Guide to the Virginia Hanson papers,
1920-1978

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Creator: Hanson, Virginia, 1907-1978
Title: Virginia Hanson papers
Dates: 1920-1978 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11 boxes (4 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 217
Summary: The collection consists of Virginia Hanson's journals 1933-1978, letters from prominent literary figures, speeches, miscellaneous writings, play scripts, and a scrapbook of playbills. Includes reminiscences of early residents of Cornish, Utah and correspondence from Senator Arthur V. Watkins on the proposed discontinuance of the Cornish post office.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Biography of Virginia Hanson (1907-78)

Virginia Hanson was an important local figure in Cache Valley but most especially the small town of Cornish, Utah. As head librarian at the Cache County public library for thirty years Miss Hanson instilled a love of reading into generations of young people. But Virginia Hanson was more than simply a librarian. Her influence was felt through her varied activities, which included organizing games and writing and presenting plays for the Cornish L.D.S. ward.

Nellie Virginia Hanson was born in Logan, Utah on February 19, 1907. Virginia, as she was known, was the daughter of William O. and Hilma Anderson Hanson. One of six children, Virginia had three sisters Mae, Inez, and Helvie and two brothers Carl and Byron. Mae, who became a school teacher was Virginia's constant companion. Those who remember Virginia remember that Mae was always at her side. The Hanson family settled in Cornish, Utah in 1914. The farm the Hansons settled on became known locally as "Dreary Acres."

Virginia attended elementary school in Cornish then went to the Brigham Young College in Logan. Later, she graduated from Utah State University.

Early in her career Virginia Hanson was a teacher. She taught elementary school at Cornish and Lewiston in Cache County and at Hiawatha in Carbon County and at Heber City in Wasatch County.

But Miss Hanson is best remembered as a librarian. She began work as an assistant librarian at the Cache County public library in 1941. She quickly rose to the position of head librarian which she held for thirty years, from 1944 until her retirement in 1974. A voracious reader and lover of books, Virginia Hanson encouraged reading at every opportunity. She read to the residents of Sunshine Terrace and was active in promoting the enjoyment of books through the Lewiston Literary League.

Community and church affairs were the stuff of Hanson's life. She served as the co-chairman of the Cache Bicentennial Committee, a member of the board of directors of the Sunshine Terrace Foundation, a charter member of the Lewiston Literary League, and a sponsor of the Foreign Students Association at Utah State University. She was a member of the Utah Library Association. She was score keeper for the Cornish baseball team.

In addition, Virginia and Mae Hanson were travelers. They visited every state in the Union and traveled in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. The sisters had returned from a B.Y.U. tour of Central America only weeks before the fatal train-car accident.

Virginia, and her sister Mae (1909-1978) were killed on January 25, 1978 when a Union Pacific train struck their car at a railroad crossing at "Dreary Acres" in Cornish, Utah. Both sisters, constant companions in life, were buried in the Logan City cemetery.

Content Description

The collection consists of her journals 1933-1978, letters from prominent literary figures, speeches, miscellaneous writings play scripts, and a scrapbook of playbills. Includes reminiscences of early residents of Cornish, Utah and correspondence from Senator Arthur V. Watkins on the proposed discontinuance of the Cornish post office.

Use of the Collection

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 Virginia Hanson papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Virginia Hanson papers, 1920-1978. (COLL MSS 217). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged topically and chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated in 1990 by Beverley Coyle.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 Volume 1 : Virginia Hanson diary 1933
1 Volume 2 : Virginia Hanson diary 1934
1 Volume 3 : Virginia Hanson diary 1935-1939
2 Volume 4 : Virginia Hanson diary 1940-44
2 Volume 5 : Virginia Hanson diary 1945-1949
2 Volume 6 : Virginia Hanson diary 1950
3 Volume 7 : Virginia Hanson diary 1951-1955
3 Volume 8 : Virginia Hanson diary 1956-1960
4 Volume 9 : Virginia Hanson diary 1961-1965
4 Volume 10 : Virginia Hanson diary 1966-1970
5 Volume 11 : Virginia Hanson diary 1971-1975
5 Volume 12 : Virginia Hanson diary 1976-1978
6 Mae Hanson diary 1936-1940
6 Gerald E. Thompson diary 1942
6 Licaes Portuguese
7 Volume 1 : Guest book 1953-1957
7 Volume 2 : Guest book 1958-1960
7 Volume 3 : Guest book 1960-1963
7 Volume 4 : Guest book 1963-1967
7 Volume 5 : Guest book 1967-1973
7 International Wives
(white cover)
1967
7 Guest Log (simulated wood)
Folder
8 1 Boothe, Clare 1940 November 26
8 2 Briscoe, Ann Kemp 1964 March 1
8 3 Cache County Library Board of Trustees 1973 April 21
8 4 Caudill, Bennet 1965 May 19
8 5 Cerf, Bennet 1965 May 19
8 6 Chase, Daryl 1955 February 5
8 7 Cornell, Katherine 1940 December 12
8 8 Crockett, J. Allan 1977 June 22
8 9 Ferber, Edna 1940 November 25
8 10 Fowler, Charles A. 1963 August 13
8 11 Hoffman, Malowa 1940 November 23
8 12 Hughes, Langston 1958 August 30
8 13 Lantz, Walter 1964 March 23
8 14 McClellan, C. E. 1954 January 11
8 15 Merrill, Milton R. 1965 December 11
8 16 Minear, V. L. 1964 February 17
8 17 Musser, Elsie F. 1940 December 3
8 18 Nascimento, Derly Fraga 1958 May 15; 1976 May 21
8 19 Patil, Uttamrao Anatrao
Visa petition.
1974 April 23; July 2
8 20 Pike, Edward W. March 22, 1957
8 21 Reynolds, Stanley A. 1946 March 21, August 11
8 22 Rice, Moyle Q. 1950 May 1
8 23 Rockefeller, Laurance S. 1955 June 30
8 24 Roosevelt, Eleanor 1940 November 20
8 25 Sanger, Margaret 1941 January 3
8 26 Thomas, Elbert D. 1944 February 8
8 27 Thorne, Kip 1973 April 18
8 28 Wall Street Journal 1971 December 24
8 29 Wolffsonn, Erica 1977 December 1
8 30 Donna to Ione 1960 October 1
8 31 Edna 19[?] July 21; 19 [?] July 21
8 32 Mildred to Aunt Delia September 30, 1960
8 33 Bill Griggs letter to Santa Claus [1965 August]
8 34 Virginia Hanson to Mr. Stephens
concerning teaching
1945 February 9
9 1 Play script "After P. T. A. (A Tragedy in One Brief Spasm)"
9 2 Play script "Bertram and the Anting-Anting"
9 3 Play script "Columbus"
9 4 Play script "Gypsy Rosita"
9 5 Play script "If Men Played Bridge Like Women" 1932 baseball club program
9 6 Play script "Little Red Riding Hood" (German)
9 7 Play script "Make Up Your Mind"
9 8 Play script "A Morning at the Pre-Fabs"
9 9 Play script "Mr. G. S. B."
9 10 Play script cast for "Santa Claus' Defenders" 1976 December 22
9 11 Play script "The Spirit of Christmas"
9 12 Play script "Sweet Day of Rest: A Cornish Family Getting Ready for Sunday School"
9 13 Play script "The Torch of Destiny"
9 14 Play script "Uma Tragedia Humana" (Portuguese)
9 15 Speech on books and reading
9 16 Speech on the Occident and the Orient
9 17 Speech "The Place of the Library in Supplementing School Libraries"
9 18 "The Role of the Public Librarian"
9 19 Speech to Mt. Plains Conference in Estes Park
9 20 Speech on books to P. T. A.
9 21 Speech to P. T. A.
9 22 Speech to Rotary Club
9 23 Speech to Rotary Club
9 24 Speech to Utah Library Association
9 25 Speech at birthday of Eleanor G. Nelson 1950 May 11
9 26 Speaking notes on various subjects
9 27 Church talk "A Study in Transition"
9 28 Advanced composition 110 Spring 1941 essays
9 29 Physics 88 research paper "The History of Light"
9 30 Short stories and essays
9 31 Short story "Stockings vs. Romance"
9 32 Newsletter to friends 1957 April, June, August
9 33 A prophecy written for M. I. A. closing social 1938 May
9 34 Local happenings
9 35 Travel 1972 Alaska trip notebook
9 36 Travel U. S. S. R., Spain and the Pacific Islands
10 1 Poetry
10 2 Notebook book list
10 3 Christmas cards some created by Virginia Hanson; miscellaneous humorous items
10 4 Minnie McDonald Ross "A Short Life of Methuselah" published by the Sagebrush Press Dreary Acres Cornish, Utah 1970
10 5 Stories written by children
10 6 Children's Art, Soo Pool Won School Dooghil, Korea
10 7 Cornish reminiscences of May Clayson Butler, Marie Christoffersen, Hattie S. Neeley, Vilate L. Romney and others
10 8 Cornish LDS ward dedication services program April 12, 1970
10 9 Cornish a poem by Margaret Gunter Hayes 1976
10 10 Cornish Post Office. Letters from Assistant Postmaster General N. R. Abrams, Cache County Republican party Chairman Golden Buttars, congressman Douglas R. Stringfellow and Senator Arthur V. Watkins on the proposed discontinuance of the post office.
10 11 Newspaper clippings on Cornish, Cache County Library and miscellaneous events.
10 12 Handwriting analysis of Virginia Hanson
10 13 Obituaries and memorials to Virginia and Mae Hanson 1978
10 14 Party Games
10 15 Ration book World II
10 16 Scrapbook. Photocopies (original removed to photograph section)
10 17 Utah Library Association program of the 35th Annual Convention 1947
11 Scrapbook of playbills for theatrical productions 1920-1941

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Hanson, Mae, 1909-1978.
    • Hanson, Virginia, 1907-1978--Correspondence.
    • Hanson, Virginia, 1907-1978--Diaries.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Cache County Library (Utah)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Celebrities--Correspondence.
    • Librarians--Utah--Cache County.
    • Playbills.
    • Teachers--Utah--Cache County.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Cornish (Utah)--History.

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