Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries, 1933-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Thompson, Lucetta S.(Mary Lucetta Shumway), 1883-1976
Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries
1933-1972 (inclusive)
4 boxes, (1.75 linear feet)
Collection Number
This collection contains the diaries of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson was born on November 13, 1883 in Clarkston, Utah, to Charles M. and Agnes Jardine Shumway. She was raised and educated in Cache County, Utah. On February 4, 1902, she was married to James J. Thompson in the Logan LDS Temple. Mrs. Thompson was a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with her husband, raised eight children in Garland, Utah. The children, three boys (J. Delos, Odell S., and W. Blaine Thompson) and five girls (Agnes, Blanche, Melba, Laura, and Lola Ruth) remained close to their mother until her death on February 29, 1976 at the age of 92. (Biographical information obtained through obituary contained in the March 4, 1976 issue of the Tremonton Leader/Garland Times.)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Exemplifying a senior woman's life in rural Utah from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Shumway Thompson collection focuses on the daily activities of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson, including what she termed in her diaries as “Mormon handicraft,” or netting and sewing, and her daily interactions with her family members, particularly her daughters. Mrs. Thompson was constantly surrounded by family, and she noted in her 1958 journal that until her husband's death that year, she had spent only a few nights alone. The collection also contains routine events Thompson encountered as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including her weekly attendance of Sunday School, and her interactions with local ecclesiastical leaders.

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 Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries USU_Coll MSS 52, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_Coll MSS 52, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Journals 1933-1945Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
14 Journals
1933 January to 1945 December
1 1
Letter to Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson from sister Maud

Journals 1946 to 1957 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
12 Journals
1946 January to 1957 December

Journals 1958 to 1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
9 Journals
1958 January to 1966 December

Journals, 1967-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
6 Journals
1967 January to 1972 December

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Housekeeping--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
  • Women--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
  • Housewives--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
  • Mormon women--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Thompson, James, 1878-1958
  • Thompson, Lucetta S.(Mary Lucetta Shumway), 1883-1976
  • Thompson, Blaine, 1911
  • Family Names :
  • Shumway family.
  • Thompson family.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Biography
  • Garland (Utah)--Biography
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)