Wilford D. Lee papers
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Collection contains the papers of Wilford D. Lee, including unpublished manuscripts; drafts of short stories, essays, dramas; personal and family history papers; correspondence; educational papers; and other miscellaneous papers,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.
- approximately 1915-1981
- Lee, Wilford D. (Wilford Deloy), 1898-1983 (creator, Person)
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.
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.
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
8 cartons (8 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
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 It includes unpublished manuscripts; drafts of short stories, essays, dramas; personal and family history papers; correspondence; educational papers; and other miscellaneous papers,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.
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.
Donated by Wilford D. Lee in various installments from 1981-1984.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Wilford D. Lee; 1981-1984.
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy, 2009, II.B.5.III).
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- City and Town Life
- Colleges and Universities
- Elementary and Secondary Education
- Home and Family
- Latter Day Saint churches
- Lee, Wilford D. (Wilford Deloy), 1898-1983 -- Archives
- Missions and Missionaries
- Social Life and Customs
- Student Life
- West (U.S.)
- Register of Wilford D. Lee papers
- Ray Palmer and David Oswald, library science students, under Dennis Rowley; Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
- 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.