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Josette B. Ashford papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6137

Scope and Contents

Contains Josette Ashford's personal scrapbook of photographs, postcards, correspondence and clippings detailing her life from the early 1920s until about 1999 and course materials as a professor of French and Italian at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Also included are linguistics research and publications, handouts, articles, news clippings, poetry, and literary/linguistic analysis note card files from 1951 to 1990. It also includes her life history.


  • 1920-1999


Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

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 the Josette B. Ashford personal and professional papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Josette B. Ashford (1920- ) was a professor of French and Italian at Brigham Young University from 1969-1999, she represented BYU in a number of capacities such as French Honor Society and Pi Delta Phi; she also represented the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a member of the General Relief Society Board among other positions.

Josette B. Ashford was born March 26, 1920 in Belgium to Joseph and Bertha Agnes Victorine Morin Britte. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 22, 1948 and was married to Curtis Haven Ashford on October 29, 1951. Curtis joined the Church around 1953. They were sealed in the temple in 1954 but divorced in 1962 when Curtis went missing at sea. Josette Ashford became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 1955. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from BYU in 1967 and went on to earn her M.A. in French from BYU in 1970 and a Doctorate in Philosophy, also from BYU in 1972.

Josette B. Ashford spent 30 years as a Instructor and Associate Professor of French (and Italian) at BYU from 1969 to 1999 and was awarded emeritus status in 1999. She was also chairwoman and representative for Pi Delta Phi, the French Honor Society, as well as a faculty representative for the French Club. Outside the academic world, Josette worked in the Church's genealogy department, taught in the ward auxiliaries, the teacher training program, served on the Stake Board in Sunday School, in the MIA, in the Regional Welfare program, and on the General Relief Society Board. She has also been instrumental in the translation of Church materials into such as hymns and primary materials.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

12 cartons (12 linear ft.)


The collection is divided into two series: 1. Josette B. Ashford personal papers, 1920-1999. 2. Josette B. Ashford professional papers, 1951-1990.

Custodial History

Donated by Josette Ashford, the creator, in 1992, 1993, and 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Josette Ashford; 1992, 1993, and 2009.


Shows the life of an LDS scholar and some of the work that she did during her career.

LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III).

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Glenn, GlendaLynn Ainsworth, and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator, in 2009 and 2010.

Register of the Josette B. Ashford papers
Karen Glenn, GlendaLynn Ainsworth, and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator
12 August 2010
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States