Estelle Lutrell was originally from Boston, MA and earned her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She worked as a librarian at John Crear Library and the University of Chicago before coming to work at the University of Arizona in 1904. At the University of Arizona, she served as librarian and professor of English until 1922 when she became the University's first full-time librarian. She co-founded the Arizona Library Association with State Librarian Con Cronin, and served as its president in 1930. Lutrell retired in 1932, but continued working as library consultant for many years afterwards.
The collection includes papers produced by Estelle Lutrell, a majority of which were during her tenure as University Librarian. Also enclosed are correspondence, published and unpublished writings, along with histories and compilations by Lutrell relating to University of Arizona history.