Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection
- Majority of material found within 1948-1997
- Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach (Person)
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11 cartons (11 linear ft.)
4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Maureen Ursenbach Beecher was born on March 19, 1935 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Charles Ursenbach and Margaret Lucille Harvey. After her father had filled a short term mission to Eastern Canada, he and her mother moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where the family's roots were firmly planted. Her parents would have four children: Harvey, Geraldine, and Lucille, and Maureen.
The house her parents built and moved into in 1928 would be the house that Maureen grew up in. Many joyful and sorrowful memories of her family were shared there. One of the most outstanding memories of her childhood is the day of her baptism, on Easter Sunday, 25 April 1943, and being confirmed by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
School was always very easy for Maureen. She received many awards at Sunalta School in Calgary for academics. Maureen continued to excel throughout school and on to the University of Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton branches, receiving a Diploma in Secondary Education. After receiving her diploma, she proceeded to get her Bachelor of Science in English and Mathematics at Brigham Young University in 1958.
After graduating from Brigham Young University, Maureen departed for the Swiss-Austrian Mission on 8 December 1958. The mission proved to be a growing experience for Maureen. When she returned home, she pursued her education further by receiving her Masters Degree in English in 1966 and her PhD in 1973 in Comparative Literature. Both degrees were earned at the University of Utah. She married, but later divorced Dale Beecher.
Maureen has published articles and books and lectured many times during her Academic career. She has also served as Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review from 1969-1972; Editor and senior research associate, History Division, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1972-1980; Associate Professor and Professor of English from 1981-1997; and Research Historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, Brigham Young University, 1981-1997. Furthermore, she has served on many professional organizations and participated in the community.
In addition to Maureen's accomplishments, she has also been one of the leading advocates for Mormon Women's Studies. Maureen has contributed much through her research and writings of Mormon Women.
Following her retirement from BYU, Maureen took a position with Global Forum, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach -- Archives
- Brigham Young University -- Faculty
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Switzerland--History
- Colleges and Universities
- Mormon Church -- Switzerland -- History
- Mormon women -- History
- Mormons -- Switzerland -- History
- Papers (Documents)
- Provo (Utah)
- Salt Lake City (Utah)
- Switzerland -- History
- Register of the Maureen Ursenbach Beecher collection
- David J. Whittaker, Erin Chapman and Judi Crisp
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
- 2010 November 02: GilEADized to correct small errors. Edited for compliance with DACS and CCLA standards.