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Ora Pate Stewart correspondence, approximately 1939-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6046 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to Stewart from fans, publishers, family, friends, and literary associations. They pertain to Ora Pate Stewart's writings, finances, and personal relationships. Included are letters from banks and publishers, discussing financial records and potential publications, and letters contain requests for Stewart to speak at local events. Much personal correspondence is included, such as Christmas cards, letters to family members, and missionary correspondence. Materials date from between approximately 1939 and 1995.


  • approximately 1939-1995

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 Ora Pate Stewart papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Other than the incorporation of fair-use excerpts into published scholarly work, no part of the Ora Pate Stewart Archives may be published without the prior written approval Ora Pate Stewart's family.

Biographical History

From the Collection: Ora Pate Stewart (1910-1990) was an accomplished Mormon author.

Ora Pate Stewart was born August 23, 1910 in Teton Basin, Idaho, to Ezra Greenwood and Ada Rosella Sharp Pate. She married Robert W. Stewart on October 13, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (later solemnized in the Logan temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint). Her husband was in the Air Force and they lived in 38 states during his career. They had four sons and two daughters together. Her writing career began very young, as she wrote her first song at age four, story at age seven, verses at age nine, and published at age ten. During her life she wrote twenty-nine books, fourteen of which became bestsellers, four poetry books, and composed more than two-hundred pieces of music. As if this does not attest to her ability as an accomplished writer, her books have been translated into as many as seventeen languages. She received many awards and honors, including (but not limited to): Best Book in 1946; first runner-up in California Mother of the Year; first woman invited to speak at the Westminster Abbey; she was honored at the White House by four different presidents; she served as the Biblical advisor to Cecil B. DeMille on the Ten Commandments; and received seven honorary doctorates. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served three ecclesiastical missions in the Eastern United States, England, and Michigan. She died February 10, 1990 and was interred in the Provo City Cemetery.


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2 cartons



Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States