Guide to the Reid E. Wangsgaard Papers,
1953-1957

Print this Finding Aid | Email this Finding Aid


Results

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wangsgaard, Reid E., 1916-1972
Title: Reid W. Wangsgaard Papers
Dates: 1953-1957 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 295
Summary: This collection contains correspondence and political papers of Representative Reid E. Wangsgaard while he served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1953 to 1962.
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

Reid Eldo Wangsgaard was born in Lehi, Utah on October 6, 1916 to David and Eva W. Wangsgaard. Reid graduated from Ogden High School in 1933 and then attended Weber College. On December 7, 1935 he married Margaret Hickman, and they later had five children, Brent (1936), David (1939), James (1945), William (1947), and Kirk (?). After his marriage, Wangsgaard moved to Huntsville, Utah and farmed for two years. After his short farming venture, Wangsgaard moved to Logan, Utah to attend Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). Shortly after moving to Logan he found work as a partner in the Wangsgaard Heating & Appliance Company of Logan, later becoming the manager-owner. During the 1950s Wangsgaard took an interest in local and state politics. In 1953 he was appointed to the Utah State Legislature by Gov. Bracken Lee and later served from 1953 to 1962 in the Utah House of Representatives as a Republican of the Second District, Cache County. After his second term expired, Wangsgaard remained active in Cache County politics and served as Chairman of the Cache County Republican Party. During his life Wangsgaard was a member of Logan's Rotary Club, the B.P.O.E. 1453, the Logan Golf & Country Club, and was a member of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. On June 21, 1972 Reid E. Wangsgaard died suddenly at age fifty-five in Logan.

Content Description

This single box collection contains the papers of Representative Reid E. Wangsgaard while he served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1953 to 1962. The materials in this collection consist of correspondence and political papers, which document Wangsgaard's work while serving as a Representative and demonstrate how the residents of Cache Valley looked to him for political representation. Of special interest in this collection are the twenty-five telegrams sent by Cache Valley residents on December 16 and 17, 1953, asking Wangsgaard to veto Governor Lee's education bill, a bill which threatened funding for schools in Cache Valley (Folders 1 and 2). Much of the remaining correspondence in this collection also concerns educational issues. Another item of special interest in this collection is a petition containing the signatures of numerous members of the House of Representatives concerning House Bill 87 (anti-discrimination) being lifted from the Sifting Committee (Folder 18).

Folders 1—17 contain Wangsgaard's incoming correspondence.

Folders 18—23 contain papers concerning Wangsgaard's political activities.

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 Reid E. Wangsgaard Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Reid E. Wangsgaard Papers USU_COLL MSS 295, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 295, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged topically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in March of 2005

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information is unknown.

Bibliography :  Source:
  • Herald Journal , June 22, 1972

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 Incoming telegrams
(22 telegrams from Cache Valley residents asking for his support on an education bill)
1953 December 16
1 2 Incoming telegrams
(3 telegrams from Cache Valley residents asking for his support on an education bill)
1953 December 17
1 3 State Education Status Report
(connects to materials in Folders 1 & 2)
1952
1 4 Incoming correspondence, Braitwaite, Royden C., of Cedar City 1957 February 15
1 5 Incoming correspondence, Clyde, Governor George D. 1957 February 27
1 6 Incoming correspondence, Clyde, Governor George D. 1957 March 14
1 7 Incoming correspondence, Eyre, H. Dean, of the USAC 1957 February 25
1 8 Incoming correspondence, The Logan City Corporation
(letter from Logan mayor and city commissars)
1957 February 2
1 9 Incoming correspondence, Morgon, Nicholas G. Undated
1 10 Incoming correspondence, Preston, Geo D., of Logan 1957 January 31
1 11 Incoming correspondence, Raymond, G. Frank, of Logan City Schools
(also contains papers concerning House Bill 65)
1957 February 14
1 12 Incoming correspondence, Raymond, G. Frank, of Logan City Schools 1957 February 22
1 13 Incoming correspondence, Salinas, Javier, foreign exchange student 1957 March 6
1 14 Incoming correspondence, The State Department of Public Welfare Commission 1957 March 12
1 15 Incoming correspondence, Wennergren, O. Claude, of Logan and the president of the Utah Cattle & Horse Growers Association 1957 January 20
1 16 Incoming correspondence, Wilkinson, Ernest L., of BYU 1957 January 16
1 17 Incoming correspondence, Ziegler, Fred E., of Ogden 1957 March 5
1 18 Signatures of Utah House of Representatives concerning House Bill 87 (anti-discrimination) being lifted from the Sifting Committee, ca. 1957
1 19 Two applications for government funding 1957
1 20 Roster of the 32nd Legislature, State of Utah 1957
1 21 Statement of Joseph Rosenblatt in behalf of the “Right to Work Act” 1955
1 22 Political tracts Undated
1 23 Miscellaneous papers
copy of Wangsgaard's obituary, dinosaur digging permit, political quotes on freedom, and other.
Undated

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Wangsgaard, Reid E., 1916-1972
    • Subject Terms :
    • Legislators--Utah.
    • Politicians--Utah--Logan.
    • Teachers--Utah--Logan.

    ^ Return to Top