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Helen Zeese Papanikolas papers

Repository: University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): Relevant materials include:

Heneritta Leggroan Bankhead Interview, Florence Lawrence (1977): Life as a Black woman in Utah in the early 1900's; Utah's Black community; foods and social activities.

Harold L. Henry Interview, Alberta Henry (1977): Black community in Utah in the early 1900's; early folk remedies; working on the railroad.

Celia and Carrie Bankhead Leggroan Interview (1977): Recollections of their mother Sina Bankhead, an early Black pioneer in Utah; activities of the Black community in Utah in the early 1900s.

Minority Groups (1900-1990); folder 6: African Americans, Utah and nation: Clippings, ephemera (1899-c.1990)

Mormonism (1970-2001); folder 10: Mormonism; LDS Church relations with African Americans (1974-1994); Newspaper clippings.

Collection Description (Extant): The Helen Zeese Papanikolas papers (1954-2001) contain materials concerning the research and writing of this Utah historian and folklorist. Included are correspondence, research files, news clippings, oral history manuscripts, published and unpublished articles.

[...] In 1977 and again in 1979, Helen Papanikolas taught a course at the University of Utah entitled "Peoples of Utah." Students were required to interview a resident of Utah who had immigrated or whose parents had immigrated to the United States. Among the subjects discussed in the interviews are adjusting to life in America, continuation of native traditions and customs, and racial prejudice.

Access Copy Note: Twenty-four hours advance notice encouraged. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Photographs associated with this collection have been digitized and are available online at the Utah Historical Society's "The Peoples of Utah":

Date(s): 1954-2001

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Ms0471

Extent: 6.75 linear feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Heneritta Leggroan Bankhead, Harold L. Henry, Celia Bankhead Leggroan, Carrie Bankhead Leggroan

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American Mormons
African Americans--Civil rights--Utah
African Americans--Social conditions
African Americans--Utah
Mormon Church
Utah--Race relations


Sound recordings


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