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Leland H. Monson papers

Identifier: 05-02---002


  • circa 1841-1979


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Leland H. Monson was born in Preston, Idaho, in 1900. He attended Weber College, the University of Utah, and the University of Stanford to earn his Associates, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees, respectively. He spent about a decade working with the company Intermountain Knitting Co., but decided to pursue teaching instead. He was a professor at Weber and taught English, speech, and literature courses. He was a key proponent in establishing the annual debate competition at Weber which now bears his name. He was active at Weber as the English Department Chair and Head of the Humanities Department. After retiring he served in the local Rotary Club, on a board of McKay Hospital, at Golden Hours Retirement Center, and on the Utah Council for Aging. He published several books and throughout his career was known for giving great speeches, which he did frequently at religious as well as civic and community meetings. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served for several years on the Sunday School General Board.

Chronology: 1922-1924: Weber (student) 1924-1925: U of U (student, BA) 1926: U. of Chicago (student, MA) U. of Chicago and Stanford: Doctoral work 1926-1968, Professor at Weber 1927-1928 school year: teaches first debate course at Weber 1928-1929 school year: named debate director 1929-1942: Division Sales Manager and asst. Sales Manager, Intrmtn. Knitting co. 1943-: Member of Ogden Rotary club 1978: Received H. Aldous Dixon award


33.17 Linear Feet (82 document cases, 1 coroplast box, and 1 flat file)

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Arranged into twelve series; Series 1: Research and writing, circa 1841-1987 and undated; Series 2: Education, circa 1864-19611 and undated; Series 3: Professional career, circa 1926-1982 and undated; Series 4: Correspondence, circa 1922-1985 and undated; Series 5: Publications, circa 1908-1981; Series 6: High school debate tournament, circa 1934-1971 and undated; Series 7: College debate, circa 1921-1983 and undated; Series 8: Religious activity, circa 1908-1981 and undated; Series 9: Writing of others, circa 1886-1985 and undated; Series 10: Retirement activities, circa 1955-1985 and undated; Series 11: Rotary Club, circa 1939-1982; Series 12: Rocks, undated

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Custodial History

Material was acquired from Delores Bank, May 15, 1987(1987-012).


No accruals are expected.

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Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.

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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408