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Gale Sears papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8003

Scope and Contents

Contains, manuscripts, early-handwritten drafts, hand-written research, photocopies of book articles and photographs, and email transcripts, all relating to Gale Sears' novels, "The Silence of God," "Autumn Sky," "Until the Dawn," "Upon the Mountains," and "the Route." Earliest material dates circa 2000, while the latest dates to approximately 2011.


  • 2000-2011


Language of Materials

Materials are in English, with occasional phrases and translations into German, Norwegian, and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

Gale Sears retains copyright to the Gale Sears papers.

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

Biographical History

Gale Sears is an author of historical fiction who currently lives in Sandy, Utah.

Born in Lake Tahoe, California, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Gale Sears recieved a BA in Playwriting from Brigham Young University, and an MA in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota. Primarily a writer of historical fiction, Gale Sears’ work often features female protagonists who are converted to Mormonism and continue to affirm their faith despite trying circumstances, such as the Russian Revolution, World War I, or Influenza Pandemic. Gale Sears is the winner of several Whitney Awards for excellence in Mormon Literature. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah with her husband, George, and her children, Shawn and Chandler.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)


Arranged into eight series: 1. Manuscripts for Silence of God, circa 2007. 2. Manuscripts for Upon the Mountains, circa 2005. 3. Manuscripts for Autumn Sky, circa 2000. 4. Manuscripts for Until the Dawn, circa 2003 6. Manuscripts for The Route. 6. Research for Silence of God, circa 2006. 7. Correspondence, 2007. 8. Research for Autumn Sky series, circa 2008.

Custodial History

Materials were donated by the creator, Gale Sears, in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gale Sears; 2011.


Mormon Literature Manuscripts. Collection contains work of a Mormon author.

Processing Information

Processed; James Perkins; 2012.

Gale Sears papers
James Perkins
2017 February 17
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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