Guide to the Abby Groesbeck Jenson diaries and account books,
1924-1963

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jenson, Abby Groesbeck, 1875-1965
Title: Abby Groesbeck Jenson diaries and account books
Dates: 1924-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 23 books (4 boxes)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 123
Summary: The diaries of Abby Groesbeck Jenson contain a virtually daily account of her life from 1928 to 1963. She originally lived in Brigham City, moving to Logan after the death of her husband in 1939. Entries are mostly ordinary household matters, concerned with her literary and gardening interests, and probably give a good day by day account of average household work in a middle class northern Utah home during the period. While her entries are daily during World War II, there is very little mention of any event outside of her own circle and her own home.
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

Abby Groesbeck Jenson originally lived in Brigham City, moving to Logan after the death of her husband in 1939. In Logan she worked as an officiator in the Logan LDS Temple.

Content Description

The diaries of Abby Groesbeck Jenson contain a virtually daily account of her life from 1928 to 1963. She originally lived in Brigham City, moving to Logan after the death of her husband in 1939.

Entries are mostly ordinary household matters, conditioned with her literary and gardening interests, and probably give a good day- by-day account of average household work in a middle class northern Utah home during the period. While her entries are daily during World War II, there is very little mention of any event outside of her own circle and her own home.

In Logan she worked as an officiator in the Logan LDS Temple, and provides some insight to the special arrangements made for Mormon servicemen to obtain their Endowments before leaving for the U.S. Army.

When ill-health forced her to leave her own home, she moved to Sunshine Terrace; and her last entries record her life in that nursing home and the events in it.

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 Abby Groesbeck Jenson diaries and account books must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Abby Groesbeck Jenson diaries and account books, 1924-1963. (COLL MSS 123). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Chronological organization.

Acquisition Information :  

Unknown


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 No. 1: Garden Memorandum Book 1928 January 15-1940 May 23
1 No. 2: Account Book 1951 January 2-1957 December 1
1 No. 3: Diary Notes 1924 August 9-25
1 No. 4: Diary 192? May 16-1932 April 17
1 No. 5: Diary 1933
1 No. 6: Diary 1934-1938
1 No. 7: Diary
Labeled "Diary of Trip South."
1936 November January 11
1 No. 8: Diary
Labeled "Diary of Trip South."
1937 February -April 2
1 No. 9: Diary 1939-1943
1 No. 10: Diary 1944
1 No. 11: Diary 1945-1949
1 No. 12: Diary Notes June 23-July 17,
1 No. 13: Diary Notes 1947 July 23-26, August 30-December 29; 1951 January 19-22
1 No. 14: Diary 1950-1954
1 No. 15: Diary 1955
1 No. 16: Diary 1956
1 No. 17: Diary 1957
1 No. 18: Diary 1958
1 No. 19: Diary 1959
1 No. 20: Diary 1960
1 No. 21: Diary 1961
1 No. 22: Diary 1963
1 No. 23: Account Book 1926-1940

Subjects

    • Family Names :
    • Jensen family.
    • Personal Names :
    • Jenson, Abby Groesbeck, 1875-1965.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Cache and Cachians.
    • Mormon Church--Rituals.
    • Spiritual life--Mormon Church--Biography.
    • Temple endowments (Mormon Church)--Utah--Logan.
    • Temple work (Mormon Church)--Utah--Logan.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Bear River City (Utah)--History.
    • Brigham City (Utah)--History.
    • Brigham City (Utah)--Social life and customs.
    • Logan (Utah)--History.
    • Logan (Utah)--Social life and customs.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries.

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