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Victor Purdy papers from the School of Library and Information Sciences, 1962-1993

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8107 Series 3

Scope and Contents

This series contains the minutes of faculty meetings (1977-1991), the curriculum committee (1971-1989), and the administrative committee (1962-1965). University policies, collection development policies, course and teaching schedules are also present. This series also has the Grad SLIS news letters from 1966-1993. Issues of the Journal of the Utah Library Association published during the 1970's are also part of this series. There are evaluations, accreditations, annual reports (1966-67), and staff manuals of the library school. Nineteen audio cassettes, correspondences, and other miscellaneous items relating to the library or library school are included. Notable inclusions are the opening of the J. Reuben Clark Library in 1961 and the closing of the library school in 1993. Finally, a collection of papers by H. Curtis Wright, a professor of philosophy at BYU is found in this series.


  • 1962-1993


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

H. Curtis Wright (1928-2012) was a professor at Brigham Young University.

Herbert Curtis Wright was born on February 19, 1928 to Herbert Emir Wright and Frances Minerva Curtis Wright. He served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948 and then went on a Mormon mission to the Navajo reservation from 1948 to 1950. Wright received three master's degree in library science and Semitic languages before earning his PhD in Library Science and Greek Literature from Case Western University in 1969. In 1969 he began to teach in the School of Library and Information Sciences at Brigham Young University. He worked there until his retirement in 1993.

In 1957 Wright married Jeannene Dowding and together they had five sons. After Jeannene died in 1996, Wright married Jean Bates, though she too passed away in 2009. Wright died after a brief illness on June 28, 2012.

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.


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