Earl B. Vanfleet papers

Earl B. Vanfleet papers

Dates: 1961-1993

Collection contains papers related to the political interests and actions of Vanfleet, including correspondence, literature, and articles related to the John Birch Society and the American Party. There is correspondence between Vanfleet and individuals who were involved in political activism in Utah. Vanfleet was very active in the American Party of Utah and served as Chair for the organization, as well as writing editorials and comments to newspapers. He also collected articles and speeches about the Constitution and freedom, including several by Ezra Taft Benson. There are also several folders of personal papers, including religious notes, legal documents surrounding the death of his mother, and Vanfleet genealogy.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Vanfleet, Earl B.
  • Call Number: MSS 3247
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 Earl Vanfleet papers 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 3247; Earl Vanfleet papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3247, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Howard Vanfleet; 2006.
Subject Terms
American Party (1969- ); John Birch Society; Vanfleet, Earl B.--Archives; Civic Activism; Political participation--Utah; Politics, Government, and Law
Genre / Form
Articles; Letters; Publications
Political activists
Processing Information
Processed; Thomasina Morris; 2010.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.I, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Vanfleet (Earl B.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Thomasina Morris (student processor)
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-16T04:00-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Earl B. Vanfleet (1925-1993) was an electronic technician in Utah. He was a member of the John Birch Society and the American Party.

Earl Bay Vanfleet was born September 3, 1925 in Garland, Utah, to Celia Bay Vanfleet and Willard Parker Vanfleet. He graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 and served in India. Following his discharge from the military he served a mission in the Western States Mission, 1946–1948, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On December 15, 1950, he married Georgia Jean Fry in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple.

Vanfleet worked as an electronic technician and retired from the University of Utah. VanFleet enjoyed photography, golfing, and politics. For much of his adult life, he was a member of the John Birch Society, and he served as Chairman for the American Party in Salt Lake County. He and his wife had eight children: Lorraine Jones, Earl Lynn, Rene Michaeli, Jeanette Vanfleet, Jeff, Joseph, Rachelle Brady, and Elyse Ipsen. He died June 20, 1993 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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