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Virginia F. Cutler autobiography and funeral recording and transcript

Virginia F. Cutler autobiography and funeral recording and transcript

Dates: 1970, 1993

This collection contains two items: her autobiography and funeral services tapes and transcription. The autobiography is photocopies of a typewritten autobiography with handwritten corrections in which Cutler writes about her early life, her education, her teaching career, her travels, and her other activities. The funeral tapes are two cassette tapes with a transcript copy.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.1 linear feet)
  • Creator: Cutler, Virginia F.
  • Call Number: MSS SC 2573
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 the Virginia F. Cutler autobiography and funeral recording and transcript 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 SC 2573; Virginia F. Cutler autobiography and funeral recording and transcript; 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 2573, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Beverly Cutler in 1985 and 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Beverly Cutler; 1985 and 1993.
Related Material
MSS 1850, the Virginia F. Cutler papers.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Home and Family; Mormon women--Utah--Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City (Utah); Social Life and Customs; Women educators--Utah--Salt Lake City
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana because of Cutler's activity in the Mormon Church and her residency in the west.
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Finding Aid Title
Cutler (Virginia F.) autobiography and funeral recording and transcript
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:29-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Virginia Farrer Cutler (1905-1993), educator, author, lecturer.

Virginia Farrer Cutler was born 17 December 1905 in Park City, Utah, to Robert and Mary Farrer. She attended the University of Utah and received her bachelor's degree in 1926. She married Ralph Garr Cutler in 1929 in Salt Lake City. After only two years of marriage, with a young child and another on the way, Culter became a widow in 1931. Because of the depression, Cutler realized she would have to work hard to find employment. She went back to school and received her master's from Stanford University and her doctrate from Cornell University. In 1946 she became a professor and head of the Home Economics Department at the University of Utah. She worked there for eight years and during that time also created the Family Home Living Center. In 1954, with her sons now gone, Cutler became more adventurous and took a position as an educational advisor for the State Department's International Cooperation Administration in Southeast Asia, first in Bangkok, Thailand, for two years and then in Djakarta, Indonesia, for five years. In 1961 she returned to Utah and became the dean of the College of Family Living at Brigham Young University. While there she also contributed to the planning of Heritage Halls. She was awarded the Fullbright Fellowship to the University of Ghana in Legon where she taught for three years starting in 1966. She retired in 1970 and spent the next five years working as the chairman of a Consumer Action Panel for the appliance industry.

Her major honors include United States delegate to the World Forum on women, Brussels, 1962; Joseph F. Smith Family Living Award, Brigham Young University, 1962; American Association of University Women, woman of the year, 1966; first distinguished professor at the Brigham Young University, 1967; appointed by President Nixon to the Consumer Advisory Council, 1972-1975; Utah Mother of the year, 1972; member of Utah Governor's commission on the Status of Women, 1972; distinguished service awards from the University of Utah and Cornell University; Abraham Smoot Public Service Award, Brigham Young University, 1982; Outstanding Home Economist, Ricks College Home Economics Department, 1984; Beehive Hall of Fame, 1986. She died 20 May 1993 in Eugene, Oregon, where her younger son lived.

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