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Maureen Ursenbach Beecher course materials and professional files, 1973-1997

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 4

Scope and Contents

Contains the professional materials of Beecher, including records from symposiums and conferences largely on the topics of Mormon women, literature, and religion in general. Also includes correspondence, faculty notes, meeting minutes, records on college administrative structures and committees, faculty evaluations, her application for rank advancement, her curriculum vita, an application for leave, and a guide to the archives. Also contains records from special projects Beecher had a role in, including a retreat to Nauvoo and a humanitarian trip to Africa. Includes records from the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute, including mission statements, staff records, meeting minutes, publication lists, administrative organization, award nominations, correspondence, and funding records.


  • 1973-1997


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 Maureen Ursenbach Beecher papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher (born 1935) was an English professor and research historian in Utah.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher was born March 19, 1935 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Charles Ursenbach and Lucile Harvey. In 1958 she left to serve in the Swiss-Austrian Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held the positions of editor and senior research associate of the History Division of the Church from 1972 to 1980. From 1981 to 1997, she served as a research historian for the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History as well as an associate professor and professor of English. She retired to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1997.


12 folders

3 cartons

Language of Materials



Arranged topically by student processor.

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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States