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Keeler, Joseph B. (Joseph Brigham), 1855-1935



  • Existence: 1855 - 1935

Biographical History

Joseph Brigham Keeler (1855-1935) was one of the first students enrolled in Brigham Young Academy who eventually served as 1st Counselor to Karl G. Maeser and an educator of Brigham Young University.

Joseph B. Keeler was born to Daniel Hutchinson Keeler and Ann Brown in Salt Lake City, UT on September 8, 1855. After his family fled to Provo in 1858, he eventually married Martha Fairbanks in 1860 and later enrolled in Brigham Young Academy as one of the original 29 students on January 3, 1876. While attending, he also served as an assistant editor of the Provo Enquirer in 1880, served as a missionary to the Southern States in 1882, and even served in various government positions such as City Assessor and County Recorder.

In 1884 he was beginning to teach at the academy, but after the Lewis Building burned to the groud, he taught at a temporary building while also helping in gathering funds to keep the school open. He continued to serve BYU until 1921, when he decided to retire after 37 years of service to the University. On December 21. 1935, he passed away at the age of 80 in Provo.

Citation:, May 3, 2017 (Joseph Brigham Keeler; b. Sept. 8, 1855; d. Dec. 21, 1935)

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Annotated copy of Banyan

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328756]
Identifier: MSS SC 2949
Scope and Contents

Brigham Young University yearbook containing signatures of the university presidency (George H. Brimhall, Joseph B. Keeler, Amos N. Merrill), studentbody presidency, instructors, and other associates.

Dates: 1915

Board of Trustees records

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 146
Scope and Contents

Contains certificates of sale and correspondence to and from Joseph B. Keeler concerning Brigham Young University lands sold to various individuals and the deeding of Brigham Young University lands to the Latter-day Saint Church, 1910-1919. 186 items.

Dates: 1910-1919

Alfred Budge letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322288]
Identifier: MSS SC 2346
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter addressed to Joseph B. Keeler of Provo, Utah and dated 8 March 1908. Budge writes that it will be hard to state in fifty words what the former president of Brigham Young Academy, Karl G. Maeser, did for him, but he will try.

Dates: 1908 March 8

Commercial College

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233277166]
Identifier: UA 308
Scope and Contents

Summary of business coursework offered by Brigham Young Academy prior to the establishment of the Commercial Department in 1891. Notes prepared in approximately 1970.

Dates: approximately 1970

Joseph Brigham Keeler

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233274874]
Identifier: UA SC 34
Scope and Contents

This is a brief biography of Joseph Brigham Keeler.

Dates: date of production not identified

Daniel Mandeville Keeler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3091

Collection contains Daniel Mandeville Keeler's family history work. Collection also contains correspondences, and notes from Keeler's various Church positions.

Dates: 1900-1990

Keeler family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2043
Scope and Contents

Contains transcripts of the books "Some Christensens Who Came from Thy" by Virginia C. Keeler and "Build Thee More Stately" by Daniel A. Keeler alongside historical documents pertaining to the creation of those books and to the history of the Keeler family ranging from letters, photographs, and documents from Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University. Also includes material pertaining to Joseph B. Keeler, grandfather of Ellen Keeler Thompson. Dated 1847-1990.

Dates: 1847-1990

Joseph B. Keeler family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2016
Scope and Contents

Includes journals, biographical sketches, correspondence, articles, lesson manuals, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera. The bulk of the material was created by Joseph B. Keeler's descendants, who used his papers as they compiled their published family history, "Build Thee More Stately" (1989). The collection focuses on family history, religion, education, and professional organizations.

Dates: approximately 1840-1990

Joseph B. Keeler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7459

The Joseph B. Keeler papers are made up of miscellaneous documents kept by Keeler during his life and documents written about Keeler after his death.

Dates: 1881-1990

Joseph B. Keeler papers

 File — Volume 1: [Barcode: 31197231036523]
Identifier: UA 262
Scope and Contents

This collection includes handwritten class rolls and examination scores.

Dates: 1884; 1891-1897