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Martha Elizabeth Schnebly papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9231

Content Description

Collection contains materials pertaining to the life and family of Martha Elizabeth Schnebly. Found within are a scrapbook containing correspondence between family members and friends regarding genealogical information, detailed research on the family name, and some written accounts by Martha. Sixteen photographs are enclosed of the Schnebly residence built about 1765; five, large family group photographs, and one photograph of Martha with her cousin. Also included are Martha's family's pedigree charts and family group records. Dated approximately 1910-2000.


  • approximately 1910-2000


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 Martha Elizabeth Schnebly papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Dr. Martha Elizabeth Schnebly (1918-2017) served in the Women's Army Corps for three and a half years during World War II. She received many awards and recognitions for her work in occupational therapy.

Martha Elizabeth Schnebly was born on September 14, 1918 in Washington County, Maryland to Walter Jeremiah Schnebly (1884–1943) and Jessie Irene Hammersla (1883–1946). In 1942, Martha was enlisted in the United States Women Army Corps during the Second World War. While serving as the Deputy Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, Dr. Schnebly received the Legion of Merit Award, the nation's second highest non-combat military medal. She was chosen for the honor for her achievements both as a colonel in the Army Reserve and in her civilian work. During her 31 years on active and reserve duty with the Army, Dr. Schnebly served as special consultant to the surgeon general's office and conducted workshops and seminars for Army health personnel. As a civilian, she worked with the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. At Wayne State, Dr. Schnebly also served as President of the Board of Women in Transition, Inc. the first state funded shelter for battered women. Today at Wayne State University there is a scholarship in her honor. Martha Elizabeth Schnebly died on March 7, 2017 in Seattle where she lived until her death with her sister Julia Schnebly Black.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.2 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Backlog collection that was transferred to Special Collections by a LDS Philanthropies representative and recieved on December 4, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; LDS Philanthropies.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy II. B. 5. IV.).

Processing Information

Processed; Emma Gutierrez, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; March 13, 2019.

Register of Martha Elizabeth Schnebly papers
Emma Gutierrez, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
2019 March 8
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