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Alexander and Vivia Hedquist papers

Identifier: MSS 1844

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the life and professional activities of Alexander and Vivia Hedquist and their children, Dorothy and Junece Hedquist. Includes clippings, printed ephemera, correspondence, ledger books, school curricula, diplomas, scrapbooks, family history records, slides, photographs, and other material. Documents primarily relate to Hedquist family history, Provo schools, Provo business activities, the Hedquist Drugstore, and the daily lives of Alexander and Vivia and their family. Material span the lives of their two children, Dorothy, and Junece Hedquist, who mainly remained residents of Utah, and are dated approximately 1881 to 2007, the year after Junece’s death.


  • 1881-2007


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 publish material from Alexander and Vivia Hedquist papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Hedquist was born August 9, 1872, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family moved to Provo in 1885 to improve the educational opportunities of the children. Hedquist attended Brigham Young Academy for three years. During this time he was awarded a certificate for being one of the two best spellers in the district. Mr. Hedquist was the Chamber of Commerce President from 1934 to 1936. Hedquist married Lovina Strong in 1897, but she died in 1908. He married Ella Vivia Finlayson in 1919. Hedquist died on February 5, 1965.

Biographical / Historical

Ella Vivia Finlayson Hedquist was born February 2, 1885, in Payson, Utah. She married Alexander Hedquist on June 5, 1916, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two had six children together. She died September 17, 1962.

Biographical / Historical

Junece Hedquist was born in February 20, 1925, in Provo, Utah, to Alexander Hedquist and Vivia Hedquist. She went on to marry Donald C. Mackay in June, 1946, with whom she had two children. Hedquist was active in the women's clubs where she lived and in her community. She passed away on May 28, 2006, in Saint George, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Vivia Hedquist Rowe was born on May 10, 1919 in Provo, Utah, to parents Alexander and Vivia Hedquist. She went on to marry Owen Berry Rowe on October 16, 1940 in Provo, Utah with whom she had five children. Dorothy earned a degree from Brigham Young University in 1939, and graduated with honors from Purdue University in 1969 with a Masters in Library Science. Over the years, she lived in Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Phoenix, Arizona. Hedquist Rowe was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She passed away on November 7, 1995 in Saint George, Utah.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Alexander and Vivia Hedquist papers, 1881-1963. 2. Dorothy Hedquist Rowe papers, 1914-1995. 3. Junece Hedquist Mackay papers, 1930-2007.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available online.

Custodial History

Collection was donated by the daughter of Alexander and Vivia Hedquist, Dorothy Hedquist Rowe, of Provo, who gathered the documents from various family members and presented them to Brigham Young University. In a later accession to the collection, materials were collected by Dorothy Hedquist Rowe, but were in the possession of Mary Laurel Rowe, her daughter, at the time of their donation by Mary's sister, Vivia K. Baldwin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Carol Hedquist Allred and Dorothy Hedquist Rowe; 2004. Donated; Vivia K. Baldwin; July 26, 2018.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Register of Alexander and Vivia Hedquist papers
In Progress
Megan Furcini
2011 May 20
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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