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Sterling D. Colton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9208

Scope and Contents

Contains autobiographical writings of Sterling D. Colton and personal items pertaining to his education and early life with his wife, Ellie Ricks Colton. Included are writings by him and his wife regarding their time as mission presidents. Contains audio and video recordings of interviews with Sterling and Ellie Colton and interviews done with other members of the family, including Hugh Colton. Contains annual reports of the Marriott Corporation/Marriott International, Inc., dating between the years 1965 and 2009. Dates range from 1944 to 2017.

Dates

  • 1944-2017

Creator

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 Sterling D. Colton papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Sterling D. Colton (1929-2019) was a lawyer and hotel executive for the Marriott Corporation.

Sterling Don Colton was born on April 28, 1929 in Vernal, Utah, to Hugh Wilkins Colton and Marguerite Maughan. He pursued studies in banking and finance at the University of Utah, and obtained a juris doctorate from Stanford University in 1953. The following year he married Eleanor Ricks, and they eventually had four children. Colton settled his family in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked as a partner at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy between 1957 and 1966. He then took a position with the Marriott Corporation, where he led a successful career as a member of the general council and a vice president from 1966 to 1995. He has also served as a vice president of the Colton Ranch Corporation since 1987.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colton served as president of the Church's Canada Vancouver Mission following his retirement, from 1995 to 1998. He then served as president of the Washington D.C. Temple from 1999 to 2002. He died on October 8, 2019, in Provo, Utah.

Administrative History

Marriott International, Inc. (1927-) is the world's largest hotel company as of 2016.

Marriott Corporation began as a root beer stand founded in Washington D.C. founded by John Willard Marriott and his wife in 1927. The Marriotts later expanded this enterprise into a chain of restaurants under the name Hot Shoppes, Inc. They began building hotels throughout the eastern United States in the 1950s. In 1967, the company name officially changed to the Marriott Corporation. Following a split between two parts of the Marriott Corporation in 1993, the Corporation became Marriott International, Inc. The company continued to expand its global presence and became a leading property owner within the hotel industry.

Administrative History

Marriott Corporation began as a root beer stand founded in Washington D.C. founded by John Willard Marriott and his wife in 1927. The Marriotts later expanded this enterprise into a chain of restaurants under the name Hot Shoppes, Inc. They began building hotels throughout the eastern United States in the 1950s. In 1967, the company name officially changed to the Marriott Corporation. Following a split between two parts of the Marriott Corporation in 1993, the Corporation became Marriott International, Inc.

Extent

3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Donated by Lee Roderick, the biographer of Sterling D. Colton, in 2018 on behalf of Colton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lee Roderick; September 2018.

Appraisal

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

General

Digital files copied onto M-Disc. Disc located in box 6, folder 5.

Processing Information

Processed; Andy VanDomelen, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2019.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2020.

Creator

Title
Register of the Sterling D. Colton papers
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew VanDomelen
Date
2019 May 22
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