Guide to the Deta P. Neeley Papers,
1915-1937

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Creator: Neeley, Deta Petersen
Title: Deta P. Neeley Papers
Dates: 1915-1937 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 277
Summary: The Neeley Collection consists correspondence written to Deta P. and N. Glen Neeley between 1920 and 1934, class notes and examination materials, an article written by Dr. Deta P. Neeley, the program for the Ph.D. Final Examination for Deta P. Neeley, and a photograph of Glen and Deta Neeley with the schoolchildren they taught.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Deta Ruth Petersen Neeley was born in 1898 in Bear River City, Utah. She attended Utah State University, known then as the Utah Agricultural College or UAC, from 1917-1918 and again from 1931-33, earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. From 1934 to 1937 she studied at the University of California at Berkeley and finished her Ph.D. requirements with a dissertation entitled "Rural Teachers' Problems and Supervisors' Procedures For Dealing With Them." Prior to completing her Ph.D., she wrote several articles on teaching , including "A Comparison of the Vocabularies of Thirty-Three Primers," which she co-wrote with John A. Hockett in 1936. Deta Neeley was the author of a number of LDS children's books, including a series of biographies written about the Presidents of the LDS church, as well as children's version of the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price. In addition to her studies, she also worked as the Elementary Advisor and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Millard County and taught school in both Utah and California. She married N. Glen Neeley in 1921 in Logan, Utah. In 1965, Deta P. Neeley died of Parkinson's Disease.

Nathan Glen Neeley was born in 1896 in Franklin, Idaho. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Utah State University in 1933, and a Masters degree in Education from the University of California at Berkeley in 1936. He taught elementary school in California and Utah, and farmed in Box Elder County, Utah. Glen Neeley co-wrote several books with his wife Deta, including Jesus of Nazareth and Paul of Tarsus, as well as a series of children's biographical books on the Presidents of the LDS church. Due to his wife's debilitating disease, Glen Neeley also served as her scribe, taking dictation when she could no longer write. Shortly before his death in 1967, he wrote biography of his wife, entitled A Brief Biographical Account of the Life and Accomplishments of Deta Ruth Petersen Neeley, which is located in the Special Collections department of Utah State University under the call number 920 N292-N.

Content Description

The Neeley Collection consists of one box with correspondence written to N. Glen and Deta P. Neeley between 1920 and 1934, as well as class notes and examination materials, an article written by Dr. Deta P. Neeley, the program for the Ph.D. Final Examination for Deta P. Neeley, and a photograph of Glen and Deta Neeley with the school children they taught.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Deta P. Neeley Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Deta P. Neeley Papers USU_COLL MSS 277, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 277, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by subject heading.

Processing Note :  

Processed in February of 2004

Acquisition Information :  

This collection, along with their 110 acre farm in Tremonton, was donated to Utah State University by N. Glen and Deta P. Neeley.

Related Materials :  

Additional letters written to N. Glen and Deta P. Neeley between 1937 and 1965, are available in a bound volume entitled The Letters of Dr. Deta Peterson Neeley and Nathan Glen Neeley, B.S., M.S., which is housed in the Special Collections department of Utah State University under the call number 920 N292.

Bibliography :  Sources:
  • Neeley, N. Glen, A Brief Biological Account of the Life and Accomplishments of Deta Ruth Peterssen Neeley. Deseret News Press, 1967. (Call #: 920 N292-N)

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1922-1934

(12 items.) Included are letters from N. Glen Neeley to his wife, Deta P. Neeley, 1924.

Container(s)
box
folder
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1915-1937
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 2 School papers 1915
1 2 Millard County Board of Education papers circa 1920s
1 2 A F. W. Woolworth Co. home shopping guide 1929
1 2 "A Comparison of the Vocabularies of Thirty-Three Primers," article written by Deta P. Neeley 1936
1 2 Program for the Ph.D. Final Examination for Deta P. Neeley 1937
1 2 Miscellaneous invoices
(14 items)

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1915-1929
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Postcard of the Holmgren Building in Tremonton, Utah, addressed to Mary S. Petersen from Millie 1915
1 3 Photograph of Deta and Glen Neeley with 28 school children outside of their two-room school house in Delta, Utah
(2 items)
circa 1920s

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Neeley, Deta Petersen
    • Neeley, Nathan Glen
    • Subject Terms :
    • Children's literature
    • Women authors

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