William E. McKell papers

William E. McKell papers

Dates: 1942-1991

Contains various materials from and about McKell's time at the United States Air Force Academy. Includes pamphlets and instructions handbooks and manuals, and a fabric map of Europe, as well as two VHS tapes and an LP record on the Air Force during World War II. Dates approximately 1942-1991.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: McKell, William E. (William Ellsworth), 1919-2007
  • Call Number: MSS 8582
  • 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 the William E. McKell 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 8582; William E. McKell papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8582, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 2014, initially to add to prior materials from 2006 on William E. McKell.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 2014.
Related Material
Additional information on the World War II and U.S. Air Force experiences of William E. McKell may be found in the William E. McKell papers (MSS 2350, series 8, subseries 2, box 32, folder 15, Saints at War Collection), and the William E. McKell collection on campus engineering buildings (UA 5571).
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Military; Air pilots, Military--United States; McKell, William E. (William Ellsworth), 1919-2007
Genre / Form
Pamphlets; Manuals (Handbooks); Videocassettes; Long-playing records
Processing Information
Processed; McKinley Griffin, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; October 30, 2015.
Appraisal Information
20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5. VII, August 2007.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
McKell (William E.) papers
Finding Aid Author
McKinley Griffin
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-03-02 17:09:34 -0700.
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Biographical History

William E. McKell (1919-2007) was an industrial education professor and educational administrator in Utah.

William Ellsworth McKell was born on December 21, 1919 in Spanish Fork to Robert Dewey and Mary Ellsworth McKell. He attended Payson High School and Brigham Young University. In 1941 he joined the United States Air Corps, and served in World War II as the pilot of a Flying Fortress. In 1942 he married Freda Eliza Leifson, and they eventually had five children. While flying in Europe in 1943 his plane was shot down, and he remained in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1945. After the war he continued his studies, receiving a bachelor's degree from Utah State University, a master's degree from Texas A & M University, and a doctorate of education from Utah State University. McKell spent his career in education, both as a teacher and administrator. He began teaching in high schools in Santaquin and Payson, Utah, and at Spanish Fork Junior High School. He also served on the faculty at Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah. He then worked as an administrator at the Utah State Office of Education and Granite School District. He finished his career at Brigham Young University, where he taught in the Industrial and Vocational Education Department. After retiring, McKell and his wife served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as director of the Idaho Falls Temple Visitor's Center. He had also served in the Church as a bishopric member and a branch president. McKell died on October 5, 2007 in Provo, Utah.

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