Josette B. Ashford papers

Josette B. Ashford papers

Dates: 1920-1999

The collection consists of Josette Ashford’s personal scrapbook of photographs, postcards, correspondence and clippings detailing her life from the early 1920s until about 1999 and course materials as a professor of French and Italian, including linguistics research and publications, handouts, articles, news clippings, poetry, and literary/linguistic analysis note card files from 1951 to 1990. It also includes her life history.

  • Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.). -- 12 cartons (12 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ashford, Josette B. (Josette Britte), 1920
  • Call Number: MSS 6137
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English and French.
The collection is divided into 2 series. Series 1: Josette B. Ashford personal papers; Series 2: Josette B. Ashford professional papers.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Josette B. Ashford personal and professional papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6137; Josette B. Ashford personal and professional papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6137, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Josette Ashford, the creator, in 1992, 1993, and 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Josette Ashford; 1992, 1993, and 2009.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Correspondence; Language and Languages; Linguistics; Provo (Utah)
Genre / Form
Letters; Maps; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed by Karen Glenn, GlendaLynn Ainsworth, and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator, in 2009 and 2010.
Appraisal Information
Shows the life of an LDS scholar and some of the work that she did during her career. LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Ashford (Josette B.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, GlendaLynn Ainsworth, and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-04-21T10:49-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Josette B. Ashford (1920- ) was a professor of French and Italian at Brigham Young University from 1969-1999, she represented BYU in a number of capacities such as French Honor Society and Pi Delta Phi; she also represented the LDS church as a member of the General Relief Society Board among other positions.

Josette B. Ashford was born March 26, 1920 in Belgium to Joseph and Bertha Agnes Victorine Morin Britte. She joined the LDS Church on October 22, 1948 and was married to Curtis Haven Ashford on October 29, 1951. Curtis joined the LDS Church around 1953. They were sealed in the temple in 1954 but divorced in 1962 when Curtis went missing at sea. Josette Ashford became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 1955. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from BYU in 1967 and went on to earn her M.A. in French from BYU in 1970 and a Doctorate in Philosophy, also from BYU in 1972.

Josette B. Ashford spent 30 years as a Instructor and Associate Professor of French (and Italian) at BYU from 1969 to 1999 and was awarded emeritus status in 1999. She was also chairwoman and representative for Pi Delta Phi, the French Honor Society, as well as a faculty representative for the French Club. Outside the academic world, Josette worked in the Church's genealogy department, taught in the ward auxiliaries, the teacher training program, served on the Stake Board in Sunday School, in the MIA, in the Regional Welfare program, and on the General Relief Society Board. She has also been instrumental in the translation of Church materials into such as hymns and primary materials.

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