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Gates, Susa Young, 1856-1933



  • Existence: 1856 - 1933

Biographical History

Susa Young Gates (1856-1933) was a writer and a prominent female public figure in Utah.

Susa Young Gates was a daughter of Brigham Young, the second prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was baptized into the same church and dedicated much of her time and efforts to church service. She married young and was divorced, and then remarried in 1880. She pioneered the Brigham Young Academy music department, founded the "Young Woman's Journal," served on the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees, and was a member of the National Council of Women.

John Stevens' courtship: a story of the Echo Canyon War, 1909:t.p. (Susa Young Gates)

OCLC, Feb. 6, 2003(hdg.: Gates, Susa Young, 1856-1933; usage: Susa Young Gates)

Wikipedia, website viewed 25 July 2013(Susa Young Gates; born March 18, 1856, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory; died May 27, 1933, Salt Lake City; born Susa Young to Lucy Bigelow and LDS church president Brigham Young; attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah where she founded the music department; 4th president of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers; attended the University of Deseret; 1872 married Alma B. Dunford and had 2 chidren, but divorced in 1877; married Jacob F. Gates in 1880 and had 13 children with him; missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Sandwich Islands; founded the Young Woman's Journal; author; founded the Relief Society Magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; delegate to five congresses of the International Council of Women; delegate and officer of the National Council of Women; member of the Board of Regents of Brigham Young University and Utah State Agricultural College; head of the Research Department and Library of the Genealogical Society of Utah)

Woman's Exponent author list, 2016:(Susa Young Gates, also wrote under the name "Homespun")

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, via WWW, April 5, 2021 (Susa Young Gates - Church History Topics, Restoration and Church History)

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Laura J. Adamson account of a dream

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230338961]
Identifier: MSS 127
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiographical account of a dream told by Laura J. Adamson. The story was written down by Susa Young Gates. Adamson relates that the dream gave her information relating to a brutal murder of Adamson family members, and she says that the murdered people came back from the dead to tell her to commit herself more fully to the Mormon faith.

Dates: 1916

Zina Presendia Young Williams Card photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 105
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of Zina Presendia Young Williams Card, Brigham Young's wives and family, Joseph F. Smith, George Albert Smith, Eliza R. Snow, Zina D.H. Young, Susa Young Gates, and the Card family. C.R. Savage is the photographer of many of the photographs. Materials dated approximately 1830-1949.

Dates: approximately 1830-1949

Susa Young Gates notebook

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 820
Scope and Contents

This is a holograph original of the piece "A Grateful Mother's Standpoint" given to her, as she believed, by inspiration. The story deals with the biblical Rachel and her life in polygamy. She alludes to the then current state of polygamous families and the presecution faced by the Latter-day Saint community.

Dates: 1898

General programme music department, third term

 Item — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239275800]
Identifier: UA 208A
Scope and Contents

Oversized chart showing daily and hourly schedule of classes and lessons during the week, including students' names.

Dates: 1879

Scott G. Kenney research materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2022
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of correspondence, minutes, journals, and subject research files of Scott Kinney. These materials relate to Joseph F. Smith (1832-1918) sixth President of the LDS Church. The bulk of the collection deals with the years 1870 to 1918. These research files are documentation for Kinney's proposed biography of Smith.

Dates: 1820-1984

Karl G. Maeser religious lecture minutes

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2980
Scope and Contents

Minutes to lectures given by Karl G. Maeser in his Book of Mormon, New Testament, extempore exercises, and grand theology religion classes at the Brigham Young Academy. Minutes recorded by James E. Talmage, Susa Young, Zina Williams, and others. Second folder includes a typed copy of the minutes, prepared by Evelyn C. Fannin in about the late 1990s.

Dates: 1878-1879

Oral history interview with Elsie Booth Brockbank

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 51
Scope and Contents

Interview by Hollis Scott with Elsie B. Brockbank, daughter of John Edge Booth, regarding her father, his marriages, law career, and family associations with Heber J. Grant and Susa Young Gates. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1977

Reed Smoot correspondence, 1891-1941

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1187 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains Reed Smoot's personal and professional correspondence, both outgoing and incoming. Includes letters to government employees and departments, Brigham Young University, and others. Also contains letters to and from Susa Young Gates, Merrill Nibley, and several others. Includes some correspondence to U.S. Presidents, such as Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Dated 1891-1941.

Dates: 1891-1941

Reminiscences of Brigham Young Academy

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231243863]
Identifier: UA 594
Scope and Contents

Contains an article on the origin of the Music department by Susa Young Gates; recollections of teaching in the Primary department by Anna Smoot Taylor; a brief overview of the Ladies Work department by Jennie Tanner; and a tribute to A. O. Smoot (authorship unknown).

Dates: Publication: 1892

Tokyo letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322270]
Identifier: MSS SC 2345
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter dated 23 July 1903 from Tokyo, Japan and addressed to Helen and Owen. The author of the item is unknown, but he refers to "Aunt Susa Gates" in Logan, Utah.

Dates: 1903 July 23