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Martha A. Chavez papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7283

Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings about Chavez, or newspaper clippings she is quoted in. It also contains her journal dated 1972 to 1999, a family calendar created by Chavez, some papers regarding spiritual experiences and dreams that she had, and two binders of the conversion stories and testimonies of the Relief Society sisters and youth of her ward.


  • 1972-2011


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2084; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Martha A. Chavez papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Martha A. Chavez was born in Piedras Negras Coahuila, Mexico. She moved with her family to the United States when she was ten years old. One of her elementary school teachers sang very well in class, and Chavez began to imitate her singing. Martha was offered a scholarship from the University of New Mexico, but turned it down to attend Brigham Young University, also on scholarship. While at BYU, she developed her singing and dancing, as she pursued her degree in Mexican-American Studies and Folklore. She continued to develop her talent for singing. After performing many times, she decided that she would rather teach than perform, so she returned to Utah and opened her own voice studio. She has also assisted with the Spanish version of the Primary songbook and has performed many songs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As of 2009, she currently resides in Murray, Utah.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)


Materials were left in original order.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Martha A. Chavez in 2005 and 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Martha A. Chavez; 2005 and 2011.


Ethnic and minority history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2009. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2011.

Register of Martha A. Chavez papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2009 July
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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