Edna Clark Ericksen oral history audio recordings, 1972-1982

Overview of the Collection

Ericksen, Edna Clark, 1889-1983
Edna Clark Ericksen oral history audio recordings
1972-1982 (inclusive)
45 audiocassette
Collection Number
The Edna Clark Ericksen oral history audio recordings (1972-1982) consist of extensive interviews with Ericksen about her life experiences. Ericksen served in the Utah State Legislature in the 1930s-1940s and on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Primary General Board.
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

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, who became the University of Utah's first Professor of Philosophy. 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's family is committed to the preservation of her personal history. After a message was sent to the Clark Family Association by Clark S. Knowlton reminding the family that LDS Church authorities have instructed members to keep a record of their lives and the lives of their ancestors various family members taped interviews with Edna Clark Ericksen between 1972 and 1982. Edna Clark Ericksen died in Salt Lake City on 15 August 1983.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Edna Clark Ericksen oral history audio recordings (1972-1982) consist of extensive interviews with Ericksen about her life experiences:

Tapes 1-3 were produced through the efforts of grandson Scott G. Kenney.

Tapes 4-19 are the result of conversations between Mrs. Ericksen and a grandniece and were intended to provide the basis for a life history.

Tapes 20-45 represent an attempt by Edna Clark Ericksen and Clark Knowlton to preserve a chronological record of her life.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are arranged chronologially by interview date.

Related Materials

See also the Edna Clark Ericksen papers (Ms 617) and photograph collection (P0425).

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

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1-2 Edna Clark Ericksen and Heber D. Clark on polygamy
1973 March 30
3 Primary board, Clark family, polygamy
1973 August
4 Courtship, marriage and early married life
1972 August
5 Christmas greetings to Edna, Chopin recital by J. M. Robinault
1975 December
6 Childhood in Star Valley, polygamy
1976 February 21
7 Edna's birth and childhood in Star Valley, polygamy
1976 February 21
8 Childhood in Star Valley
1976 March 13
9-10 Clark family life, polygamy
1976 March 27
11 Courtship
1976 April 17
12 Early married Life
1976 May 22
13 Life in Beaver, Utah, life at 252 University Street
1976 June 05
14 Ericksen family life
1976 June 19, 1976 June 29
15 Death of Eliza Porter Clark, Ericksen family life
1976 October 02
16 Childhood in Star Valley, Church callings, trail builders
1977 January 16
17 Trail builders, Clark family reunions, Primary Board
1977 January 29
18 Death of Howard Bendt Erickson, life at 252 University Street
12 February 1977
19 Raising children, Family Life Conference, Utah politics, election to the Utah Senate
1977 February 18
20 Childhood in Star Valley, early years and education
1980 October 08
21 University of Chicago, childhood in Star Valley, polygamy
1980 October 08
22 Childhood in Star Valley, polygamy
1980 October 19
23 Clark family, childhood, life at 252 University Street
1980 October 190
24 University of Chicago, LDS Church activity, trail builders, Church authorities
1980 October 25
25 Utah House of Representatives, Utah Senate
1980 October 25
26 Life in Star Valley, travels of the Ericksen family, trail builders
1980 October 26
27 Trail builders, E.E. Ericksen's book published
1980 October 26, 1980 November 01
28 Last years and death of E.E. Ericksen, Utah politics, Brigham Young statue commission
1980 November 08
29 Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, childhood memories, crafts, foster grandparents, better homes campaign
1980 November 08
30 Childhood in Star Valley, polygamy, Clark family, Edna's Education
1980 November 23
31 Childhood in Star Valley, World War II
1980 December 07
32 E.E. Ericksen, university life, trail builders, Native Americans
1980 December 07
33 Edna's parents, early married life, Utah Legislature
1981 January 17
34 Clark family, polygamy
1981 February 01
35 Clark family, pioneering in Star Valley
1981 February 07
36 Clark family, Ericksen family life
1981 February 21
37 Women in public life, polygamy, Utah politics, Brigham Young statue commission
1981 March 28
38 Clark family, polygamy
Side A
1981 July 24
39 Ericksen family life, LDS Church authorities, E.E. Ericksen at the University of Utah, Ericksen children as adults
1982 July 02
40 Ericksen childrenm, Clark family
1982 July 07, 1982 August 18
41 LDS Church reaction to "The Psychological and Ethical Aspects of Mormon Group Life," Ericksen family
1982 August 18
42 University of Utah, LDS Church
1982 September 08
43 Ericksen family life
1982 September 08
44 Clark family, Knowlton family, polygamy, Ericksen family life, E.E. Ericksen's last years, Primary Board
1982 September 08, 1982 September 22
45 E.E. Ericksen's last years, settlement of Star Valley, polygamy
1982 September 22

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Democratic Party (Utah)
  • Latter Day Saint women
  • Polygamy--Personal narratives
  • Women in church work--Latter Day Saint churches--History--Sources
  • Women in politics--Utah--History--Sources
  • Women legislators--Utah--History--Sources

Personal Names

  • Ericksen, Ephraim Edward

Family Names

  • Clark family
  • Ericksen family

Geographical Names

  • Utah--Legislature

Form or Genre Terms

  • Oral histories
  • Sound recordings