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Aretta Young poems

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3926

Scope and Contents

The Aretta Young Poems, 1883-1917, include two archival series: (1) Poems, 1883-1917 and (2) Photograph, Undated. Some poems were written about and dedicated to Karl G. Maeser on behalf of the students and faculty of Brigham Young Academy.


  • 1883-1917


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 Aretta Young poems must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Aretta Young (1864-1923), known as Aretta throughout her life, was born in St. Charles, Idaho, to Franklin Wheeler Young and Anna Maria Sabin. Aretta graduated from Brigham Young Academy High School in 1884 with her normal diploma. She later received a certificate in physical geography, a teacher's certificate, and Bachelor of Pedagogy degree, all from Brigham Young Academy. Aretta's professional career also began at Brigham Young Academy where she taught art and reading beginning in 1885. She left BYA for a brief period to teach in Fremont, Utah. There she became the principal of the LDS Seminary. However, she returned to teaching at Brigham Young Academy in 1897, continuing until her death in 1923. Throughout her years of teaching, she wrote poetry and other literature, some of which was published in the 1899 Young Women's Journal. She died in Provo on March 25, 1923.


3 folders (0.32 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections by Fleur Helsingor in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Fleur Helsingor; 2007.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Aretta Young poems
Rose Frank
2011 June 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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