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Kimball, Vontella Hess, 1906-1971



  • Existence: 1906 - 1971


Vontella Hess Kimball (1906-1971) was the great-granddaughter to Church leader Heber C. Kimball who was known for her classes on cosmetic techniques, a traveler to New Testament Biblical sites, and as a member of the University Relations Department of Brigham Young University from 1963-1964.

Vontella Hess Kimball was born in Farmington, Utah on January 31, 1906 to David Cornelius and Lois Kimball Hess. She was a great-granddaughter of Heber C. Kimball, a noted pioneer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vontella married Stanley H. Buchholz in 1926. The couple had one son: Stanley. She married Richard H. Kimball in 1938. When Vontella was seventeen years of age she enrolled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and was employed in the cosmetics department of Auerbach's, a local department store.

In 1935, through her work, Vontella took her first trip abroad to deepen her knowledge of cosmetic techniques. Vontella often lectured on etiquette and beauty at business and social clubs, and she also gave classes at colleges, including Brigham Young University.

In the course of her work, she visited Europe and the Middle East many times between 1935 and 1966. Vontella was impressed with the Arab world and the locations of the New Testament. Vontella worked in the University Relations department at Brigham Young University about 1963 to 1964. On September 26, 1971 she passed away.

UPB Files, Feb. 25, 2016 (Took regular trips to New Testament locations, worked in University Relations department from 1963-1964), via WWW, March 28, 2016 (Vontella Hess Kimball; b. January 31, 1906; d. September 26, 1971)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Vontella Hess Kimball papers

Identifier: MSS 6960
Scope and Contents

Collection includes Brigham Young University memos and correspondence, speeches, collected articles and clippings and other articles relating to her position in University Relations department at the university. Dates of collected materials span from about 1862 to 1965.

Dates: 1862-1965; Majority of material found within 1947-1965

Vontella Hess Kimball drafts of lectures and speeches, 1957-1964

 Series — Box: 7
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains drafts and transcripts of speeches written by Kimball which range from St. Paul to her trip to Germany. It also contains collected writings concerning topics such as fashion, feminism, and performance. Dates range from 1957-1964.

Dates: 1957-1964

Vontella Hess Kimball papers on University Relations Division, 1955-1963

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and memos related to Kimball's position in University Relations at Brigham Young. Includes correspondence between her and the university president and university memos on a variety of different topics, including military etiquette. Materials dated 1955-1963.

Dates: 1955-1963

Vontella Hess Kimball research papers, 1862-1965, bulk: bulk 1947-1965

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains materials such as newspaper clippings and copies of magazines which pertain to Kimball's research on topics such as Women of the Bible, the Holy Land, and Christmas in Bethlehem as well as collected works on Kimball's fashion career based in Denver and brochures and photographs of Germany, Turkey, and the Holy Land. Materials dated 1862-1965.

Dates: 1862-1965; Majority of material found within 1947-1965