Rachel Henrietta Woolley Dalley was born December 2, 1880 to Edwin Dilworth Woolley Jr. and Emma Bentley in St. George, Utah. She married Julius Dalley on May 2, 1912, and they had nine children. She died August 26, 1960.
These papers are part of a larger collection pertaining to the Woolley family. Manuscripts about Rachel are located in the second box of the collection, in the tenth folder. There are several different manuscripts, the majority of which are written by Rachel: first, two pages of typescript, entitled, 'Rachel's Cheese Vat Story,' relating the story of Rachel and Ruth falling into the pig corral when young; second, two half-sheets entitled, 'Rachel's Cheese Story,' concerning the family's journey to sell cheese, during which the wagon spilled while midstream, and Rachel came close to dying; third, three half-sheets entitled, 'Rachel's Story of Life at the Ranch,' in which Rachel describes the Upper Kanab valley, her neighbors, her life, and the celebration of various holidays there; fourth, three pages of experiences with marshals chasing polygamous men entitled, 'Stories of the Underground Days as told by Aunt Rachel W. Dalley'; fifth, three sheets entitled, 'Then and Now,' in which Rachel describes the valley and relates two stories contrasting the charitable acts made by people in different periods of time; sixth, nine pages of text entitled, 'The Woolley Horses,' which provide detailed descriptions of each of the horses owned by the Woolley family; seventh, a newspaper article titled, 'Passing Parade,' and a two-page typescript, 'Notes from Rachel's Letter,' which relates more of Rachel's memories, such as her father nearly being killed by a stray bullet and scrubbing clothes; eighth, five half-sheets entitled, 'Notes from Rachel's letters,' relating the 'Three Lake incident,' how stores operated on credit, the process of selling the plantation, and the courtship story of Hattie Davis and Samuel E. Woolley; ninth, 'Notes from Rachel's letter,' which is one half-page, describing Caroline Woolley and the 'Hawaiian Princess'; tenth, 'Excerpts from Aunt Rachel's letter of Jan 1954,' which is five half-pages describing 'Aunt Nettie,' as well as the lives of her and Aunt Rachel following the death of their husband, Joe Simmons; eleventh, 'Rachel's Story of the Divided Skirts,' which is three half-sheets, pertaining to the transition from riding horses side-saddle to wearing divided skirts; twelfth, a half-page entitled, 'Rachel's chapter on Upper Kanab,' which is another description of the valley; and last, two pages with photocopies of the fronts and backs of two postcards, both of which are addressed to Ray (Rachel).