Beth Mortensen Evans papers

Beth Mortensen Evans papers

Dates: 1922-2003

Collection contains papers and photographs pertaining to the life of Beth Mortensen Evans, including newspaper clippings, genealogy, personal accounts, school projects, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and a diary. The collection materials date from between 1922 and 2003. Much of the collection deals with Evan's experience being recruited as a woman for the Marine Corps and participating in the Powder Puff Derby.

  • Extent: 3 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Evans, Beth Martenson
  • Call Number: MSS 3207
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Beth Mortensen Evans papers 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 3207; Beth Mortensen Evans papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3207, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Kent Christenson in 2005.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kent Cristenson; 2005.
Subject Terms
Evans, Beth Martenson--Archives; United States. Marine Corps--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.; Airplane racing; City and Town Life; Diaries; Home and Family; Material Types; Scrapbooks; Social Life and Customs; Women air pilots; World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Genealogies
Processing Information
Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th Century Western and Mormon Americana because the Beth Martenson Evans papers lends itself to valuable insight into the every day life of the '30s and '40s, particularly in Western America.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Evans (Beth Mortensen) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-07-21T12:43-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Beth Martenson Evans (1922-1983) was a military recruiter and interior designer in Utah and New York.

Beth Mortensen Evans was born on June 21, 1922 in Elwood, Utah. She graduated from University of Utah. She then went to Washington D.C. as a government employee, recruiting women for the Marine Corps where she was used as a poster model, and also made motion picture films for recruiting women. She married Howard Evans on April 28, 1945 and they moved to New York City. Evans went to work for the New York Tribune on the cable desk and attended New York University where she received a degree in Interior Design. Beth and Howard opened a store that they ran for ten years. She also participated in the Powder Puff Derby, where she flew airplanes. Evans died on January 11, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts