Robert John Evans papers

Robert John Evans papers

Dates: 1922-1997

Collection contains 738 slides taken by Evans between 1965 and 1985. Some of the slides are on the subject of a science experiment and performing science experiments. The majority of the slides are photographs taken while on Travel Study Tours with Brigham Young University to places including Europe and Mexico. Materials also include 39 pages of handouts from Brigham Young University Travel Study Tours. Collection also includes journals of both personal and professional nature, materials from Evans' LDS mission to South Africa, church related papers and publications, two of his mother's journals, and assorted ephemera. Materials are dated 1922-1997.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.). -- 3 cartons (3.0 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Evans, Alice Hazel Stallings, 1885-1992. -- Evans, Robert John, 1909-1997
  • Call Number: MSS 8244
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph 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
English
Technical Requirements
Photographic slides are kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Arrangement
Arranged in seven series: 1. Robert John Evans slides of Michigan State University and science experiments, 1965-1973. 2. Robert John Evans slides and other material on Brigham Young University Travel Study, 1983-1985. 3. Robert John Evans missionary papers, 1929-1950. 4. Robert John Evans journals, 1922-1994. 5. Robert John Evans church papers, 1950-1997. 6. Robert John Evans and Hazel Stallings Evans diaries, 1937-1938. 7. Robert John Evans ephemera, undated.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Robert John Evans 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 8244; Robert John Evans papers; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8244, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated to the repository in 2012 and 2013 by the son of the creator, Robert Pugmire Evans, and his wife, Loretta Evans.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Robert Pugmire and Loretta Evans; 2012. Donated; Robert Pugmire and Loretta Evans; 2013.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Colleges and Universities; Diaries; Education; Foreign study--Europe--Photographs; Foreign study--Mexico--Photographs; Home and Family; Mormon Church--Missions--South Africa; Science--Experiments--Photographs; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Color photographs; Photographs; Slides (Photography)
Processing Information
Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013. Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor and John M. Murphy; 2014.
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
UPB_ MSS8244
Finding Aid Title
Evans (Robert John) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Anne Ashton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-25T16:12-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Robert John Evans (1909-1997) was a poultry professor and researcher in Michigan.

Robert John Evans was born on March 18, 1909 in Logan, Utah to Robert James and Alice Hazel Stallings Evans. He attended schools in Logan, and then moved with his family to Lehi, Utah during high school. After graduating he attended Brigham Young University, where he ran for the track team. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission to South Africa between 1929 and 1932. After his return he attended Utah State Agricultural College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics, and a master's in poultry science. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, earning his Ph.D. in the field in 1939. He returned to the West, working at Carbon College in Price, Utah and at the State College of Washington in Pullman. In 1941 he married Alice Pugmire, and they had two children.

In 1947, Evans took a position on the faculty of the Poultry Department of Michigan State University. He completed some advanced studies at Cambridge, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, but remained at Michigan until his retirement in 1977. He was internationally recognized as an expert in protein biochemistry, doing extensive work with eggs and beans.

He and his wife then moved back to Utah, settling in Odgen. During this time, he participated in travel study programs offered by Brigham Young University. Evans died on December 6, 1997 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Biographical History

Alice Hazel Stallings Evans (1885-1992) was a Latter-day Saint mother, and wife of academic Robert James Evans (1881-1967).

Alice Hazel Stallings Evans was born on November 25, 1885, in Coalville, Utah, to parents Heber Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Wilde Stallings. She attended Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Robert James Evans. They were married on August 21, 1907, in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduation from BYU, the family moved to Logan, Utah, where they attended Utah Agricultural College; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where Rob earned a PhD; Lehi, Utah, where they farmed and grew a yardful of chickens; Ogden, Utah, where Rob taught at Weber College; back to Lehi, then to Logan, Utah, where Robert served as the head of the Agronomy Department. During all of the moves, Alice was highly active in church, club, and college activities, such as Sunday school teacher, Relief Society teacher, and Mutual leadership, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Kappa Delta Mother's Club, football and basketball games, Faculty Women's League, and duties as the wife of the department chairman. She loved the social life and the people in each city they lived. Alice kept a tidy house, with all the normal duties of cooking, cleaning, preserving, and raising children. In 1954, when Rob retired, the family moved back to Lehi one last time, where Alice lived until her death.

Alice died on January 20, 1992, in Lehi, Utah.



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