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Veda Hale Research collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
WASH 027
Finding Aid Author
Kathleen Broeder
Finding Aid Date
June 2017
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1919 – 2011 (Creation)

Extents

  • 7.5 Linear Feet (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    This collection contains Veda Hale’s research materials and notes collected while writing a biography on Maurine Whipple, the local St. George author of The Giant Joshua.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Veda Tebbs Hale was born in 1936 and grew up in Panguitch, Utah. She graduated from BYU in 1957, the same year she married her husband Glen Hale. Together the Hales lived in Japan, California, and Murray, Utah where they raised their three sons. Before retiring to St. George, Utah in 1990, Hale taught elementary school. After retirement, Hale pursued her love of art with her works sold in a summer gallery in Panguitch, Utah near her family cabin. In St. George, Hale learned that Maurine Whipple, the author of The Giant Joshua, was still living and a friendship began. In researching Whipple to write her biography, Hale took notes on personal conversations and conducted oral history interviews with Whipple to supplement her research through Whipple’s archival collection housed at BYU. Additionally, Hale helped Whipple delve through some papers that remained in her home, occasionally editing or reconstructing unpublished short stories. Hale created copious notes and gives the details of when and how a piece of Whipple’s writing came to be. Hale published “Swell Suffering”: A Biography of Maurine Whipple in 2009. In 2012 when her husband passed away Veda moved to Lindon, Utah to be near one of her sons.

    Maurine Whipple was born January 20, 1903 in St. George, Utah the oldest child of Charlie Whipple and Annie McAllister Whipple. As a child, Whipple knew her grandmothers and grew up hearing about their lives, Mormonism, and polygamy, which later influenced her writing. Whipple attended college in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah and graduated in 1926. Whipple taught in several different schools after graduation, never staying at one for more than a year throughout most of the Great Depression. Whipple had many failed relationships and a very short-lived marriage during this time. Whipple struggled all of her life with finding gainful employment and a fulfilling romantic relationship. In 1938, Whipple received a fellowship for new and unpublished writers from Houghton Mifflin, a large publishing company, after she submitted samples of her novel, The Giant Joshua. Whipple struggled to finish her writing, and even spent some time in an artist colony, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York in order to complete the novel. Three years later in 1941, The Giant Joshua was published and received mixed reviews. In January 1941, The Giant Joshua was listed 9th on the New York Herald’s “What America is Reading” list, but it was not well received in her hometown of St. George. After her book came out, Whipple was consistently disappointed by the amount of money she earned for her efforts as a writer. Always intending to expand The Giant Joshua into a trilogy, Whipple sought money to support herself by writing numerous magazine articles and one non-fiction book, This is the Place: Utah. Whipple lived periodically for short periods in other states, but spent the majority of her life in St. George and the surrounding towns. Later in life, she lived in La Verkin, Utah when a friend, Carol Jensen Becker, became her legal guardian in the late 1980s. Whipple passed away in 1992.

  • Scope and Contents

    Veda Hale began collecting materials related to the life of Maurine Whipple (1903-1992) around 1990 as she started researching and writing a biography, “Swell Suffering”: A Biography of Maurine Whipple which was published in 2009 by Greg Kofford Books. The Veda Hale Research Collection is the result of the research that went into creating this biography. In the course of her research, Hale collected material from the Whipple Collection at BYU, personal materials in Whipple’s home, oral history interviews with Whipple now located in Dixie State University’s Oral History Collection, and from Hale’s personal friendship with Whipple. Because Hale collected materials from such a wide range of sources, the composition of materials in this collection is reflected with numerous photocopies, thermo-copies, original typed and handwritten documents that Hale filed together under the appropriate subject. Many of the papers, especially the reproductions, contain Hale’s handwritten notes. The collection contains Maurine Whipple’s unpublished written works (often with Hale’s synopsis), Whipple and Hale’s correspondence, Whipple’s original photographs, newspaper clippings, and other biographical materials.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged into five series, most of the Veda Hale Research Collection is devoted to Maurine Whipple’s work as a writer with a smaller amount focused on her personal life. Interspersed with the series on Whipple’s Manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by title, is Hale’s notes and synopsis on a given title. Predominately arranged chronologically, Whipple’s Correspondence has a small component of the series that is arranged by the name or group of correspondent(s). The two series covering Whipple’s biographical materials and her photographs are comprised of subject files arranged alphabetically. Veda Hale’s Research series has many of her secondary research sources, notes, drafts, and correspondence that are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

  • Related Materials

    Hale, Veda Tebbs. “Swell Suffering”: A Biography of Maurine Whipple. Salt Lake City, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2009.

    Whipple, Maurine. The Giant Joshua. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941.

    Funeral Service for Maurine Whipple, April 12, 1992, OH# 1992-004. Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Hale, Veda Tebbs. “Maurine Whipple & Her Joshua” (Juanita Brooks Lecture Series, St. George, UT, March 12, 2008).

    Hale, Veda Tebbs. Interview with Douglas Alder, January 24, 1996, OH#1996-017. Veda Tebbs Hale on Maureen[sic] Whipple. Dixie Pioneers and Story Tellers Oral History Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Hale, Veda Tebbs. We all Came to Dixie, November 2, 1999, OH# 1999-018. Dixie Pioneers and Story Tellers Oral History Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Veda Hale, September 13, 1990, OH# 1990-002ABC. Interview with Maurine Whipple Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Veda Hale, October 3, 1990, OH# 1990-003AB. Interview with Maurine Whipple Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Veda Hale, October 11, 1990, OH# 1990-004AB. Interview with Maurine Whipple Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Veda Hale, November 1, 1990, OH# 1990-005. Interview with Maurine Whipple Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Veda Hale, November 29, 1990, OH# 1990-006. Interview with Maurine Whipple. Veda Hale Research on Maurine Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Delmar Gott, April 29, 1977, OH#1977-006. Interview with Maurine Whipple. Delmar D. Gott Oral History Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

    Whipple, Maurine. Interview with Delmar Gott, May 18, 1978, OH#1978-002. Interview with Maurine Whipple. Delmar D. Gott Oral History Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Reproductions of originals not held by Dixie State are subject to copyright and permissions of original holding institution. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.

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