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Mary Ellen Edmunds papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7643

Scope and Contents

Contains personal and professional papers of Edmunds, including resources from her work at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, especially training in foreign languages and instruction of senior missionaries. Some materials deal with human services missions in countries such as India and Ghana. Collection also contains work from Edmunds' work on the Relief Society General Board, including teaching manuals, cards, and correspondence between various members of the Board. Also included are letters written to family members and friends and photographs of vacations in Scandinavia, Florida, Cuba, and Greece. Dated approximately 1971-2015.


  • approximately 1971-2015


Language of Materials

Materials are in English with some materials in Spanish and Swedish.

Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2031; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Mary Ellen Edmunds papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Mary Ellen Edmunds (1940- ) was a nurse and welfare missionary across Asia, Africa, and the Phillipines.

Mary Ellen Edmunds was born on March 3, 1940, in California. She graduated from Brigham Young University in nursing and later returned to be a faculty member at the university. She has served in a variety of capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; these positions include Assistant Director of Training in the Provo, Utah, Missionary Training Center, Coordinator of Training Welfare Missionaries, and a member of the Relief Society general board. She has served various types of Mormon missions: full-time, proselyting, and welfare missions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Africa. With an unforgettable love and humor, she has authored best-selling books and is an admired speaker in the Latter-day Saint realm.


43 cartons (43 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 item (1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by Mary Ellen Edmunds in 2010 and 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Ellen Edmunds; 2010.

Donated; Mary Ellen Edmunds; 2016.

Donated; Mary Ellen Edmundds; 2018.


LDS, Utah, and Western American Women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Courtney B. Dickson, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Addition processed; Sadie Julian; 2016.

Addition processed; Kathryn Bradley; 2020.

  • Minolta mini projector.
  • Copies of biographical information papers about women who served on the Relief Society general board and in the Relief Society general presidency. Dated 1991.
  • Checks, invoices, pay stubs, contracts, other financial records
Register of Mary Ellen Edmunds papers
Courtney B. Dickson
2011 June
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