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Eleanor Jorgensen papers

Identifier: MSS 8784

Content Description

Contains teaching materials on clothing design, research scrapbooks, photographs of trips taken by Jorgensen, professional papers, and historical clothing. Materials date from approximately 1880 to 2014.


  • approximately 1880-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Eleanor Jorgensen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Eleanor Jorgensen (1923-2014) was a professor at Brigham Young University in the Department of Clothing and Textiles.

Eleanor Jorgensen was born on July 24, 1923, in Price, Utah to George Edgar and Florence Virginia Horsley Jorgensen. She studied the history of textiles and clothing design at Brigham Young University, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Kansas State. She earned her masters in 1954, and her PhD in 1965 at Texas Women's-Denton, Texas for Textile Technology. She taught at a high school in Payson, Utah. She then received a position at Brigham Young University and taught for over 40 years in the Department of Clothing and Textiles. She earned Outstanding Teacher Awards from BYU in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988, and served a term as department chair. She died on December 25, 2014 in Provo, Utah.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

7 oversize box (10.66 linear ft.)

1 folder ((0.01 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



Arranged into six series: 1. Eleanor Jorgensen scrapbooks, 1940-1950. 2. Eleanor Jorgensen historical clothing, approximately 1880-1970. 3. Eleanor Jorgensen teaching and research materials, approximately 1930-2014. 4. Eleanor Jorgensen dissertation, 1963-1989. 5. Eleanor Jorgensen photographs, 1990-1992. 6 Eleanor Jorgensen yearbooks, 1938-1991.

Custodial History

Materials were donated by Eleanor Jorgensen's nephew, Jared F. Brown in August 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jared F. Brown; August 2015.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; December 2015.

  • Costume institute cards for teaching
Register of Eleanor Jorgensen papers
Erin Owens
2015 December 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States