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Vontella Hess Kimball papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 6960

Scope and Contents

Collection includes Brigham Young University memos and correspondence, speeches, collected articles and clippings and other articles relating to her position in University Relations department at the university. Dates of collected materials span from about 1862 to 1965.

Dates

  • 1862-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1947-1965

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials in English with some collected brochures in German.

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 Vontella Hess Kimball papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Vontella Hess Kimball (1906-1971) was the great-granddaughter to Church leader Heber C. Kimball who was known for her classes on cosmetic techniques, a traveler to New Testament Biblical sites, and as a member of the University Relations Department of Brigham Young University from 1963-1964.

Vontella Hess Kimball was born in Farmington, Utah on January 31, 1906 to David Cornelius and Lois Kimball Hess. She was a great-granddaughter of Heber C. Kimball, a noted pioneer of the Mormon Church. Vontella married Stanley H. Buchholz in 1926. The couple had one son: Stanley. She married Richard H. Kimball in 1938. When Vontella was seventeen years of age she enrolled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and was employed in the cosmetics department of Auerbach's, a local department store.

In 1935, through her work, Vontella took her first trip abroad to deepen her knowledge of cosmetic techniques. Vontella often lectured on etiquette and beauty at business and social clubs, and she also gave classes at colleges, including Brigham Young University.

In the course of her work, she visited Europe and the Middle East many times between 1935 and 1966. Vontella was impressed with the Arab world and the locations of the New Testament. Vontella worked in the University Relations department at Brigham Young University about 1963 to 1964. On September 26, 1971 she passed away.

Extent

7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by Marilyn M. Brown in 2009.

Donated by Marilyn M. Brown in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marilyn M. Brown; 2009.

Donated; Marilyn M. Brown; 2014.

Appraisal

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

Processing Information

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processor; June 2009.

Addendum Added; Eric Wolford, student processor; February 2016.
Title
Register of Vontella Hess Kimball papers
Status
Completed
Author
GlendaLynn Ainsworth
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States