Guide to the Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Thompson, Lucetta S.(Mary Lucetta Shumway), 1883-1976
Title: Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries
Dates: 1933-1972 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4 boxes (1.75 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 52
Summary: This collection contains the diaries of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson was born on November 13, 1883 in Clarkston, Utah, to Charles M. and Agnes Jardine Shumway. She was raised and educated in Cache County, Utah. On February 4, 1902, she was married to James J. Thompson in the Logan LDS Temple. Mrs. Thompson was a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with her husband, raised eight children in Garland, Utah. The children, three boys (J. Delos, Odell S., and W. Blaine Thompson) and five girls (Agnes, Blanche, Melba, Laura, and Lola Ruth) remained close to their mother until her death on February 29, 1976 at the age of 92. (Biographical information obtained through obituary contained in the March 4, 1976 issue of the Tremonton Leader/Garland Times.)

Content Description

Exemplifying a senior woman's life in rural Utah from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Shumway Thompson collection focuses on the daily activities of Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson, including what she termed in her diaries as “Mormon handicraft,” or netting and sewing, and her daily interactions with her family members, particularly her daughters. Mrs. Thompson was constantly surrounded by family, and she noted in her 1958 journal that until her husband's death that year, she had spent only a few nights alone. The collection also contains routine events Thompson encountered as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including her weekly attendance of Sunday School, and her interactions with local ecclesiastical leaders.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson Diaries USU_Coll MSS 52, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_Coll MSS 52, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Diaries arranged by date.

Processing Note :  

Processed in January of 2003.

Acquisition Information :  

Received from the James Joseph Thompson Family Organizations in 1979.

Related Materials :  

The burgs on the Bear : reflections on two small town relief societies 1900-1978 (Item MSS 116)

A digital copy can be found in the Digital Library CollectionsCache Valley Diaries

Detailed Description of the Collection

Journals 1933-1945
1 14 Journals 1933 January to 1945 December
1 1 Letter to Mary Lucetta Shumway Thompson from sister Maud 1936

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Journals 1946 to 1957
2 12 Journals 1946 January to 1957 December

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Journals 1958 to 1966
3 9 Journals 1958 January to 1966 December

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Journals, 1967-1972
4 6 Journals 1967 January to 1972 December

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    • Personal Names :
    • Thompson, Blaine, 1911
    • Thompson, James, 1878-1958
    • Thompson, Lucetta S.(Mary Lucetta Shumway), 1883-1976
    • Family Names :
    • Shumway family.
    • Thompson family.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Housekeeping--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
    • Housewives--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
    • Mormon women--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
    • Women--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Biography
    • Garland (Utah)--Biography

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