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Dee Winterton collection

Identifier: MSS 2378

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of nine journals which chronicle Dee Winterton's experience as a professor at Brigham Young University, his work with the Ririe-Woodbury dance company, touring with the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors, and his life with his family in those same years. Also included in the collection are personal papers, film reels, correspondence, and photographs relating to Dee's teaching career, family life, and touring experiences. Dated approximately 1935 to 1984.


  • approximately 1935-1984


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

Dee Winterton (1935-1984) was a dance professor in Utah.

Dee R Winterton was born in Midvale, Utah, in 1935. As a young man, he worked closely with his father on the family cattle ranch, raising prize-winning steers. After completing college, Winterton toured with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and participated in residencies in association with the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools Program.

As a professor in the Dance Department at Brigham Young University, Winterton worked closely with the The Dancers' Company, Lamanite Generation, the Young Ambassadors' touring group, and musical theater productions. He also served as the artistic director for revues at Sundance, Utah for several years. He and his wife, Maureen, were the parents of four sons, Brad, Greg, Rolph, and Jay Dee. Dee was killed in an automobile accident on October 15, 1984.


19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)

2 film boxes (0.66 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into sixteen series: 1. Dee Winterton journals, 1971-1984. 2. Dee Winterton correspondence, 1971-1981. 3. Dee Winterton research and writings, 1974-1981. 4. Dee Winterton papers on Artists-in-Schools Program touring and residency groups, 1972-1980. 5. Dee Winterton papers on Artists-in-Schools Program and Brigham Young University performing groups, approximately 1935-1984. 6. Dee Winterton papers on Brigham Young University performing groups, 1973-1981. 7. Dee Winterton papers on Sundance, 1974-1977. 8. Dee Winterton papers on Sundance and Brigham Young University musical productions, 1974-1978. 9. Dee Winterton papers on Brigham Young University musical productions, 1972-1981. 10. Dee Winterton papers on teaching at Brigham Young University, 1973-1982. 11. Dee Winterton personal papers on professional organizations, 1980-1983. 12. Dee Winterton calendars and newspaper clippings, approximately 1935-1984. 13. Dee Winterton soft-bound playbills, publications, and photographs, 1966-1976. 14. Dee Winterton photographs, approximately 1935-1984. 15. Dee Winterton films, approximately 1956-1979. 16. Dee Winterton photocopies of additional material, 1962-1967.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository. File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The initial installment of the collection was transferred from the Department of Dance in 1986. Additional materials, including correspondence, photographs, and other personal papers, were donated to Brigham Young University in 1996 by Maureen Placa, the widow of Dee Winterton. The journals were restricted until January of 2001, at which time they were processed and opened to the public for research. Additional material donated by Patrick Debenham, student of Dee Winterton, on March 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Department of Dance; 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Maureen Placa; 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Patrick Debenham; 2017.


University history (Professional Papers Program Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.1., August 2016).

Related Materials

See also Dee Winterton correspondence (MSS 1747).

Separated Materials

The photographs originally found in this collection have been replaced with photocopies. The original photographs can be found in the Photo Archives of L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Also included in the original donation were various issues of the following magazines: Saturday Review World, The Era, The New Yorker, and Life Magazine.

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker, Curator 19th Century Mormon and Western Americana and Emily Schaffner Student Assistant; 2002.

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford, Student Manuscript Processor, and Dainan Skeem, curator; 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Alexander Turner, Student Manuscript Processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; August 2017. Resource type, collection added to basic information.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; November 2021. Films digitized and added as series 15.

Register of Dee Winterton collection
David J. Whittaker, Curator 19th Century Mormon and Western Americana and Emily Schaffner, student assistant
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2010 December 27: Updated to DACS and CCLA standards by Jonathan.
  • 2013 September 16: Edited for compliance with DACS and CCLA standards; Sarah Flinders.
  • 2017 June 1: Materials added and description edited by Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Dainan Skeem, curator.
  • 2017 August 23: Resource type, collection added to basic information by Alexander Turner, student manuscript processor.
  • 2021 November 4: Film digitized and added as series 15; Karen Glenn.
  • 2023 May 23: Updated biographical and provenance information; Cory Nimer.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States