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Serge J. Lauper papers

Identifier: MSS 6162

Scope and Contents

Contains personal, family, church, and business papers. These include correspondence with family and business associates, scrapbooks, personal and family histories, bulletins and books, and other personal and professional memorabilia.


  • 1901-1994


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 Serge J. Lauper papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Serge J. Lauper (1901-1994) served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, a member of the stake presidency, and a patriarch.

Serge J. Lauper was the oldest of ten children born to Emma Elizabeth Wissing and Emile Louis Lauper of Lehi, Utah. Raised in a very economical family, Lauper was intelligent and hard-working, and loved to read.

He served in the Southern States mission from 1925 to 1927. Following his mission, he was sealed to Jean Vernon Gordon, daughter of May Elizabeth Schutt and James Frater Gordon of Alberta, Canada, on April 4, 1930, in the Salt Lake Temple. Four daughters were born to the couple, who spent the majority of their married life in San Francisco, California. In 1929, Lauper gained employment as a salesman with Charles R. Hadley Company, where he remained, with the exception of a few years in the 1950s when he opened his own business, until his retirement in 1966. During that time, Lauper served as a member of the San Francisco Stake Presidency from 1952 to 1959, and later as bishop of the Sunset Ward and then of the Diamond Ward in Oakland, California.

A few years after his retirement, Jean, his beloved wife of forty-eight years, died of a stroke in September 1977. About a year later, Lauper married Winifred Compton Matson, daughter of Josie Nevada Hamilton and Samuel Murchison Compton, in the Oakland Temple on August 15, 1978. The two enjoyed fifteen years of wedded bliss, during which time Lauper served as a sealer in the Oakland Temple, having been ordained a patriarch in 1959, until his wife's death in February 1993. Lauper followed her a year later.


1 oversize box (1.25 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the personal, family, business, and Church papers and correspondence of Serge J. Lauper, 1901-1994.


Arranged into four series: 1. Serge J. Lauper personal papers, 1924-1993. 2. Serge J. Lauper family papers, 1901-1994. 3. Serge J. Lauper business papers, 1928-1962. 4. Serge J. Lauper church papers, 1930-1985.

Other Finding Aids

A folder level inventory is available in the repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Claudia Bushman, Serge Lauper's daughter, after Lauper's death in February 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Claudia Bushman; 1994.


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

Related Materials

Jean V. Gordon Lauper papers, MSS 1559; Richard and Claudia Bushman papers, MSS 2052.

Separated Materials

Oversize materials in separate location.

Processing Information

Processed; John M. Murphy, curator, and Amanda C. Clark, student processor; 2008.

Register of the Serge J. Lauper papers
Amanda C. Clark
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