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Cuba Lyle papers

Identifier: WASH-013

Scope and Contents

The Cuba Lyle papers include a variety of material related to her interest in Washington County history and her personal interest in the Downwinder movement. Among the items in the collection are photocopies of historical documents and newspaper clippings accompanied by notes; correspondence related to various research interests; photographs of local scenes and Hollywood filming; newspaper articles on the filming; call sheets for filming; a guest book of Hollywood crew and actors who stayed in her home when she opened it up as a bed and breakfast; and an assortment of commemorative brochures and programs related to Washington County pioneer heritage celebrations, open houses, and theatrical productions. Other than the Downwinder articles and paperwork, her papers are not personal in nature.


  • 1867-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Several photographs in the collection are the intellectual property of movie studios from the 1950s and 60s and permission for their use cannot be granted by Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives outside of fair use provisions. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to all other unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

Biographical/Historical note

Cuba Lyle was born in Newport, Washington to Joseph Peter Berneck and Nellie (Hepburn) Berneck in 1908. With her first husband, Theodore Vander Weyst she had her first daughter Joy (Vander Weyst) Atkin. In 1936 she married George Albert Hall Jr., a widower with 6 children living in Northern Idaho. They moved to Washington, Utah not long afterwards. She became actively involved in the community and schools. In 1950 she lost her second husband to a two year terminal illness. Eighteen months later Cuba married LeRoy Lyle. They operated the Liberty Café in St. George for eight years and sold out only to see “Roy” succumb to acute Leukemia. During her life in Washington County, she was an active local historian and participated in a variety of local planning and historical committees including the county Agricultural Planning Committee, Centennial History Committee, and the County Fair Board. She continued her community involvement until her death in 2000.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize folders and 1 oversize folder in oversize special collection box.)

Language of Materials



The Cuba Lyle papers comprise historical and personal research and include photocopies of documents and newspaper clippings accompanied by notes; correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings on the filming; call sheets for filming; a guest book of Hollywood crew and actors; and an assortment of commemorative brochures and programs.


The collection is arranged into series by topic and then by type of material as appropriate. Items in Series III may be related to items in Series II; it was difficult to establish exactly what research material had been used for any given project and in many cases it may have been used for multiple projects. With this in mind, the archivist deemed it most useful to combine Cuba Lyle's historical research into a single series.

Separated Materials

Photocopies of published materials were discarded, including numerous articles on various historical subjects clipped from local newspapers. Any articles pertaining to specific material or subjects in the collection were retained.


Cuba Lyle papers
In Progress
Amber J. D'Ambrosio
2014 May 23
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Repository Details

Part of the Dixie State University Special Collections and Archives Repository

330 Holland Centennial Commons
225 South 700 East
Saint George 84770 United States