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Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8742

Content Description

Contains Taylor's personal and family history, including photographs, letters, awards, certificates, stories, and two books. Materials also relate to Taylor's service on the general Relief Society board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Materials dated 1855-2014 (bulk, 1935-1983).


  • approximately 1855-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1983


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 Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor (1903-1996) was a professor of English and Literature at Brigham Young University and a member of the general board of Relief Society for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Celestia Marguerita Johnson was born in Alpine, Utah, April 8, 1903, to Jesse Wanderus and Deseret Nash Johnson. She attended Brigham Young University, from which she graduated in 1925 with a bachelor's degree in music and education. In August, 1927, she married Lynn Dixon Taylor in the Salt Lake City Temple. She joined the faculty of BYU after having received her M.A. degree in 1953, and taught English and Literature for 21 years until her retirement in 1974. In 1962 she was called to the general board of the Relief Society where she served for 13 years. During the 1970's she prepared the homemaking lessons published in the Relief Society Magazine over a six year period. She served as Alumni Association Vice President, as BYU Women president, on the executive board of Friends of BYU Library and as vice chair, Faculty Emeritus Alumni Association.

Taylor died on Sunday, July 28, 1996 in Provo, Utah.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by the family of Celestia Taylor in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Celestia Taylor family; 2015.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy II.b.5.IV, 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.

Register of Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers
Clarissa McIntire
2015 August 11
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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