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Smith, Vesta, 1937-

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1937-

Biography

Vesta Smith (born 1937) is an author in the District of Columbia. She served as president of American Mothers, Inc.

Vesta Smith was born on July 10, 1937, in Bluffdale, Utah, to Reynold Wilford Crump and Myrtle Almira Frost. She attended Utah State University for a short time and then decided to pack up and move with some girl friends to California. Once there she worked as a stenographer for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. She also spent some time in Hawaii and as a student at Brigham Young University. She married Dr. Joseph Smith on August 23, 1963 in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joe had six children from a previous marriage, most of whom would live with them in Salt Lake City. Additionally, they had two daughters together. The Smith family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974, when Joe began law school. Vesta also went back to school at George Washington University. She began working for a mother's volunteer organization, the American Mothers, Inc.

Citation:
Vesta Smith papers (b. July 10, 1937 in Bluffdale, Utah; parents Reynold Wilford Crump and Myrtle Almira Frost; attended Utah State University; moved to California; worked as stenographer for McKinsey & Company; spent some time in Hawaii; student at Brigham Young University; married Dr. Joseph Smith on August 23, 1963 in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Joe had six children; had two daughters together; family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1974; Joe began law school; Vesta enrolled at George Washington University; worked for The American Mothers, Inc.).

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Vesta Smith papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 1659
Scope and Contents Contains papers relating to American Mothers Inc., the Young Women program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Washington, D.C. Stake of the Church, the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, and other topics in which Smith took part. Includes an autobiography, journals, files, correspondence, photographs, financial papers, programs, newsletters, handbooks, and membership lists, genealogical papers, reports, scrapbooks, family histories, and ephemera. Materials...
Dates: approximately 1941-1999

Vesta Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 3318
Scope and Contents Collection contains the rough draft of "Beyond the Sunset: Selected Short Stories from the Life of Joseph T. Smith"; originals and photocopies of photographs of Joseph Thurston Smith and family; mostly incoming family correspondence; ephemera from her grandchildren; family newsletters; cards; wedding invitations; newspapers; class notes; death certificates and wills; items from events, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Brigham Young University; brochures of places...
Dates: 1963-2002

Vesta Smith photographs

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 118
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs related to the Crump family, including images of Mormon missionaries and family friends. Photographs were collected by Vesta Smith. Dated approximately 1900 to 1989.

Dates: approximately 1900-1989

Vesta Smith family papers, circa 1941-1999

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1659 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains papers relating to the Joseph and Vesta Smith family. Includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings, genealogical materials, church publications, scrapbooks, diaries, cards, recipes, calendars, an autobiography, and other materials. The materials document Smith's family life, service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, travels, and education.

Dates: circa 1941-1999

Vesta Smith papers on American Mothers, Inc., circa 1971-1991

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1659 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains papers on Smith's work with American Mothers, Inc. from her period of service as the organization's president during the 1980s. Includes correspondence, newsletters, reports, financial records, announcements, speeches, Mother of the Year information, other awards, bylaws, procedures, records of meetings and conferences, yearbooks, recipes, directories, a scrapbook, and other miscellaneous papers and records. There are some cassette and video tapes with recordings of speeches and...
Dates: circa 1971-1991

Vesta Smith papers on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, circa 1986-1987

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1659 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains papers relating to the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution which occurred on September 17, 1987. Includes a genealogy project for the Founding Fathers of which Vesta Smith took part. There are books, research, and genealogical information on all the signers of the Constitution as well as those who took part but did not sign. Also includes research and preparation for a Brigham Young University seminar in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Bicentennial. There is also an...
Dates: circa 1986-1987

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Type
Archival Object 3
Collection 3
 
Subject
Latter Day Saint women -- Washington (D.C.) -- Correspondence 4
Letters 4
Washington (D.C.) 4
Genealogies 3
Photographs 3