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Women's Research Institute records

Identifier: MSS 3312

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, reports, and files on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and women, articles, and files on Mormon relations and issues related to women. Includes personal and corporate records produced and compiled by Ida Smith documenting her tenure as director of the Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University between 1978 and 1983. Also contains personal correspondence and research files, as well as documenting her work with the BYU Alumni Association. Materials date from between approximately 1978 and 1997.


  • approximately 1978-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research, with exceptions. Materials in Series 1-3 restricted until 2021.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

The Women's Research Institute (1978-2009) was created at Brigham Young University to provide resources and educate female students and facilities on women's issues and areas of research within.

Biographical History

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


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 12 series: 1. Women's Research Institute correspondence, undated. 2. Women's Research Institute reports, undated. 3. Women's Research Institute files on the Church and women, undated. 4. Women's Research Institute files on religion, undated. 5. Women's Research Institute files on Mormon women, undated. 6. Women's Research Institute files on Relief Society, undated. 7. Women's Research Institute files on Young Women, undated. 8. Women's Research Institute files on sister missionaries, undated. 9. Women's Research Institute files on health, undated. 10. Women's Research Institute files on sex roles, undated. 11. Ida Smith papers, undated. 12. Collection on Rex E. Lee inauguration, undated.

Other Finding Aids

Folder-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated to BYU Special Collections July 2006 by Ida Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ida Smith; 2006.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.2.b, October 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Jonathan Farrell; November 2006.

Register of the Women's Research Institute records
Jonathan Farrell
2006 November
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2010 April 2: GilEADized to correct small errors, updated to DACS and CCLA standards; Anita Hawkins.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US