Jack and Mildred Hayden papers, 1920-1968

Overview of the Collection

Hayden, John (Jack) Francis, 1910-2004; Hayden (King), Mildred Grace, 1910-1999
Jack and Mildred Hayden papers
1920-1968 (inclusive)
3.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 508
Includes correspondences, UI scrapbook, military documents and related memorabilia, photographs, awards and certificates, as well as business and financial records.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

English, French

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John "Jack" Francis Hayden was born on April 27, 1910 to Lester C. and Alzina R. Hayden. As a youth he attended the country school of Rocky Point, Washington. Then when he was just ten years old he and his family moved to Genesee, Idaho where he attended and graduated high school. In 1929 Jack enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and during his college career he worked for the Kenworthy Theatre in Moscow. Jack finished his degree in Business and Accounting in 1935.

A few years later in 1938, he was able to set up an accounting office in the Urquhart Building in downtown Moscow. This lasted until 1942 when Jack joined the United States Navy. One of his earliest duty stations was in Bremerton, Washington. He served in both France and England in the Navy supply service. A Lieutenant Commander, he was honorably discharged in 1945. After his time in the military, Jack came back to Moscow and returned to his accounting business. In fact he was auditor for the University of Idaho's ASUI Funds for the 1946/1947 year. In 1951 he partnered with Pat Ross, forming the accounting firm "Hayden and Ross." He later retired in 1985.

Jack was an avid campus participant as well as one in the community. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and the Shrine, Moscow Elks, Rotary Club (president), America Institute of CPAs, Idaho Society of CPAs (director of association in Moscow), American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Secretary-treasurer of Moscow Hospital association. He died April 21, 2004 in Moscow.

Mildred Grace King (Hayden) was born on June 28, 1910 to John U. and Bertha V. King in Moscow, Idaho. Mildred spent her childhood in Moscow, attended elementary school and high school during her youth. She also attended the University of Idaho and worked with Jack in the Kenworthy Theatre as well as the NuArt Theatre. Mildred graduated the university with a degree in Education in 1932. Three years later, she and Jack were married.

When Jack opened his accounting office in 1938, she joined him and worked for the firm until Jack joined the Navy. She moved with him as he became stationed state-side, eventually landing in Virginia while he served in Europe. Mildred was very active during her time spent at university, and spent time working within the Moscow community. She was part of Mokepahreca Club, the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Nile, and was a Red Cross Member since 1945. Mildred died March 26, 1999 in Spokane, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains correspondences, Mildred's University of Idaho scrapbook, Jack's official military documents and related memorabilia and papers, family photographs, awards and certificates, as well as business and financial records. A majority of the correspondences are to and from Mildred and Jack during his time in the military. This collection also contains greeting cards sent to and from the Hayden's.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item], Jack and Mildred Hayden papers, MG 508, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is arranged in alphabetical order according to series title. Photographs have no distinct order. The scrapbook was left in orginal order with loose items in small folders.

Acquisition Information

The items in this collection came from the Estate of Jack Hayden, courtesy of Hayden Ross, via Richard Old.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Greeting Cards
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
1 3-5
Christmas cards from various years. Most of which are from 1956. They are arranged in numerical order, with undated cards last.
1 6
1 7
Miscellaneous and Envelopes
Contains miscellaneous cards and empty envelopes.
1944-1945; 1948;1956-1957
Box Folder
1 9

Mildred Hayden Family papers, 1896-1938Return to Top

Abstract: Mildred Hayden kept many documents from her side of the family. Names that show up in her lineage include Arrasmith, Finch, and King.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
This folder contains materials Mildred kept including a land deed, an estate record, H. R. 16343, and a correspondence.
1896; 1901; 1906; 1929; 1938
1 11
This folder contains materials kept by Mildred featuring the surname Finch. It includes government documents about James H. Finch who served with Captain Emmett Wilson's Company of Oregon Volunteers in the Bannock Indian War of 1878.
1928; 1930-1931; 1942
1 12
This folder contains materials with the surname King. It includes identification cards, registration cards, insurnace policies, tax docuemnts, mortgage papers, and correpsondences.

Military, 1942-1945Return to Top

Abstract: Mildred and Jack kept most every letter they wrote to each other during Jack's military service in World War Two. This series houses those letters, and are in chronological order.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 13-23
July 1942 - 1945
2 24
French Correspondence
Letters sent to Jack Hayden after his time spent in France during WWII. Includes a photograph of a young girl.
2 25
Jack Hayden's Military Service Documents
Includes official military documents including Jack's letter to the Director of Naval Officer Procurement and his service record.
2 26
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
1942; 1945
2 27
Mildred Hayden's Government Documents
Mildred Hayden was employed as a typist for a time with the US War Department. This folder includes those employment records and her identification pass for an Army Air Field.
2 28
Includes theatre playbills from showings in France, a German uniform patch, French Francs, and other papers from Jack's service in France.
2 29
2 30
War Ration Books
Ration books for Bertha King, John King, and Mildred Hayden. Books still contain stamps.

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 31
Awards and Certificates
Includes Mildred and Jack's high school diplomas, a perfect attendance award, and others.
Clubs and Memberships
Box Folder
2 32
American Association of University Women
2 33
Chowder and Marching Society
2 34
Delta Chi Fraternity
2 35
Elks and Scottish Rite
2 36
Moscow Chamber of Commerce
2 37
Order of DeMolay
2 38
Order of the Easter Star
2 39
Red Cross
2 40-41
Rotary Club
Box Folder
2 42
Newspaper Articles
2 43
2 44
Box Folder
2 45
Brochures, Maps, and Tickets
2 46

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 47-61
Family Photographs
Photographs of Mildred and Jack Hayden's family.
4 62-63

Oversized MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants
Jack Hayden Certificates
These items are in rolled postage containers.
Mildred Hayden (King) Certificates
Military Portrait
Military Discharge Certificate

University of IdahoReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 64
Mildred and Jack Hayden's diplomas from the University of Idaho.
1932; 1935
4 65
Materials include a blank University of Idaho schedule card, a brochure, and the Pictorial Issue of the University of Idaho Bulletin, volume 37, May 1942, no. 4.
May 1942
4 66
Jack Hayden's transcript from the University of Idaho.
Mildred's scrapbook from her time at the University of Idaho. Left intact, with loose items placed in envelopes.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Christmas Cards
  • Correspondence
  • Finance
  • Invitation Cards
  • Love-letters
  • Travel
  • University of Idaho
  • World War, 1939-1945

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho