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Finding Aid to the Norma B. Ricketts Papers, 1881-2007, bulk 1966-2007
Banc Mss 2007/199  
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  • Collection Summary
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Norma B. Ricketts papers.
    Date (inclusive): 1881-2007,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1966-2007
    Collection Number: Banc Mss 2007/199
    Creators : Ricketts, Norma Baldwin
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons Linear feet: 6 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Norma B. Ricketts Papers contain research materials on the Mormon presence in California, from the Gold Rush era to present day.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norma B. Ricketts Papers, Banc Mss 2007/199, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Ricketts, Norma B. (Norma Baldwin)--Archives
    United States. Army. Mormon Battalion
    Mormons--West (U.S.)--History

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Norma B. Ricketts Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Norma B. Ricketts on May 26, 2007. Additions were made on March 30, 2009.


    No further additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Anastasia Karel in 2009.

    Biographical Information

    Norma Baldwin Ricketts was born in 1921 in Holbrook, Arizona. In the early 1940s, her first job was with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she worked on publicity for the Oscars and the movie industry in general. She resigned after a few years to fulfill a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints, and then moved to Sacramento, CA. She married Monte Ricketts and continued her public relations work in a freelance capacity while raising three children. During the 1950s she also wrote a weekly column on the arts, and served as the music and drama critic for the Sacramento Union. She moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1988.
    While researching her pioneer heritage, Ricketts discovered that there were Mormons living in California two years before Brigham Young's group arrived in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. This led her to research and write several articles and books on the Mormon presence in California; a special focus of her work was the Mormon Battalion and their descendants.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers consist of subject files which include correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, and drafts of Ricketts's writings. Please note that these files are arranged alphabetically, according to Ricketts's original order, which means that files for historical figures are mixed with those for contemporary correspondents. The dates listed for a particular folder usually represent correspondence to or from Ricketts, or published materials; many folders contain undated material. There is one folder of personal materials filed under P, and a couple of folders interspersed that contain materials related to the history of Sacramento.