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Oral histories on Utah railroads

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9014

Scope and Contents

Cassette tape contains three interviews related to railroads in Utah. Tape 1, side 1 has an interview with Leo Smith (Payson, Utah) by James D'Arc and H. Wallace Goddard, July 17, 1979. Side 2 of this tape has an interview with Madoline Dixon (Payson, Utah) by James D'Arc and H. Wallace Goddard, July 17, 1979. Tape 2, side 1 is an interview with George Cheever (Payson, Utah) by James D'Arc and H. Wallace Goddard. July 17, 1979. Also contains an unrelated dictation with someone talking about political representatives. Side 2 is completely unrelated to the Utah railroads. Tape 3 has an interview with Clayton Jenkins (Provo, Utah) by James D'Arc, May 25, 1979.


  • 1979


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Biographical / Historical

George Albert Smith Cheever, Jr. (1919-1997) was a World War II veteran and resident of Payson, Utah.

George Albert Smith Cheever, Jr. was born May 4, 1919 to George Albert Smith Cheever and Sarah Ellen Braithwaite. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star. He studied at Utah State and later received a Master's degree from Brigham Young University. He married Marion Edith Clark on March 28, 1946 in the Manti Temple. George Albert Cheever, Jr. passed away January 19, 1997 in Orem, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

H. Wallace Goddard (1948-) is a professor at the University of Arkansas.

H. Wallace Goddard was born July 15, 1948. He has written several books for Deseret Book. He is a professor of Family Life at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife Nancy have three adult children, nine grandchildren, and have fostered about 20 children throughout their marriage.

Biographical / Historical

James V. D'Arc (b. 1950) was a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Department at BYU and worked at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department where he was the curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive and contributor for the Motion Picture Archives Film Series.

James Vincent D'Arc was born in Los Angeles, CA on August 7, 1950. After growing up, in the early 1970s, D'Arc was accepted into Brigham Young University, where he majored in history. During this time, in 1973 he also grew interested in a film appreciation class taught by Dr. Charles M. Metten, which motivated him to receive a PhD in film history from the University in 1986. During his time as a student, he also was hired in what was then called the "Archives and Manuscripts Division," where he began gathering film-related materials for the Archives starting with items donated to the collection from Dean Jagger, an actor who played Brigham Young in the 1940 film "Brigham Young." From there the collection obtained items including those pertaining to Cecil B. DeMille, classic MGM musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," and many others - a good number of them which are shown in the Motion Picture Archives Film Series today in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Aside from this, in 1990 D'Arc also was employed as a Professor of Film in BYU's Theatre and Media Arts College. Although the college allowed him to split his time working as both a professor and a curator for the Special Collections department, by the end of the school year, he returned to being a full-time employee for Special Collections. While spending his time in BYU, D'Arc eventually married Patricia Ann Morris in Salt Lake City on January 22, 1974. During their marriage, they had five children and seven grandchildren. On April 20, 2005, Patricia passed away after 19 months of illness in Utah. James D'Arc retired from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in August 2017.

Biographical / Historical

Lloyd Leo Smith (1902-1988) was a resident of Payson, Utah.

Lloyd Leo Smith was born November 18, 1902 to Lloyd Bassett Smith and Laura Marcella Mason. He was married to Ida Wilma Cloward on March 9, 1926. Lloyd Leo Smith died September 9, 1988.

Biographical / Historical

Madoline C. Dixon (1909-1999) was an author in Payson, Utah.

Madoline C. Dixon was born Madoline Cloward January 22, 1909 to Charles E. and Emma Moesser Cloward. She married H. Gould Dixon in 1927. She was a self-taught writer and published several books, especially about history in Utah. Madoline C. Dixon passed away January 12, 1999 in Payson, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

James D'Arc transferred these tapes to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; James D'Arc; 2017.


Utah and the American West (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana II,B, 5, IV, 2016)

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Landrith; April 2018.

Register of Oral histories on Utah railroads
Maddi Landrith
2018 April 4
Language of description
Script of description
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