Guide to the Vicky D. Burgess Papers,
1971-2002

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Burgess, Vicky D, 1945-
Title: Vicky D. Burgess Papers
Dates: 1971-2002 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 321
Summary: This collection consists of research material Dr. Burgess collected while researching her dissertation, "Family Structure and Dynamics in Early Utah Mormon Families, 1847-1885," and her later book, Sister Saints.
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: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Vicky D Burgess grew up on the family's cattle ranch in Salina, Utah. She attended Utah State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1967 and a master of science degree in psychology in 1968. In 1975 Dr. Burgess was awarded a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Counseling Psychology. She has taught at various institutions including Lasell Junior College in Massachusetts, the University of Maryland's European Division in Berlin, Germany, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Weber State University, the College of Eastern Utah, Columbia College in Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake Community College. Dr. Burgess also served in the United States Army Reserve and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, providing psychological assistance for soldiers including those who served in Operation Desert Storm. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dr. Burgess examined the psychological aspects of early Mormon families for her dissertation, "Family Structure and Dynamics in Early Utah Mormon Families, 1847-1885." In the course of researching diaries and journals for this project, Dr. Burgess became interested in the biographical subjects that would be the focus of her book, Sister Saints.

Content Description

This collection consists of research material Dr. Burgess collected while researching her dissertation, Family Structure and Dynamics in Early Utah Mormon Families, 1847-1885, and her later book, Sister Saints. The first three boxes include subject files about various Mormon women which are arranged alphabetically by last name. Dr. Burgess initially intended to publish a two-volume book, but the project was scaled down to one volume for the publication of Sister Saints. Box four includes photocopied journal and magazine articles, as well as a few primary source documents. The last box contains correspondence with the publisher, conference material, interviews, research notes, and miscellaneous research materials.

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 Vicky D. Burgess Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Vicky D. Burgess Papers USU_COLL MSS 321, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 321, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by subject and alphabetically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in February of 2008

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was donated to USU Special Collections & Archives by Vicky D. Burgess in 2002.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Research Files: Sister Saints Vol. 1, 1804-1959
(17 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Emma Bachellor Lee 1836-1897
1 2 Rachel Woolsey Lee 1825-?
1 3 Amy Brown Lyman 1872-1959
1 4 Dr. Romania Bunnell Pratt Penrose 1839-1932
1 5 Louisa Barnes Pratt 1802-1880
1 6 Alice Louise Reynolds 1873-1938
1 7 Louisa Lula Greene Richards 1849-1944
1 8 Jane Snyder Richards 1823-1913
1 9 Aurelia Spencer Rogers 1834-1922
1 10-11 Stena Scorup 1882-1950
1 12 Patty Sessions Undated
1 13 Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp 1847-1939
1 14 Bathsheba Smith Undated
1 15 Eliza Roxey Snow 1804-1887
1 16 Fanny Stenhouse 1829-1904
1 17 Emmeline Blanche Woodward Wells 1828-1921

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Research Files: Sister Saints Vol. 2, 1804-1989
(42 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Sarah Elizabeth Nelson Anderson Undated
2 2 Reva Beck Bosone 1895-1983
2 3 Emma Lucy Gates Bowen 1880-1951
2 4 Fawn Brodie 1915-1981
2 5 Juanita Leone Leavitt Brooks 1898-1989
2 6 Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) 1848-1903
2 7 Martha Hughes Cannon Undated
2 8 Marion Garland Davis Clegg Undated
2 9 Ina Coolbrith (Josephine Donna Smith) 1841-1928
2 10 Martha Cragun Cox 1852-1932
2 11 Genevieve Raine (Pitt) Curtis 1879-1968
2 12 Mary Rachel Smith Ellsworth 1876-1953
2 13 Hilda Anderson Erickson 1859-1968
2 14 Lorena Chipman Fletcher 1888-?
2 15 Ruth May Fox 1853-1958
2 16-17 Mary Ann Burnham Freeze 1845-1912
2 18 Kate DeLong Heywood 1870-1955
2 19 Martha Spence Heywood 1812-1873
2 20-21 Jane Elizabeth Manning James 1847-1908
3 1 Camilla Eyring Kimball Undated
3 2 Vilate Murray Kimball 1806-1867
3 3 Hannah Tapfield King (1809-1886)
3 4 Sarah Sturdevant Leavitt 1798-1878
3 5 Ettie Lee Undated
3 6 Belle Harris Nelson 1861-1938
3 7 Emily Sophia Tanner Richards Undated
3 8 Amanda Barnes Smith 1809-1886
3 9 Emma Hale Smith 1804-1879
3 10 Georgie Snow 1843-1887
3 11 Marion Isabell Spafford 1895-?
3 12 Myrtle Maiben Stewart 1883-?
3 13 Mary Jane Mount Tanner 1837-1890
3 14 Mercy Thompson Undated
3 15 May Ward 1870-1938
3 16 Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney 1800-1882
3 17 Leah Dunford Widtsoe Undated
3 18 Etta Bell Wilkins 1881-?
3 19 Emily Hill Woodmansee 1836-1906
3 20 Phoebe Carter Woodruff 1807-1885
3 21 Zina Huntington Jacobs Smith Young 1821-1901

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Photocopied Articles and Primary Source Material, 1874-1980
(29 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 "Mormonism the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever" – Bosworth 1903
4 2 "A Close-up of Polygamy" – Juanita Brooks 1934
4 3 Family Structure and Dynamics in Early Utah Mormon Families- 1847-1885- by Vicky Burgess-Olson Undated
4 4 "Handcarts to Zion- Tragedy Stalks the Trail" – Arthur H. Clark 1960
4 5 "The Contributions of Joseph Smith to Plural Marriage" – James A. Cox 1964
4 6 Magazine articles: "The First Sister Missionaries" and "Suffering and Song" 1980
4 7 "A Little Known Early Pamphlet Defense of Polygamy Printed by the Mormon Press in 1842" – Lawrence Foster Undated
4 8 "Some Thoughts Regarding an Unwritten History of Nauvoo" – Kenneth W. Godfrey Undated
4 9 James E. Hulett- Garrett Theological Seminary 1940-1943
4 10 "Twelve Mormon Homes" -Elizabeth Kane 1874
4 11 "Childhood in a Mormon House" – Louis Larsen Undated
4 12 "Plural Marriage Among the Mormons" –Larson Undated
4 13 "Cultivating Zion's Children: Mormon Schoolmarms" – Jill C. Mulvay Undated
4 14 "For the Utah Academy: ‘Wake Up the Brethren!’: Eliza R. Snow on the Woman Question"- Jill Mulvay Undated
4 15 "Polygamy, Plain and Practical"- Stephanie Smith Goodson 1973
4 16 "Mormon Fertility Through Half a Century: Another Test of the Americanization Hypothesis" –Spicer and Gustavus Undated
4 17 "Woman's Work and Mormonism"- Orson Whitney 1906
4 18 "Priesthood and the Home"- Priesthood and Church Govt. – Widtsoe Undated
4 19 Kimball Young- Garrett Theological Seminary 1947-1952
4 20 Academic Journal Articles 1976
4 21 Articles on Theses and Dissertations 1972-1975
4 22 Bibliographies, Resources 1977-1985
4 23 Dissertation Questionnaires and Tables for Presentation- General Undated
4 24 Review of Literature 1976-1981
4 25 Photocopied articles- polygamy Undated
4 26 Photocopy- "Why We Practice Plural Marriage" 1884
4 27 Excerpts- Grand Mass Meeting of the Women of Utah on Polygamy and Cullom Bill, Jan. 1870 1870-1886
4 28 Photocopy- "Women's Exponent" 1895
4 29 Misc. Photocopies Undated

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Conferences, Correspondence, Research Materials, 1973-2003
(12 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1-2 Mormon Women Studies, Boston-Chicago-Denver 1973-1989
5 3 Women's Study Research Meeting- Minutes 1981
5 4 Sister Saints Misc., Letters and BYU Press Business 1975-1980
5 5 Correspondence w/ publishers, publishers' info. 1978-1980
5 6 Correspondence- Center for Women Policy Studies 1978-1980
5 7 Research Notes Undated
5 8 Studies 1976-1981
5 9 Other Correlation Studies circa 1981
5 10 Interviews 1981
5 11 Tapes Undated
5 12 Curriculum Vitae circa 2003

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Burgess, Vicky D, 1945-
    • Burgess, Vicky D,1945-Sister saints.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormon families
    • Mormon women

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