Rose Marie Reid correspondence and speeches

Rose Marie Reid correspondence and speeches

Dates: approximately 1953-1979

Contains speeches given by Reid and correspondence to family and friends. Speeches were given at various locations, including church groups, schools, and civic centers. Also includes many speeches given at Brigham Young University. Speeches pertain to business and life success, religion, and beauty. Correspondence pertains to her life and legacy. Includes letters from fans who attended her speeches. Dated approximately 1953-1979.

  • Extent: 6 folders
  • Creator: Reid, Rose Marie, 1906-1978. -- Alden, Sharon Reid, 1938. -- Burr, Carole Reid, 1940
  • Call Number: MSS 8044 Series 1 Subseries 2
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Donor restricted until 2015. Series 3 restricted until 2022. Contact the Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Carole Reid Burr and Sharon Reid Alden collection on Rose Marie Reid must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Note
Oversize boxes 23, 25-26, and 29-34 were taken to the Conservation Lab on October 11, 2013.
Preferred Citation
Rose Marie Reid correspondence and speeches; MSS 8044; Carole Reid Burr and Sharon Reid Alden collection on Rose Marie Reid; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
Subject Terms
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--Mormon authors; Reid, Rose Marie, 1906-1978
Genre / Form
Audiotapes; Letters
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS8044
Finding Aid Title
Burr (Carole Reid) and Alden (Sharon Reid) collection on Rose Marie Reid
Finding Aid Author
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor and John Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-07-23 16:45:49 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Rose Marie Reid (1906-1978) was a Mormon woman and an extremely successful swimwear designer in the 1940s-1950s.

Rose Marie Reid was born on September 12, 1906 to Elvie and Marie Yancey in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She grew up there, and learned to sew alongside her mother. They moved to Idaho when Reid was ten years old. While they lived there, Reid and her mother opened up a small shop called "Rose Marie's" and Reid went to Boise to learn beauty work. She married Garreth Rhynhart in Salt Lake, but divorced him in 1935. Reid was then living in Vancouver. She then met Jack Reid and married him on November 30, 1935. Jack had been previously married and had one child. Her introduction to swimsuits came in the 1930s when she started Reid's Holiday Togs, Ltd. The business spread from there. After having three children, Reid divorced her husband in 1946. She then became more interested in growing her business, so she moved to California. By 1956, the buesiness had five regional offices, 1,200 employees, and was making much more money. She designed numerous swimsuits, including a sequined one to help fund the Los Angeles Temple. Reid was also heavily involved in missionary work, primarily with Jewish investigators. She married MacDonald Sommers in 1955, and divorced shortly thereafter due to Sommers' having another wife. Reid was successful in her career, and had a rose named after her in 1955. Reid died on December 19, 1978 in Provo.



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