Reva Beck Bosone papers

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Reva Beck Bosone papers

Dates: 1896-1980

Reva Beck Bosone papers consists of correspondence, photographs, and other materials concerning Judge Bosone's political career. The collection dates from 1896 to 1980. The correspondence mainly consists of letters from Reva Beck Bosone to her niece, Helen Clopton from 1973 to 1979. Also included are Clopton's research notes for her biography of Judge Bosone. The photographs chronicle Bosone's early life, family, and political career. Also included are newspaper clippings and memorabilia concerning Bosone's political campaigns.

  • Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bosone, Reva Beck
  • Call Number: MSS 6888
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 Reva Beck Bosone 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 6888; Reva Beck Bosone papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6888, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Reva Beck Bosone.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Reva Beck Bosone.
Subject Terms
Bosone, Reva Beck--Correspondence; Civil Procedure and Courts; Political campaigns--Utah--History--Sources; Politics, Government, and Law; Women legislators--Utah--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5. I)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Bosone (Reva Beck) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Mary Downs, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-02T04:02-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Reva Beck Bosone was born 2 April 1895 in American Fork, Utah. She graduated from Westminister College and the University of California, Berkeley, before teaching high school in Utah. She married Harold G. Cutler in 1920, but they divorced a year later. She married her second husband, Joseph P. Bosone, in 1929 while they were both law students at the University of Utah. After graduating the couple opened a law office together in Helper, Utah. Reva and Joseph had a daughter in 1930, but divorced in 1939. She gained a seat in the Utah House of Representatives in the Democratic sweep of 1932, and was reelected in 1934. In 1936 she became the first woman to be elected a judge in Utah. During World War II Bosone served on the Salt Lake County Welfare Commission. In 1945 she was appointed an official observer at the organizing conference of the United Nations. In 1948 Judge Bosone was elected to the United States Congress. She served two terms, and became the first woman to serve on the Interior Committee. Her reelection campaign of 1952 failed due to accusations of being a communist sympathizer. She retired to pursue her law practice and worked as an office assistant. She died 21 July 1983.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts