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

 Person

Dates

  • 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

BYHigh.org, 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
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.

Board of Trustees records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 146
Scope and Contents 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.

Alfred Budge letter

 File — Folder: 1
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.

Commercial College

 Item — Folder: 1
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.

Joseph Brigham Keeler

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 34
Scope and Contents This is a brief biography of Joseph Brigham Keeler.

Daniel Mandeville Keeler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3091
Abstract Collection contains Daniel Mandeville Keeler's family history work. Collection also contains correspondences, and notes from Keeler's various Church positions.

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.

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.

Joseph B. Keeler papers

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: UA 262
Scope and Contents This collection includes handwritten class rolls and examination scores.

Joseph B. Keeler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7459
Overview 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.