Levi Stewart Udall, 1891-1960
Papers, ca. 1842-19745 manuscript boxes (2.50 linear feet)
Acquisition: Gift, 1965
Levi Stewart Udall was born January 20,
1891 at St. Johns, Arizona. He is the brother of past Chief Justice
of the Arizona Supreme Court, Jesse A.Udall. Levi attended public
school in St. Johns, completed his secondary education at Gila Academy in
Thatcher (1910-1911), and briefly attended the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 1914, he married Louise Lee of Thatcher. They are the parents of Inez,
Elma, Stewart, Morris, Eloise, and Burr Udall.
For twenty-eight years, Levi served in the Apache County Courthouse in various public service positions including: Clerk for the County Board of Supervisors (1915-1918); Clerk of the Superior Court (1919-1922); in 1922 he was admitted to the Arizona State Bar; County Attorney for two terms (1923-24 and 1927-28); and Judge of the Superior Court (1931-1946). In January 1947, Levi was elected to the office of Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona, a position he held until his death on May 30,1960 in Wickenburg, Arizona.
A member of many civic associations, Levi was awarded both the Medallion of Merit (1959) and an honorary Doctor of Laws (1960) by the University of Arizona. From 1915-1920, he held the position of Ward president for the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association (1915-1920), a Mormon organization, and was ordained into the priesthood by his father, David K. Udall in 1920. He served as president of the St. Johns Stake (1922-1945), and later was appointed as Patriarch for the Phoenix North Stake. The purpose of this WWW exhibit is to present a selection of papers from the Levi Stewart Udall Manuscript Collection (MS 293), held by the University of Arizona Library, Special Collections Department. The materials provide an introduction to Levi Udall's private and public interests.
The papers in the Levi S. Udall
Collection, ca. 1842-1974 (bulk 1910-1960), are organized into the following
series: Personal, Correspondence, Reminiscences, Activity, Ledgers, Speeches,
and Miscellaneous Printed Materials. This collection documents the Udall
family; their settlement in Arizona; the influence of the church in their
lives; the editing and publishing of David K. Udall's memoirs titled Arizona
Pioneer Mormon; and many of the civic and religious speeches given by Levi
This collection does not document Levi Udall's official tenure as a leader in Mormon organizations, and his career as a lawyer and judge in St. Johns and Phoenix, Arizona. There is little information about his youth on the family farm, his stewardship as a farmer, life as a father of six children, and correspondence between Udall family members.
Personal Files, 1842-1974; Correspondence, 1909-1960
Box Folder Description
Personal files: Biographical, 1915-1960.
Includes lists of court cases; highlights of Levi Udall's career; biographical
information on Levi and Louise Udall; typescript story by Louise Lee Udall
titled "The Barren Desert Is A Fruitfield: An account of the exploration and
early settlement of Northern Arizona;" programs; memo on Levi Udall's
Personal files: Certificates and diplomas, 1904-1959.
Includes a patriarchs certificate of ordination; various club, association, and
society certificates of membership and appreciation to Levi Udall;
Personal files: Memorial booklets and audio tapes, 1959-1974.
Two audio tapes with a tribute to Levi Udall titled "This is your life;" four
audio tapes of the funeral services for Levi and Louise Lee Udall; two
booklets recalling the lives of Levi and Louise Lee Udall; a remembrance
of Louise Udall's life written by her sister Edna Lee Brimhall titled "What I
Can Remember of Louise Udall As We Grew Up."
Correspondence: Udall family, 1918-1960.
Mainly letters from the Udall family to Levi Udall during the 1950's and to
which he stapled copies of his outgoing replies.
Correspondence: David K. and Eliza Luella Udall, 1923-1937.
Letters from David K. and Eliza Luella Udall to Levi Udall.
Correspondence: Pearl Udall, Joseph, and Joseph S. Nelson, 1909-1957.
Letters from Pearl Udall, Joseph, and Joseph S. Nelson to Levi Udall.
Correspondence: General, 1921-1959.
Includes correspondence pertaining to Levi Udall's professional, religious,
and civic interests; letters from lawyers, law professors, and judges
discussing court cases; invitations to speak at various engagements and
fundraisers; congratulatory notes; letters of appreciation; Mormon church
issues in Arizona.
Index To Family Correspondence
Index To General Correspondence
Ross, Harry D., 1933-34, 1940, 1944-45
Correspondence, 1960-1962; Reminiscences, 1903-1956;
Activity Files, 1937-1962
Box Folder Description
Correspondence: General, 1960-1962.
Includes correspondence to Levi on appointments to commissions,
agencies, organizations; requests for references and information; personal
and family issues; congratulations; honors; thank you notes.
Reminiscences: Mormon Women's Relief Society, 1903.
Typescript stories on the history of a Mormon Women's Relief Society by
Reminiscences: Apache County Court House, 1918.
A brief history by Levi Udall on the construction of the Apache County
Reminiscences: Pearl Udall Nelson, 1931-1933.
Includes memories by Pearl Udall Nelson on her families stay in Hunt and
St. Johns, Arizona in the early 1900s, early Mormon history in Arizona and
and her research notes on Don Lorenzo Hubbell and Arizona history; a
history paper by Pearl titled "Historical Data on the Establishing of High
Schools in Arizona and On Irrigation in Arizona," taken from "Mormon
Settlement in Arizona," by McClintock.
Reminiscences: Pleasant Valley War, 1937.
A typescript copy of recollections by Osmer D. Flake concerning the
Pleasant Valley War of the mid 1880s.
Reminiscences: Orland K. Hamblin's war experiences, 1956.
A typescript copy of Orland K. Hamblin's "My Experiences in the Service
and as a Prisoner of War of the Japs." The story of Hamblin's service in
the United States Army from 1941-1945, his narration of the Japanese
invasion of the Philippine Islands, the "death march" to Bataan, his life as a
prisoner of war from 1942-1945, and his liberation and return to the
Activity files: Condolences, 1937-1938.
Correspondences of condolence on the deaths of David K. and
Activity files: Correspondence: David K. and Ella Udall estates,
Correspondence relating to the settlement of the estates of David K. and
Ella Udall; a program and speeches for the funeral service of
David K. Udall; the will of Joseph Udall.
Activity files: Arizona vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1940-1945.
Case file for one of Levi Udall's most noted trials.
Activity files: Boy Scouts in Arizona, 1943-1960.
Information on Levi Udall's years and activities as a leader of the
Boy Scouts in Arizona.
Activity files: Judgeship Election Campaigns: 1946, 1952, 1958.
Materials relating to Levi Udall's election campaigns for the judgeship of
the Arizona Supreme Court.
Activity files: Arizona Supreme Court, 1950s.
Reports, analysis, suggestions, and commentaries on and about the
Arizona Supreme Court.
Activity Files, 1956-1962; Ledgers, 1932-1959; Speeches,
Box Folder Description
Activity files: Arizona Pioneer Mormon, 1936, 1956-1960.
information relating to the publication, distribution, and reviews of
"Arizona Pioneer Mormon; notes; pedigree chart; correspondence;
Activity files: Doctor of Laws, 1959-1960.
Levi Udall's Doctor of Laws honorary degree from the
University of Arizona; correspondence.
Activity files: Levi Udall estate, 1961-1962.
Levi Udall estate papers; widows benefits information.
Ledgers: Personal, Family, Farm, Business Accounts, 1932-1959.
Two ledger volumes detailing account information for Levi Udall's
farming, title service, and real estate ventures, election campaign
of 1946; the settlement of David K. Udall's estate; miscellaneous family
loans. Indexes to the ledgers are found inside their front covers.
Dedicatory remarks by Harry D. Ross for the Arizona Supreme Court
Speech by C.G. Salsbury, M.D., titled "The Navajo Problem,"
presented at the Arizona State Conference on Social Work.
Speeches: General, 1920-1958.
Levi Udall speeches given at holiday celebrations, church gatherings,
Box Folder Description
Speeches: General, 1959-1960.
Levi Udall's speeches given at luncheons, church events, clubs,
Speeches: Miscellaneous, not dated.
Miscellaneous fragments and background materials from speeches
made by Levi Udall.
4 3 Speeches: Christmas, 1945-1959.
4 4 Speeches: Easter, 1936-1954.
4 5-7 Speeches: Funerals, 1940-1960.
Speeches: Graduations, 1929-1960.
Speeches, 1920-1960; Miscellaneous Printed Materials,
Box Folder Description
Speeches: Graduations, not dated.
Miscellaneous fragments, research, and background materials from
speeches made by Levi Udall to graduation classes.
Speeches: Latter-Day Saints, 1920-1960.
Latter-Day Saints speeches by Levi Udall; research materials.
5 6 Miscellaneous Printed Materials: Clippings, 1950s.
5 7 Miscellaneous Printed Materials: Poems, 1930s-1940s.
Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1918-1969.
Includes: a court case final decree; trial jurors handbook; newspapers,
map, list of Levi Udall court cases.
Graham - Tewksbury Feud
Mormons - Arizona - History
Apache County (Ariz.) - History
World War, 1939-45 - Personal narratives
Saint Johns (Ariz.) - History
Judges - Arizona
Udall, David King, 1851-1938
Udall, Louise Lee, 1893-1974
Ross, Harry D.
Nelson, Pearl Udall