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Vilate Elliott diaries

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 282

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries. The earliest journal was kept from 1899 to 1900 when Elliott went from Provo, Utah to Bluff, Utah to teach school. She writes about school events, illnesses, and her selling of magazine subscriptions. The later journal was kept from 1924 to 1925 and describes Elliott's European tour.


  • 1899-1925


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 Vilate Elliott diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Vilate Elliott (1868-1946) was an elementary school teacher and home economics professor in Utah.

Margaret Vilate Elliott was born to Fannie Ainger Peck and Edwin Elliott in Provo, Utah on April 22, 1868. She was raised in Provo, and was sealed to Joseph Edmund Smoot after his death in 1890. She then returned to school, and attended Brigham Young Academy before graduating with a bachelor's in Pedagogy in 1895. After graduating, she began her education career teaching in the small southeastern town of Bluff, Utah as an elementary teacher.

After 1900, she then taught for a year at Parker School in Provo where, after finishing, she was called to serve a mission in England in 1902. After returning from her mission to England in 1904, Elliott began expanding her teaching experience to college education. After spending four years teaching at the Franklin School, she attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she gained qualifications to teach as a professor of Home Economics in Textiles and Clothing at Brigham Young University--a job she held between 1908 to 1939. Before she retired, she not only helped out as a member of the Utah State Fair Board and Hostess to the New York World's Fair, but she also travelled all over the world--going to places like Honolulu, Hawaii and Copenhagen.

On June 30, 1946, Margaret Elliott passed away in Provo, Utah.


2 volumes (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Vilate Elliott diaries
Megan Furcini
2011 March 22
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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