Edna Clark Ericksen papers, 1908-1982 PDF
- Ericksen, Edna Clark, 1889-1983
- Edna Clark Ericksen papers
- 1908-1982 (inclusive)19081982
- 3.5 linear feet
- Collection Number
- The Edna Clark Ericksen papers (1908-1982) contain materials documenting the political, personal, and religious activities of this Utah legislator and church leader. The bulk of the collection pertains to the E. E. Ericksen and Ezra T. Clark families. Included are correspondence, personal material, documents regarding the LDS Church's Primary and children, news clippings, Democratic Party and Utah Legislature materials, and documents regarding her public service activities. Edna Clark Ericksen (1889-1983) served in the Utah House of Representatives in the 1930s and in the Utah Senate in the 1940s. The items that document her public activities are news clippings and articles or speeches relating to her major interests: women, education, and the family.
- University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
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Historical NoteReturn to Top
Edna Clark Ericksen was born in Auburn, Wyoming, on 19 November 1889 to Hyrum Don Carlos Clark and Ann Eliza Porter Clark. In 1905, at the age of sixteen, Edna left Star Valley and went to Paris, Idaho, in order to attend Fielding Academy, a LDS Church-sponsored combination elementary and high school. Although she did not complete her studies there, she enrolled at Brigham Young College in 1907. There she met her future husband, Ephraim E. Ericksen. They married on 8 June 1910. In 1920, Edna was called to the General Board of the LDS Primary organization, and was assigned the task of developing a program for boys between the ages of nine and eleven. Characteristically, Edna began by listening to the boys themselves, and then went on to develop what has been called the most successful program in the history of the Primary. It was at this time that Edna turned her imagination and flair for craftwork into a home industry that would contribute to the Ericksen family coffers for the next thirty years. She designed, made, and sold uniforms, badges, and insignias for the Primary and other local organizations. In 1932, Edna was elected to the Utah House of Representatives, where she served until 1935. Six years later, she was appointed to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Gordon Weggeland. She was elected in her own right the following year. After the death of E. E. Ericksen in 1967, Edna traveled to Europe, Mexico, and the Far East. In 1974, she was honored by the Utah Women's Political Caucus and the National Organization for Women for her contribution to women's causes. Edna Clark Ericksen died in Salt Lake City on 15 August 1983.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Edna Clark Ericksen papers (1908-1982) contains materials documenting the political, personal, and religious activities of this Utah legislator and church leader. The bulk of the collection pertains to the E. E. Ericksen and Ezra T. Clark families. Included are correspondence, personal material, documents regarding the LDS Church's Primary and children, news clippings, Democratic Party and Utah Legislature materials, and documents regarding her public service activities.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Initial Citation: Edna Clark Ericksen papers, MS 0617, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Following Citations: MS 0617.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Personal MaterialsReturn to Top
This section, the heart of the collection, contains Edna Clark Ericksen's correspondence, both personal and professional, and family memorabilia collected over the span of her life. The bulk of the correspondence is between Edna and various family members.
Hyrum Don Carlos Clark
Biographies, Ericksen Family
Writings, Ericksen Family
Notes and Memorabilia-Life History
Newspaper Clippings, Family and Friends
Collected Articles and Poems
Keeling Marsden, Putting it Up to God, 3d ed.
Calvin W. Taylor
Sheldon Ericksen, Trip Diary
Trip to Mexico
Family Expense Record
Golden Wedding Anniversary
E. E. Ericksen, Retirement and News Clippings
Sterling M. McMurrin, "Theory and Practice in the Philosophy of W. P. Read"
Sterling M. McMurrin, "The Distinctive Character of Mormon Theology"
Sterling M. McMurrin, "Problems in Universalizing Mormonism"
Lowell Bennion, "Priests and Prophets: Their Different Contributions to Religion"
Deposit Record Book
Rent Receipt Books
Crafts and Craft Business
LDC Church ServiceReturn to Top
This section of the collection contains material pertaining to Edna Clark Ericksen's development of the Trail Builders program and various craft projects undertaken for children or their teachers.
LDS Church Activity
"Four in One" Board
Play and Recreation
Church History and Talks
Political and Public Service CareerReturn to Top
This section contains material pertaining to Edna Clark Ericksen's public life, and various material collected relating to women, education, and the home.
Utah Legislature, News Clippings
Utah Legislature, Memorabilia
Maud May Babcock
Receptionist, House of Representatives
Nurse Practice Act
"How Laws are Passed"
Order of Women Legislators
The Utah Democrat
Utah Labor News
"Morals and the Mayor"
Utah Legislature, Miscellaneous
Association for Childhood Education
Family Life Institute
Women and Government
Lisa Sergio, "One Woman's Opinion"
"Have We Gained A Victory?"
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Utah State Textbook Commission
Brigham Young Statue Commission
Better Homes in America
"Better Tomorrows", Newsletter of the Utah Division of Aging
Utah League of Senior Artcrafters
"This is the Place" Monument Commission
National Conference on Family Life
Family Life Education
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Mormon women
- Polygamy--Personal narratives
- Women in church work--Mormon Church--History--Sources
- Women in politics--Utah--History--Sources
- Women legislators--Utah--History--Sources
- Personal Names :
- Ericksen, Edna Clark, 1889-1983--Archives
- Ericksen, Ephraim Edward
- Young, Brigham, 1801-1877--Statues
- Corporate Names :
- Brigham Young Statue Commission
- Democratic Party (Utah)
- Utah. Legislature
- Family Names :
- Clark family
- Ericksen family
- Form or Genre Terms :