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Don E. Norton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8779

Scope and Contents

Collection of letters, reminiscent accounts, memos, clippings, and other materials on the history of the Brigham Young University English Department, including discussion of feminism. Materials dated 1990-2015.


  • 1990-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted until the death of the creator.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Don Evan Norton Jr. was born on December 5, 1934 in Zurich, Montana to Don E. Norton and Vera Camilla Murphy. He moved with his family to Burley, Idaho in the 1940s, and graduated from Burley High School. He then attended Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1959 and a master's in 1961.

In 1967 Norton joined the university faculty, working in the English Department and the Department of Linguistics and English Language. His academic interests focused on the usage, grammar, and history of the English language. He has also written on Mormon history and doctrine, and has been involved in oral history work. Norton retired from Brigham Young University in 2004.


10 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Don E. Norton in 2015 and 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Don E. Norton; 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Don E. Norton; December 2020.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.

Register of Don E. Norton papers
Clarissa McIntire
2015 November 10
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