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Marianne Clark Sharp papers

Identifier: MSS 6204

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the original journals and autobiography of Marianne Sharp, written between 1977 and 1989 while she was in Salt Lake City, Utah. Digital copies of the journals are also included in the collection. The volumes document her life from approximately 1907 to 1989, including autobiographical entries as she reviewed letters and journals from her past to record her personal history. Materials dated approximateley 1907-1989.


  • approximately 1907-1989


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 publish material from the Marianne Clark Sharp papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Marianne Clark Sharp (1901-1990) was in the Relief Society General Board in 1940 and eventually became the first counselor of the Relief Society General Presidency.

Marianne Clark Sharp was born October 28, 1901 to Luacine Annette Savage and Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr. in Salt Lake City, Utah. She spent her school days in Washington D. C. and then moved back to Utah with her family to attend the University of Utah, where she graduated in ancient languages in 1924. She taught Latin her senior year at the University and Stewart Training School and continued teaching after graduation. She married Ivor Sharp on June 15, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived in New York City for eleven years while he worked at the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

Sharp was very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was appointed to the Relief Society General Board in 1940. In 1943 she became the associate editor of Relief Society Magazine and continued to serve in this position until the demise of the magazine in 1971. She was called to be the first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of the Church in 1945. She received an honorary doctoral degree of humanities from Brigham Young University in 1974. She also served as a delegate to the 75th anniversary conference of the International Council of Women, which was held in Montreal and Washington D.C. She died January 2, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Annitta Mower to Special Collections in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Annitta Mower; 1990.


LDS, Utah, and Western American Women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles and Peter Hoyt, student processors and John Murphy, curator; 2013. Processed additional materials; Sadie Julian; 2017.

Register of Marianne Clark Sharp papers
Melissa Cowles and Peter Hoyt, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
2013 March 27
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