Edna Clark Ericksen papers, 1908-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ericksen, Edna Clark, 1889-1983
Title
Edna Clark Ericksen papers
Dates
1908-1982 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0617
Summary
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.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


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

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Edna Clark Ericksen papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Edna Clark Ericksen papers, Ms 617, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:Ms 617.

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Correspondence
1908-1982
2
Personal Items
Folder
1
Hyrum Don Carlos Clark
2
Clark Family
3
Biographies, Ericksen Family
4
Writings, Ericksen Family
5-7
Notes and Memorabilia-Life History
8
Newspaper Clippings, Family and Friends
9-11
Collected Articles and Poems
12
Keeling Marsden, Putting it Up to God, 3d ed.
1932
13
Diary
1949-1950
14-17
Notebooks
1967-1974
3
Personal Items
Folder
1
Creativity
2
Calvin W. Taylor
3
Travels
4
Sheldon Ericksen, Trip Diary
1928
5
Hopi Legends
6
Trip to Mexico
7
Family Expense Record
1916
8-10
Golden Wedding Anniversary
11-13
E. E. Ericksen, Retirement and News Clippings
14
Sterling M. McMurrin, "Theory and Practice in the Philosophy of W. P. Read"
15
Sterling M. McMurrin, "The Distinctive Character of Mormon Theology"
16
Sterling M. McMurrin, "Problems in Universalizing Mormonism"
17
Lowell Bennion, "Priests and Prophets: Their Different Contributions to Religion"
18
Miscellaneous
4
Personal Items
Folder
1
Invoice Books
1953-1958
2
Deposit Record Book
1958-1959
3-5
Rent Receipt Books
6-7
Crafts and Craft Business
8
Order Book
1934

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.

Container(s) Description
Box
5
LDS Church Activity
Folder
1
Primary
2-5
Trail Builders
6
"Four in One" Board
7
Play and Recreation
8
Children
9-11
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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
Legislature
Folder
1-3
Utah Legislature, News Clippings
4
Election Memorabilia
5
Utah Legislature, Memorabilia
6-7
Maud May Babcock
8-11
Legislature
1933-1966
12
Receptionist, House of Representatives
13
Nurse Practice Act
14
"How Laws are Passed"
15-28
Speeches
29
Order of Women Legislators
30-32
Democratic Party
33
The Utah Democrat
34
Utah Labor News
35
The Democrat
36
"Morals and the Mayor"
37
Utah Legislature, Miscellaneous
7
Public Service
Folder
1
Edna's Talk
2
Association for Childhood Education
3
Family Life Institute
4-6
Women and Government
7
Lisa Sergio, "One Woman's Opinion"
8
"Have We Gained A Victory?"
9
General Federation of Women's Clubs
10
Utah State Textbook Commission
11-12
Brigham Young Statue Commission
13
Education
14
Better Homes in America
15
Home Recreation
1935
16
"Better Tomorrows", Newsletter of the Utah Division of Aging
1969-1970
17
Utah League of Senior Artcrafters
18-19
Foster Grandparents
20
"This is the Place" Monument Commission
21-25
National Conference on Family Life
26
Family Life Education
27
Utah Consumers

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 :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence