Helen Hinckley Jones writings

Helen Hinckley Jones writings

Dates: 1952-1991

Contains several literary pieces authored by Helen Hinckley Jones, nearly all of which were unpublished. Includes the manuscripts for a picture book, a short personal narrative, a novel, and a published article. Materials dated 1952-1991.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Jones, Helen Hinckley, 1903-1991
  • Call Number: MSS 8289
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 Helen Hinckley Jones writings 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 289; Helen Hinckley Jones writings; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8289, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the family of Helen Hinckley Jones in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Helen Hinckley Jones family; 2013.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Literature; American literature--20th century--Mormon authors; American prose literature--Women authors; Jones, Helen Hinckley, 1903-1991
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Processing Information
Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
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).
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Finding Aid Title
Jones (Helen Hinckley) writings
Finding Aid Author
Clarissa McIntire
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-10 09:47:04 -0600.
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Biographical History

Helen Hinckley Jones (1903-1991) was an academic and an author in Utah and California.

Helen Hinckley Jones was born on April 12, 1903 in Provo, Utah, She sold her first published poem at the age of 7. She co-authored three books with Najmeh Najafi, who was responsible for the Persian Project and other humanitarian aid in Iran. Jones was the writer of numerous articles, stories and other manuscripts. In addition she helped to solicit the work of many other authors. She taught drama and history from 1924 to 1938 in Ogden. And from 1948 to 1974 she taught creative writing at the Pasadena City college of California.

She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Brigham Young University between 1924-1928, and she did postgraduate work with Cambridge, the University of California, Berkley, the University of Colorado, Utah State University, and Stanford. She was awarded the BYU Distinguished Service Alumni Award, the Pasadena Ccity College Distinguished Service Certificate, and many other academic and literate awards. Aside from her personal academic and authorial work, Jones was known for her work with young authors. She is credited as the inspiration for many of her published students, and was affectionately refered to as "Momma" by some of them. She was married to Ivan C. Hinckley, and had two daughters.

She died November 25, 1991 in Pasadena California.

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