Irene May Wootton was born in 1921 in Manchester, England to Edward and Lilie Wootton. She married William Bates on June 14, 1941 in Manchester. In 1958 she and William joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1967 where she attended the University of Utah. They then moved to Pacific Palisades, California in 1971 where Irene finished out her undergraduate degree at the University of California in Los Angeles. She went on to receive her masters and Ph.D. She is the mother of four children.
This collection contains papers dealing with events in Irene's life. It is divided into four folders. The first folder contains information on her graduation from UCLA including a program of the commencement exercise. There are letters to Irene congratulating her on this achievement. Several newspaper clippings are included announcing her graduation and a reproduction of the speech she gave at the commencement exercises, as she was the class Valedictorian. The second folder holds two papers written by Irene, one for a history class, the other for the Sunstone Theological Symposium. There id also a four-page document written by both William and Irene to Richard Poll about their experiences in assisting with the building of their stake canter and their involvement in the missionary program of the church. This folder also contains a 39-page autobiography of Edward Wootton, Irene's father. The third folder contains information on the film Reflections. This film was a Relief Society project, though it is not church sponsored, headed up by Irene. The film was a documentary in which several women from different walks of life were asked questions about their lives and the choices that influenced where they are today. This folder has information on the fundraisers they undertook, the questions they asked the women in the film, correspondence from those interested in the film or from those who had seen the film and wanted to share their impressions. There is also a transcript of the premier showing of the film with the discussion panel that followed the viewing. There are also several newspaper clippings of reviews of the film or announcements of its showings. The last folder is mostly pages from Irene's calling in the MIA Youth program of the church. There is information on Youth Conferences they held with schedules of activities and lessons included in the programs. There are several issues of 'The Mutal Friend,' a monthly bulletin put together for the youth and those serving with the youth in their stake. There is also a document that Irene wrote with follow-up information on the happenings of the film Reflections. She tells of its history, why it came about, who had seen it, and some of the feedback she had received from people. The last things in this folder are two talks written by Irene on womanhood for 'Woman's Week' put on by her stake.