Purdy, Victor W. (Victor Willliam), 1926-2012
- Existence: 1926 - 2012
Victor Purdy (1926-2012) was a librarian and teacher at Brigham Young University.
Victor Purdy was born on March 4, 1926 to Victor William Purdy and Rhina Anna Steins Purdy. After growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Purdy served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, Purdy served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the North Central States Mission from 1948 to 1950. He attended University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, St. John's College at Annapolis, Md., and finally received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in 1952. Purdy later received a master's degree in library science from Columbia University in 1957 and worked on his PhD at both the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Utah.
Purdy worked at the Fresno State College Library from 1953 to 1954, when he started working at the Brigham Young University library. In 1966 he began to teach at BYU's School of Library and Information Sciences, where he worked until that department closed in 1993. He also taught various classes for the Department of History and Department of Church History and Doctrine.
Purdy married Alice Mary Thalman in 1951. Together they had three daughters and one son. Alice died in in 1996 and in 2002 Purdy married Deanne Moore Craig. Purdy died on April 9, 2002.
Citation:Obituary of Victor William Purdy, Daily Herald (Provo, UT), April 12, 2012
Berg Mortuary, November 19, 2012: Victor William Purdy, Jr. (born to Victor William Purdy and Rhina Anna Steins Mar. 4, 1926; U.S. Navy during WWII; served in the North Central States mission 1948-1950; attended UW-Milwaukee, St. John's at Annapolis, Md., and Brigham Young University; Master's of Library Science from Columbia University; PhD work at UW-Madison and University of Utah; Fresno State College Library from 1953-1954; Brigham Young University library from 1954-1966; BYU School of Library and Information Sciences 1966-1993; taught other classes at BYU; married Alice Mary Thalman 1951; three daughters and one son; Alice died in 1996; married Deanne Moore Craig in 2002; died on April 9, 2012)
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
Contains materials from Victor Purdy's time at Brigham Young University. This includes class records, course syllabi, and student assignments, as well as minutes from various committees within the School of Library and Information Sciences, Purdy's own research on Pueblo Indians, and biblographic files. These materials date from 1959 to 1993.
Within this series are index cards containing bibliographic information on a variety of subjects related to Purdy's teaching and doctoral dissertation. Topics include LIS 540, LIS 488, dissertation sources, Pueblo Native American Tribes. There are no discernable dates of composition although it appears he acquired the information over a number of years.