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Marjorie Pay Hinckley papers

Identifier: MSS 9564

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal papers of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, including letters to and from her husband, Gordon B. Hinckley, and other family members, photographs, talks, clippings, a high school yearbook, notebooks, and other ephemera. Also includes programs, condolences, clippings, and other documents about the memorials for both Marjorie Pay Hinckley and Gordon B. Hinckley. Materials dated 1911 to 2008.


  • 1911-2008


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

Marjorie Pay Hinckley was born on November 23, 1911, to Phillip LeRoy Pay and Georgette Paxman in Nephi, Utah. Her family later moved to Salt Lake City where she attended East High School and graduated in 1929. She worked as secretary in lieu of additional schooling to support her parents and younger siblings. On April 29, 1937, Marjorie Pay Hinckley married Gordon Bitner Hinckley in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were married for 67 years and had five children: Kathleen, Richard, Virginia, Clark, and Jane. After serving in various leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon Hinckley was called as Assistant to the Twelve in 1958, and in 1961, as an Apostle. In 1995, he became the fifteenth President of the Church. Marjorie Pay Hinckley frequently traveled worldwide with her husband, ministering and speaking to members of the Church, dignitaries, and political leaders. She authored the book, "Small and Simple Things," was credited posthumously for the book "Letters," and authored the pamphlet, "To Women: Is This What I Was Born To Do?" Marjorie Pay Hinckley died April 6, 2004, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 92.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

5 oversize folders (2 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically in original binder groupings.

Custodial History

Donated by Virginia H. Cowley, Kathleen H. Walker, Clark B. Hinckley, Jane H. Dudley, and Richard G. Hinckley on April 25, 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Virginia H. Cowley, Kathleen H. Walker, Clark B. Hinckley, Jane H. Dudley, and Richard G. Hinckley; April 25, 2022.


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; Sydney Gee; June 2022.

Register of Marjorie Pay Hinckley papers
Sydney Gee
2022 June 1
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