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Using summer vacations and weekends, the husband-and-wife team of Austin and Alta Fife traveled all over the west with recording equipment, camera, and stenographic materials to collect the folklife of the region, including cowboy songs, Mormon folklore, and slides of vernacular architecture. The digital collection spotlight for February 2014 features images from the Fife Slide Collection of Western U.S. Vernacular Architecture, taken between the 1940s and late 1970s. These images of unique mailboxes, intricate quilts, and detailed murals along with tree bark graffiti, costumes, festivals and more capture the material culture and folklife of the American West.