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K. H. and James M. Thorne slides, photographs, and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8815

Content Description

Contains slides and photographs by Thorne documenting her work as a plant curator and botanist at Brigham Young University. Includes images of plants in Utah and the West, and of the Bean Museum, as well as from field trips to Los Alamos, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Kauai, and other unidentified locations. Materials dated approximately 1965-1993.


  • approximately 1965-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the K. H. and James M. Thorne slides, photographs and notebook must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

K. H. Thorne (1939-2004) was a botanist and curator of plants in Utah.

Kaye Hugie was born on February 19, 1939 in Logan, Utah to LaVern Keam Hugie and Edith Linford. Raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was baptized in 1947. She later attended and graduated from Utah State University. She married James Meyers Thorne on June 3, 1960 in the Logan Utah Temple, and they had two children.

After her marriage, Thorne and her husband moved to California where she worked as a teacher. In 1966 they returned to Utah and settled in Provo, where her husband taught at Brigham Young University. She later returned to school, earning a master's degree in Botany at BYU. Afterward she worked as an assistant curator of plants at the university's herbarium, where she worked to collect and preserve plants for teaching and research. She was also a talented illustrator, drawing plants in pen and ink.

Thorne suffered from Alzheimer's disease in her later years, and died on April 30, 2004 in Provo, Utah.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)




Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Original file donated by Thorne's children, James Perry Thorne and Allison Elizabeth Stewart, in 2015. Second accession of two folders donated by Thorne and Stewart in February 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James Perry Thorne and Allison Elizabeth Stewart; 2015.

Donated; James Perry Thorne and Allison Elizabeth Stewart; 2016.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, August 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Cory Nimer; 2015. Processed; Amanda Crandall; 2016.


Register of K. H. and James M. Thorne slides, photographs, and other material
Cory Nimer
2015 December 11
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