Amanda Christina Kempe Hastings collection

Amanda Christina Kempe Hastings collection

Dates: 1870-1940

Collection is made up of diaries, account books, and letters kept by Hastings between 1898 and 1940. Also included are several newspaper clippings pertaining to family history, important events, or submissions to the paper by Hastings.

  • Extent: 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hastings, Amanda Christina Kempe, 1871-1941
  • Call Number: MSS 2387
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged according to genre, and chronologically within genre. For instance, all diaries have been placed in a single folder, ordered based upon which has the earliest entry. The same holds true for account books, newspaper articles, and correspondence.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Amanda Christina Kempe Hastings collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2387; Amanda Christina Kempe Hastings collection; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2387, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Douglas M. Maready in August 2002. He acquired the material from family members of Amanda Hastings. The family gave him the material as a result of his researching and writing a biography of Amanda and with the understanding that it be donated to Brigham Young University.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Douglas M. Maready; August 2002.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Hastings, Joseph, 1868-1945; Home and Family; Mormon families--Arizona; Mormon families--Utah; Mormon women--Arizona--Diaries; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Account books; Articles; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Diaries; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Dr. David J. Whittaker & Emily Schaffner; 2002.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts. This collection is a demonstration of the history of Utah and Arizona and its financial impacts on its residents. Amanda's diaries are unusual because they chronicle the life of a single mother and her children through the pre-Depression and Depression years. She also keeps detailed account records of household expenditures which provide insights into the economic situation of her time.
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Finding Aid Title
Hastings (Amanda Christina Kempe) collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Dr. David J. Whittaker & Emily Schaffner
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:29-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Amanda Christina Kempe Hastings (1871-1941) was a Mormon woman in Arizona.

Amanda Christina Kempe was born July 15, 1871 in Provo, Utah. Her parents were Christopher Jensen (whose name was changed to Kempe upon immigration from Denmark) and Anne Jonsdatter. Amanda married Joseph Hastings in 1902, and subsequently moved to Arizona. The couple had five children. The marriage did not last, however, and a divorce was granted to Amanda in 1919 on grounds of desertion and non-support. Amanda lived in Arizona until her death in 1941.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts