Lucy May Van Cott papers, 1920s-1955

Overview of the Collection

Van Cott, Lucy May, 1869-1957
Lucy May Van Cott papers
1920s-1955 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
ACCN 0717
The Lucy May Van Cott papers (1920s-1955) contain correspondence and notes relating to Lucy May Van Cott, as well as genealogy and various personal items which she collected. Van Cott served as Dean of Women at the University of Utah (1907-1931).
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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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lucy May Van Cott (1869-1957) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 1869 May 05 to Laura Petrine Christine Lund and John Van Cott. She attended the University of Utah on a scholarship and became a teacher, and eventually a grade school principal. Van Cott was the first Dean of Women at the University of Utah, where she served for 24 years (1907-1931). During this time, Van Cott was considered a foster mother to students, and sponsored many programs to help needy students, such as establishing the first cafeteria at the university and raising funds for a girls' dormitory. She was also a member of the American National Red Cross and the Emeritus Club Alumni Association. Lucy May Van Cott died on 1957 September 28.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lucy May Van Cott papers (1920s-1955) contain correspondence and notes relating to Lucy May Van Cott, as well as genealogy and various personal items which she collected.

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 Helen Hinckley Jones in 1982.

Processing Note

Processed by Xan Morris in 1996.

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Related Materials

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

Separated Materials

See also the Lucy May Van Cott photograph collection (P1831) in the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence from Lucy May Van Cott
1 2-3
Correspondence from Elbert D. Thomas, Heber J. Grant, and others to Lucy
1 4
Autobiographical notes
1 5
Book chapters
These are an incomplete record of the life of Lucy May Van Cott written by an unrecorded author.
1 6
"Aunt Lucy, the Tuxedo, and Other Items," by Helen Hinckley and others
This paper is a complete history of the life of Lucy May Van Cott.
1 7
Genealogical chart
1 8
"Hall of Fame"
This folder contains a handwritten document concerning the introduction of Lucy May Van Cott into an unnamed hall of fame.
1 9
University of Utah
This folder contains information concerning the Emeritus Club, various scholarships, and the University of Utah Minute Women.
1 10-11
"Notes and Quotes"
This contains verse collected by Lucy May Van Cott concerning various subjects.
1 12
"Attic Artists," a play
This play is by an unrecorded author about impoverished artists.
1 13
Personal items
Contents include University of Utah paraphernalia and materials related to Van Cott's travels to Europe.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Deans of women--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives
  • Elementary school administration--Archives
  • Women college administrators--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives

Personal Names

  • Van Cott, Lucy May, 1869-1957--Archives

Corporate Names

  • University of Utah--Administration--Archives
  • University of Utah--Alumni and alumnae--Archives
  • University of Utah--Professional staff--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Autobiographies
  • Biographies
  • Genealogical tables
  • Manuscripts
  • Personal correspondence
  • Plays (Literary genre)
  • Records (Documents)