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Dean Fausett papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2155

Scope and Contents note

Much of the collection is composed of subject files, labeled and in the order in which they arrived at the repository. The files cover subjects such as different museums and art organizations, people and correspondence, and everyday files regarding taxes and bills. The personal papers of Dean Fausett also contain a significant number of photographs, many capturing Dean while painting, others posed shots of Dean and acquaintances, and others landscapes.

Following the subject files, correspondence, and other papers of Dean are two more series. One contains transparencies of approximately two hundred of Dean's art pieces while the other is comprised of five color lithographs.


  • 1940-1990


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Dean Fausett papers and photographs must be obtained from theSupervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Dean Fausett was born in Price, Utah, on July 4, 1913 as one of George A. Fausett and Helen Josephine Bryner Fausett's eight childern. His older brother Lynn (born 1894) studied art and encouraged Dean to study it as well. Dean did study it, attending Brigham Young University, Beaux Arts Institute of Architectural Education, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Eastern Illinois University. Many of Dean's paintings focus on the American West and he is perhaps best known for these.

He recieved the Carnegie International Prize, and his works are featured in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Fine Art, and the New York City Museum of Fine Art.

Dean died on December 13, 1998 in Vermont.


39 boxes (19.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, personal papers, records of exhibits and transparencies of paintings accumulated over a career spanning 6 decades.

Arrangement note

Collection arranged in three series: 1. Dean Fausett subject files, correspondence, and other papers, undated; 2. Dean Fausett transparencies, undated; and 3. Dean Fausett color lithographs, undated.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

Donated by the creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Dean Fausett.

Appraisal note

Arts and Communications.

Collection of art and personal papers of artist Dean Fausett.

Processing Information note

Processed; James V. D'Arc (Curator, Arts and Communication Archives) and John N. Gillespie (Manuscripts Editor); December 1997.

Processing Information note

The Dean Fausett papers and photographs have not been processed in their entirety. This finding aid describes only a part of the collection.

Register of the Dean Fausett papers
James V. D'Arc
1997 December
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States