Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1, folder 1: 1. 1903 March 21 - 1919 May 19
box 1, folder 2: 2. 1919 September 10 - 1935 December 4
box 1, folder 3: 3. 1936 January 22 - 1949 April 27
box 2, folder 1: 4. 1949 May 25 - 1959 April 22
box 2, folder 2: 5. 1959 September 23 - 1970 May 25
box 3, folder 3: [6.] 1970 September - 1977 February 23
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
In 1902, Colonel William M. Ferry purchased land and deeded it to Westminster College (then called Sheldon Jackson College) for a new college campus. Ferry's agreement placed six stipulations on his gift. The final stipulation specified that a "portion of the ground, not to exceed five acres, shall be set apart absolutely as a site for a Woman's College Building to be erected by women." The agreement also stipulated that while the building would be under the "general supervision of the Trustees and faculty," a Board of Woman Managers would have "direct supervision ... [for] furnishings," hiring of the matron and any servants, rental fees, "care of grounds, repairs, and improvements." Colonel Ferry nominated the first nine members of the Woman's Board. The first meetings of the Westminster College Woman's Board were held in the home of George R. and Kate Ferry Hancock (at 444 South 7th East (now 700 East), Salt Lake City, Utah). Kate Harwood Hancock was Col. Ferry's daughter and the first treasurer of the Woman's Board.
While the Woman's Board was originally created solely to build and to maintain a women's building, it soon developed into an important fundraising body for Westminster College and a significant source for student scholarships.
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of handwritten minutes of regular and special meetings of the Woman's Board of Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah), dating from 1902-1977 and bound in 6 volumes.
The first volume includes a handwritten copy of Ferry's Agreement (pp. 1-4), the college's acceptance (pp. 4-5), a letter designating members of the Board of Women Managers and the College's acceptance (pp. 5-7), and copies of the letters inviting each of 9 women to serve as a "Woman Manager" and their individual acceptances (pp. 7-13). The first members were the following women:
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Open to public research.
Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.
Restrictions on Use:
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.
Woman's Board of Westminster College minutes, 1902-1977, ACC-020, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
The minute books are arranged numerical by volume number, thereunder chronological by date.
In 1976, Hollister Hancock, the daughter of Kate Hancock and granddaughter of Colonel and Jeannette Ferry gave the Woman's Board "some of her papers" (Minutes, vol. 6, 27 Oct 1976). It is assumed those records included her mother's and grandparent's correspondence and financial records relating to the construction of Ferry Hall. In 1990, the Board arranged to have their historical records stored at the library. Subsequently, these records were transferred to the College Archives.
Processed by Patricia Lyn Scott in October 2006. Only the spines of the first five volumes are numbered and dated. In 1990, the Board arranged to have their historic records stored at the library.
Woman's Board of Westminster College
Collection materials are in English.
0.6 linear feet; 6 volumes
Language of the Finding Aid:
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written October 2006 by Patricia Lyn Scott.
EAD Creation Date:
2012 March 15 by Sarah Shaw
Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)
Related collections and photographs in Giovale Library Archives:
Ferry Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Women--Utah--Societies and clubs
Form or Genre Terms:
Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources