Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers

Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers

Dates: 1891-2014

Contains papers, journals, scrapbooks, photos, newsletters, teaching materials, travel plan research and experiences, personal history collection and drafts, and other memorabilia from Lisonbee. Topics included with these materials memoirs of her mission with her husband in Guam-Micronesia and Ireland, volunteer opportunities in the AARP and the Kiwanas Club, letters and cards from friends and family, research for her autobiography, etc. Material dated approximately 1891-2014.

  • Extent: 17 cartons (17 linear ft.). -- 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 19 oversize folders (4.2 linear ft.). -- 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lisonbee, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Larson), 1924
  • Call Number: MSS 8473
  • 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
Arranged in nine series: 1. Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers on church service, 1939-2013. 2. Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers on community service, 1938-2013. 3. Dorothy L. Lisonbee correspondence, 1928-2012. 4. Dorothy L. Lisonbee family history, 1953-2014. 5. Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee journals, 1937-2014. 6. Dorothy L. Lisonbee personal history, 1924-2014. 7. Dorothy L. Lisonbee photographs, 1891-2014. 8. Dorothy L. Lisonbee teaching materials, 1942-1983. 9. Dorothy L. Lisonbee travels, 1977-2004.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Dorothy L. Lisonbee 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 8473; Dorothy L. Lisonbee papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8473, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Dorothy L. Lisonbee either created the items or collected them from her siblings and parents. She later gave them to her daughter, Margaret Weddle, who donated them to the Library in 2014 and 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Margaret Weddle; 2014. Donated; Margaret Weddle; 2015.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Clubs and Societies; Home and Family; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Relief Society; Youth Auxiliaries; Education; Colleges and Universities; Elementary and Secondary Education; Family reunions; Scrapbooks--United States; United States--Description and travel; Europe--Description and travel; East Asia--Description and travel; Arizona--Description and travel; Autobiography; Elementary school teachers; Photography; Diaries; Lisonbee, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Larson), 1924-; Lisonbee, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Larson), 1924---Archives
Genre / Form
Newsletters; Negatives; Slides (Photography)
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014 and 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).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Lisonbee (Dorothy L.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-07 14:06:53 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Dorothy L. Lisonbee (1924- ) is a Mormon educator, family historian, and traveler.

Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee was born on December 25, 1924, in Taylor, Arizona, to parents Alof Pratt (1882-1961) and Margaret Smith Larson (1884-1973). She married Robert William Brown, Jr. (1921-2010), on May 31, 1949, in Guaymas, Mexico, and together they had four children. After divorce in 1969, she married Lorenzo Kenneth Lisonbee (1914-2008) on April 28, 1980, and merged their twelve children into one wonderful family.

Lisonbee graduated from Arizona Teacher's College (now Arizona State University) on May 22, 1946, and became an elementary school Physical Education teacher, later teaching 7th grade, then eventually teaching Library Science. She taught in Kingman, Yuma, and Phoenix, Arizona. After her retirement from teaching, she and her husband, Lorenzo Lisonbee, began to travel the world - both as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as tourists - always looking for something new to see or do.

In her later years, Lisonbee volunteered as leadership in several service organizations, including AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), Kiwanis Club, the Arizona Retired Teachers Association, and the Friendship Village Foundation Organization.

Lisonbee lives in Arizona.

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