The Grace Alta Merritt Lucas Collection consists chiefly of personal correspondence and
family photographs. The collection also contains legal documents and correspondence with
attorneys in Helena, Montana regarding the Lucas's property there.
Grace Alta Merritt Lucas (1885-1977) was the granddaughter of Sarah Griffiths and
Benjamin Rosser, Welsh immigrants who settled in Iowa. The Rossers had five children one
of whom, Mary, was Alta Merritt Lucas' mother. Mary Rosser married Lawrence G. Merritt
(1884) and, at twenty-six, Alta Merritt married Julius Robert Lucas in Indianapolis. The
Lucases lived in Helena, Montana for most of their married life, later moving to Salt
Lake City, where they were divorced in 1921. Mrs. Lucas then settled in Stockton,
California where she and her ex-husband were part owners of the Muldowney & Lucas
printing Company. From 1930 she worked as a printer for a Stockton newspaper until
retiring in 1976.