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Jaynann M. Payne papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7081

Scope and Contents

Collection contains personal papers and documents as well as collected materials regarding women's issues, much of which is in relationship to Latter-day Saint values. Major topics include the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), International Women's Year (IWY), teen pregnancy, abortion, and lesbianism. Also includes some personal family papers including correspondence, notes, and other material. Material dates from 1908 to 2013.


  • 1908-2013


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 History

Jaynann Morgan Payne was born in 1928 in Utah, where she grew up. She graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a major in English and minors in Spanish and music. She married Dean W. Payne, and is the mother of twelve children.

In 1967, Payne became Mrs. Utah after a friend entered her name in a statewide contest. She went to San Diego with her husband to participate in the pageant and was named the second runner-up to Mrs. America of 1967 to 1968.

Payne has taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's church sunday school, Relief Society, and MIA since the age of sixteen, and has also served as president of a ward MIA. Since 1967, she has given many lectures to church and civic organizations, family life meetings, and youth conferences. She has been awarded a special commendation of merit by the city of Provo for her family, community and church service. She was a lecturer and special instructor for Brigham Young University and has participated in many television and radio programs for youth and parents.

She is the author of several books including The Art of Accomplishment and Beauty for Keeps, and co-authored The Joy of Being a Woman with other Latter-day Saint women.


20 cartons (20 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Jaynann M. Payne in installments between 2009 and 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jaynann M. Payne; 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jaynann M. Payne; 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jaynann M. Payne; 2014.


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

Processing Information

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth; June 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Pete Hoyt, student processor; 2014. 2 cartons and 1 box added to the collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Trevor Tanner; October 2015. Addendum added.

Processing Information

Processed; Blaise Meyers, Eli Allen; March, November 2021. Addendum added.

  • Clippings on the International Women's Year, duplicate articles, brochures and other documents
Register of Jaynann M. Payne papers
John M. Murphy curator and GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processor
2010 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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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