Family Foundation of America records

Family Foundation of America records

Dates: 1977-1992

Business records of Kenneth Dale Wells' Family Foundation of America. Includes an autobiography and biographical material of Wells and his wife Ruth, speeches, photographs, professional files, retirement papers, and extensive research files on individuals. Professional files include meeting minutes, reports, project files, publicity , and correspondence. Also includes some material on Freedoms Foundation. Largely focuses on the international activities of the Family Foundation. Central American civil warfare, effects of land mines on children, orphanages, artificial limbs. Wells worked in Guatemala and El Salvador. He worked with Jose Napoleon Duarte to establish and orphanage in El Salvador.

  • Extent: 80 boxes (40 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Family Foundation of America. -- Wells, Kenneth Dale, 1908-1998. -- Wells, Ruth E.
  • Call Number: MSS 1610
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Family Foundation of America collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1610; Family Foundation of America records; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1610, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Author, Edgewater, Florida, gift, 1992.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Duarte, José Napoleón; Family Foundation of America; Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge; Artifacts; Artificial limbs; El Salvador--Politics and government--1979-1992; Guatemala--Politics and government--1985-; Land mine victims; Material Types; Orphanages; Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Corporate minutes; Letters; Reports; Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Family Foundation of America records
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Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Kim
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:49-0600
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Biographical/Historical note

Oversaw employer-employee realations for Union Oil, 1939-1949. Founded Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1949, served as chairman of the board, built the foundation's campus, and worked closely with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Retiree, 1970. Founded Family Foundation after retirement. Through it he and his wife Ruth worked with schools and orphanages in El Salvador.

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