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Stewart, Ora Pate, 1910-1990

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1910-1990

Biographical History

Ora Pate Stewart (1910-1990) was an accomplished Mormon author.

Ora Pate Stewart was born August 23, 1910 in Teton Basin, Idaho, to Ezra Greenwood and Ada Rosella Sharp Pate. She married Robert W. Stewart on October 13, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (later solemnized in the Logan temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint). Her husband was in the Air Force and they lived in 38 states during his career. They had four sons and two daughters together. Her writing career began very young, as she wrote her first song at age four, story at age seven, verses at age nine, and published at age ten. During her life she wrote twenty-nine books, fourteen of which became bestsellers, four poetry books, and composed more than two-hundred pieces of music. As if this does not attest to her ability as an accomplished writer, her books have been translated into as many as seventeen languages. She received many awards and honors, including (but not limited to): Best Book in 1946; first runner-up in California Mother of the Year; first woman invited to speak at the Westminster Abbey; she was honored at the White House by four different presidents; she served as the Biblical advisor to Cecil B. DeMille on the Ten Commandments; and received seven honorary doctorates. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served three ecclesiastical missions in the Eastern United States, England, and Michigan.

She died February 10, 1990 and was interred in the Provo City Cemetery.

Citation

Deseret News, via WWW, 13 March 2012 (Ora Pate Stewart was born August 23, 1910 in Teton Basin, Idaho, to Ezra Greenwood and Ada Rosella Sharp Pate; married Robert W. Stewart on October 13, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (later solemnized in the Logan temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); her husband was in the Air Force and they lived in 38 states during his career; had four sons and two daughters together; writing career began very young, as she wrote her first song at age four, story at age seven, verses at age nine, and published at age ten; wrote twenty-nine books, fourteen of which became bestsellers, four poetry books, and composed more than two-hundred pieces of music; her books have been translated into as many as seventeen languages; received many awards and honors, including (but not limited to): Best Book in 1946; first runner-up in California Mother of the Year; first woman invited to speak at the Westminster Abbey; was honored at the White House by four different presidents; served as the Biblical advisor to Cecil B. DeMille on the Ten Commandments; received seven honorary doctorates; served three ecclesiastical missions in the Eastern United States, England, and Michigan; died February 10, 1990 and was interred in the Provo City Cemetery)

Ancestry.com, via WWW, 13 March 2012 (Ora Pate Stewart was Aug. 23, 1910; died Feb. 10, 1990)

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

I talk about my children

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2734
Scope and Contents Typewritten book draft with handwritten corrections. Stewart writes about raising her children. Also included are photocopies of entries from numerous national and international biographical dictionaries and directories which list Stewart.
Dates: approximately 1975

Ora Pate Stewart ancestral photographs, approximately 1904-1964

 Sub-Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 9,11,16-23,25-30,32-34,36-39,42-44
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains photographs of Stewart's ancestors, including members of the Sharp, Shinsel, and Pate families. These photographs were likely used for genealogical purposes. Some are mounted photographs. Materials date from between approximately 1904 and 1964.
Dates: approximately 1904-1964

Ora Pate Stewart artifacts, approximately 1930-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains personal artifacts of Stewart. Includes several plaques and a laminated certificate, a metal crown, and other awards. Also includes a ukulele in its case. Materials date from approximately 1930 to 1995.
Dates: approximately 1930-1995

Ora Pate Stewart authored works, approximately 1930-1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains published books, poems, musical compositions, short stories, and consecutive drafts of some works. These works include anthologies for Utah poets and prose writers. Stewart's works discuss themes of nature, religion, and her own family. Dated circa 1930-1980.
Dates: approximately 1930-1980

Ora Pate Stewart book manuscripts, approximately 1955-1984

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains assembled manuscripts for proposed, titled works as well as untitled works. Examples of some works are "Ettie Lee," "The Brightness of Hope," and "A Letter to my Parents." Manuscripts are also often anthologies of Stewart's poetry. All writing discusses Mormon history, Stewart's family history, or Mormon religion. Materials date from between approximately 1955 and 1984.
Dates: approximately 1955-1984

Ora Pate Stewart collection of Adell Palmer drawings, approximately 1959

 Sub-Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains proposed illustrations for Stewart's books. Pictures are done in an unknown medium by the artist Adele Palmer. Palmer also includes suggestions on the back of the drawings concerning which poems or stories to which the pictures should be adjacent. Materials dated from approximately 1959.
Dates: approximately 1959

Ora Pate Stewart collection on Robert W. Stewart military service, approximately 1920-1985

 Sub-Series — Carton: 6, Folder: 19-23
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains records of Robert W. Stewart's military career, including physical examinations reports, letters, records of duty, and other materials. They document his military service, including all assignments and comments of his superiors. Additionally, they pertain to his health and post-military work. Materials date from between approximately 1920 and 1985.
Dates: approximately 1920-1985

Ora Pate Stewart correspondence, approximately 1939-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains letters to Stewart from fans, publishers, family, friends, and literary associations. They pertain to Ora Pate Stewart's writings, finances, and personal relationships. Included are letters from banks and publishers, discussing financial records and potential publications, and letters contain requests for Stewart to speak at local events. Much personal correspondence is included, such as Christmas cards, letters to family members, and missionary correspondence. Materials date from...
Dates: approximately 1939-1995

Ora Pate Stewart drafts, approximately 1985

 Sub-Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 4,7-15
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes collected drafts of poems and short stories. Poems relate to Utah history, stories of Stewart's family, religious themes, and nature. Short stories are often on Stewart's family and the Mormon faith. Materials date from approximately 1985.
Dates: approximately 1985

Ora Pate Stewart mission photographs, approximately 1931-1933

 Sub-Series — Carton: 8, Folder: 24, 40-41
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 4 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains photographs of Stewart's mission to the Eastern States. The pictures are of Stewart and her companions and local sights, like churches and memorials. Materials date from between approximately 1931 and 1933.
Dates: approximately 1931-1933