Ida Smoot Dusenberry was born on May 5, 1873 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Abraham O. and Annie Kristina (Mortenson) Smoot. In 1891 she married George Albert Dusenberry. Within three years, both of her parents and her husband died, leaving her with two small children, Earl Smoot Dusenberry and Margaret Smoot Dusenberry. Ida returned to school for training to allow her to teach in order to support her family. She graduated from Brigham Young Academy in 1897, and spent two years at Chauncey Hall College in Boston where she graduated with honors. Ida was the principal of the Kindergarten Normal Training School in Utah. In 1900 she became the vice-president of the Women's Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah. A year later she was called to serve as second counselor to Bathsheba W. Smith in the General Relief Society presidency, a position that she held until Smith's death in 1910. Ida was a delegate to many important events, including the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.; the suffrage convention in Portland, Oregon, during the Portland Fair; the International Council of Women in Berlin, Germany; the Executive Session of the National Council of Women in St. Louis, Missouri; the National Kindergarten Convention in Milwaukee, Michigan; and the National Convention of Charities and Corrections. In 1921 she became an assistant professor of psychology at Brigham Young University and in 1931 she served as a professor of psychology for the Floating University on a trip around the world. Ida's brother Reed Smoot was a United States Senator. Ida Smoot Dusenberry died in 1955.
The Ida Smoot Dusenberry papers are found in one box containing thirteen folders. Articles found in the collection include: short biographies about her; correspondence from family, school officials, and church colleagues (including LDS prophets Heber J. Grant and David O. McKay); personal and family histories; clippings from periodicals; an autograph book; her BYU diploma and two certificates from the Alumni Association; and the guest register and transcript of her funeral services. Civic service.