Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1 Vol. I: (1902-1979)
Vol. II removed to oversize Box 6
box 1 Vol. III: (1981-1984)
box 2 Vol. IV: (1984-1988)
box 2 Vol. V: (1988-1992)
box 3 Vol. VI: (1992-1994)
box 3 Vol. VII: (1994-1996)
box 4 Vol. VIII: (1997 - 2001 May)
box 4 Vol. IX: (2001 June - 2003 May)
box 5 Vol. X: (2003 June - 2005 May)
box 6 Vol. II: (1979-1981)
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 scrapbooks compiled by the individual historians of the Woman's Board of Westminster College. They appear to have been started during the 1960s. These scrapbooks, with materials dating from 1902 onward, contain accounting sheets, brochures, contribution lists, flyers, historical sketches, letters, membership rosters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and various reports. The scrapbooks document the Board's service to Westminster College.
The first scrapbook (1902-1979) contains items dating from the Board's earliest history; it appears to have been created in the mid-1960s. The materials include the following: a timeline of Westminster College's history written by college archivist Emil Nyman (1871-1968), a Sheldon Jackson College brochure (ca. 1902), two undated letters from Mrs. Kate Hancock (the Board's first treasurer), "A message from the Presbyterian Women of Utah, (a fundraising brochure, ca. 1906), a proposed constitution (ca. 1905), a copy of the agreement between Colonel William M. Ferry and Westminster College (1902), extracts (1905-1919) of minutes of the Woman's Board, an invitation to President Herbert W. Reherd's inauguration (1913), a 1914 brochure "Reasons Why – A Statement of Facts Regarding the Need for Westminster College," a letter from President Robert Steele (1942), "Notes of the Early History of the Woman's Board of Westminster College (undated)," a 1962 brief history of the Woman's Board written by Mary Hollister Hancock (granddaughter of Colonel Ferry), articles from Utah Westminster, and information on monies raised at the annual Silver Tea. The scrapbook consists largely of newspaper clippings and a few photographs from 1961-1979 relating to both general campus activities and specific Woman's Board events.
The second scrapbook (1979-1981) contains bylaws, flyers, invitations, membership rosters, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and a few photographs. The clippings relate largely to Westminster College's severe financial problems, while the other records relate to specific activities of the Woman's Board (e.g., Silver Tea and bridge parties). The third (1981-1984), fourth (1984-1988), and fifth (1988-1992) scrapbooks contain similar materials documenting the Board's specific activities and various campus activities including the dedication of new buildings (e.g., Gore School of Business). The most significant event documented during this period was the tearing down of Ferry Hall in June 1987.
While the sixth scrapbook (1991-1994) consists largely of photographs and newspaper clippings, it also includes flyers, magazine articles, membership rosters, and public correspondence. Each photograph has been carefully identified with names, place, and date. The seventh scrapbook (1994-1996) contains the same type of information plus copies of the Board's annual reports.
The eighth (1997-2001) and ninth (2001-2003) scrapbooks show evidence of water damage including some severe damage to a few photographs. Copies of the Board's informal and irregular newsletter (1997-1998) were also included in the eighth volume.
The tenth (2003-2005) scrapbook includes the same type of materials plus a number of fine black and white photographs.
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 scrapbooks, 1902-2005, ACC-030, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
The minute books are arranged numerical by volume number, thereunder chronological by date.
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.
2.5 linear feet; 10 volumes
Language of the Finding Aid:
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written March 2006 by Patricia Lyn Scott.
EAD Creation Date:
2012 March 16 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