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Douglas H. Thayer correspondence, articles, other material, circa 1962-2009

Identifier: MSS 3178 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains transcript of Brigham Young University (BYU) forum address given by Thayer, BYU magazines and other newspaper clippings featuring Thayer, notecards containing information for his published works and research, some correspondence, and a copy of the journal Irranteum. The forum address discusses reading and the importance of literacy in the home. The newspaper clippings are reviews of Thayer's books, mentions of his achievements, or discuss his life as a writer. The notecards have information about Germany, hunting, and other subjects. Finally, the Irranteum journal excerpts a chapter from a book writte by Thayer ("A White House") as well as some reviews of his books and poems, stories, and excerpts of other authors' writings. All dated circa 1962-2009.


  • circa 1962-2009


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Douglas Thayer (born 1929) is a professor and author in Utah.

Douglas Thayer was born in 1929 and grew up in Provo, Utah. At seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany, where he would later return as a missionary. Thayer earned degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU)(BA, English), Stanford (MA), and the University of Iowa (MFA, fiction writing), and had begun doctoral programs at Stanford and University of Maryland when he discovered his passion for fiction writing. He has since published several works in quarterly publications; most of his writing focuses on the Mormon experience, but also reflects his love of the outdoors, which he developed as a child. Thayer is currently a professor of composition at BYU, specializing in fiction writing, but also teaches courses on the short story and Mormon literature, among other things. He is married to Donlu DeWitt, with whom he has six children.

Over the course of his career, Thayer has received a Karl G. Maeser Creative Arts Award, an Alcuin Fellowship in General Education, and several prizes for his work, including a Dialogue Award in Fiction and Association for Mormon Letters awards for short fiction, novels, and lifetime membership. He is currently the author of fifteen short stories and two collections thereof, five novels, an interview, and is working on a memoir and a young adult novel.


13 folders

Language of Materials



Series contains seven archival files: 1. Douglas H. Thayer clippings and articles, circa 1971-2003; 2. Douglas H. Thayer notecards, circa 1962-2009; 3. Newspaper article about Douglas H. Thayer, 1990; 4.Irreantum, circa 1997-2010; 5. Douglas H. Thayer correspondence, circa 1988-1991; 6. Douglas H. Thayer publications, circa 1967-2011; 7. Douglas H. Thayer personal files, circa 1976-2011.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online. Papers of Douglas H. Thayer;

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States