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Douglas H. Thayer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3178

Scope and Contents note

Collection consists primarily of manuscripts of Thayer's works, including personal notes, publisher/editor corrections and correspondence, and some public response. Also included are various newspaper and magazine articles featuring the author. Dated circa 1962-2009.

Dates

  • approximately 1950-2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Douglas H. Thayer papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Douglas Thayer (born 1929) is a professor and author in Utah.

Douglas Thayer was born in 1929 and grew up in Provo, Utah. At seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany, where he would later return as a missionary. Thayer earned degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU)(BA, English), Stanford (MA), and the University of Iowa (MFA, fiction writing), and had begun doctoral programs at Stanford and University of Maryland when he discovered his passion for fiction writing. He has since published several works in quarterly publications; most of his writing focuses on the Mormon experience, but also reflects his love of the outdoors, which he developed as a child. Thayer is currently a professor of composition at BYU, specializing in fiction writing, but also teaches courses on the short story and Mormon literature, among other things. He is married to Donlu DeWitt, with whom he has six children.

Over the course of his career, Thayer has received a Karl G. Maeser Creative Arts Award, an Alcuin Fellowship in General Education, and several prizes for his work, including a Dialogue Award in Fiction and Association for Mormon Letters awards for short fiction, novels, and lifetime membership. He is currently the author of fifteen short stories and two collections thereof, five novels, an interview, and is working on a memoir and a young adult novel.

Extent

14 cartons (14 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

The collections consists primarily of manuscripts of Thayer's works, including personal notes, publisher/editor corrections and correspondence, and some public response. Also included are various newspaper and magazine articles featuring the author.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: 1. Douglas Thayer draft notes, circa 1962-2009. 2. Douglas Thayer correspondence, articles, and other material, circa 1962-2009.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS3178.xml Papers of Douglas H. Thayer; http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS3178.xml

Custodial History note

Donated by Douglas Thayer in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Douglas H. Thayer; 2005.

Appraisal note

Literary Manuscripts because stories and essays are set in America and have Mormon themes.

Processing Information note

Processed; Amanda C. Clark and John M. Murphy; November 27, 2006. Addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen and John M. Murphy; March 2, 2012. Second addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Title
Register of Douglas H. Thayer papers
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda C. Clark
Date
2006 November 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States