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Barbara Lewis papers

Identifier: MSS 8113

Scope and Contents

Collection contains articles in magazines, drafts of her books “The Kids Guide to Service Projects” and “The Kids Guide to Social Action,” letters from the public, and documents on the many student projects she oversaw. Dated 1973-2000.


  • 1973-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Barbara A. Lewis retains copyright for the Barbara Lewis papers.

Biographical History

Barbara A. Lewis (1943- ) is a national award-winning author and educator.

Lewis was born in 1943. After raising her family, she was a teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she taught children how to solve real world problems. Her classes served the community by instigating environmental improvement projects, including pushing legislation through the state and receiving two President's Environmental Youth Awards .

As a writer and teacher, Lewis has been recognized by Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, CBS This Morning, CBS World News, CNN, and other national papers and programs. She has written many short stories and articles that have been published in these and other mediums, but is best known for her books that inspire children and teens to serve. She has received several awards for her books, such as the Parenting's Reading Magic Award.

Lewis lives in Park City with her husband, Lawrence. They have four children and ten grandchildren.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in six series: 1. Barbara Lewis papers on books, 1990-2000. 2. Barbara Lewis magazine articles, 1973-1998. 3. Barbara Lewis drafts of The Kids Guide to Service Projects, 1994. 4. Barbara Lewis drafts of The Kids Guide to Social Action, 1989-1999. 5. Barbara Lewis correspondence, 1986-1999. 6. Barbara Lewis newspaper clippings and magazine articles on environmental projects, 1987-1994.

Custodial History

Materials were donated by creator, Barbara A. Lewis, in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Barbara A. Lewis; 2012.


Literary Manuscripts Archives.

Collections covers the work of an LDS author.

Processing Information

Processed; Lora Patterson; 2012.

Register of Barbara Lewis papers
Lora Patterson
2012 October
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States