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Beth Mortensen Evans papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3207

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains papers and photographs pertaining to the life of Beth Mortensen Evans, including newspaper clippings, genealogy, personal accounts, school projects, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and a diary. The collection materials date from between 1922 and 2003. Much of the collection deals with Evan's experience being recruited as a woman for the Marine Corps and participating in the Powder Puff Derby.


  • 1922-2003


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Beth Mortensen Evans papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Beth Martenson Evans (1922-1983) was a military recruiter and interior designer in Utah and New York.

Beth Mortensen Evans was born on June 21, 1922 in Elwood, Utah. She graduated from University of Utah. She then went to Washington D.C. as a government employee, recruiting women for the Marine Corps where she was used as a poster model, and also made motion picture films for recruiting women. She married Howard Evans on April 28, 1945 and they moved to New York City. Evans went to work for the New York Tribune on the cable desk and attended New York University where she received a degree in Interior Design. Beth and Howard opened a store that they ran for ten years. She also participated in the Powder Puff Derby, where she flew airplanes. Evans died on January 11, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


3 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Beth Martenson Evans papers contain papers, newspaper clippings, scrabooks, school projects,a diary, and genealogy of Beth Martenson Evans.

Custodial History note

Donated by Kent Christenson in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Kent Cristenson; 2005.

Appraisal note

Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because the Beth Martenson Evans papers lends itself to valuable insight into the every day life of the '30s and '40s, particularly in Western America.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Beth Mortensen Evans papers
Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
2 October 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States