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Chester G. Van Buren papers

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: UA 352

Scope and Contents

Contains handwritten journals, typescripts of journals, handwritten and typewritten correspondence to, from and concerning Van Buren and the expedition, supply lists, financial papers, certificates, passports, maps and photographs concerning the expedition. The majority of the material dates from 1900-1903.


  • 1887-1933
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1903


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Chester G. Van Buren collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Chester G. Van Buren (1875-1928) was a member of the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition from 1900 to 1903.

Chester G. Van Buren was born on March 15, 1875 in Manti, Utah, and reared in Orangeville, Utah. He was a member of the BYA South American Expedition which began on April 17, 1900. During the expedition, Van Buren collected plant and bird specimens for botanical and orthnilogical study. The expedition returned to Utah in 1902, but Van Buren remained in Colombia to continue gathering specimens. He returned to Provo, Utah on October 16, 1903. He died in 1928.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The collection was given to Franklin S. Harris by Verena Van Buren in Chicago, Illinois in 1933. She donated the collection to the university in honor of her husband, Chester G. Van Buren.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Verena Van Buren; 1933.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Nancy Sargent; June 1983.

Register of the Chester G. Van Buren papers
Nancy Sargent
June 1983
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

  • 2021 November 2: Additional instance added; Jamie Wiser.

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US