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Irene Adams papers

Identifier: MSS 7810

Scope and Contents

Collection contains research materials and manuscripts for the Unofficial Manual for Bishops' wives, which includes articles, surveys, and correspondence. The collection also includes Adams' personal journals. Materials dated 1968-2011.


  • 1968-2011


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research, except Series 1, Subseries 2 is access restricted until 2061.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Irene Adams papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Irene Adams (1956-2011) was a teacher, scholar, Mormon missionary, traveller, and librarian.

Irene Adams was born Marguerite Irene Vaughan on February 20, 1956, in Orange, New Jersey, to Lawrence and Mary C. Vaughan. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scotland and Northern Ireland. She married Gerald E. Adams in 1986. Adams loved teaching in any capacity, and loved learning. She completed seven academic degrees - two associates, three bachelors, and two masters. She also loved to travel, and made several trips across the United States and abroad. She became a librarian at Brigham Young University, and worked in the Special Collections Department.

Adams died April 19, 2011.


3 carton (3 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.2 linear ft)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Irene Adams manuscripts and research materials for Unofficial Manual for Bishops’ Wives, 1991-2011. 2. Irene Adams journals, 1968-2011.

Custodial History

Donated by Gerald Adams in 2011.

Donated by Jerry Adams in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerald Adams; 2011.

Donated; Jerry Adams; 2014.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; May 2011.

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Irene Adams papers
Elizabeth Ballif
2011 May
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