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Margaret Blair Young papers

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9290

Scope and Contents

A CD titled, "I am Jane" and labeled "BYU Black History Month; Margaret Young, Director; 2014." The disk contains a videorecording of a play directed by Margaret Blair Young about the life of Jane Manning and other African American members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It details the journey of Manning and her family as pioneers to Nauvoo, Illinois. It also illustrates the lives of other black pioneers. The performance is based on early Latter-day Saint history and includes scenes with the prophet Joseph Smith. The play documents sections of Manning's life between 1813 and 1908. The performance itself is dated 2014.


  • 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 Margaret Blair Young papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Margaret Blair Young (1955-) is an author, film maker, and writer who has taught at Brigham Young University for thirty years.

Margaret Blair Young was born in 1955 and has lived most of her life in Utah. She is married to Bruce Wilson Young, who is an English professor, and is the mother of four children. Young earned her B.A. at Brigham Young University (BYU) in theatre and cinematic arts in 1979. She later earned her M.A. at BYU in 1988 in creative writing. Young has taught writing classes at BYU for over 30 years and is the author of several novels including "House Without Walls" (1991), "Salvador" (1992), and "Heresies of Nature" (2002). She also helped to write and direct the documentary "Jane Manning James: Your Sister in the Gospel" (2005) which was shown at several film festivals and on PBS. Currently her work focuses on reviving the film industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Margaret Blair Young in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, Margaret Blair Young, April 2019.


20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana (Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history; II, B, 5, VI 2016)

Existence and Location of Copies

A copy of the disk is included in the folder.

Processing Information

Processed; Grace Bithell, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Register of Margaret Blair Young papers
Grace Bithell student manuscript processor
2019 May 10
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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