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Ivan Robison Willey papers

Identifier: MSS 8488

Scope and Contents

Collection includes important documents, correspondence, and pictures from the various phases of Willey's life such as his church callings, mission, and University of Wyoming period. There are also books put together by Ivan of his speeches given and other professional accomplishments throughout his career in the education systems of Wyoming. Also includes a journal from Clarissa Robison Willey, Ivan's mother, and other materials on and by his family as it pertains to his life. Dates range from 1930-2011.


  • 1930-2011


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 Ivan Robison Willey papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Ivan Robison Willey (1912-2011) was an education professor and academic administrator in dedicated patriarch to a large family and administrator and professor throughout various levels of the education system in Utah and Wyoming.

Ivan Robison Willey was born on January 14, 1911, in Byron, Wyoming, to parents Roy and Clarissa Robison Willey. After recognition in his youth for his talent for basketball, Ivan attended Brigham Young University and graduated with his B.S. degree. Ivan married Evelyn Bourne on February 16, 1935, in Heber City, Utah. Together they moved to Wyoming, where Ivan obtained both his Master's and Doctorate degrees from the Univeristy of Wyoming. His original doctoral research resulted in the Wyoming School Foundation Program, which provided funding for schools in the state for 50 years. Ivan was a principal and superintendent for the Wyoming public school system for 20 years, and helped to start a local bank as well. Ivan was also professor, dean, and department head in the College of Education at the Univeristy of Wyoming for 22 years. Missionary, Bishop, High Councilor, and Stake President, and Director of the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors' Center in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Ssaints Cheyenne, Wyoming Stake were also positions Ivan held. Ivan was also a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to 15 before he passed away.


8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight series: 1. Ivan Robison Willey personal papers, 1940-2011. 2. Ivan Robison Willey BYU years, 1930-2001. 3. Ivan Robison Willey early Wyoming years, 1935-1941. 4. Ivan Robison Willey Superior, Wyoming years, 1940-1955. 5. Ivan Robison Willey University of Wyoming years, 1954-1977. 6. Ivan Robison Willey stake leadership years, 1968-1979. 7. Ivan Robison Willey family years, 1931-2003. 8. Ivan Robison Willey mission years, 1979-1981.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the BYU HBLL L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Mary Ruth Willey Rich and Judy Ann Willey, daughters of creator and subject Ivan Robison Willey, June 17, 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Ruth Willey Rich and Judy Ann Willey; June 17, 2014.


20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5. VII, August 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; McKinley Griffin, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; February 3, 2016.

Register of Ivan Robison Willey papers
In Progress
McKinley Griffin
2016 February 2
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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