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Wilford D. Lee papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1553

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the papers of Wilford D. Lee, including unpublished manuscripts; drafts of short stories, essays, dramas; personal and family history papers; correspondence; educational papers; and other miscellaneous papers, dated circa 1915-1981. Much of his writings deal with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the West, as well as his own work in education.

Dates

  • approximately 1915-1981

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 Wilford D. Lee papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Wilford D. Lee (1898-1983) was an author and a professor of English in Utah. He taught at Brigham Young University.

Wilford Deloy Lee was born in Iona, Idaho, on May 8, 1898. He was the son of Thomas Wolkitt Lee and Louise Bowen. He married Lorine Hutchinson in the Salt Lake Temple on August 27, 1925.

Lee was educated in Idaho schools and received a teaching certificate from Idaho Teachers College in Pocatello, Idaho. He then earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Brigham Young University (BYU). He did additional graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley.

His first educational assignment came in the late 1920's when he became a school principal in Oxford, Idaho. Following this, he taught high school for six years in Iona, Idaho. Later, Lee moved to Provo, Utah, where he taught for twenty-five years in the English Department of Brigham Young University. He also taught teacher training courses at BYU.

Following his retirement in 1957 Lee moved to Woodland, California, where he wrote several novels, family histories, and short stories. He returned to Provo in 1970 and lived there until his death on December 29, 1983.

Lee was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served full-time missions in Toronto and Winnipeg, Canada, Australia, and Alabama.

Extent

7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of Wilford D. Lee. It includes unpublished manuscripts; drafts of short stories, essays, dramas; personal and family history papers; correspondence; educational papers; and other miscellaneous papers, dated circa 1915-1981.

Arrangement

There are 6 series: 1.Wilford D. Lee unpublished manuscripts and short stories, undated. 2.Wilford D. Lee essays and other creative works, circa 1980-1981. 3.Wilford D. Lee personal and family history, circa 1915-1937. 4.Wilford D. Lee correspondence, circa 1934-1980. 5. Wilford D. Lee educational papers, 1935-1972. 6.Wilford D. Lee notes, circa 1930-1979.

Other Finding Aids

Folder-level inventory available in repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Wilford D. Lee in various installments from 1981-1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Wilford D. Lee; 1981-1984.

Appraisal

LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy, 2009, II.B.5.III).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Title
Register of Wilford D. Lee papers
Status
Completed
Author
Ray Palmer and David Oswald, library science students, under Dennis Rowley; Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Date
2008
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