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Wilma Marie Plunkett papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 653

Scope and Contents

Contains materials used by Wilma Marie Plunkett Barstow. Includes her personal files such as her thesis from college, other writings, books, correspondence, information on her family history and research, photographs, negatives and papers from her mission in Boston, and her professional papers which include teaching materials, books and articles, and other useful information on taking care of photographs. Dated approximately 1902 to 2008.


  • approximately 1902-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Materials kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Wilma Marie Plunkett papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Wilma Marie Plunkett (1921-2008) was an archivist in Utah.

Wilma Marie Plunkett was born on January 14, 1921 in Otsego, Michigan to Cecil Harriston Plunkett and Ruby Hostetter. She grew up in Otsego, and attended Michigan State University. With the approach of World War II she became engaged, but he died during the war. She then worked in Detroit, and signed up for Woman's Army Air Corp (WAC's) when they were established. She served in Michigan and Washington, D.C.. Then in the 1950s she moved to Phoenix, Arizona and then to California. There she befriended Gladys and August Barstow, who introduced her to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During her time in California she worked for Lear Siegler Corporation. She also served as Secretary of the California Wing of the State Air Force Association for two years, and later as the State Historian for the Association.

In the 1970s Plunkett decided to serve a mission for the Church, and was called to the Boston, Massachusetts Mission. After completing her missionary service she moved to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University. While there she earned her bachelor's degree in Humanities, and a master's degree in American Studies. She also worked in the photo archives of the Harold B. Lee Library, where she remained until her retirement in the mid-1990s.

On June 25, 1992 she married August "Bart" Barstow in the Provo Temple (he died in 1999). Plunkett Barstow died on December 18, 2008 in Provo, Utah.

Biographical History

The Plunkett family were a family in the Midwestern United States (1920-2008).

The Plunkett family was made up of spouses Cecil Harrrison Plunkett (1901-1968) and Ruby Hostetter (1901-1961) and their two children; Ray (1914) and Wilma Marie (1921-2008). Cecil and Ruby were married on March 10, 1920 in Otsego, Michigan, where the family lived.


10 cartons (10 linear ft.)

12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (3.33 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01. linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Wilma Marie Plunkett personal papers, approximately 1902-2008. 2. Wilma Marie Plunkett professional papers, approximately 1902-2008.

Custodial History

Donated by Wilma Marie Plunkett Barstow in 2009.

Donated by Habron Adams in 2015.

Donated by Habron Adams in 2016.

Donated by Habron Adams in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Wilma Marie Plunkett Barstow; 2009.

Donated; Habron Adams; 2015.

Donated; Habron Adams; 2016.

Donated; Habron Adams; 2017.


Faculty (University Archive Collection Development Policy, IV.a.i.2, August 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; December 2006.

Processed; Erin Owens; May 2015.

Processed; Eric Wolford; August 2016.

Additional Materials processed; Itza Mostert; May 2017.

  • Pill containers and tray and duplicate worksheets and papers.
  • Oversize portfolio case with Wilma's initials on it.
Register of Wilma Marie Plunkett papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 June 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