Leona Holbrook papers

Leona Holbrook papers

Dates: approximately 1927-1991

Includes correspondence, writings, speech transcripts, subject files, photographs, printed items, reports, and other papers. Major topics include the Olympics, dance and other forms of human movement, and the physical education of women in the United States and around the world. Includes information on the construction of the Richards Building on the Brigham Young University campus and her participation in several professional organizations. Dated approximately 1927 to 1991.

  • Extent: 103 cartons (103 linear ft.). -- 20 boxes (10 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize boxes (3.32 linear ft.). -- 1 quarto (1.38 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Holbrook, Leona
  • Call Number: MSS 1740
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged into eleven series: 1. Leona Holbrook papers on the Olympics, 1960-1991. 2. Leona Holbrook books and periodicals, approximately 1927-1991. 3. Leona Holbrook journals, magazines, and pamphlets, approximately 1927-1991. 4. Leona Holbrook speeches and papers, approximately 1927-1991. 5. Leona Holbrook correspondence, approximately 1927-1991. 6. Leona Holbrook physical education papers, approximately 1927-1991. 7. Leona Holbrook education papers, approximately 1927-1991. 8. Leona Holbrook personal papers, approximately 1927-1991. 9. Leona Holbrook professional papers, approximately 1927-1991. 10. Leona Holbrook financial papers, approximately 1927-1991. 11. Leona Holbrook photographs and other material, approximately 1927-1991. The original order of the collection has been maintained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Leona Holbrook papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 1740; Leona Holbrook papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 1740, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Arva Whitby in October 1981. Donated by Nena Rey Hawkes in Sept 1997. Transferred from Library Acquisitions in May 2000. MSS 1774 and MSS 1778 were merged with other Leona Holbrook papers and catalogued under MSS 1740 in Mar 2001. Transferred from Bibliographic Department of HBLL Brigham Young University. Donated by Don Norton. Transferred from the Department of Dance in October 2014. Transferred from the Excercise Science Department in March 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Arva Whitby; October 1981. Donated; Nena Rey Hawkes; September 1997. MSS 1774 and MSS 1778 merged; March 2001. Transferred; Bibliographic Department; date of acquisition not identified. Donated; Don Norton; date of acquisition not identified. Transferred from Library Acquisitions; May 2000. Transferred from Department of Dance; October 2014. Transferred; Department of Exercise Science; March 2016.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1740.xml
Subject Terms
Mormon women; Physical education for women--Utah; Colleges and Universities; Education, Higher--Utah--Provo; Physical education and training; Politics, Government, and Law; International Relations; Holbrook, Leona--Archives; Brigham Young University--Faculty; Brigham Young University. Department of Physical Education
Genre / Form
Photographs; Personal papers; Papers (Document genres); Speeches, addresses, etc.
Processing Information
Processed; Dani Peterson; August 2011. Processed; Hannah Waddel; December 2014. Processed; Eric Wolford; January 2017.
Appraisal Information
Department records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
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Finding Aid Title
Holbrook (Leona) papers
Finding Aid Author
Dani Peterson
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-06-12 15:15:14 -0600.
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Biographical History

Leona Holbrook (1909-1980) was a faculty member in the Brigham Young University Department of Physical Education.

Leona Holbrook was born in Lehi, Utah, on April 7, 1909, to Horace Cook Holbrook and Leona Garn. After living in New Zealand while her parents served a mission, she was accelerated to high school at the age of thirteen. She attended East High School in Salt Lake City from 1922 to 1925. At age sixteen, Leona entered the University of Utah, declaring physical education as her major. There she was elected president of the Women's Athletic Association and awarded the Phi Delta Pi Cup.

Her first teaching position was at West Junior High School in Salt Lake City in 1931. In 1935 she was awarded a masters of science degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University, New York City, as well as a doctorate degree in education in 1950. After working in various leadership positions in several camps for women and girls, Leona accepted a teaching position at Brigham Young University in 1937. At BYU, Leona had a large part in planning the construction of the Richards Building. Later in her life she donated three hundred thousand dollars to the dance and women's physical education programs at BYU. She passed away at the age of seventy-one in her Provo home, of natural causes.

Leona Holbrook received numerous honors and acted in many leadership positions in her lifetime, including the president of the American Camping Association (Wasatch Section) (1946), president of the National Assocation for Physical Education of College Women (1964-1966), president of the American Assocation for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (1966-1967), recipient of the BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award (1967), member of the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee (1968), enshrined in the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame (1971), recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award (1977), director of the National Olympic Academy III at BYU (1978), and recipient of the Luther Halsey Gulick Award (1974) and the Dorothy S. Ainsworth Honor Award (1979).

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