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M.L. Bean Museum records

Identifier: UA 1132

Scope and Contents

Contains office records from the Monte L. Bean Museum including files relating to the dedication, accounting records, annual progress reports, organizational charts, and correspondence. There are also ten volumes of research diaries of Robert G. Bee in his studies of ornithology mostly in the state of Utah from the years 1924-1962.


  • 1924-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Permission to publish material from the Monte L. Bean Museum records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The M.L. Bean Museum (1978- ) is a zoological museum at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The Monte L. Bean Museum is a fully functional, accredited, professional museum at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The museum was a gift of Monte L. Bean, a prominent Seattle businessman, and his wife, Birdie. This building was completed in 1978. Its vast teaching and research collections include nearly two million arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and prepared shells, and more than 600,000 plants and lichens. Specimens for these collections, which represent creative work by university faculty and students, have been gathered throughout the world, making the museum one of the major repositories of scientific material in the western United States.

The museum and its collections are utilized by university classes in integrative biology, plant and animal science, education, art, and other disciplines. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum also maintains and manages the Lytle Nature Preserve for the university. Located in the northernmost extension of the Mojave Desert southwest of St. George, Utah, this 562-acre desert classroom is in a part of Utah that is unique not only for its plant and animal communities but also for its setting.


2 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Monte L. Bean Museum correspondence, 1971-1983. 2. Monte L. Bean Museum general office files, undated. 3. Robert G. Bee ornithological notes, 1924-1962.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Transferred to University Archives in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Monte L. Bean Museum; 1991.


Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III and Kenneth Bullard; 2004.

Register of the M.L. Bean Museum records
J. Gordon Daines III and Kenneth Bullard
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2013 January 30: Revised for DACS compliance; Jeffrey Mahas.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US