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Douglas H. Thayer draft notes, circa 1950-2011

Identifier: MSS 3178 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains notes on a variety of works. Files of each work include consecutive manuscripts of each work, complete with author commentary and corrections, and title changes. Some also include final manuscripts of the works or photocopies of the pieces published in journals or anthologies. Each file also contains correspondence related to the work, typically emails from publishers or other writers discussing it. Some of the included pieces are "Harris," "Summer Fire," "Greg," "Oakhills," and "Frank Thayer." Dated circa 1950-2011.


  • circa 1950-2011


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Douglas Thayer (born 1929) is a professor and author in Utah.

Douglas Thayer was born in 1929 and grew up in Provo, Utah. At seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany, where he would later return as a missionary. Thayer earned degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU)(BA, English), Stanford (MA), and the University of Iowa (MFA, fiction writing), and had begun doctoral programs at Stanford and University of Maryland when he discovered his passion for fiction writing. He has since published several works in quarterly publications; most of his writing focuses on the Mormon experience, but also reflects his love of the outdoors, which he developed as a child. Thayer is currently a professor of composition at BYU, specializing in fiction writing, but also teaches courses on the short story and Mormon literature, among other things. He is married to Donlu DeWitt, with whom he has six children.

Over the course of his career, Thayer has received a Karl G. Maeser Creative Arts Award, an Alcuin Fellowship in General Education, and several prizes for his work, including a Dialogue Award in Fiction and Association for Mormon Letters awards for short fiction, novels, and lifetime membership. He is currently the author of fifteen short stories and two collections thereof, five novels, an interview, and is working on a memoir and a young adult novel.


84 folders

9 cartons

Language of Materials



Series contains 39 archival files: 1.Douglas H. Thayer files on Roses, circa 2000-2006; 2.Douglas H. Thayer files on Wolves, circa 1971-2006; 3.Douglas H. Thayer files on Red-Tailed Hawk, circa 1971-2003; 4.Douglas H. Thayer files on Carterville, circa 2000-2005; 5.Douglas H. Thayer files on Crow Basin, circa 2000-2005; 6.Douglas H. Thayer files on the Conversion of Jeff Williams, circa 1991-2004; 7.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Tree House, circa 1950-2008; 8.Douglas H. Thayer files on Summer Fire, circa 1962-2003; 9.Douglas H. Thayer files on Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone, circa 1962-2001; 10.Douglas H. Thayer files on Harris, circa 1993-2004; 11.Douglas H. Thayer files on A Good Man, circa 1993-2005; 12.Douglas H. Thayer files on Zarahemla, circa 1972-2003; 13.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Worker, circa 1988-1989; 14.Douglas H. Thayer files on Under the Cottonwoods, circa 1971-2003; 15.Douglas H. Thayer various drafts, circa 1969-1991; 16.Douglas H. Thayer files on Staver and/or The Summer Hands, circa 1974-1982; 17.Douglas H. Thayer possible novel and essay ideas, circa 1987-1989; 18.Douglas H. Thayer other essays and works, circa 1962-2003; 19.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Pianist and/or The Good Boy, circa 1988; 20.Douglas H. Thayer files on Our Lil, circa 1988; 21.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Opening Day, circa 1962-2009; 22.Douglas H. Thayer files on Oakhills, circa 1962-2009; 23.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Hunter, circa 1971-2003; 24.Douglas H. Thayer files on Greg, circa 1971-2003; 25.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Gold Mine, circa 1971-2005; 26.Douglas H. Thayer files on Germany (1987-1988), circa 1987-1988; 27.Douglas H. Thayer files on Frank Thayer, circa 1971-2003; 28.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Trout Fisher and/or The Fisherman, circa 1971-2003; 29.Douglas H. Thayer files on The First Sunday and/or Testimony, circa 1970-2003; 30.Douglas H. Thayer files on Dolf, circa 1971-2003; 31.Douglas H. Thayer files on The Clinic, circa 1973; 32.Douglas H. Thayer files on Christopher, circa 1991-1992; 33.Douglas H. Thayer files on Allen, circa 1962-2009; 34.Douglas H. Thayer files on Hooligan, circa 1977-1998; 35.Douglas H. Thayer files on Apache Canyon, circa 2000-2011; 36.Douglas H. Thayer files on Nephites at War, circa 2006; 37.Douglas H. Thayer files on Yellowstone Country, circa 2000-2007; 38.Douglas H. Thayer files on Father and Son, circa 2007-2011; 39.Douglas H. Thayer files on Avalanche, circa 1970-2011.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online. Papers of Douglas H. Thayer;

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States