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Emily M. Carlisle papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2337

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a variety of materials collected by Emily Carlisle dating from 1830 to 1976. These materials, consisting of family histories and genealogy, various organizations, educational, political and financial papers, and photographs, detail Emily Carlisle's association with many different organizations and occupations.


  • 1830-1976


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 Emily M. Carlisle papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Emily Stevenson McDonald Carlisle was born September 6, 1886, to Francis McDonald and Rozella Stevenson in Big Cottonwood (now Holladay), Utah. She was the oldest of eleven children. In 1907, she graduated from University of Utah Normal School and received her Master's degree from the University of Utah in 1916. During the summers of 1918 and 1923, Emily interned at Columbia University. Her education continued throughout all her life as she took summer sessions at University of California and University of Utah. In 1952, she received her MS from the University of Utah.

Emily married Harvey Cartwright Carlisle on 19 July 1923. She would have two children in this marriage: Isabelle and Frank McDonald Carlisle. Harvey had children from his other marriages who came to accept Emily as their mother. Harvey died 3 July 1935, leaving Emily a widow. She never remarried.

Beginning in 1907, Emily began teaching in Granite District, Utah. From 1916-1923, she was the head of the English Department at Granite High School. In 1935, Emily began teaching at Cyprus Junior and Senior High School. During this time, she was an advisor of the yearbook which won many national awards.

In addition to Carlisle's accomplishments as a teacher, she was very active in church service, social service, and politics. She served as Director of Cottonwood Stake Maternity Hospital, 1926-1931; first President of the Granite PTA Council, 1924-1925; President of Twin Peaks Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1956-1958; Member of Eighteenth Session of the State Legislature, 1935-1936 and 1947-1948; President of Utah Council of Teachers of English; and many other things.

During the last years of her life, Emily lived with her children Frank, in New York, and then with Isabelle Carlisle Packard, in California. Emily died in San Luis Obispo, California on January 24, 1975.


13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection contains correspondence, family history and biographies, certificates and identifications, school papers and events, legal and financial information within the immediate and extended family, yearbooks, and a large collection of photographs covering the period between 1830 and 1976.


Arranged in 11 series: 1. Emily M. Carlisle family correspondence, 1891-1976. 2. Emily M. Carlisle genealogy and family history, 1879-1984. 3. Emily M. Carlisle papers on Holladay, Utah, 1858 August, undated. 4. Carlisle family documents and certificates, 1854-1973. 5. Emily M. Carlisle collection of newspaper clippings, 1884-1991. 6. Emily M. Carlisle educational papers, 1907-1955. 7. Emily M. Carlisle political and financial papers, 1892-1970. 8. Emily M. Carlisle club papers, 1905-1974. 9. Emily Carlisle collection of church, family papers, 1834-1974. 10. Photographs of various people and places, 1830-1976. 11. Emily Carlisle yearbooks, 1929-1952.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection was donated in September 2001 and had remained in the family before coming to the Harold B. Lee Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carlisle family; September 2001.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker, Curator, and Judi Crisp and Erin Chapman, Student Assistants; 2001.

Register of Emily M. Carlisle papers
David J. Whittaker, Curator and Judi Crisp and Erin Chapman, Student Assistants
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Western Waters (WWDL) Grant, 2007-2010

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States