Alene Dalton papers, 1950-1987

Overview of the Collection

Alene Dalton papers
1950-1987 (inclusive)
12.5 linear feet, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 0955
The Alene Dalton papers (1950-1987) contain scrapbooks, awards, and art work related to Dalton's tenure as "The Story Princess."
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

Alene Olsen (1915-1986) was born in Brigham City, Utah. She received her B.A. in child psychology from the University of Utah prior to becoming a teacher. She married Ross Dalton, started her own nursery school, and collaborated with two friends on "My Picture Book of Songs." Dalton went on to become the "Story Princess" on KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. She appeared as this character on "The Kate Smith Show" and "The Perry Como Show." She also appeared as "Princess Summerfall Winterspring" and "Heididoody" on the "Howdy Doody Show." She authored more than fifty books. Ross Dalton died in 1973 and she married Herbert Baker Chapin in 1979. Alene Dalton Chapin died in June 1986.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Alene Dalton papers (1950-1987) contain scrapbooks, awards, and art work related to Dalton's tenure as "The Story Princess."

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 Herbert Baker Chapin in 1987.

Purchased from William Thurman (boxes 2-4) in 2011.

Processing Note

Processed in 1987 by Manuscripts personnel and in 2011 by Karen Carver.

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Related Materials

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

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Artwork and awards
Contains charcoal sketches of Alene Dalton and the Story Princess, and award certificates.
2 Artwork and awards
Contains illustrations from "My New Picture Book of Songs" and University of Utah Distinguished Alumnus Award plaque.
3 Scrapbook 1952-1956
4 Scrapbook 1956-1958
5 Original scrapbook covers 1952-1958

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Children's literature--Women authors
  • Women television personalities--Utah--Archives

Personal Names

  • Chapin, Alene Olsen Dalton, 1915-1986--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Awards
  • Drawings
  • Illustrations (layout features)
  • Scrapbooks

Titles within the Collection

  • Story Princess (Television program)