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My life story

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2992

Scope and Contents

Recalls his early life in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Twin Falls, Idaho; farming; attendance at Albion State Normal School, 1935-1937, Utah State University, 1946-1949, and Northern Colorado University, 1949-1951; teaching elementary school in Declo, Idaho, 1937-1942; service in U.S. Air Force during World War II; marriage; employment as academic dean and professor of education psychology at Peru State Teacher's College (Nebraska) 1951-1954; employment in counseling center and Department of Educational Psychology at BYU, 1954-1979; travels; and church service, including a Latter-day Saint mission in Coventry, England, 1984-1985. Also contains significant information about his family. Includes biographical sketches of his parents, Joseph Downing and Lillie May Jensen, and his grandparents, Charles S. Downing, Sarah A. Lennington Downing, Christian Jensen, and Emma Rosella Palmer. Also includes poetry composed by Lester H. Downing.


  • 1983-1999


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 My life story must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Received via campus mail in University Archives, 24 February 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1999.


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

Register of My life story
Elisa Visick
2010 December 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