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Smith, Ida, 1931-2015

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1931 - 2015

Biographical History

Ida Smith (1931-2015) was an educator, academic administrator, and feminist.

Ida Smith was born on December 12, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph F. Smith and Ruth Pingree. Raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she attended the University of Utah. After receiving her bachelor's degree in 1953 she worked as a teacher in Hawaii for a couple of years before beginning a career in administration.

In 1978 she was appointed the founding director of the Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University. In 1983 she moved to the university's alumni association, where she worked as an administrator until her retirement in 1998.

Smith was active in her community and Church. She had been involved with the Gray Panthers, and later served on the board of the Sharon Cultural, Educational, Recreation Association (SCERA). In 2008 she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but remained engaged in the Church community.

Ida Smith passed away on February 22, 2015.

Citation:
Ida Smith papers, circa 1978-1991

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Feb. 28, 2007 (Ida Smith; b. 1931; first director of Women's Research Institute at BYU)

Deseret news, Feb. 24, 2015 (Ida Smith; b. Dec. 12, 1931; parents: Joseph F. Smith and Ruth Pingree; descendant of Hyrum Smith; d. Feb. 22, 2015; resident of Orem, Utah)

LDSLiving, Feb. 3, 2011 (Ida Smith; former head of BYU Women's Research Institute; excommunicated from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2008)

LDS WAVE, via WWW, May 17, 2020 (Ida Smith; member of feminist group the Gray Panthers)

Prabook, via WWW, May 17, 2020 (Ida Smith; b. in Salt Lake City, Utah; bachelor's degree, University of Utah, 1953; teacher, Punahou School, Honolulu, 1954-1956; office manager, National Association of Manufacturers, 1958-1972; Arutinian-Kinny Landscape Architects, Palo Alto, 1972-1978; director, Women's Research Institute, Brigham Young University, 1978-1983; alumni association administrator, 1983-1998; member of board of directors, Sharon's Cultural, Educational, Recreational Association Corporation (SCERA), Orem, Utah, 1987-1996)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Collection on Rex E. Lee inauguration, 1989

 Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 10-12
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 12
Scope and Contents

Contains brochures, notes, articles, and other material related to the inauguration of Rex E. Lee at Brigham Young University on October 27, 1989.

Dates: 1989

Ida Smith papers, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 11
Scope and Contents

Contains talks and notes by Ida Smith and other materials. Dated approximately 1978 to 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute correspondence, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence related to the Women's Research Institute. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on health, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 6
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 9
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to health issues, with a focus on women's health. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on Mormon women, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 5, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files on Mormon women and feminism. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on Relief Society, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 5, Folder: 10-13
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files regarding the history and administration of the Relief Society. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on religion, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 4
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to the finances, doctrines, and religious practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint doctrine.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on sex roles, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 7
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 10
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files on sex roles and related issues. Materials dated from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on sister missionaries, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 5, Folder: 17-20
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Contains subject files related to sister missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997

Women's Research Institute files on the Church and women, approximately 1978-1997

 Series — Carton: 3
Identifier: MSS 3312 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains notes, correspondence, and other material related to the role of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from approximately 1978 to 1997.

Dates: approximately 1978-1997