Nancy Briggs papers

Nancy Briggs papers

Dates: 1942-1988

This collection is comprised of the personal papers of Nancy Briggs. Papers include degrees and diplomas, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets and booklets from seminars, newspaper articles about her, and her dissertation about Mary Ann Burnham Freeze. The collection also includes annotated yearbooks, scrapbooks, materials collected while Nancy was teaching.

  • Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Richards, Nancy Briggs Rooker, 1935-1988
  • Call Number: MSS 3110
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Original order, no series identifiable.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Nancy Briggs papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 3110; Nancy Briggs papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 3110, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This collection was donated by Elizabeth Grannis, January 2002.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Elizabeth Grannis; 2002.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Freeze, Mary Ann Burnham, 1846-1912; Colleges and Universities; Education--Utah; Provo (Utah); Teaching--Utah
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Dissertations, Academic; Letters; Pamphlets; Photographs; Programs
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Jo Lindell; November 2004.
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Briggs (Nancy) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Jo Lindell
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-31T11:07-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Nancy Briggs (d. 1988) taught at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, the University of Chicago, Murray High School, and Hillside Junior High School. She was also very active in civil affairs.

Nancy Iretta Briggs Rooker Richards was a Utah county religious education civic leader. She was the wife of Paul C. Richards, director of public communications at Brigham Young University, graduated from Brigham Young High School and obtained her bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in speech, both from BYU. As a student at BYU, she was a champion debater, served on the student senate, the student supreme court, and Interorganizational Council, and was national secretary and vice-president of Tau Kappa Alpha. After postgraduate work at Stanford and Columbia Universities, she earned a doctorate in rhetorical and public address from the University of Utah. She later taught at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, the University of Chicago, Murray High School, and Hillside Junior High School. She was also a member of the Salt Lake Assistance League, the Salt Lake Opera Guild, the Pioneer Theatre Guild, the Salt Lake Bar Auxillary, the Utah Heritage Foundation, and the Provo Arts Council. She served as board member and president of the BYU Alumni Association. Nancy was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous leadership and teaching positions on both the ward and stake level. She was also active in the Republican Party, serving as local chair and vice-chair, and as a delegate to county and state conventions. Nancy Briggs Rooker Richards died of cancer on November 13, 1988 at her home in Provo.

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