Inventory of the Angie Utt Collection, 1938 - 1999 Mss.Coll.021

Inventory of the Angie Utt Collection, 1938 - 1999
Mss.Coll.021


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Angie Utt
Title: Angie Utt Collection, 1938 - 1999
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This small but historically rich collection primarily contains Correspondence from Angie Henry Utt to her family, in which she discusses in detail daily life and activities at Elon College during the late 1930s and early 1940s (after the Great Depression and the beginnings of World War II). The items in this collection that are not Correspondence either assist with offering more historical context to many of the letters, or document Angie and Kenneth Utt visually through photographs. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into five series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Photographs; Printed Material.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Angie Utt Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift. Please refer to the Correspondence Legal file for more information.


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Accession Information

#2006.31.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, December, 2006

Encoded by Kristin Shaffer, December, 2008


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Biographical Note



Education:
* Attended Elon College from 1938-1942 (2:9)
* Majored in English and History (5:1)



Family:
* Oldest of four children (2:9)
* Her family grew up in various parts of Virginia, but mostly in Portsmouth, VA (2:9)
* Mother was Fannie L. Sterling Henry, who only made it through the sixth grade until she was needed at home (2:9)
* Father was Dolph Eugene Henry, who grew up in Birmingham, AL (2:9)
* Education was an important value that Angie's parents instilled in all the children (2:9)
* Angie Henry met Kenneth Utt during Shakespeare's play Othello, where Angie played Desdemona and Kenneth played Othello (5:2)
* They married one another in 1943 and had two children, Timothy Utt (born July 6, 1951) and Robin Utt Fajardo (born in 1959) (5:1)
* Robin Fajardo was a partner in her father's film company (MOE Fall 1992)
* Entire family was Unitarian (5:1)
* Angie and the late Kenneth have four grandchildren (MOE Fall 1992)



Memberships/Organizations:
* While at Elon College, Angie was involved with the Student Christian Association, student government, dramatics club, and the Pan-Hellenic council (2:4, 5:1)
* She was a member of Delta Psi Omega (honorary drama fraternity) (5:1)
* Member of Pi Gamma Mu (honorary social science fraternity) (5:1)
* Member of Pi Kappa Tau (social sorority) (5:1)



Miscellaneous:
* Angie had a role in the movie The Manchurian Candidate (2004), but the scenes she was in did not make the final cut (MOE, April 1, 2005)
* Kenneth and Angie moved to New York City after they were married, where Angie was an entertainer for the United States troops (Alumni News, January 1, 1944)



Biographical Sources:
Mss.Coll.#021-2:4, 2:9, 5:1, 5:2
Alumni Magazine
January 1, 1944
October 1, 1951
Magazine of Elon (MOE)
October 1, 1992 (fall)
December 1, 2000 (winter)
April 1, 2005 (spring)


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Scope and Content Note

This small but historically rich collection primarily contains Correspondence from Angie Henry Utt to her family, in which she discusses in detail daily life and activities at Elon College during the late 1930s and early 1940s (after the Great Depression and the beginnings of World War II). The items in this collection that are not Correspondence either assist with offering more historical context to many of the letters, or document Angie and Kenneth Utt visually through photographs. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into five series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Photographs; Printed Material.

In addition to the Correspondence in this collection, there are four cassette tapes of audio recordings that document life at Elon from 1938 to 1942 (based on the information written on the exterior of the tapes). The content on three of the four tapes is unknown because they have not been listened to as of December 2006 (1:1-1:3). However, one tape that is titled "Series of letters to family in Portsmouth, VA" is a recording of Angie Utt reading letters that she wrote to her family (some of the letters may be included in the collection).

The Financial Documents and Printed Material series are the smallest in the collection, offering a wide variety of materials directly relating to either Elon College or Angie Henry Utt. The two items within the Financial Documents series are receipts that itemize the "cost of living" at Elon College in 1938 and 1939 (3:1, 3:1.1). Within the Printed Material series, there are various papers that offer biographical information about both Angie and Kenneth Utt, as well as their financial contributions to Elon College over the years (5:1, 5:2).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into five series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Photographs; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Elon College
Utt, Angie Henry
Utt, Kenneth, 1921-1994
Elon University -- Archival resources
College theater
Theater

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Related Material

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection (Angie and Kenneth Utt).

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Audio Recordings. 1938-1942.
4 Folders. 4 Items.
Not only is this one of the smallest series in the collection, but it is also the one series we know little about. The content on three of the four tapes is unknown because they have not been listened to as of December 2006 (1:1-1:3). However, one tape that is titled "Series of letters to family in Portsmouth, VA" is a recording of Angie Utt reading letters that she wrote to her family (some of the letters may be included in the collection).
Folder 1. Cassette Tape. 1938-1940.
Folder 2. Cassette Tape. 1940-1941.
Folder 3. Cassette Tape. 1941-1942.
Folder 4. Cassette Tape. Undated.
* Series of letters to family in Portsmouth, VA
2. Correspondence. Inclusive: 1938-1999. Bulk: 1938-1942.
9 Folders. 73 Items.
The Correspondence series is the largest in the collection, containing letters from Angie Utt to her family while she attended Elon College during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Throughout almost all of Angie's letters back home, there are certain details she writes about frequently such as finances, dances, cost of school, Greek life, classes, sporting events, fashion needs, dating, weather, sicknesses, May Day celebrations, and various other topics concerning daily life and activities at Elon.
Within the numerous letters in this series, there are a few of particular interest. For example, on January 19, 1942, Angie writes about the events surrounding a fire on Elon's campus that had occurred only two days earlier (2:7). The north wing of West Dormitory caught fire, starting in the kitchen, on January 17, 1942 (2:7). In this detailed letter, Angie talks about how people worked together to get everyone out of the building safely and the miscellaneous items they grabbed on their way out (2:7). Not only does she mention the details concerning the sequence of events, but she also discusses people's emotional reactions, as well as the College's reaction to the disaster and the cost of repair (2:7).
Angie's interest in Kenneth Utt can be traced through a series of letters that she wrote home in 1941 (2:5, 2:6). In these letters, she talks about how Kenneth was in the same social network, and how they began to “hang out” with one another more frequently. While at Elon, they had similar interests and were involved in some of the same clubs, such as the Dramatics Club. Both of them were featured in the play production of Shakespeare's Othello, in which Angie played Desdemona and Kenneth played Othello (5:2). Specifically, the seriousness of their relationship/friendship took a turn in December of 1941 when Kenneth asked Angie to marry him (2:6). At first, Angie responded by laughing and saying, “In the next ten years,” but when he got serious and asked again, Angie realized it was true (2:6). Angie and Kenneth were married a few years later in 1943, though there is no evidence of this in the Correspondence series (5:2).
Folder 1. Letters. 1938.
* Elon College
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Rawls, Manulla, Mancella, Maniella?
* Ladies Hall
* Boone, Jack
* Portsmouth, VA
* West Dormitory
* Alpha Pi Delta-fraternity
* Greek Life
* Foushee, Jack
* Sloan, Gordon
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 2. Letters. 1939.
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Foushee, Sam B.
* Parker, Jimmy
* Alpha Pi Delta
* Greek Life
* Student Christian Association
* Christian Education
* Moody, LeGrand
* May Day King
* May Day celebrations
* Portsmouth, VA
* Burlington, NC
* Baseball games-Elon
* Library work-Elon
* Wake Forest
* Telephone technology
* Suter, Raleigh
* Wilkins, Billy
* Byrd, Jane
* Copeland, Marjorie
* Elon College
* West, A. T.
* Henry, Mr. D. E.
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 3. Letters. January-May 1940.
* Greek Life
* Foushee, Sam B.
* Alpha Pi Delta
* Basketball
* Greensboro, NC
* Phi Beta Kappa
* Bells, Edna
* May Day celebrations
* Delta Psi Omega
* Dramatics at Elon
* Baseball
* Library work
* Pi Kappa
* Henry, Dolph
* Archery-gym class
* Pittsburgh, PA
* Elon College
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 4. Letters. September-December 1940.
* Typhoid serum/shots
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Student Christian Association
* Colclough, George
* Alpha Pi Delta
* Student Council
* Roberts, Frank
* Pan-Hellenic Council
* Greensboro, NC
* Rogers, Jimmy
* Pi Kappa
* Greek Life
* Dramatics Club
* Suter, Raleigh
* Delta Psi Omega
* Elon College
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 5. Letters. January-May 1941.
* Elon College
* Dramatics Club
* Pi Kappa
* Pan-Hellenic Council
* Cox, Bob
* Costume drawings
* Costume descriptions
* Drug, the (snack bar on campus)
* Utt, Kenneth (Kenny)
* Greek life
* Truitt, Bob
* Greensboro, NC
* State Capitol-Columbia, SC
* Dramatics at Elon
* Pi Gamma Mu
* Social Science Honorary Fraternity
* May Day Costume
* May Day Celebrations
* Burlington, NC
* Delta Psi Omega
* Florida Trip
* Alpha Pi Delta
* Rogers, Beverly
* Commencement 1941
* Commencement Marshal 1941
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 6. Letters. September-December 1941.
* Elon College
* Utt, Kenneth
* Ladies Hall
* Carroll, Margaret
* Budd, Lila
* Greensboro, NC
* Terrell, William B.
* Pan-Hellenic Council
* Greek Life
* Lightbourne, Jimmy
* Elder, Betty
* Murphy, June
* May Day celebrations
* Who's Who in America-Universities and Colleges
* Phillips, James
* Julliard School-New York, NY
* Marriage Plans (Kenneth and Angie)-12/6/1941
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 7. Letters. 1942.
* Greensboro, NC
* Utt, Kenneth
* Charles, Robbie
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* "All or nothing club"-Elon
* Elon College
* Felton, Margaret
* Kappa Psi
* Murphy, June
* Morgan, O. L.
* Mangan, O. L.
* Darden, Jimmy
* West Dormitory
* Budd, Lila
* Fires at Elon
* Gibsonville Fire Department
* Library work
* May Day celebrations
* Spence, Royall
* Blackouts at Elon
* Terrell, William B.
* YWCA
* Pan-Hellenic Council
* Greek Life
* Copeland, Marjorie
* Triplett, Velma
* Dobbs, Whitie
* Connall, Margaret
* Student Government
* Secretary of War-United States
* Foushee, Sam B.
* Washington, DC
* Othello (the play)
* Burlington, NC
* Oxford, Julia Mae
* Dean of Women
Folder 8. Letters. 1992.
* Utt, Angie
* Darden, Jimmy
* Darden, Virginia
* Goldblum, Jean
* Goldblum, Seymour
* Powell, Diane
* Powell, Harold
* Spence, Royall
* Spence, Luvene
Folder 9. Letters. 1999.
* Utt, Angie
* Elon College
* Portsmouth, VA
* Sterling, Fannie L.
* Henry, Dolph Eugene
* Birmingham, AL
* World War II
* Corbett, Sara
* Cox, Bob
* Darden, Jimmy
* Dobbs, Whitey
* Foushee, Sam B.
* Henry, Harry
* Henry, June
* Hankinson, T. W. (Hank)
* Holmes, Luvene
* James, Albert
* Neal, Virginia
* Peebles, Stafford
* Pollard, John
* Sullivan, Billy
* Spence, Royall
* Truitt, Bob
* Williams, Elmer
* Zyrith, Max (Zybo)
* Miller, Pansy
* Golden Alumni
* Troxler, George
* Oscar Award
* Academy Awards
* Demme, Jonathan
3. Financial Documents. 1938-1939.
2 Folders. 2 Items.
Another small series in this collection contains two Financial Documents, both receipts from Elon College. On each of the receipts, there is a list of fees and charges in relation to the “cost of living” at Elon during the late 1930s. Some examples of the charges and fees listed include registration fees, laboratory fees, tuition, room rent, board, room reservation, etc. (3:1, 3:1.1). These two receipts are excellent primary sources that document the costs of attending Elon during the late 1930s.
Folder 1. Receipt. 1938.
* Elon College
* Henry, D. E.
* Portsmouth, VA
Folder 1.1. Receipt. 1939.
* Elon College
* Portsmouth, VA
* Henry, D. E.
4. Photographs. Inclusive: 1945-1992. Bulk: 1940s.
4 Folders. 5 Items.
The Photographs series is the second largest series in the collection, next to the Correspondence series. Within this series, there are mainly black and white prints, with a few color prints included. Most of the photographs contain either Angie or Kenneth Utt in them, sometimes pictured together (4:1-4:4). Of particular interest is a color photograph of Angie and Kenneth Utt standing with the actress Jodie Foster at the 1992 Academy Awards (4:4). During this award ceremony, Kenneth Utt received his first and only Oscar for Best Picture for the major motion picture, The Silence of the Lambs (4:4).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. No Date.
* Pollard, John
* Henry, Angie
* Utt, Kenneth
* Siddell, Bill
* Utt, Angie
* Elon College
* Book store-Elon
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. 1945.
* Utt, Kenneth
* Utt, Angie
* Henry, Angie
* Philadelphia, PA
* Independence Square (Philadelphia, PA)
Folder 3. Miscellaneous. 1948.
* Utt, Kenneth
* Utt, Angie
* Pollard, John
* Henry, Angie
Folder 4. Miscellaneous. 1992.
* Spence, Royall
* Young, Fred
* Utt, Angie
* Utt, Kenneth
* Class reunion-Elon
* Foster, Jodie
* Academy Awards-1992
* Oscar Award
5. Printed Material. 1995-1999.
2 Folders. 3 Items.
The Printed Material series is another small series in the collection, but it contains helpful biographical information about both Angie and Kenneth Utt. For example, a brief outline about Angie Utt can be found in this series which includes biographical, Elon connections, business, and financial pieces of information (5:1). In addition to this outline, a paper titled "Prospect Contact Detail" was generated by Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement, or Gift Planning at Elon—giving details to the amount of money Mrs. Utt gave to Elon College over a period of time (5:2). Furthermore, there is another brief outline that discusses Mrs. Utt's past giving and her potential to be a major donor to Elon in the future (5:2).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. 1995.
* Utt, Angie
* Henry, Angie
* Utt, Kenneth
* Portsmouth, VA
* Utt, Timothy
* Fajardo, Robin Utt
* Utt, Robin
* Dramatics at Elon
* Julliard Graduate School of Music
* New York, NY
* Delta Psi Omega
* Distinguished Alumnus Award-Elon
* Student Government Association
* Drama club
* Pi Gamma Mu
* Pi Kappa Tau
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. 1999.
* Utt, Angie
* New York, NY
* Golden Alumni-Elon