Walter Howard Draper papers

Walter Howard Draper papers

Dates: 1936-1987

Contains missionary diaries, scriptures, and memorabilia; military, NASA, and other civil service personnel papers; family history book and photographs; assorted personal, insurance, and legal papers; and ephemera that includes items from the Netherlands, from the 1938 World's Fair, and NASA. Items dated 1936-1987.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1.0 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.). -- 3 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Draper, Walter Howard, 1909-1987
  • Call Number: MSS 6180
  • 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 public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Walter Howard Draper 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 6180; Walter Howard Draper papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6180, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Constance Draper in 2008. Donated by Lawrence E. B. Draper in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Constance Draper; 2008. Donated; Lawrence E. B. Draper; 2014.
Subject Terms
Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Military; Religion; Politics, Government, and Law; Mormon missionaries--Netherlands; Draper, Walter Howard, 1909-1987--Archives; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Netherlands
Genre / Form
Military records; Printed ephemera; 45 rpm records; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; John Murphy; June 2008. Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012. Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014. Processed; Carol Allred, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Draper (Walter Howard) papers
Finding Aid Author
Karen Glenn, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-07-23 16:07:48 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Walter Howard Draper (1909-1987) was a Latter Day Saint scientist, engineer, and missionary.

Walter Howard Draper was born on September 21, 1909, in Wellington, Utah, to parents Walter Nephi and Clara Maud Critchlow Draper. Draper attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where he played basketball and studied agronomy and geology. He interrupted his studies in 1936 to serve an LDS mission to Holland; then returned to BYU to graduate in 1942. He joined the U.S. Air Force, and served as an intelligence officer, and was involved in the liberation of U.S. prisoners of war. After the war, he married Jane Renee Olmiccia, and had two children. They were later divorced. He then married Constance Ross. He had two step-children.

Draper worked as a personnel officer at Norton and Edwards Air Force Bases. He also spent several years working as a soil scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Utah. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was the Utah County Flood Control Director, and authored the county's first comprehensive flood plan.

After he retired, the Drapers served two LDS missions to Holland, served in the Provo temple, and as a new missionary escort at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Draper died on 18 January 1987, in Provo, Utah.

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