The major portion of the collection focuses on Leora Thatcher, an accomplished Broadway and Play Actress and Radio personality from the 1920's through the 1960's. Found in her papers is a long run of correspondence between Leora and her parents while Leora lived in New York City.
The collection includes material from Moses Thatcher, Jr., his wife Sarah "Caddie" Hopkins Thatcher, and their six children; Lettie, Leora, Helen, Martha, Ida, and Moses III. A smattering of material dealing with other Thatcher family members including Moses Thatcher, Sr., Celestia "Lettie" Ann Farr Thatcher, George Washington Thatcher, and others is also included.
The collection has a major strength in correspondence between Moses Thatcher, Jr., and his wife Sarah while Moses was on a mission for the L.D.S. Church in Great Britain in 1891-92. The other major portion of the collection focuses on Leora Thatcher, an accomplished Broadway and Play Actress and Radio personality from the 1920's through the 1960's. Found in her papers is a long run of correspondence between Leora and her parents while Leora lived in New York City. Correspondence with Robert Young, The Moroni Olsen Players Repertory Company, and others, is also included. Photographs, I.D. cards from the Screen Actors Guild, Theatre Wing War Service as well as programs, clippings and a handwritten autobiography round out the Leora Thatcher holdings.
Restrictions on Access : Restrictions
Open to public research.Restrictions on Use : Copyright
It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.
Permission to publish material from the Thatcher family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Thatcher family papers, 1868-1982. (COLL MSS 93). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
Arranged by correspondence and chronologically.
Acquisition Information :
material in this collection was donated to Utah State University by Miss Leora Thatcher in a series of small gifts between 1978 and 1982.Processing Note :
Before processing, the material was contained in cardboard boxes. Most was in good condition excepting one bunch of fairly recent correspondence which had suffered severe moisture damage. The processing of this collection was begun by Scott Christensen and Charlotte Wright, students in an archives management class in the spring of 1984. Manuscripts librarian Bradford Cole completed the initial processing and foldering of the collection. Additional Thatcher material was later discovered which should have been included in this processing. Scott Christensen, after June, 1986 an employee of Utah State University Special Collections, was assigned to assimilate the newly discovered material into the existing Thatcher collection. In doing so, many new categories had to be created and all folders and boxes re-labeled.
The actual processing of the collection included carefully examining and classifying all materials present. Correspondence was removed from original envelopes and information from them carefully transferred to the letters themselves. A perpetual calendar was used to date partially dated material. In a few cases, educated guesses concerning dating had to be made. When this was necessary, question marks and brackets were included.
Material in a state of acid deterioration has been treated using Wei-T'O, a de-acidifying agent. These items include all newspaper clippings and the vaudeville poster. All materials have been placed in acid free folders and hollinger boxes.Separated Materials :
Photographs removed to the Thatcher family photographs (P0036).Related Materials :
Thatcher Brothers Banking recordsCOLL MS 3
George W. Thatcher papersCOLL MS 47
Moses Thatcher Sr. collectionCOLL MS 22
Thatcher family photographsP0036
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