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Maurine Whipple papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1546

Scope and Contents

Collection consists primarily of notes for and drafts of Whipple's 1941 novel, The Giant Joshua, as well as for other short works such as The Golden Door, Arizona Strip, and Candle of the Lord. It also contains assorted magazine and newspaper clippings, periodicals, correspondence (including fan mail), audio and microfilm reels, personal and historical research, family history, and personal papers.


  • 1968-1982


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

Biographical History

Maurine Whipple (1903-1992) was an author in Utah.

Whipple was born on January 20, 1903, the oldest daughter of Charles and Annie Lenzi McAllister Whipple of St. George, Utah. After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, she taught school at various locations in Utah and Idaho, and researched alcoholism. Maurine Whipple won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Prize for 1938 to help her complete her novel The Giant Joshua, which appeared in 1941. Whipple lived in St. George, Utah, where she worked as a writer and lecturer. Whipple also wrote This is the Place: Utah (Knopf, 1945) and published articles in Collier's, the Saturday Evening Post, Look, Life, Time, Pageant, and numerous other journals and periodicals.


1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

4 quarto (3 linear ft.)

2 ledger boxes (1 linear ft.)

13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

19 cartons (19 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection was maintained in its original order.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



Mormon Authors Archives collection development policy.

Processing Information

Processed by John M. Murphy, curator, 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana, and Amanda C. Clark, student processor, 2008.

Register of Maurine Whipple papers
Morgan Crockett
2010 June 24
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