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Elwood Rey Peterson papers

Identifier: MSS 6150

Scope and Contents

Contains books, theses, pamphlets, cassette tapes, 3mm recording tapes, photocopied research materials, workshop programs, and papers created by and collected by Elwood Rey Peterson. Some materials concern topics in psychology such as behavior, blame, manipulation, and group counseling. Other materials concern education, predicting academic success, and career selection for students. Brigham Young University and Utah State are some of the universities involved. There are handouts for classes about marriage improvement. There are also materials about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: pamphlets, speeches, Sunday School lesson materials, and Church activity handbooks. Dated approximately 1960-1985.


  • approximately 1960-1985


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 Elwood Rey Peterson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Elwood Rey Peterson (1932-1983) was an educational counselor and administrator in Utah.

Elwood Rey Peterson was born on January 24, 1932 in Sacramento, California to Oscar Henry Peterson and Bessie Viola Steinagel. He married Sabra Whittle on July 23, 1954 in Manti, Utah, and they had seven children. Peterson served in the United States from 1954 to 1956, then returned to Utah to complete his education. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1957, and a master's degree, also from Brigham Young University, in 1962. He joined the counseling faculty at the university in 1964, working as a counselor and assistant director. In 1969 he completed a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. During his time at the university, Peterson served as president of the Utah College Personnel Association.

Peterson left the university in 1971 when he was appointed director of guidance for the Church Educational System's Education and Career Advisement Center. He also served as a lay leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as bishop and member of stake presidency.

Peterson passed away on August 20, 1983.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Sabra Peterson in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Sabra Peterson; December 1989.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

Elwood Rey Peterson's thesis and his dissertation are kept in L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; May 2008.

Register of Elwood Rey Peterson papers
Under Revision
H. Christine Swindler
2008 May 8
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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