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Juanita Brooks collection Edit


WASH 018
Finding Aid Author
Kathleen Broeder
Finding Aid Date
January 2017
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  • 1890 – 1980 (Creation)


  • 3.09 Linear Feet (Whole)
    4 legal size document cases and 1 11 x 17 oversize flat box.

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  • Abstract

    This collection consists of correspondence, works written by Juanita Brooks, her research files, books and pamphlets from her personal collection, and photographs of Brook’s family and the Saint George area.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Juanita Pulsipher Brooks was born in Bunkerville, Nevada in 1898 and passed away in 1989 at the age of 91 in Saint George, Utah. After the death of her first husband an year after marriage in 1919, Brooks attended BYU and then Columbia University, where she earned a Masters in English in 1929. In the early 1930s, Brooks taught English and was the Dean of Women at Dixie Junior College. In 1933, she resigned her position with the college and married William Brooks. Most notably recognized for her work as a Utah historian, Brooks researched and wrote her many books while caring for a large family. Much of her published work focuses on Southern Utah: including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, John D. Lee, her grandfather Dudley Leavitt, Jacob Hamblin, Hosea Stout, the settling of Southern Utah, and Jewish peoples in Utah and Idaho. Brooks was a member and served on the board of the Utah Historical Society, where the majority of her papers reside. Brooks was also a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection documents Juanita Brooks’ professional and personal life, as well as her family and local history. The bulk of the material created by Brooks is from the 1960s and 1970s. A fair portion of the collection is material that Brooks collected in her research or through family history and dates from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

    The correspondence is a mixture of personal letters and professional inquiries, often with Brooks’ response letter attached. The Manuscripts series contains partial or whole works written by Juanita Brooks and arranged by title, when available, or topic. The Subject Files contain a variety of information about individuals and topics, often in note, photocopy, records, or original primary source formats. As part of Brooks’ research and personal collection there are a number of small published books and pamphlets in the collection that mostly pertain to local and Utah history, with a few pieces written about Brooks or her work. Personal is the smallest series, containing financial and scheduling paper documents, and two history themed necklaces owned by Brooks. The photographs include several cabinet cards, a stereograph, and a negative, but most of the photographs are black and white prints. The majority of the photographs are of family, local people and Brooks. Some of the images document Southern Utah history or historical sites.

  • Arrangement

    The Juanita Brooks Papers are arranged in six series. 1. Correspondence, 1936-1980. 2. Juanita Brooks’ Manuscripts, 1936-1970. 3. Subject Files, 1934-1980. 4. Publications, 1879-1975. 5. Personal Papers, 1953-1975. 6. Photographs, 1861-1951. The first series, Correspondence, is arranged chronologically with the exception of Brooks’ correspondence with Howard Cox and Francis Adam Van Dam. Manuscripts, Subject Files, Publications, and Personal Papers series are arranged alphabetically by last name or topic. The Photographs series is arranged numerically by an assigned identifier number.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.