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Jane Beckwith collection of MX Missile Materials

Identifier: AR 950Bec

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes materials related to the debate on the placement of MX missile construction sites in Delta, Utah. Included in collection: survey done by Congressman Dan Marriott and the conclusion of the survey, newspaper surveys, magazine articles, maps, flyers, information packets, newspaper articles, and opinions of Utah citizens. Topics covered include: nuclear war with Russia, MX effects on agriculture and desert ecosystems, and MX effects on local ways of life.


  • 1960 - 2021


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for Research. Copyright for offical University records is held by Utah Valley University, all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Jane Beckwith joined with other people from the community of Delta, UT to protest the possible MX Missile Project that was to be placed in a large section of the Nevada and Utah desert. Her sister Sue Beckwith Dutson, editor and publisher of the Millard County Chronicle, was very active in spreading information and protesting the government’s nuclear project. Jane was an English teacher at Delta High School Teacher.

Delta had been experiencing social and economic changes because of the Intermountain Power Project that was gearing up at about the same time as MX. Community leaders opposed to MX consisted of doctors, teachers, and farmers who all believed the racetrack deployment was mis-guided and should be stopped.

In 1982 Jane began a project with her journalism classes studying the history of the World War II Topaz Japanese Internment Camp, located 16 miles northwest of Delta. That project led to the construction of the Topaz Museum located in Delta.


10.62 Linear Feet (11 containers)


Collection consists of materials related to the debate on the placement of MX missile construction sites in Delta, Utah.

Arrangement note

Imposed order by type and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Jane Beckwith

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Rebekah Westrup, Archives Specialist
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Revision Statements

  • 27 January 2021: Materials added; photographs, newsclippings, gov't doc, letters, a t-shirt, new series of handwritten notes. Biographical note changed by request of Beckwith. Series arrangement note changed. Extent changed.

Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States