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Olive Ellen Winterton Hart autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6783

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes a published autobiography of Olive Winterton Hart. It gives highlights of her life as well as specific memories regarding her life.


  • 1913-2000


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Olive Ellen Winterton Hart autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Oliver Winterton Hart (1913-1997) was a Canadian native who graduated from Brigham Young University. She later worked at a teacher at several schools before working at Brigham Young University.

Olive Winterton Hart was born on February 16, 1913 at home in Magrath, Alberta, Canada. She was the second of five children, of Ralph and Louise Winterton. Her family lived there until she was in 8th Grade when they moved to Provo, Utah. She graduated early from high school and enrolled in classes at Brigham Young University. While she attended BYU she was a member of the Cesta Ties Social Unit and Gamma Phi Omicron, a Home Economic's Sorority. She graduated from BYU in June 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foods and Nutrition with minors in Home Living and English. After graduation she got a job teaching at South Summit High School in Kamas, Utah, Beaver High School in Beaver, Utah, and Provo High School in Provo, Utah. In 1937 she became a U.S. citizen. During the summer of 1940 she went to Ames, Iowa for summer school. While attending that school she met her husband Phil Hart. When she returned in the fall she was offered a job to teach at BYU and oversee student teachers. She and Phil were engaged during the fall of 1940 and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 18, 1941. They then moved to New Jersey for a short time and then they moved to Logan, Utah. Olive and Phil are the parents of seven children. In their later years they were called as temple workers in the Provo LDS Temple, and to serve a couples mission to the Texas-Dallas Mission. She passed away on November 24, 1997.


1 folder (.10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Includes a published autobiography of Olive Winterton Hart.

Custodial History note

This autobiography was written during the early 1990s. It was published in 2000, three years after Olive's death, by her husband Phil Hart. It was donated by her family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Hart family; 2009.

Appraisal note

This belongs in the 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana collection because it describes the life and story of an LDS woman raising her family in Utah and her service in the church and in the community.

Processing Information note

Processed; Whitney Parry; 2009.

Register of Olive Ellen Winterton Hart autobiography
Whitney Parry, student assistant
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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