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Ted Lyon papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6293

Scope and Contents

Consists mainly of educational materials. The first eight boxes house material relating to Lyon's undergraduate and doctorate work at the University of Utah and the University of California-Los Angeles. This material basically consists of class notes, with pages of Lyon's research mingled among them. As a whole, the collection consists mainly of teaching aids, lecture notes, and student work from the years Lyon spent as a professor. Most of these course files pertain to Lyon's time spent as a professor at Brigham Young University, but there are also course files and teaching aids relating to his time as a professor at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin. Much of this material is written in Spanish, and includes not only lecture notes and teaching aids but publications, books, and magazines by Lyon himself and the authors his classes studied. There are also multiple boxes containing letters of recommendation written by Lyon for numerous students, starting in the early 1980s and lasting until 2006. After the completion of Lyon's university work, there are many boxes containing Lyon's personal correspondence, as well as departmental correspondence from the times Lyon worked as a professor.

Additions of mission letters and grade school artwork in 2023.


  • 1962-2006


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

Biographical History

Ted Lyon (b. 1939) is a researcher, writer, and ecclesiastical leader in Latin America.

Thomas Edgar (Ted) Lyon, Jr. was born on May 13, 1939 in Salt Lake City to T. Edgar Lyon and Laura Hermana Forsberg. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature. He subsequently received a scholarship to study at the University of California-Los Angeles and attained his doctorate there. During his academic career, Lyon taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Wisconsin, and finally at Brigham Young University in the Spanish department. During his stay at BYU, Lyon wrote several publications in the form of books and articles, which were published mainly in South America. With his wife, Cheryl, Lyon served for three years as a mission president in Osorno, Chile from 1996 to 1999. Shortly thereafter, Lyon was called to serve as a MTC president in Santiago, Chile from 2002 to 2004. In 2006, Lyon was named Honorary Consul of Chile, a position expected to last five years. Additionally, Lyon has traveled to every Spanish-speaking country in Latin America. Among these visits, Lyon participated in service projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Lyon and wife Cheryl have five children and multiple grandchildren. He currently resides in South America and holds permanent resident status in Chile.


56 boxes (27 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Maintained by Ted Lyon until time of donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ted Lyon; 2007.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Materials pertain to courses taught at Brigham Young University.


Ted Lyon, T. Edgar Lyon: A Teacher in Zion (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2002).

Processing Information

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2008.

Register of Ted Lyon papers
Lissa Bogart
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States