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Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers

Identifier: MSS 8473

Scope and Contents

Contains papers, journals, scrapbooks, photos, newsletters, teaching materials, travel plan research and experiences, personal history collection and drafts, and other memorabilia from Lisonbee. Topics included with these materials memoirs of her mission with her husband in Guam-Micronesia and Ireland, volunteer opportunities in the AARP and the Kiwanas Club, letters and cards from friends and family, research for her autobiography, etc. Material dated approximately 1891-2014.


  • 1891-2014


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

Biographical History

Dorothy L. Lisonbee (1924- ) is a Mormon educator, family historian, and traveler.

Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee was born on December 25, 1924, in Taylor, Arizona, to parents Alof Pratt (1882-1961) and Margaret Smith Larson (1884-1973). She married Robert William Brown, Jr. (1921-2010), on May 31, 1949, in Guaymas, Mexico, and together they had four children. After divorce in 1969, she married Lorenzo Kenneth Lisonbee (1914-2008) on April 28, 1980, and merged their twelve children into one wonderful family.

Lisonbee graduated from Arizona Teacher's College (now Arizona State University) on May 22, 1946, and became an elementary school Physical Education teacher, later teaching 7th grade, then eventually teaching Library Science. She taught in Kingman, Yuma, and Phoenix, Arizona. After her retirement from teaching, she and her husband, Lorenzo Lisonbee, began to travel the world - both as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as tourists - always looking for something new to see or do.

In her later years, Lisonbee volunteered as leadership in several service organizations, including AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), Kiwanis Club, the Arizona Retired Teachers Association, and the Friendship Village Foundation Organization.

Lisonbee lives in Arizona.


17 cartons (17 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

19 oversize folders (4.2 linear ft.)

3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in nine series: 1. Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers on church service, 1939-2013. 2. Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers on community service, 1938-2013. 3. Dorothy L. Lisonbee correspondence, 1928-2012. 4. Dorothy L. Lisonbee family history, 1953-2014. 5. Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee journals, 1937-2014. 6. Dorothy L. Lisonbee personal history, 1924-2014. 7. Dorothy L. Lisonbee photographs, 1891-2014. 8. Dorothy L. Lisonbee teaching materials, 1942-1983. 9. Dorothy L. Lisonbee travels, 1977-2004.

Custodial History

Dorothy L. Lisonbee either created the items or collected them from her siblings and parents. She later gave them to her daughter, Margaret Weddle, who donated them to the Library in 2014 and 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Margaret Weddle; 2014.

Donated; Margaret Weddle; 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014 and 2015.

Register of Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers
Margaret Weddle
2014 November 5
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