Richard B. Anderson papers

Richard B. Anderson papers

Dates: 1918-1991

Collection contains correspondence between Anderson and his parents as well as other family members. Other letters included are from various family members to other family members and document their lives at the time including school, work, family life, and missions. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles particularly related to Richard's parents and their service as missionaries in Sri Lanka, and a diary kept by his wife, Leola Seely Anderson, regarding their service as president and matron of the French Mission from 1967-1970 (she was killed in a car accident in June 1968, so his is the last entry). Materials dated 1918-1991.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.). -- 1 volume (approximately 0.13 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Anderson, Richard B., 1941. -- Anderson, Leola, 1910-1968
  • Call Number: MSS 8430
  • 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 Richard B. Anderson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8430; Richard B. Anderson papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8430, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Richard B. Anderson in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard B. Anderson; 2014. Donated; Richard B. Anderson; March 2016.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Mormon Church--Missions--France; Sri Lanka; Letters; Anderson, Richard B., 1941-; Anderson, Leola, 1910-1968; Anderson, Richard B., 1941---Archives; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Sri Lanka; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--France
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Processing Information
Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015. Processed; Amanda Crandall, manuscripts processor; April 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the 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
Anderson (Richard B.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Catie Freedman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-09 10:15:26 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Richard B. Anderson (1941- ) is a family historian.

Richard B. Anderson was born on February 15, 1941 to parents Duane H. and Leola Seely Anderson. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He is an active family historian.

Biographical History

Leola Seely Anderson (1910-1968) was a teacher, staff writer and photographer for the Salt Lake Tribune and co-organizer of Institute and early-morning Seminary in the San Bernardino area; she was the wife of H. Duane Anderson, president of the French mission from 1967-1970, and was active from about 1928 to 1968.

Leola Seely was born East Millcreek, Utah on June 19, 1910; she was the youngest daughter of Arta McLean Seely and Alfaretta Neff. She grew up mainly in Brigham City, Utah, where she taught school at an early age. She graduated from the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, and later from Brigham Young University, and married H. Duane Anderson in Salt Lake City in 1936. She worked as a staff writer and photographer for the Salt Lake Tribune around 1940, and was also the mother of two sons. She was active in literary circles, writing and publishing throughout her adult life. Leola moved with her family to San Bernardino, California, in 1946, where she taught English at San Bernardino Valley Union Junior College. She was influential during the 1950s in the organization of early-morning "Seminary" religious education for Latter-day Saint high-school students, as well as "Institute" religious training in post-secondary education. Leola accompanied her husband to Paris in 1967, where he had been called to preside over the French Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After a year of active leadership, during which she became known and beloved among the French Latter-day Saints, Leola was killed in a traffic accident in Bazas, Gironde, France, just three days short of her 58th birthday (June 16, 1968).

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