Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers

Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers

Dates: 1946-2012

Collection contains personal and professional papers in addition to other memorabilia from the Bushman family encompassing the years of 1946 to 2012. This includes correspondence, diaries, transcripts, manuscripts, research files, photographs, and printed ephemera. Among the papers are research materials for a project on Mormons in Elkton, Maryland from 1984 to 1985, which includes ward records, journals of local Church members, and interview transcripts. Also includes documentation related to the dedication of the Manhattan New York Temple. Materials are dated 1946-2012.

  • Extent: 133 cartons (133 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize boxes (3.32 linear ft.). -- 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bushman, Richard L.. -- Bushman, Claudia L.. -- Bushman, Clarissa, 1956
  • Call Number: MSS 2052
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Donor restricted until death of donors; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Graphic materials items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
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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 Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee. Copyright permission must be obtained from the Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman family.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2052; Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2052, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection received from the Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman family between 1989 and 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard L. and Claudia L. Bushman family; 1989-2014. Donated; Richard and Claudia Bushman; 2016.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Sports and Recreation; Mormons--Maryland--Elkton; Mormon Church--History; Mormon Church--Maryland--Elkton; Publications; Social Life and Customs; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Maryland--Elkton; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elkton Ward; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Bushman, Richard L.--Archives; Bushman, Claudia L.--Archives
Genre / Form
Diaries; Research (Document genres); Photographs; Manuscripts; Scrapbooks; Letters; Church records and registers
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark and GlendaLynn Ainsworth; 2009. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif and John M. Murphy; 2011. Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014. Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014 Processed; Susana Zubeldia, student manuscript processor; 2017. Processed; Elizabeth Kane, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007.) Documents research by the Bushmans during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
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Finding Aid Title
Bushman (Richard L. and Claudia L.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Amanda Clark and GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processors
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-11-27 10:58:43 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Richard L. Bushman (1931- ) is an American historian and college professor.

Richard Lyman Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20, 1931, the son of a department store executive and was reared in Portland, Oregon. Bushman received his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, where he studied with distinguished early American historian Bernard Bailyn. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission to the American Northeast and Canadian Maritime Provinces. Bushman taught at Harvard, Brigham Young University, Boston University, and the University of Delaware before joining the history faculty at Columbia. During the 2007-08 academic year, Bushman served as Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University and held a Huntington Library fellowship. Bushman married fellow historian Claudia Lauper Bushman on August 19, 1955; and they are the parents of four sons (Richard, Karl, Serge, and Ben) and two daughters (Clarissa and Margaret).

Biographical History

Claudia L. Bushman (1934- ) is an American historian and college professor.

Claudia Marian Lauper Bushman was born June 11, 1934 in Alameda, California. She studied at Wellesley College and Brigham Young University, and received her Ph.D. in New England and American Studies from Boston University. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Claudia Bushman was recognized as mother of the year for the state of New York in 2000. Bushman is a professor of American Studies at Columbia University, and specializes in the history of the Latter-day Saints. In the summer of 2003 she was the director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History's Summer Scholars program, and for the 2007-2008 academic year was an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. Bushman has been heavily involved in cultural activities and public relations in New York City. She was the producer of the youth celebration that coincided with the dedication of the Manhattan New York Temple.

Biographical History

Clarissa Bushman (1956- ) was a Mormon banker and teacher in New York.

Clarissa Bushman was born on October 3, 1956, to parents Richard L.and Claudia L. Bushman. She attended Brigham Young University, Harvard University, and Colombia University. She worked as a banker for various major banks including J.P. Morgan and Lehman Brothers and was involved in the dance industry as a volunteer for the Tri-State Center for the Arts in Pine Plains, New York between 1991 and 1995. She married Charles K. Ortel on January 10, 1982 and together they had two children.

In 2003, she left her position as Vice President of International Capital Markets for Lehman Brothers to go back to university to get her credentials to be a high school economics teacher. After she completed this program, she taught as an economics teacher for Stuyvesant High School until 2013. In 2013, after discovering she had been diagnosed with follicular thyroid cancer, she retired from teaching.

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