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Helen Hinckley Jones writings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8289

Content Description

Contains several literary pieces authored by Helen Hinckley Jones, nearly all of which were unpublished. Includes the manuscripts for a picture book, a short personal narrative, a novel, and a published article. Materials dated 1952-1991.


  • 1952-1991


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 Helen Hinckley Jones writings must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Helen Hinckley Jones (1903-1991) was an academic and an author in Utah and California.

Helen Hinckley Jones was born on April 12, 1903 in Provo, Utah, She sold her first published poem at the age of 7. She co-authored three books with Najmeh Najafi, who was responsible for the Persian Project and other humanitarian aid in Iran. Jones was the writer of numerous articles, stories and other manuscripts. In addition she helped to solicit the work of many other authors. She taught drama and history from 1924 to 1938 in Ogden. And from 1948 to 1974 she taught creative writing at the Pasadena City college of California.

She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Brigham Young University between 1924-1928, and she did postgraduate work with Cambridge, the University of California, Berkley, the University of Colorado, Utah State University, and Stanford. She was awarded the BYU Distinguished Service Alumni Award, the Pasadena Ccity College Distinguished Service Certificate, and many other academic and literate awards. Aside from her personal academic and authorial work, Jones was known for her work with young authors. She is credited as the inspiration for many of her published students, and was affectionately refered to as "Momma" by some of them. She was married to Ivan C. Hinckley, and had two daughters.

She died November 25, 1991 in Pasadena California.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by the family of Helen Hinckley Jones in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Hinckley Jones family; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Helen Hinckley Jones writings
Clarissa McIntire
2015 January 20
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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