DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers

DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers

Dates: 1916-1998

Collection contains the Colliers's various writings throughout the years. DeFonda kept a diary from 1916 to 1998. The collection also has many letters to and from various family members. Although Theodore never kept a formal diary except while he was on his mission, his letters to children (mostly Bob and Rae Ann) essentially serve that purpose. The collection also contains photographs, appointment calendars, a tribute to Grandmother DeFonda Collier, a family bible, and other ephemera. There are also so family history items. These include a record of the ancestors of DeFonda Dowdle Collier and some old diaries. Materials dated 1916-1998.

  • Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Collier, DeFonda, 1904-2002. -- Collier, Theodore, 1902-1966
  • Call Number: MSS 7296
  • 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.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the DeFonda and Theodore Collier 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 7296; DeFonda and Theodore Collier papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7296, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Robert and Rae Ann Collier in 2007. Donated by Mary Alice Eldredge in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Robert and Rae Ann Collier; 2007. Donated; Mary Alice Eldredge; 2016.
Other Finding Aids
More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.
Related Material
See also the R. A. Dowdle diaries (MSS 530).
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Mormon women--Utah--Archives; Collier, DeFonda, 1904-2002; Collier, Theodore, 1902-1966; Dowdle family--Archives; Collier, DeFonda, 1904-2002--Archives; Collier family--Archives
Genre / Form
Printed ephemera; Photographs; Calendars; Diaries; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009. Materials added; Eric Wolford, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Collier (DeFonda and Theodore) papers
Finding Aid Author
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-01-11 16:40:11 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Theodore Collier (1902-1966) was a Vernal, Utah native best known for his service in the South Texas mission between 1922-1924.

Ted (Theodore) Collier was born 29 October 1902, in Vernal, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the South Texas Mission from 1922 to 1924. On May 23, 1928, Ted married DeFonda Virtue Dowdle. He died June 9, 1966 of a heart attack.

Biographical History

DeFonda Collier (1904-2002) was an avid writer who collected children's literature.

DeFonda Virtue Dowdle Collier was born September 1, 1904 in Logan, Utah. She grew up in Newton, Utah. In 1922, she wrote for the Cache Valley High School newspaper, the Clarion. She married Ted Collier on May 23, 1928. Together, DeFonda and Ted had seven children. After Ted's death in 1966, she continued to write letters to her children. She traveled across the United States with Eunice Young in 1978. She also continued her study and collection of children's literature. DeFonda died on October 24, 2002.

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