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Victor W. Purdy papers

Identifier: MSS 8107

Scope and Contents

Contains materials from Victor Purdy's time at Brigham Young University. This includes class records, course syllabi, and student assignments, as well as minutes from various committees within the School of Library and Information Sciences, Purdy's own research on Pueblo Indians, and biblographic files. These materials date from 1959 to 1993.


  • 1959-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsiblilty of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to pbulish material from the Victor Purdy papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Victor Purdy (1926-2012) was a librarian and teacher at Brigham Young University.

Victor Purdy was born on March 4, 1926 to Victor William Purdy and Rhina Anna Steins Purdy. After growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Purdy served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, Purdy served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the North Central States Mission from 1948 to 1950. He attended University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, St. John's College at Annapolis, Md., and finally received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in 1952. Purdy later received a master's degree in library science from Columbia University in 1957 and worked on his PhD at both the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Utah.

Purdy worked at the Fresno State College Library from 1953 to 1954, when he started working at the Brigham Young University library. In 1966 he began to teach at BYU's School of Library and Information Sciences, where he worked until that department closed in 1993. He also taught various classes for the Department of History and Department of Church History and Doctrine.

Purdy married Alice Mary Thalman in 1951. Together they had three daughters and one son. Alice died in in 1996 and in 2002 Purdy married Deanne Moore Craig. Purdy died on April 9, 2002.


15 cartons (15 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into four series: 1. Victor Purdy teacher materials, 1966-1993, 2003. 2. Victor Purdy papers on the Pueblo Indians, 1986. 3. Victor Purdy papers from the School of Library and Information Sciences, 1962-1993. 4. Victor Purdy index cards, between 1966-1993.

Custodial History

Victor W. Purdy created these papers. Upon his death, custody transferred to Deanne Purdy who donated them to the University Archives in August 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Deanne Purdy; August 2012.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Cameron Mansen; September 2012

Register of Victor W. Purdy papers
Cameron Mansen
2012 November
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