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Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman papers

Identifier: MSS 7011

Scope and Contents

Contains materials on five prominent authors or illustrators that Monroe Paxman and Shirley Brockbank Paxman were acquainted with, including personal and professional materials. Also includes family history material of the extended Paxman and Brockbank families, and personal and professional papers of Monroe J. Paxman, including their involvement with the preservation of Academy Square. Dated from 1900 to 2013.


  • 1900-2013


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Monroe Paxman was born on April 7, 1919 to Achsa Eggerston Paxman and William Monroe Paxman. In 1942, he married Shirley Brockbank. They have seven children. Paxman received his JD from the University of Utah and served as a judge on the 4th District Juvenile Court from 1953 to 1969. He taught at Brigham Young University beginning in 1984, where he was awarded the Abraham O. Smoot Award. Paxman helped to run the McCurdy Historical Doll Museum with his wife for twenty-five years. He was also instrumental in saving Provo's Academy Square.

Biographical History

Shirley went on to earn a master's degree from Brigham Young University in child development and family relations. She taught child development at Brigham Young University for many years and nursing at Utah Valley State College. She opened the McCurdy Historical Doll Museum and ran it for many years, and she and Monroe were instrumental in protecting Provo's Academy Square. She and her husband were avid patrons of the arts and enjoyed attending the various functions throughout their community in Provo, Utah. Shirley passed away December 17, 2015.


20 cartons (20 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Organized into thirteen series: 1. Collection on Virginia Sorensen, 1932-1993. 2. Collection on Esther Peterson, 1986-1991. 3. Collection on Tasha Tudor, 1983-1994. 4. Collection on Helen Candland Stark, 1958-1995. 5. Collection on Iona Archibald and Peter Opie, 1988-1992. 6. Monroe J. Paxman legal material, 1950-1990. 7. Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman family history material, 1900-2013. 8. Collection on Wildwood Resort, 1980-2000. 9. Collection on Christmas, 1960-2000. 10. Collection on Karin Jackson, 1920-2003. 11. Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman personal papers, 1920-2009. 12. Paxman family collection on Eggertsen family, 1913-2003. 13. Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman collection on Academy Square, 1989-2004.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository.

Custodial History

Donated in installments by Monroe and Shirley Paxman from 2003 to 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Monroe and Shirley Brockbank Paxman; 2003, 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Monroe Paxman; 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Shirley Brockbank Paxman; 2014.


LDS, Utah, and Western American Women (19th, 20th, and 21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5. August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif; 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt; 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt; 2013.

  • Photocopies of illustrations from Tudor's books
  • Bank records, checks, other financial records.
Register of Monroe J. and Shirley Brockbank Paxman papers
Elizabeth Ballif and Peter Hoyt, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
2009 June
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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