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Lillian H. Heil family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9191

Scope and Contents

Contains materials relating to the life of Lillian H. Heil and her family. Includes letter correspondence between Lillian H. Heil's parents Frank Harmon and Lillie Esplin, family newsletters, family reunion bulletins, and histories and poetry about Orderville, Utah. Also contains family histories and photographs compiled and organized by Lillian about her various ancestors, including the Esplin, Harmon, Woodbury, Miller, and Hoyt families. Contains materials from Lillian's mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa from to 1957 to 1959, including Samoa language materials, her mission call and release letters, a guide to proselyting in Samoan, color slides, and other ephemera. Also contains two journals Lillian kept while serving a mission to Jamaica from 1996 to 1997, and dated approximately 1908-2017.


  • 1908-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1951-2017


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Lillian Harmon Heil was born on November 20, 1927, in Riverside, California to parents Frank Nelson Harmon and Lillian Esplin. She received a B.A. from Fresno State College in elementary education and music in 1950, an M.A. in elementary education from the University of Utah in 1960, and then completed a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers' College of Columbia University in New York City in 1968. While in New York she met Eugene Heil, whom she would marry on June 10, 1967, in the Saint George Utah Temple. He passed away a year later in an automobile accident. Lillian worked as an elementary school teacher for 13 years, then taught briefly at Queens College and BYU-Hawaii (1969-1974) before pursuing a career teaching children's literature at Brigham Young University from 1974 to the 1990s. She served on the BYU Children's Book Review, the Executive Board of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah, and as president of Delta Kappa Gamma. Lillian was also a member of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa from 1957 to 1959, and Jamaica from 1996 to 1997.

On March 5, 2023, Lillian passed away in Lindon, Utah.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.4 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Lillian H. Heil, daughter of Lillian Esplin and Frank Nelson Harmon, in 2018 and 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lillian H. Heil; August 2018, May 2023.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, II, B, 5, IV, 2016).

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn 2023. Boxes 4-5, Folders 6-8 added.

Register of Lilian H. Heil family papers
Chelsea McNeil
2019 January 17
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