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Capitol Reef Field Station collection

Identifier: AR 940

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials donated by the Capitol Reef Field Station. The collection contains budget records, meeting minutes, legal paperwork, business plans, histories, visitor guidelines, field station and national park agreements, archeological studies, development plans, maintenance plans, and promotional materials.


  • 1987 - 2016

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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for research. Copyright for official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Two decades after Sleeping Rainbow Ranch ceased operation and its properties became part of Capitol Reef National Park, Professor Paul Tayler of Utah Valley University (UVU) found Sleeping Rainbow Ranch—a perfect answer to his search for a field research and educational site. He and Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Charles Lundy began working together with Jim Harris, Dean of the UVU School of Science to make Capitol Reef Field Station a reality. UVU President Kerry Romesburg soon joined in their vision, bringing early donor support. Eventually Al Hendricks succeeded Charles Lundy as park superintendent. Their work together set the standard for years of close collaboration between UVU and the National Park Service in creating a field station that is harmonious with its environment in its physical aesthetics, off-grid energy and water consumption, and Leave-No-Trace operations. The field station, designed by Mark Chalom, began operations on October 16, 2008.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


This collection contains documents that show research and development plans for the construction of the Capitol Reef Field Station.

Arrangement note

Documents kept in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Capitol Reef Field Station

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Rebekah Westrup, Archives Specialist
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 March: Edited for description and organization errors; Amy Roberts, Archives Specialist, and Blake MacDonald, Archives Aide.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States