Maureen Ursenbach Beecher publications

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher publications

Dates: 1974-1997

"Riding Herd, A Conversation with Juanita Brooks." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 9 (Spring 1974): 11-33. With Davis Bitton. "Discover Your Heritage: 'They Will Kiss Us!'" New Era 4 ( September 1974): 36-37. Translated and reprinted as "Nos Mataran!" Liahona 21 (March 1975): 6-7. "Eliza: A Woman and a Sister." New Era 4 (October 1974): 10-16. "The Eliza Enigma: The Life and Legend of Eliza R. Snow." Essays on the American West, 1974-1975, Charles Redd Monographs in Western History, pp. 29-46. Reprinted in Dialogue 11 (Spring 1978): 30-43. Also reprinted in Sister Saints, edited by Vicky Burgess- Olso. Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1978. Recipient, John Whitmer Historical Association annual award, Best Article on Mormon History, 1976. "Letters From the Frontier: Commerce, Nauvoo, and Salt Lake City." Journal of Mormon History 2 (1975): 35-51. "Eliza R. Snow's Nauvoo Journal." Brigham Young University Studies 15 (Summer 1975): 391- 416. "Three Women and the Life of the Mind." Utah Historical Quarterly 43 (Winter 1975): 26-40. "Under the Sunbonnets: Mormon Women With Faces." Task Papers in LDS History, No. 4 (December 1975). Reprinted in Brigham Young University Studies 16 (Summer 1976): 471- 484. "Eliza R. Snow." In Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah. Edited by Claudia L. Bushman. Cambridge, Mass.: Emmeline Press, 1976. Pp. 25-41. "Past and Present: Some Thoughts on Being a Mormon Woman." Sunstone 1 (1976): 64-73. "The Oft-Crossed Border: Canadians in Utah." In The Peoples of Utah, Edited by Helen Z. Papanikolas. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1976. Pp. 279-301. With Richard Jensen. "The Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells: A Preliminary View." In Dedication Colloquims: Harold B. Lee Library. Provo, Utah: Harold B. Lee Library, 1977. Pp. 57-70. "Women in the Church from 1830 to the Present." In Religious Educators Symposium on LDS Church History. Salt Lake City: Church Educational System, 1977. Pp. 38-40. "A Decade of Mormon Women: The 1870's." New Era 8 (April1978): 34-49. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 11 (Summer 1978). Guest edited. "Women in the Twentieth-Century Utah." In Utah's History, Edited by Richard D. Poll, et al. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1978. Pp. 563-586. "The First Relief Society: A Diversity of Women." Ensign 9 (March 1979): 25-29. With James L. Kimball, Jr. "'All Things Move in Order in the City': The Nauvoo Diary of Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs." Brigham Young University Studies 19 (Spring 1979): 285-320. "The Latter-day Saints and Women's Rights, 1870-1920: A Brief Survey." Task Papers in LDS History, No. 29. Salt Lake City: Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1979. With Carol Cornwall Madsen and Jill Mulvay Derr. "Our Pioneer Foremothers: Their Temporal Needs, Their Spiritual Goals." Ensign 10 (March 1980): 30-34. "Leonora, Eliza, and Lorenzo: An Affectionate Portrait of the Snow Family." Ensign 10 (June 1980): 64-69. "Susa Young Gates." In American Women Writers, Edited by Lina Mainiero, vol. 2, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1980. Pp. 109-111. "Eddies in the Mainstream: Mormon Women and American Society," Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. Provo, Utah: Religious Instruction, Brigham Young University, 1980. Pp. 45-56. "How Many Millionaires?" Friend 11 (May 1981): 36-39. "Women's Work on the Mormon Frontier." Utah Historical Quarterly 49 (Summer 1981): 276-290. "Publications and Projects in Mormon History: A Bibliography of the History Division of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1972-1980 and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History of Brigham Young University, 1980- 82." Duplicated, Joseph Fielding Smith Institute, 1982. "Marriage in Early Utah: Pattern and Patchwork." The Creative Woman 5 (Winter 1982): 29- 35. "Birthing." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 14 (Winter 1981): 117-23. Second place winner of the essay contest co-sponsored by Dialogue, Olympus Publishing Company and the Silver Foundation. Reprinted in Personal Voices, Edited by Mary Bradford. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1987. Pp. 139-147. "Emma and Eliza and the Stairs." In Brigham Young University Studies 22 (Winter 1982): 87-96. With Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery. "The Polysophical Society: A Phoenix Infrequent." Encyclia 58 (1981): 145-153. "The 'Leading Sisters': A Female Hierarchy in Nineteenth-Century Mormon Society." Journal of Mormon History 9 (1982): 25-39. "The Uncommon Touch: Brief Moments with N. Eldon Tanner." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 15 (Winter 1982): 11-13. "Women at Winter Quarters." Sunstone 8 (July -August 1983): 11-19. "Eliza Roxey [sic] Snow's Way to Sainthood." Exponent II 10 (Winter 1984): 10-12. "The Iowa Journal of Lorenzo Snow." Brigham Young University Studies 24 (Summer 1984): 261-273. "Entre Nous: An Intimate History of M[ormon] H[istory] A[ssociation]. Journal of Mormon History 12 (1985): 43-52. "Mormon Women: A Bibliography in Process, 1977-1985," with Patricia Lyn Scott. Journal of Mormon History 12 (1985): 113-127. "Poetry and the Private Lives: Newspaper Verse on the Mormon Frontier." Brigham Young University Studies 25 (Summer 1985): 55-65. "Priestess Among the Patriarchs: Eliza R. Snow and the Mormon Female Relief Society, 1842- 1887." In Religion and Society in the American West, Edited by Carl Guarneri and David Alvarez. New York: University Press of America, 1987. Pp. 153-170. Sisters in Spirit: Mormon Women in Historical and Cultural Perspective, edited with Lavina Fielding Anderson. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1987. New Views of Mormon History: A Collection of Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington. Edited and introduced, with Davis Bitton. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1987. "Widowhood Among the Mormons: The Personal Accounts," with Carol C. Madsen and Lavina Fielding Anderson. In On Their Own: Widows and Widowhood in the American Southwest, 1848-1939, edited by Arlene Scadron. Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1988. Pp 117-139. Religious Studies and Theology, Fall 1987, guest edited. "Commentary" on "Family on the Western Frontier," by Lillian Schlissel. In Western Women: Their Land, Their Lives, edited by Lillian Schlissel, Vicki L. Ruiz and Janice Monk. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988. Pp. 93-97. "The Life and Times of One Relief Society President." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 21 (Winter 1988): 75-84. "Of Sparrows and Neighbors." This People 10 (Fall 1989): 65-66. Under pseudonym Valerie March. "Inadvertent Disclosure: Autobiography in the Poetry of Eliza R. Snow." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 23 (Spring 1990): 94-107. "Mormon Women in Southern Alberta: The Pioneer Years." In The Mormon Presence in Canada, edited by B.Y. Card, et al. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1990. Pp. 211-230. "Mom and the Met." This People 11 (Fall 1990): 56-58. Personal essay. "Eliza R. Snow." In Encyclopedia of Mormonism. 4 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1991. Pp. 1364-1367. "Lorenzo Snow." In Encyclopedia of Mormonism. 4 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1991. Pp. 1367-1371. With Paul Thomas Smith. "Biography and Autobiography." In Encyclopedia of Mormonism. 4 vols. New York; Macmillan, 1991. Pp. 113-115. Eliza and Her Sisters. Salt Lake City: Aspen Books, 1991. Winnter, Ella Larsen Turner Award for Excellence in Biography, 1991. "From Nauvoo: Sisterhood and the Spirit." In Women Steadfast in Christ, edited by Dawn Hall Anderson and Marie Cornwall. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1992. Pp. 53-68. "Don't Touch! It's for Relief Society." This People 13 (Spring 1992): 38-42. "Tenderness in the Dance: Sesquicentennial Reflections on Relief Society." BYU Today 46 (July 1992): 31-40. With Jill Mulvay Derr. Women of Covenant: The Story of the Relief Society. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992. With Jill Mulvay Derr and Janath Russell Cannon. "Each in Her Own Time: Four Zinas." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26 (Summer 1993): 119-138. "Circles Beyond the Circle." This People 14 (Summer 1993): 16-17. "An Inheritance in Zion." In Women and Christ: Living the Abundant Life. "Rediscovering Conscience: An Awareness of Suffering." Perspectives of Canada and Germany 1 (Spring 1994): 13. "Forum: Female Experience in American Religion." Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 5 (Winter 1995): 11-16. "Relief Society." In Utah History Encyclopedia, edited by Allan Kent Powell, 458-459. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994. "Eliza Roxcy Snow." In Utah History Encyclopedia, edited by Allan Kent Powell, 509-510. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994. "Relief Society (1884)." In Historical Atlas of Mormonism, edited by S. Kent Brown, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard H. Jackson, 104-105. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994. "Eliza R. Snow's Relief Society Travels (1880-1881)." In Historical Atlas of Mormonism, edited by S. Kent Brown, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard H. Jackson, 1006-107. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994. "'Tryed and Purified as Gold': Mormon Women's 'Lives.'" BYU Studies 34, No. 4 (1994-1995): 16-34. Winner, Mormon History Association Best Article on Women, 1996. The Personal Writings of Eliza R. Snow. Compiled, annotated, and introduced. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1995. "Mormon Women Converts From Upper Canada." The Third Eye: The Canadian Journal of Mormon Studies 1, No.1 (1996): "On Being Mormon in Canada and Canadian in Utah." BYU Studies 36, No. 2 (1996-1997)? 167-176. "Under the Sunbonnets: Mormon Women with Faces." In Coming to Zion, edited by James B. Allen and John W. Welch, 334-352. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University, 1997. "The Place for Us to Go." In Heroines of the Restoration, edited by Barbara B. Smith and Blythe Darlyn Thatcher, 259-269. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997.

  • Extent: 71 items
  • Creator: Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach
  • Call Number: MSS 2285 Series 6
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for research. (Swiss-Mormon papers are copies of materials gathered and created by Paul-Anthon Nielson of Oberhofer, Switzerland. Use of those papers must be authorized by him.)
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Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach--Archives; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Switzerland--History; Alberta; Colleges and Universities; Education; Mormon Church--Switzerland--History; Mormon women--History; Mormons--Switzerland--History; Provo (Utah); Salt Lake City (Utah)
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Biographical History

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher was born March 19, 1935 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Charles Ursenbach and Margaret Lucille Harvey. In 1958, she left to serve in the Swiss-Austrian Mission for the LDS Church. She was a professor of English at BYU from 1981-1997 and Research Historian for the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History for the same time period. She is now retired living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher was born on March 19, 1935 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Charles Ursenbach and Margaret Lucille Harvey. After her father had filled a short term mission to Eastern Canada, he and her mother moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where the family's roots were firmly planted. Her parents would have four children: Harvey, Geraldine, and Lucille, and Maureen.

The house her parents built and moved into in 1928 would be the house that Maureen grew up in. Many joyful and sorrowful memories of her family were shared there. One of the most outstanding memories of her childhood is the day of her baptism, on Easter Sunday, 25 April 1943, and being confirmed by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

School was always very easy for Maureen. She received many awards at Sunalta School in Calgary for academics. Maureen continued to excel throughout school and on to the University of Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton branches, receiving a Diploma in Secondary Education. After receiving her diploma, she proceeded to get her Bachelor of Science in English and Mathematics at Brigham Young University in 1958.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Maureen departed for the Swiss-Austrian Mission on 8 December 1958. The mission proved to be a growing experience for Maureen. When she returned home, she pursued her education further by receiving her Masters Degree in English in 1966 and her PhD in 1973 in Comparative Literature. Both degrees were earned at the University of Utah. She married, but later divorced Dale Beecher.

Maureen has published articles and books and lectured many times during her Academic career. She has also served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review from 1969-1972; Editor and senior research associate, History Division, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1972-1980; Associate Professor and Professor of English from 1981-1997; and Research Historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, Brigham Young University, 1981-1997. Furthermore, she has served on many professional organizations and participated in the community.

In addition to Maureen's accomplishments, she has also been one of the leading advocates for Mormon Women's Studies. Maureen has contributed much through her research and writings of Mormon Women.

Following her retirement from BYU, Maureen took a position with Global Forum, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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