Luretta Young papers, 1943-1988

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Young, Luretta
Title
Luretta Young papers
Dates
1943-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
22 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 1060
Summary
The Luretta Young papers (1943-1988) documents the experiences of a Salt Lake City family in the post-World War II era as seen through the eyes of a wife, mother, homemaker, breadwinner, and political activist. Included are financial documents, such as family account ledgers; miscellaneous correspondence and other personal documents; and correspondence, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, membership rosters, meeting minutes, financial records, reports, and other documents documenting political and other organizations in Utah during the 1970s.
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: 8015818863
special@library.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

Luretta Adeline Wagner Young (1899-1988) was born on 26 September 1899, in Woodstock, Illinois. She trained as a teacher at the Northern Illinois Normal School in DeKalb and taught elementary school in Illinois and Utah. In 1926 she married Rawlins Byrns Young, with whom she had two sons and three daughters. In addition to teaching, Young also worked as an inventory control clerk, a ten-key operator, an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau, a cashier, and as the head bookkeeper for the Salt Lake County Assessor's office. She was active in the Democratic Party and had a lifelong interest in politics. Young also served on various committees in such organizations as the Utah Women's Conservation Council, the League of Women Voters, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Wasatch Business and Professional Women, the Friends of the Earth, the AFL-CIO, and the Utah Association of Retired Public Employees. After the death of Rawlins Young, Sr., in 1966, Luretta traveled and immersed herself in various causes while continuing to record the activities of the Young family. She died in Salt Lake City on 27 March 1988.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Luretta Young papers (1943-1988) documents the experiences of a Salt Lake City family in the post-World War II era as seen through the eyes of a wife, mother, homemaker, breadwinner, and political activist. Included are financial documents, such as family account ledgers; miscellaneous correspondence and other personal documents; and correspondence, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, membership rosters, meeting minutes, financial records, reports, and other documents documenting political and other organizations in Utah during the 1970s.

The collection is organized in three groups. The first group, housed in boxes 1-11, consists of personal information in the form of family financial records and miscellaneous documents collected by Luretta, often with explanatory notes added. This material is organized chronologically. Boxes 1 and 2 contain personal items such as greeting cards, notebooks, correspondence, biographical sketches, and Luretta's personal notes written on envelopes, receipts, membership cards, and other miscellaneous paper. Boxes 3-6 contain the Young family's household ledgers--7" x 11" bound ledgers arranged by vendor and family member--in which Young kept a complete family financial record, including monies earned from such diverse sources as babysitting, newspaper recycling, birthday gifts and the sale of fruit. Also included are complete lists of persons with whom the Youngs did business, organizations they participated in, charities and causes espoused, and churches and schools attended. In addition to the bookkeeping entries, Luretta also noted employment and medical histories, job losses, illnesses, presents bought, prescriptions taken, flowers planted, movies seen, food canned, and bargains struck. She also added personal comments concerning purchases and services provided. Boxes 7-11 contain 7" x 9", 12-column household account books that detail cash disbursed by category (food, clothing, operating expenses, etc.). These books, which record checks written, also contain personal comments, although to a lesser extent than do the ledgers.

The other two groups of material in the collection are arranged by organization and subject. For these materials, the dates noted in this inventory reflect the date span of each complete record series, but not necessarily the documents within individual boxes. Documents arranged by organization name are in boxes 12-41 and consist of material saved by Young in relation to various organizations in which she was active. Included are correspondence, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, membership rosters, meeting minutes, financial records, reports, press releases, advertisements, and schedules of events. The bulk of this material is related to Utah politics in the 1970s. Also of interest are documents related to Young's activities as secretary for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 465, which was affiliated with the AFL-CIO. A bound volume of handwritten meeting minutes from June 1965 through March 1972 is located in box 30. The last group in the collection, contained in boxes 42-44, offers material organized by topic. These files often contain documents produced by organizations represented in boxes 12-41, as well as material from other sources. Included are pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, conference and commission reports, surveys, membership rosters and press releases from such diverse sources as the American Civil Liberties Union, People, Thiokol Corporation, and various citizen advocacy groups. Subsidiary topics include alcoholism and drug addiction, and adult education.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Rawlins Young in 1989.

Processing Note

Processed by Martha Stewart and Karen Carver in 1997.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collection (P0740).

Related Materials

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archive.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal ItemsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-6
Personal
1943-1984
1 7-8
Personal
1 9-10
Recipes, Greeting Cards, Receipts with Notations
1948-1980
1 11
Job Applications
1949-1973
1 12-16
Medical Records
1963-1985
2 1
Insurance
1969-1984
2 2
Bank Records
1970-1984
2 3
Xeroxed photographs
1970s
2 4
Membership Receipts and Cards
1968-1979
3-6
Household Ledgers
1944-1984
7-11
Household Account Books, Nos. 1B-43
1950-1988

OrganizationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
12-20
Utah Democratic Party
1946-1985
21-25
League of Women Voters
1955-1985
26-29
Wasatch Business and Professional Women
1960-1985
30-32
AFL-CIO
1965-1988
33-34
Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
1954-1986
35
Utah State Coalition of Senior Citizens
1971-1982
36
Utah State Coalition of Senior Citizens; Utah Association of Retired Public Employees
1971-1982
37
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Parley's Ward
1970-1984
38
United Nations Association of Utah; Salt Lake Council of Women; Salt Lake Public Library; Women's Democratic Club; Utah Nature Study Society
1949-1985
39
Unitarian Church; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Wasatch Literary Club; League of Utah Consumers and Utah Consumer Action Group
1949-1985
40
Utah State Historical Society; Utah Symphony; Utah Foundation; Utah State Division of Fine Arts
1958-1985

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women--Utah

Personal Names

  • Young, Luretta--Archives

Corporate Names

  • AFL-CIO--History--Sources
  • Democratic Party (Utah)--History--Sources
  • League of Women Votors of Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources
  • Wasatch Business and Professional Women--History--Sources

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Reports