Samuel Moon Monument Valley Oral History (Collection)
- 1973 - 1981
- Majority of material found within 1973 - 1975
Language of Materials Note
124 Cassettes : Audio recordings on cassette tapes
16 Reels : Audio recordings on reel-to-reel tape
2.7 Linear Feet (Transcripts and abstracts)
260 digital objects (Digital copies of recordings and abstracts)
Moon was a Professor of English at Knox College from 1953-1984. He helped to establish the school's creative writing program. A poet, Moon published many of his own poems in prestigious journals, such as Poetry and Atlantic Monthly and was a translator of classical Chinese poetry. He was also a noted literary critic whose non-fiction publications included the anthology One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theatre and Tall Sheep.
Moon passed away on September 10, 2011 in Cortland, New York at the age of 89.
Harry served in the United States Army during World War I and was stationed in France from 1917 to 1919. After returning to the U.S., Harry traveled around the Four Corners area, working mostly for rodeos. He first visited Monument Valley in 1921 and almost immediately made the decision to return. Later that year, Harry met Leone Knee, whom he nicknamed Mike, in New Mexico. They were married in 1923.
In 1925, the Paiute tribe moved out of the Monument Valley area during a redistricting of the land. Harry and Mike moved into Monument Valley to start a trading post for the Navajo tribes that now lived there. They also purchased and ran sheep from 1925 until the early 30s. Harry was a heavy promoter of tourism in the area and ran frequent packtrips and valley tours. In 1939, he traveled to Hollywood, California and convinced director John Ford to come to Monument Valley to film the movie Stagecoach. The movie industry broadened awareness of the valley and increased tourism.
In 1950, Harry leased portion of his land to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for the building of a mission, school and hospital as part of his efforts to improve the lives of the Navajo people who lived in Monument Valley. He also played important roles in the improvement of the roads into and around the valley and the establishment of Monument Valley as a Navajo Tribal Park.
Harry ran Goulding's Trading Post from 1925 until 1963. On his retirement, he left the post and all the surrounding property to Knox College, a university in Galesburg, Illinois, who have run the trading post and lodge ever since. Harry moved to Sun City, Arizona and then to Page, Arizona, where he passed away in 1981 at the age of 84.
- Arizona -- History
- Four Corners Region
- Monument Valley (Ariz. and Utah)
- Monument Valley (Ariz. and Utah) -- History
- Monument Valley Mission and Hospital (Utah)
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (Ariz. and Utah)
- Motion pictures -- Production and direction
- Navajo Indians
- Navajo Indians -- Alcohol use
- Navajo Indians -- Health and hygiene.
- Navajo Indians -- History
- Navajo Indians -- Medical care.
- Navajo Indians -- Religion
- Navajo Indians -- Rites and ceremonies
- New Mexico -- History -- To 1848
- Oral history
- Paiute Indians
- Sheepherding -- West (U.S.)
- Tourism -- Utah
- Trading posts -- Four Corners region
- Trading posts -- Navajo Indian Reservation -- History
- Uranium mines and mining--Law and legislation
- Utah -- History
- Western films
- World War, 1939-1945
- Finding Aid for the Samuel Moon Monument Valley Oral History Collection
- Beth McDonald
- 2015 July 30
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