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Harold Willey Lee papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6255

Scope and Contents note

The Harold Willey Lee papers contain Harold Willey Lee's research notes in the forms of papers and note cards. Harold Willey Lee was a professor at BYU and taught French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. Included in the collection is an overview of French authors and poets, the study of various works, his possible papers and his research for his PhD thesis. Much of his work is in French.


  • approximately 1927-1978


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Harold Willey Lee papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Harold Willey Lee (1907-), PhD, was a Stanford and Brigham Young University graduate who was the former BYU department chairman of modern and classical languages. He also served as a mission president in France and as a patriarch in Provo.

Harold Willey Lee was born 13 October 1907 in Cardston, Canada. He attended BYU where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He received his doctorate from Stanford University. He married Rachael Low in the Alberta Temple 26 July 1937. She passed away in 1974 and later that year he married Vera Tayner. He was a former chairman of the BYU department of modern and classical languages beginning in 1938. He taught French, Spanish, Italian and Latin and served twice as department chairman. He served as president of the French Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1953 to 1957. He later served as patriarch of the Provo East Stake.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Harold Willey Lee papers contain Harold Willey Lee's research notes which are comprised of papers and note cards mostly relating to French works and authors.

Custodial History note

Donated by Vera Trayner Lee in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Vera Tayner Lee; 1989.

Appraisal note

20th Century Western and Mormon Americana because Harold Willey Lee taught at Brigham Young University, a Mormon university in the west.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Harold Willey Lee papers
Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
15 August 2008
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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