Joseph B. Keeler papers

Joseph B. Keeler papers

Dates: 1881-1990

The Joseph B. Keeler collection contains documents, spanning the years 1881 to 1990, written by and pertaining to Joseph B. Keeler. About half of the collection is made up of minutes taken at meetings at Brigham Young University. Other files include talks given about Keeler and select publications by Keeler.

  • Extent: 6 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935
  • Call Number: MSS 7459
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 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 Joseph B. Keeler 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 7459; Joseph B. Keeler papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7459, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The Joseph B. Keeler papers include documents collected by Ellen Keeler Thompson, Daniel M. Keeler, and other Keeler family members during the research and production of the family history "Build Thee More Stately." The papers were donated between 1989 and 1996, and were initially processed together as the Keeler family papers. In 2007 the Joseph B. Keeler papers were separated to form this collection.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ellen Keeler Thompson; 1989, 1990, 1996.
Related Material
See also the Joseph B. Keeler journals, 1893-1934 (MSS SC 1767).
Subject Terms
Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935--Archives; Colleges and Universities; Education
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.
Appraisal Information
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010); Materials pertaining to the life of Joseph B. Keeler, who lived in the 19th century.
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Finding Aid Title
Keeler (Joseph B.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Chandler
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:41-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph B. Keeler (1855-1935) was the dean of the Business College and served several other leadership positions both in the Church and community.

Joseph B. Keeler (1855-1935) was born in Salt Lake City on September 8th to Ann Brown and Daniel Hutchinson Keeler. Joseph B. Keeler, who was first counselor to President George H. Brimhall and dean of the Business College from 1904 to 1920, was one of the original twenty-nine students to sign up with Karl G. Maeser in 1876. Soon after receiving his diploma in 1877, he became a member of the faculty, giving a total of thirty-seven years of service to the school. During the financial difficulties of the 1880s Professor Keeler was appointed supervisor of the school boarding house, which was opened as an additional means of finance; he served without pay. Under Principal Maeser he was head of the Academic Department and taught bookkeeping, history, and civil government, and also served as president of the Theology Department. Under President Cluff he was assigned to organize a military training unit for both men and women. He received the degree of Master of Accounts at Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, and in 1894, the Church Board of Education conferred on him the degree of Bachelor of Didactics. During his life he also served as president of Utah Stake, president of BYU Alumni Association, city councilman, city and county recorder, newspaper editor, and director of enterprises such as Utah Lake Irrigation Company, Provo Reservoir Company, and Orem Interurban Railway Company. Keeler died on December 21, 1935 in Provo, Utah.

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