Charles Ursenbach collection

Charles Ursenbach collection

Dates: 1924-1985

Includes intermittent journals, 1921-1971, and daily journals, 1973-1985; photocopied news clippings, primarily about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada, 1956-1981; transcripts of oral histories that Ursenbach recorded with Chesley N. Pierson, Louis O. Brandley, and Asael E. Palmer; personal histories of Elizabeth Fern Wood Smith and Ole F. Pierson; Ursenbach's history of Richard C. Harvey and the development of Romnellet sheep; histories of Latter-day Saint wards in the Calgary area, 1956; and research files on Mormon polygamous families in Canada and writings of Octave F. Ursenback.

  • Extent: 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brandley, Louis Orson, 1889-1984. -- Palmer, Asael E. (Asael Exile), 1888-1984. -- Pierson, Chesley N. (Chesley Nels), 1928. -- Smith, Elizabeth Fern Wood, b. 1896. -- Ursenbach, Charles, 1903-1985
  • Call Number: MSS 1853
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Unprocessed collection. Closed to public access except by permission of Special Collections Reference Librarian.
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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 Charles Ursenbach 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 1853; Charles Ursenbach collection; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1853, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection received in installments over several years. Some items, including Charles Ursenbach's autobiography and some oral histories that he recorded with others, have been cataloged separately.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Charles Ursenbach and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher; 1981-1998.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Alberta; Harvey, R. C. (Richard Coope), 1865-1950; Pierson, Ole Franc, 1848-1922; Ursenbach, Octave F. (Octave Frederick), b. 1870; Calgary (Alta.); Religion; Material Types; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Romney Marsh sheep; Wards (Mormon Church)--Alberta
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries; Newspapers; Oral histories
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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Finding Aid Title
Ursenbach (Charles) collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-24T04:01-0700
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Biographical History

Resident of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Local historian of Mormonism in Alberta.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts