Joseph B. Keeler family papers

Joseph B. Keeler family papers

Dates: approximately 1840-1990

Includes journals, biographical sketches, correspondence, articles, lesson manuals, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera. The bulk of the material was created by Joseph B. Keeler's descendants, who used his papers as they compiled their published family history, "Build Thee More Stately" (1989). The collection focuses on family history, religion, education, and professional organizations.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
  • Creator: Keeler (Family : Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935). -- Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935
  • Call Number: MSS 2016
  • 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 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 2016; Joseph B. Keeler family papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2016, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The Joseph B. Keeler Collection is an artifiicial collection created from the 1996 donations of Ellen Keeler Thompson. A granddaughter of Joseph and Martha Keeler, Ellen Thompson donated three cartons of materials to BYU on 28 February 1996. Part of these three cartons have been processed into MSS 2016 [Joseph B. Keeler Collection] as well as a few original Joseph Keeler items from the Daniel M. Keeler donation a89-628. The three cartons donated by Thompson did not reflect the ordering used in writing "Build Thee More Stately," nor display the order in which she received the materials. Additionally, Daniel M. Keeler, one of the last living children of Joseph B. Keeler, donated his father's journal on 27 August 1980. This original journal has also been incorporated into MSS 2016.
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File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Brigham Young Academy; Brigham Young Academy--Faculty; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo 4th Ward (Provo, Utah); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah Stake; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions; Keeler family; Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935; St. George Temple (Saint George, Utah); Correspondence; Georgia; Material Types; Provo (Utah); Saint George (Utah); Scrapbooks
Genre / Form
Biography; Diaries; Family histories; Letters; Manuals (Handbooks); Photographs
Territorial Enquirer (Provo City, Utah)
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
Keeler (Joseph B.) family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:30-0600
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Biographical History

Joseph Brigham Keeler (1855-1935) was one of the original twenty-nine students of Brigham Young Academy and later served on the faculty for thirty-six years. In the Brigham Young Academy and University administrations, he served as first counselor to Karl Maeser, Benjamin Cluff, and George Brimhall. Keeler taught in the Commercial and Theology departments and wrote the first two Aaronic Priesthood manuals in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a bulding mission to the St. George Temple (1874-75), a proselytizing mission to the Southern States Mission (1880-2), and served as Provo 4th Ward bishop, counselor and president of the Utah Stake, patriarch, and member of the General Priesthood Committee on Outlines.

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