Ben E. Lewis personal papers

Ben E. Lewis personal papers

Dates: 1944-2003, bulk 1988-2003

Contains annual volumes of randomly organized reminiscences of his life, including childhood in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah; scouting; family; missionary service; education and profession; the building of the Provo and Jordan River temples; and work at Brigham Young University, including interactions with Ernest L. Wilkinson and Dallin H. Oaks. Also includes addresses and poems by Lewis, an oral history, and Lewis family history. Materials dated 1944-2003 (bulk: 1988-2003).

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lewis, Ben E. (Ben Elden), 1913-2005
  • Call Number: MSS 2203
  • 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 the Ben E. Lewis personal papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2203; Ben E. Lewis personal papers; Brigham Young 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2203, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Ben E. Lewis in 1988. Additional volumes donated by Angus H. Belliston in 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ben E. Lewis; 1988. Donated; Angus H. Belliston; 2015.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Provo (Utah); Lewis, Ben E. (Ben Elden), 1913-2005; Missionary Training Center (Provo, Utah); Oaks, Dallin H.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Northern States Mission; Brigham Young University--Administration; Marriott, J. Willard (John Willard), 1900-1985; Wilkinson, Ernest L., 1899-1978
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Oral histories
Processing Information
Processed; Brian D. Reeves; March 2000.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Lewis (Ben E.) personal papers
Finding Aid Author
Brian D. Reeves
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-28 13:52:48 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ben E. Lewis (1913-2005) was an executive vice president of Brigham Young University.

Ben Eldon Lewis was born November 16, 1913 to George William and Olena Dorothea Kempe Lewis in Mesa, Arizona. He married Barbara Rae Wootton on October 4, 1944 in Salt Lake City. They eventually had five children: Linda, Stephen, James, Mary Anne, and John. Lewis attended Brigham Young University, where he was elected student body president, and then the University of Denver, where he earned a Master's degree. He was employed by Hot Shoppes, Inc., which later became the Marriott Corporation, for seven years. In 1952, he returned to BYU to work in administration, eventually being promoted to executive vice president. Lewis was active in his community and his church, serving as the London England mission president for three years and participating in the Provo City Planning commission for seven years.

Lewis passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 20, 2005.

Latter-day Saint missionary in Northern States Mission, 1934-1936; student at Brigham Young University, 1936-1940; executive vice-president of BYU and director of BYU Auxiliary Services, 1952-1979; president of England London Mission, 1979-1981.

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