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Jean Fausett Atthowe oral history, 1996 April 19

Identifier: MSS 9068 File 2


  • 1996 April 19


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Collection of interviews by James D'Arc must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Atthowe was born February 26, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lynn Fausett and Helen Wessels. She went to the University of Utah and subsequently worked at Sunset Magazine in Palo Alto, California. There, she met John (Jack) Atthowe and married him in 1954. They spent their first five years of marriage in Germany and England, and returned to the United States to start a family. They moved to Montana, where Jean got her master's degree in fine arts at the University of Montana while raising two daughters. Jean and Jack retired to Stevensville, Montana in 1989. In 1992, she founded and was president of the Montana Spay/Neuter Task Force, an organization devoted to helping communities solve pet over-population problems. Jean Atthowe passed away December 19, 2016, in Richland, Oregon.

Biographical / Historical

James Vincent D'Arc was born in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 1950. In the early 1970s, D'Arc was accepted into Brigham Young University, where he majored in history. A film appreciation class taught by Dr. Charles M. Metten in 1973 motivated D’Arc to receive a PhD in film history from BYU in 1986. During his time as a student, he was also hired in what was then called the "Archives and Manuscripts Division” at BYU, where he began gathering film-related materials for the Archives. D’Arc started with items donated to the collection from Dean Jagger, an actor who played Brigham Young in the 1940 film "Brigham Young." Further collecting included those pertaining to Cecil B. DeMille, classic MGM musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," and many others. During 1990 D'Arc was also employed as a professor of film in BYU's Theatre and Media Arts College in addition to his position as a curator.

D'Arc married Patricia Ann Morris in Salt Lake City on January 22, 1974. They had five children and seven grandchildren. On April 20, 2005, Patricia passed away in Utah. James D'Arc retired from BYU in August 2017.


1 folder

2 sound cassettes

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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States