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Early Utah Women Inventors: A Conversation with Christine Cooper-Rompato

In this conversation, Christine Cooper-Rompato, an associate professor in the English Department at Utah State University, introduces us to a couple of remarkable nineteenth-century women in Utah Territory who filed patents for their inventions. We see who these women were, where they came from, and what we know about their inventions—mechanisms for bathing, items for clothing and costumes, a music binder, and a brake for a wagon. Cooper-Rompato provides delightful insights into what these patents tell us about the changing world of nineteenth-century America and the private and public lives of women in Utah. We also get an inside glimpse into how a professor who specializes in medieval literature came to study women inventors in the United States, where she obtained information on these women, and what we can learn about Utah history from the stories of these women and their inventions.

Click on each image below for the full patent:

Jeannette P. Brown’s life preserver for the head, U.S. Patent 531,505.


Carrie Aurelia Munro’s first vapor bath invention, U.S. Patent 151,149.


Rebecca Henshaw’s clothing hook, U.S. Patent 435,827.



Matilda Busby and her associates invented a wagon brake, U.S. Patent 438,491.


Julia Samson’s portable music binder, U.S. Patent 492,238.