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DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7296

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the Colliers's various writings throughout the years. DeFonda kept a diary from 1916 to 1998. The collection also has many letters to and from various family members. Although Theodore never kept a formal diary except while he was on his mission, his letters to children (mostly Bob and Rae Ann) essentially serve that purpose. The collection also contains photographs, appointment calendars, a tribute to Grandmother DeFonda Collier, a family bible, and other ephemera. There are also so family history items. These include a record of the ancestors of DeFonda Dowdle Collier and some old diaries. Materials dated 1916-1998.


  • 1916-1998


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 the DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Theodore Collier (1902-1966) was a Vernal, Utah native best known for his service in the South Texas mission between 1922-1924.

Ted (Theodore) Collier was born 29 October 1902, in Vernal, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the South Texas Mission from 1922 to 1924. On May 23, 1928, Ted married DeFonda Virtue Dowdle. He died June 9, 1966 of a heart attack.

Biographical History

DeFonda Collier (1904-2002) was an avid writer who collected children's literature.

DeFonda Virtue Dowdle Collier was born September 1, 1904 in Logan, Utah. She grew up in Newton, Utah. In 1922, she wrote for the Cache Valley High School newspaper, the Clarion. She married Ted Collier on May 23, 1928. Together, DeFonda and Ted had seven children. After Ted's death in 1966, she continued to write letters to her children. She traveled across the United States with Eunice Young in 1978. She also continued her study and collection of children's literature. DeFonda died on October 24, 2002.


14 boxes (7 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Robert and Rae Ann Collier in 2007.

Donated by Mary Alice Eldredge in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert and Rae Ann Collier; 2007.

Donated; Mary Alice Eldredge; 2016.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

Related Materials

See also the R. A. Dowdle diaries (MSS 530).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Materials added; Eric Wolford, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2016.

Register of DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2009 July 20
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States