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Leola G. Merrill papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3748

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of personal papers documenting Merrill's authorship of numerous Mormon-themed dramas and programs, but also contains the personal papers and/or memorabilia of her husband, David M. Merrill, her parents, Luman Peter and Veda Jane Walker Green, and David's father, Amos N. Merrill. Materials dated 1911-2002.


  • 1911-2002


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 Leola G. Merrill papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Leola G. Merrill (1911-2004) was a Mormon playwright and performer.

Leola D. Green Merrill was born November 24, 1911 in Lewisville, Idaho. She attended Brigham Young University from 1932 to 1936, graduating in Dramatic Art and Business. She married David M. Merrill after graduation, and went on to have four children. She also wrote and produced over fifty plays, including dramatizations of the lives of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, and Mary. Four of these were later produced as films. She has given over 100 performances, hosted her own weekly radio program ("Sabbath Prelude"), served on the Board of Directors of the university's Alumni Association, and supported her husband in his business endeavors. She died in Farmington, Utah on February 4, 2004.


11 cartons (11 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated in 2006.

Donated by Leola Kay Richards, daughter of Leola D. Green, in December 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 2006.

Donated; Leola Kay Richards; December 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda C. Clark; December 2006.

Processed; Eric Wolford; February 2016.

  • Honorary doctor of laws degree for Stephen L Richards.
Register of Leola G. Merrill papers
Amanda C. Clark
2006 December
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States