LDS French Mission : 1946-1950

LDS French Mission : 1946-1950

Dates: bulk 1946-1950, 1946-2004

Collection contains photocopies of materials concerning the everyday functioning of the LDS French Mission from 1946 to 1950, under the presidency of James L. Barker. Includes office, meeting, and schedule notes, photographs of missionaries, maps, and personal photographs from missionaries who served in France during that time. Also, there is a Christmas letter from 2004 added to the collection. Dated 1946-2004.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bowers, Winnifred, 1922-1999. -- Olsen, Norma Gibbs
  • Call Number: MSS 8336
  • 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
Materials are in English and French.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from LDS French Mission: 1946-1950/ by Winnifred Bowers and Norma Gibbs Olsen must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Located in box 598
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8336; LDS French Mission: 1946-1950/ by Winnifred Bowers and Norma Gibbs Olsen; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8336, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased by John M Murphy in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; John M. Murphy; 2013.
Subject Terms
Barker, James L. (James Louis), 1880-1958--Missions--France--History; Barker, Kate M.--Missions--France--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--France; Religion; Missionaries; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormons--France; Saints--France--History
Genre / Form
Memoirs; Photocopies; Schedules
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; 2013.
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
LDS French Mission: 1946-1950
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-02T04:09-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Norma Gibbs Olsen (-) wrote biographies of her ancestors.

Florence Norma Gibbs Olsen was born to parents Charles Worthen and Florence Emma Ashton Gibbs. Norma served an LDS mission to France in 1948. After their missions, Norma married fellow French LDS Missionary, Barton C. Olsen. She co-wrote a biography about her grandparents, Jedediah William and Mary Eliza Salisbury Ashton. She also co-wrote a history of the LDS French Mission 1946-1950.

Biographical History

Winnifred Bowers (1922-1999) served an LDS mission in France in 1947, where she was secretary to Pres. James Barker, and travelled with him and Ezra T. Benson through war-torn Europe.

Winnifred (Winnie) Bowers was born in Salt Lake City, April 21, 1922, to Winifred Sanders and Frank B. Bowers. She earned a BA in theater and drama an MA in English at the U of U, was director of costuming there and BYU, where she also taught. She served an LDS mission in France in 1947 where she was secretary to Pres. James Barker and traveled with him and Ezra T. Benson through war-torn Europe. The missionaries she served with became an integral part of her life.She was on the YWMIA general board as a chairman of drama. She attended Barnard College in NYC where she lived most of her life. She was President of the YWMIA of NY Stake, was named to the executive committee that sponsored a Carnegie Hall concert of the Utah Symphony, was associate editor of The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton, a three volume work. She established the first copy centers in NYC known as the Hamilton Copy Centers, and hired many local SLC youth who went to the Big Apple to try their wings. She graciously hosted and enjoyed many friends and relatives as they visited NY. Her rare talent for producing and presenting made her in great demand. Wynne was one of the members of a small select committee, chaired by Gordon B. Hinckley that helped produce the first film to be used in LDS temples.

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