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Annaleone Davis Patton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6807

Scope and Contents note

The Annaleone Davis Patton papers consists of research materials, original poetry, correspondence and collected poetry and ephemera. Subjects include early Mormon pioneers and monuments regarding them, a book written about the first shipload of pioneers from the ship called The Brooklyn, poetry and correspondence centered around the Ina Coolbrith Circle (a poetry club), and papers detailing activities with The Daughters of Utah Pioneers.


  • 1888-1973


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

Biographical History

Annaleone Davis (1888-1973) worked various civic duties in California, however is known most for her research of California and Mormon history.

Annaleone Davis was born August 5, 1888 in Rexburg, Idaho, to John Davis and Rozella Nebeker. Her family later moved to Stanislaus County, California, where she completed elementary school. When her brother John W. Davis married Anna Johnson, there was confusion as both shared the same name, "Anna Davis." To avoid confusion, she joined her two given names together.

She married Stanley Flickinger Patton (1890-1960) on June 3, 1923. In June 1930, she received her A.B. degree in education from San Jose State College in California. During her tenure at San Jose State, she was a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

From 1930 to 1940, Annaleone worked at the East San Jose Library, where she organized the first John Newberry Club in California. While in San Jose, California, she served as president of the Edwin Markham Poetry Society. From 1942 to 1948, Annaleone served as senior hostess for the Berkeley City Hospitality Committee, "Service to Servicemen." During this time, she also served as chairman of the East Bay LDS Church "Service to Service Personnel."

An avid researcher, writer, and poet, Annaleone dedicated much of her life to the study of California and LDS Church history. Her literary production was extensive and she published often in journals and newspapers. She wrote California Mormons, By Sail and Trail and it was reported in 1966 in the San Leandro (California) News that her book was buried in the cornerstone of the LDS temple at Oakland, California.

From 1948 and 1958, her research brought about the construction of three different historic landmarks. She died on March 31, 1973.


1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Annaleone Davis Patton papers contains papers, ephemera and documents produced and collected over the course of her lifetime with regards to California Latter-day Saints and two organizations with which she was associated: The Daughters of Utah Pioneers and The Ina Coolbrith Circle.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid for this collection can be obtained from the repository.

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Appraisal note

Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VI, 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

BX 8677 .94 .P27c; California Mormons by Sail and Trail (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1961).

UA 414; University Archive records of correspondence between Annaleone D. Patton and Brigham Young University regarding John Conrad Naegle (Naile) and a piece of property in Santa Clara County, California. Mrs. Patton researched the history of the property and John Naegle (Naile) in her book California Mormons by Sail and Trail.

Processing Information note

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Register of the Annaleone Davis Patton papers
John M. Murphy, curator
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