Annette R. Dinwoodey papers, 1899-2007

Overview of the Collection

Dinwoodey, Annette R., 1906-2007
Annette R. Dinwoodey papers
1899-2007 (inclusive)
7.25 linear feet, (12 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 0728
The Annette R. Dinwoodey papers (1899-2007) contain her personal and professional correspondence, diaries, clippings, genealogy, and scrapbooks. Annette R. Dinwoodey was an accomplished contralto, wife, mother and genealogist.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Annette Richardson Dinwoodey was born on February 17, 1906 in Farmington, Utah, to Alamanda Bradford (1847-1921) and Reverend Linnie Gregory Richardson (1874-1955). An accomplished contralto, and although she never went to college, Dinwoodey won several music scholarships, including ones to Northwestern University and to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. She studied under Edna Evans Johnson, Adria Brunati, and Emma Lucy Gates.

In 1928, Annette Richardson married Clinton Mills Dinwoodey (1901-1997) in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They had two children, Anna Lou Jenkins (1930-2004), and James C. Dinwoodey (1936-1994). Clinton Dinwoodey was an executive for Continental Oil, and through his position the family traveled from Houston to New York, to London. Annette Dinwoodey continued performing after her marriage, singing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. During her life, Dinwoodey serenaded the departing troops in World War II, sang for KSL radio (1930-1945), with the Utah Symphony, and was also the artistic director of the Oratorio Society for many years. She sang Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn'sElijah, and in 1938, performedHansel and Gretelwith her daughter, Anna Lou Dinwoodey. Professionally, Dinwoodey worked with Dr. Otto Klemperer, Pablo Casals, Maurice Abravanel, Alfred Greenfield, Uri Mayer, and Leopold Stokowski, and was friends with pianist Grant Johannsen.

Annette Dinwoodey was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through her faith, she became a genealogist and discovered that she was a distant relative of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate States Army. Dinwoodey wrote a book about her family genealogy titled "Our Virginia and Tennessee Paternal Ancestors: Richardson, Lee, Teel, Martin, Caffery, and Warren."

Annette Richardson Dinwoodey died on January 21, 2007, a month shy of her 101st birthday.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Annette R. Dinwoodey papers (1899-2007) contain her personal and professional correspondence, diaries, clippings, genealogy and scrapbooks.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by Annette R. Dinwoodey in 1982 and 2006.

Processing Note

Processed by Heather Harkness and Elizabeth Rogers in 2000 and 2006.

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Separated Materials

See also the Annette R. Dinwoodey photograph collection (P0141) in the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

See also the Grant Johannesen papers (ACCN 2199).

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Beehive History 5
1 2
Cleveland Orchestra
1 3
1 4
Henry Mills Dinwoodey Diary (Photocopied)
1 5
History and Genealogy of James Dinwoodey
1 6-7
News Clippings
1 8-11
2 1
Scrapbook Pages
2 2
Sheet Music

Family HistoriesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Caffrey Families Research
3 2-5
Dinwoodey Family History, Personal Papers, and Scrapbook
3 6
Leona Taylor Aikens, Donelson Tennessee, Its History and Landmarks
3 7-8
Gregory Family
3 9
Wallace Vernon Jenkins and Anna Lou Dinwoodey Jenkins
4 1
George Washington Lee Family Genealogy
4 2
Isaac Lee Genealogy
4 3
Jehu Lee Family Genealogy
4 4
Lee Family Genealogies
4 5
Lee Family Search Records
Contains "The Lee Family Homes."
4 6
Lee Family Pedigree Chart
4 7-8
Martin Family Research and Family Records
4 9
Thomas Martin Family Genealogies
5 1-2
Richardson Family Genealogies
5 3
William Thomas Richardson
5 4-5
Warren, Caffrey, and Richardson Family Legal Documents
5 6-10
Scrapbook Material

Professional CareerReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1
Bach Society Correspondence and Notices
6 2
6 3-4
6 5
Doris Brunetti
6 6
6 7
6 8
Hansel and Gretel
6 8
6 10-11
The International Singing Mothers Chorus"
6 12
Grant Johannsen
7 1
7 2
"Musical Memories," Vol. III
7 3
Oratorio Society
7 4
7 5
Career Clippings

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 1-4
Genealogical Data
8 5-6
Biographical Notes and Historical Sketches
9 1-2
Temple Ordinance Records, Patricarchal Blessings, Prayers
9 3
Bills, Deeds, Wills, Land Grants, War Drafts, Pensions
9 4-6
9 7-8
Photocopied Photos

ManuscriptsReturn to Top

This box contains the manuscripts titled "Musical Memories" and "Famlies are Forever".

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
10 1-2
Musical Memories: My Side of the Story
10 3
Clint's Family "Families are Forever" (Clinton Mills Dinwoodey)
Untitled Manuscripts

MemorabiliaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1
Memorial Writings and Tributes
12 2
Programs and Event Invites
12 3
"Messiah" Memorabilia
12 4
School Memorabilia
12 5
Books, Story Excerpts and other writings
12 6
News Clippings
12 7
Journals and Passports
12 8
Greeting Cards
12 9-10
Miscellaneous Notebooks, Notes and Papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Contraltos--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives
  • Latter Day Saint women--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives
  • Operas--Performances--United States
  • Oratorios--Performances--United States
  • Women musicians--Utah
  • Women singers--Utah
  • Women singers--Utah--Salt Lake City--Archives

Personal Names

  • Dinwoodey, Annette R., 1906-2007--Archives
  • Dinwoodey, Annette R., 1906-2007--Family
  • Dinwoodey, Annette R., 1906-2007--Performances
  • Johannesen, Grant

Family Names

  • Dinwoodey family
  • Lee family--Genealogy

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Family histories
  • Genealogical tables
  • Legal documents
  • Memorabilia
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Programs (documents)
  • Scrapbooks