- approximately 1927-1991
- Holbrook, Leona (Creator, Person)
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103 cartons (103 linear ft.)
20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
2 oversize boxes (3.32 linear ft.)
1 quarto (1.38 linear ft.)
Leona Holbrook was born in Lehi, Utah, on April 7, 1909, to Horace Cook Holbrook and Leona Garn. After living in New Zealand while her parents served a mission, she was accelerated to high school at the age of thirteen. She attended East High School in Salt Lake City from 1922 to 1925. At age sixteen, Leona entered the University of Utah, declaring physical education as her major. There she was elected president of the Women's Athletic Association and awarded the Phi Delta Pi Cup.
Her first teaching position was at West Junior High School in Salt Lake City in 1931. In 1935 she was awarded a masters of science degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University, New York City, as well as a doctorate degree in education in 1950. After working in various leadership positions in several camps for women and girls, Leona accepted a teaching position at Brigham Young University in 1937. At BYU, Leona had a large part in planning the construction of the Richards Building. Later in her life she donated three hundred thousand dollars to the dance and women's physical education programs at BYU. She passed away at the age of seventy-one in her Provo home, of natural causes.
Leona Holbrook received numerous honors and acted in many leadership positions in her lifetime, including the president of the American Camping Association (Wasatch Section) (1946), president of the National Assocation for Physical Education of College Women (1964-1966), president of the American Assocation for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (1966-1967), recipient of the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award (1967), member of the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee (1968), enshrined in the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame (1971), recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award (1977), director of the National Olympic Academy III at BYU (1978), and recipient of the Luther Halsey Gulick Award (1974) and the Dorothy S. Ainsworth Honor Award (1979).
The original order of the collection has been maintained.
Other Finding Aids
Donated by Nena Rey Hawkes in Sept 1997.
Transferred from Library Acquisitions in May 2000.
MSS 1774 and MSS 1778 were merged with other Leona Holbrook papers and catalogued under MSS 1740 in Mar 2001.
Transferred from Bibliographic Department of HBLL Brigham Young University.
Donated by Don Norton.
Transferred from the Department of Dance in October 2014.
Transferred from the Excercise Science Department in March 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Nena Rey Hawkes; September 1997.
MSS 1774 and MSS 1778 merged; March 2001.
Transferred; Bibliographic Department; date of acquisition not identified.
Donated; Don Norton; date of acquisition not identified.
Transferred from Library Acquisitions; May 2000.
Transferred from Department of Dance; October 2014.
Transferred; Department of Exercise Science; March 2016.
Processed; Hannah Waddel; December 2014.
Processed; Eric Wolford; January 2017.
- Brigham Young University -- Faculty
- Brigham Young University. Department of Physical Education
- Colleges and Universities
- Education, Higher -- Utah -- Provo
- Holbrook, Leona -- Archives
- International Relations
- Mormon women
- Papers (Documents)
- Personal papers
- Physical education and training
- Physical education for women -- Utah
- Politics, Government, and Law
- Speeches, addresses, etc.
- Register of Leona Holbrook papers
- Dani Peterson
- 2011 August 19
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 2014 December 3: Addendum to Collection added; Hannah Waddel; December 2014.
- 2017 January 4: Addendum to Collection added; Eric Wolford; January 2017.