Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 12409

Governor Bangerter First lady's correspondence

Dates: 1984-1992.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This is the correspondence handled by the staff of the Governor's residence. There is some correspondence bearing Governor Norman Bangerter's signature, but the series consists primarily of his wife's records, as she worked primarily out of the Governor's mansion. As the Governor's wife, Colleen Bangerter was a sought-after speaker and board member. She was responsible for many of the social aspects of the administration. She was also active in community projects and sometimes served on gubernatorial task forces. This series documents her involvement as well as that of her staff and affiliated groups.

The records include background files, conference programs, reports, and speeches given by Mrs. Bangerter, but consist primarily of letters sent and received. Much of the general correspondence was in response to newspaper clippings which inspired Mrs. Bangerter to send a note. Thank you notes are a common type of letter in many of the topical folders as well as in the separate thank-you correspondence files. Requests for favorite recipes are another common category.

Mrs. Bangerter regularly hosted breakfasts, luncheons and dinners for various groups and spoke at others. She coordinated activities for Legislators' wives. She served as a spokesman or honorary member of numerous organizations including the Girl Scouts, Highway Patrol, National Guard, etc. The records of the Governor's Mansion Foundation which helps fund upkeep and entertainment at the Governor's residence appear here; Mrs. Bangerter was President of the Board of Trustees for that organization.

She was an active member of several groups devoted to fighting substance abuse, particularly among youth. Children's issues are common topics, ranging from child abuse to immunizations to fund-raising for musical instruments for a Korean orphanage. In 1988, Mrs. Bangerter headed the Governor's task force on teenage pregnancy. She also participated in a number of activities for senior citizens and stressed volunteerism for all ages. Families were a prominent focus, and Mrs. Bangerter was actively in involved in organizing an annual series of conferences on strengthening families.

Mrs. Bangerter was involved politically, attending the National Governors Association meetings and the 1989 presidential inauguration. She helped host the 1987 Western Governors' Association and the 1991 Republican Governor's Association conferences in Utah. Although not specifically on the committee, the records from the Governor's Ball Committee which helped raise campaign funds are included here; samples of her dress fabric for 1987 are included as well. Mrs. Bangerter was also active in the Western Governors Association spouses group which adopted a television programming project in 1987 and 1988 to improve television programming for children. All these activities are noted in this series.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by topic, thereunder chronological.

Related Records

First lady's speeches from the Governor Bangerter, Series 13372, contains copies of the speeches given by Mrs. Bangerter for which related correspondence may be found here.

First lady's subject files from the Governor Bangerter, Series 22003, contains background information on many of the same groups with which Mrs. Bangerter corresponded.

Office correspondence from the Governor Bangerter, Series 85075, includes some of Mrs._Bangerter's papers, particularly during the first term when more of her correspondence was handled by the regular office staff.

Custody History

Transferred to the records center in January 1993 and January 1994.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Indexing Terms

  • Governor's Mansion Foundation.
  • Governor's Ball Committee.
  • Voluntarism—Utah.
  • Governor's spouses—Utah.
  • Utah—Politics and government.

Container List

REEL BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
1 1 1 Aging Programs; 1985-1989
1 1 2 Aging Programs; 1990-1991
1 1 3 AIDS; 1987-1989
1 1 4 Artist Series; 1989-1992
1 1 5 Arts for Children; 1987-1988
1 1 6 Bangerter family; undated-1989
1 1 7 Big Brothers & Big Sisters; 1988-1989
1 1 8 Boy Scouts; undated-1989
1 1 9 Breast Cancer; 1991
1 1 10 Capitol for a Day; 1987
1 1 11 Child Abuse; undated-1992
1 1 12 Child Welfare; 1987-1992
1 1 13 Christmas; undated-1991
1 1 14 Correspondence, general; 1986-1987, Jan-Mar
1 1 15 Correspondence, general; 1987, Apr-Jun
1 1 16 Correspondence, general; 1987, Jul-Sep
1 1 17 Correspondence, general; 1987, Oct-Dec
1 1 18 Correspondence, general; 1988, Jan
1 1 19 Correspondence, general; 1988, Feb-Mar
1 1 20 Correspondence, general; 1988, Apr-Dec
1 1 21 Correspondence, general; 1989-1990
1 1 22 Correspondence, general; 1991-1992
1 1 23 Correspondence, thank you; undated-1985
1 1 24 Correspondence, thank you; 1987, Jan
1 1 25 Correspondence, thank you; 1987, Feb-Mar
1 1 26 Correspondence, thank you; 1987, Apr-May
1 1 27 Correspondence, thank you; 1987, Jun-Sep
1 1 28 Correspondence, thank you; 1987, Oct-Dec
1 1 29 Correspondence, thank you; 1988, Jan-Mar
1 1 30 Correspondence, thank you; 1988, May-Jul
1 1 31 Correspondence, thank you; 1988, Aug-Oct
1 1 32 Correspondence, thank you; 1989-1990
1 1 33 Correspondence, thank you; 1992, Apr-Jun
1 1 34 Correspondence, thank you; 1992, Jul-Sep
1 1 35 Correspondence, thank you; 1992, Oct-Dec
1 1 36 Daughters of the American Revolution; 1986
1 1 37 Department Heads Mailing List; undated
1 1 38 Education; undated-1986
1 1 39 Education; 1987-1992
1 1 40 Egyptian Ambassador Dinner; 1987
1 1 41 Families Alive Conference; 1989
1 1 42 Family Conference; 1988, Jan-Feb
1 1 43 Family Conference (Cont.); 1988, Mar-May
1 1 44 Family Conference; 1988, Sep
1 1 45 Family Conference; 988, Oct
1 1 46 Family Conference; 1989
1 1 47 Family Conference; 1991
1 1 48 Family Conference; 1992
1 1 49 Farnsworth, Philo: statues of; 1989-1990
1 1 50 First Ladies Luncheon; 1991-1992
1 1 51 Girl Scouts; 1987-1991
1 1 52 Governor's Ball; 1987
2 1 53 Governor's Ball; 1988
2 1 54 Governor's Ball; 1989
2 1 55 Governor's Ball; 1990
2 1 56 Governor's Ball; 1991
2 1 57 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1984-1985; Jun
2 1 58 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1985, Aug-1987
2 1 59 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1992, May 1-14
2 1 60 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1992, May 15-29
2 1 61 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1992, Jun-Dec
2 1 62 Governor's Mansion Foundation; 1992, Nov-Dec
2 2 1 Guest Book; undated
2 2 2 Guest Book; undated
2 2 3 Guest Book; 1987, Nov 13
2 2 4 Guest Book; 1987, Sep-1988, Aug
2 2 5 Guest Book; 1988, May-Sep
2 2 6 Head Start Program; 1988
2 2 7 Highway Patrol; 1990-1992
2 2 8 Human Services Conference; undated
2 2 9 Immunization; 1991-1992
2 2 10 Judicial Conference; 1992
2 2 11 Junior League; 1988
2 2 12 Korean Orphanage; 1992
2 2 13 Legislative wives; 1987
2 2 14 Legislative wives; 1988-1989
2 2 15 Legislative wives; 1990-1991
2 2 16 Make-A-Wish Foundation
2 2 17 Medical; 1992
2 2 18 Mother's Association; 1985-1992
2 2 19 Mrs. Utah; 1986-1989
2 2 20 National Governors' Association; 1987-1988
2 2 21 National Governors' Association (Cont.);1989-1992
2 2 22 National Guard; 1987
2 2 23 Parenting Skills Education Committee
2 2 24 Peoples Museum
2 2 25 Presidential Inaugural; 1989
2 2 26 Receptions; 1987-1992
2 2 27 Recipes; 1987, Jan-May
2 2 28 Recipes; 1987, Jun-Oct
2 2 29 Recipes; 1988
2 2 30 Recipes; 1992
2 2 31 Republican Governors Association Conference;1991
2 2 32 Rose Parade; 1986-1988
2 2 33 Substance Abuse; undated-1987
2 2 34 Substance Abuse; 1988
2 2 35 Substance Abuse; 1989-1992
2 2 36 Sundance Institute; 1987-1988
2 2 37 Teen Pregnancy; undated
2 2 38 Teen Pregnancy (Cont.); undated
2 2 39 Teen Pregnancy; undated
2 2 40 Teen Pregnancy; 1987
3 2 41 Teen Pregnancy; 1988, Jun
3 2 42 Teen Pregnancy; 1988, Oct 3
3 2 43 Teen Pregnancy; 1988, Oct 12-28
3 2 44 Territorial Capitol; 1986
3 2 45 This People article; 1986
3 2 46 Trade Mission; 1990
3 2 47 Trip diaries
3 2 48 Utah Heritage Foundation
3 2 49 Volunteerism; 1987-1990
3 2 50 Volunteerism; 1992
3 2 51 Western Governors' Association; undated-1986
3 2 52 Western Governors' Association; 1987, undated-May
3 2 53 Western Governors' Association; 1987, Jun-Oct
3 2 54 Western Governors' Association; 1988
3 2 55 Western Governors' Association; 1992
3 2 56 Wildflower Conference; 1989
3 2 57 Women's Conference in Dixie; 1988-1992