 in Diaz, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico. She died 8 November 1980 in Monticello, San Juan, Utah.


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Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey, conducted by John Abraham for the Utah State Historical Society and California State University, Fullerton, oral history program.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Gary L. Shumway in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Gary L. Shumway; 1987.

Appraisal note

Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

A copy of this interview is available in microform at the Harold B. Lee Library Charles Harvey, Nellie Harvey: the Mormon exodus from Mexico,CTNo.1.

Processing Information note

Processed; Karen Glenn; 18 December 2008.

Register of Oral history interviews with Charles and Nellie Harvey
Karen Glenn, student processor; John M. Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States