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Jean Bickmore White papers

Identifier: 10-05---001

Scope and Contents

This accession contains teaching and research files relating to Jean Bickmore White's career as a Professor of Political Science at Weber State College, as well as draft manuscripts of several of White's publications.


  • Creation: 1731-1998
  • Other: Date acquired: 2011-07-18
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1967-1985


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Bickmore White was born on April 12, 1924 in Hyrum, Utah to Lettie Critchlow and Danford M. Bickmore. She grew up in Paradise, Utah and graduated from South Cache High School in 1942. She attended Brigham Young University where she was the first woman editor of the Y News and member of the debate team.

She transferred to the University of Utah, where she was the editor of the Chronicle. She also wrote articles for the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. After graduating from the University of Utah in 1947, she received a master of arts degree in political science from UCLA in 1949 where she was a teaching fellow. Jean married John Stephen White in 1951. They eventually settled in Farmington, Utah.

Dr. White did freelance research, writing and editing, eventually returning to the University of Utah to earn a doctorate in political science in 1968. She joined the political science faculty at Weber State College in 1969, and stayed until 1989.

She served on the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission, the Utah State Board of Corrections and the Utah State Records Committee and also was a consultant on many local government studies. She directed an internship program for Weber at the Utah Legislature, where she encouraged her students to become active participants in community affairs. After her retirement from Weber State she published numerous papers, articles and a reference guide to the Utah State Constitution. She was an active participant in the Centennial celebration of the Utah State Constitution.

She passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


30.15 Linear Feet (63 full-size hollinger boxes, 1 half-size hollinger box, 1 coroplast box, 2 RC boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged into four series: Series 1, Personal Papers (1943-1998); Series 2, Professional (1967-1989); Series 3, Publications (1969-1999); Series 4, Research Materials (1967-1999)

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was acquired from Jean B. White and Barbara White Gingery (1993-018; 2011-017).

Source of Acquisition

Barbara White Gingery


No accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

Student theses were added to the Archives' Institutional Repository

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.

Curt T. Kelley
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

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Ogden UT 84408