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Maureen Ursenbach Beecher papers on Relief Society, approximately 1971-1979

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 8

Scope and Contents

Contains records relating to the Relief Society, including lessons Beecher helped create for the general Relief Society handbook in 1975. Also includes biographical materials of the organization, copies of records of its organization and proceedings in Nauvoo, Illinois, copies of meeting minutes in Nauvoo, a 1931 handbook, records of various Relief Societies, and publications related to the organization. Also includes records of the church's involvement in women's rights activities of the late 1800s and early 1900s, a project the Church Historical Department staff was asked to complete for the general Relief Society in 1979, circa 1971-1979.


  • approximately 1971-1979


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.


31 folders

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