Serge J. Lauper papers

Serge J. Lauper papers

Dates: 1901-1994

The collection consists of personal, family, church, and business papers. These include correspondence with family and business associates, scrapbooks, personal and family histories, bulletins and books, and other personal and professional memorabilia.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1.25 linear ft.). -- 9 cartons (9 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lauper, Serge J., 1901-1994
  • Call Number: MSS 6162
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Serge J. Lauper 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 6162; Serge J. Lauper papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6162, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Claudia Bushman, Serge Lauper's daughter, after Lauper's death in February 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Claudia Bushman; 1994.
Separated Material
Oversize materials in separate location.
Related Material
Jean V. Gordon Lauper papers, MSS 1559; Richard and Claudia Bushman papers, MSS 2052.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century; Lauper, Serge J., 1901-1994--Correspondence; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Business records; Diaries; Family histories; Letters; Scrapbooks; Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
Processing Information
Processed; John M. Murphy, 19th and 20th century Western and Mormon Americana, and Amanda C. Clark, student processor; 2008.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Lauper (Serge J.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda C. Clark
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-04-07T09:58-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Serge J. Lauper (1901-1994) served as a bishop, in the stake presidency and as a patriarch.

Serge J. Lauper (1901-1994) was the oldest of 10 children born to Emma Elizabeth Wissing and Emile Louis Lauper of Lehi, Utah. Raised in a very economical family, Serge was intelligent and hard-working and loved to read. He served in the Southern States mission from 1925-1927. Following his mission, he was sealed (married in L.A. October 1929) to Jean Vernon Gordon, daughter of May Elizabeth Schutt and James Frater Gordon of Alberta, Canada, on 4 April 1930 in the Salt Lake Temple. 4 daughters were born to the couple, who spent the majority of their married life in San Francisco. Also in 1929, Serge gained employment as a salesman with Charles R. Hadley Company, where he remained, with the exception of a few years in the 1950s when he opened his own business, until his retirement in 1966. During that time, Serge served as a member of the San Francisco Stake Presidency from 1952-1959, as bishop of the Sunset Ward there and of the Dimond Ward in Oakland. A few years after his retirement, Jean, his beloved wife of 48 years, died of a stroke in September 1977. About a year later, Serge married Winifred Compton Matson, daughter of Josie Nevada Hamilton and Samuel Murchison Compton, in the Oakland Temple on August 15, 1978. The two enjoyed fifteen years of wedded bliss, during which time Serge served as a sealer in the Oakland Temple, having been ordained a patriarch in 1959, until Winnie's death in February 1993. Serge followed her a year later.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts