Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers

Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers

Dates: approximately 1855-2014, bulk 1935-1983

Collection contains Taylor's personal and family history, including photographs, letters, awards, certificates, stories, and two books. Materials also relate to Taylor's service on the general Relief Society board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials dated 1855-2014 (bulk, 1935-1983).

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Taylor, Celestia Marguerita Johnson, 1903-1996
  • Call Number: MSS 8742
  • 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 Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor 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 8742; Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8742, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the family of Celestia Taylor in 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Celestia Taylor family; 2015.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Relief Society; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon universities and colleges; Taylor, Celestia Marguerita Johnson, 1903-1996; Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Genre / Form
Photographs; Letters; Awards
Processing Information
Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy II.b.5.IV, 2011).
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Finding Aid Title
Taylor (Celestia Marguerita Johnson) papers
Finding Aid Author
Clarissa McIntire
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-02-11 13:41:57 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Celestia Marguerita Johnson Taylor (1903-1996) was a professor of English and Literature at Brigham Young University and a member of the general board of Relief Society for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Celestia Marguerita Johnson was born in Alpine, Utah, April 8, 1903, to Jesse Wanderus and Deseret Nash Johnson. She attended Brigham Young University, from which she graduatedattended in 1925 with a bachelor's degree in music and education. In August, 1927, she married Lynn Dixon Taylor in the Salt Lake City Temple. She joined the faculty of BYU after having received her M.A. degree in 1953, and taught English and Literature for 21 years until her retirement in 1974. In 1962 she was called to the general board of the Relief Society where she served for 13 years. During the 1970's she prepared the homemaking lessons published in the Relief Society Magazine over a six year period. She served as Alumni Association Vice President, as BYU Women president, on the executive board of Friends of BYU Library and as vice chair, Faculty Emeritus Alumni Association.

Taylor passed away on Sunday, July 28, 1996 in Provo, Utah.

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