Leah D. Widtsoe papers

Leah D. Widtsoe papers

Dates: 1890-1966

Considering Leah Widtsoe's vast and diverse experiences, both vocationally and avocationally, this collection of her papers is relatively small. It cannot be more than a fragment of the original, complete collection. Included is information on her family history, her education at Pratt Institute and the University of Utah, and her career as a teacher and writer at Brigham Young University.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Widtsoe, Leah D. (Leah Dunford), 1874-1965
  • Call Number: UA 155
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in the following categories: Biographical; Education; Career; Genealogy, Temple Work, and Personal and Family History; Photographs; and Memorabilia.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Leah D. Widtsoe collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Note
Index/Finding aid Unpublished short register available with the collection.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation:UA 155; Leah D. Widtsoe papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B.Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 155, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Mrs. Virginia Cutler, former chairman of the B.Y.U. Home Economics Department, obtained most of the material in the collection from the daughters of Leah D. Widtsoe. She donated it to the College of Family Living after Leah Widtsoe Day in 1965 or 1966, and they in turn transferred it to the University Archives. Some material was also obtained from the Church Historical Department and the B.Y.U. University Archives Biographical File.
Acquisition Information
Mrs. Virginia Cutler, former chairman of the B.Y.U. Home Economics Department, obtained most of the material in the collection from the daughters of Leah D. Widtsoe. She donated it to the College of Family Living after Leah Widtsoe Day in 1965 or 1966, and they in turn transferred it to the University Archives. Some material was also obtained from the Church Historical Department and the B.Y.U. University Archives Biographical File.
Separated Material
The following material, which was given to Mrs. Virginia Cutler by Bob Smith, secretary to Reed Smoot, has been transferred to the Reed Smoot Collection (Mss 1187): Home Economics Information File; Home Economics Bill File.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/UA155.xml
Subject Terms
Brigham Young University. Department of Home Economics Education; Dunford family--Genealogy; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877--Family; Colleges and Universities
Processing Information
Processed; Loretta Trentman; June 1981.
Appraisal Information
Part of University Archives; college records (University Archives collecting policy February 2010).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_UA155
Finding Aid Title
Widtsoe (Leah D.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Loretta Trentman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:56-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Domestic scientist; instructor, Brigham Young University, wife of John A. Widtsoe; author. Leah Eudora Dunford was born February 24, 1874, to Dr. Alma B. Dunford and Susa Young Dunford Gates, daughter of Brigham Young. Leah graduated from the University of Utah in 1896 and received a B.S. Degree from Brigham Young University in 1899. She was put in charge of the Department of Domestic Science at B.Y.U. in 1897. In 1960 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree from B.Y.U. She married John A. Widtsoe on June 1, 1898, and they were the parents of 7 children. Throughout her life she served as a civic and church worker, lecturer, and author, and she was renowned for her work as a home economist. Leah Widtsoe died June 7, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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