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Dalton R. McArthur literary papers

Identifier: MSS 9562

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials related to Dalton R. McArthur's children's storybook, "The First Snowflake," published in 1989. Also includes materials for two other unfinished publication drafts. Materials include scripts, watercolor illustrations by local Utah artist Grant Levi Minson, color keys, printing negatives, and business documents. Materials dated 1986 to 1989.


  • 1986-1989


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Dalton Ross McArthur was born March 1, 1951, to Ross J McArthur and Mae Dalton, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ross was an educator and the family moved to various places in Utah, Colorado, and Missouri for Ross to pursue higher education and teach. The family settled in Orem when Ross was hired at Brigham Young University to develop the Department of Technology in 1956. Dalton and his older sister Mary grew up in Orem and attended Orem High School. After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central States Mission, Dalton attended Brigham Young University, where he met Sandra Rae Feinauer. They were married December 22, 1973, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They had eight children: four boys and four girls. Dalton followed in his father's line of work, pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, followed by a master's degree in education administration, both from Brigham Young University. Dalton spent most of his career teaching 4th grade, first in Rigby, Idaho, where the family lived on a small farm. The McArthurs moved to Orem, Utah, in 1983, when Dalton began teaching 5th grade at Windsor Elementary. The school district transferred him to Grovecrest Elementary, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where he taught 4th grade until his retirement from teaching in 2008. Dalton also ran a business called McArthur Enterprises, primarily for the landscaping and sprinkler installation work he did after school and during the summers, employing his children as workers. In 1977, Dalton began working on an idea to write a children's book to teach his students about the water cycle, and he solicited watercolor illustrations for the book from local artist Grant Levi Minson. He eventually self-published the book called "The First Snowflake" in 1989. Dalton and Sandra reside in Bluffdale, Utah, as of 2023.


3 oversize folders (0.5 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Dalton R. McArthur papers on The first snowflake, 1986-1989. 2. Dalton R. McArthur papers on unpublished works, approximately 1986-1989.

Custodial History

Materials were created by Dalton McArthur and donated to BYU in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dalton McArthur; 2022.


Mormonism, Utah, and Western Literary Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, section

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; October 2023.

Dalton R. McArthur literary papers
In Progress
Karen Glenn
2023 October 25
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