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A. Dean Larsen Yellowstone plaque

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7084

Scope and Contents note

Plaque was carved and painted by F.W. Voll in 1971 in Helper, Utah for A. Dean Larsen. The plaque is all hand carved and hand painted. It has a carving of Old Faithful, mountains, and trees in the middle of the plaque. On the top it reads Yellowstone Library, and the bottom reads A. Dean Larsen. On the back of the plaque there is a note that describes the plaque.


  • 1971


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the A. Dean Larsen Yellowstone plaque must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

A. Dean Larsen (1930-2002) was a librarian in Utah.

A. Dean Larsen was born August 23, 1930 in Vineyard, Utah, He was the third of five children, two older brothers and two younger sisters, born to Vera Alice Austin and Ariel Ellis Larsen. Dean attended Lincoln High School in Orem. After graduating from high school he entered Brigham Young University, focusing his study on history and geography. He interrupted his university study after his sophomore year to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon completion of this two year mission, he returned to his studies at BYU and obtained student employment in the University Library. When he graduated from the university with a major in history, the Korean War was under way and he was drafted to serve in the army. After basic and specialized training, he was assigned to the Central Intelligence Corp in Stuttgart, Germany. Dean returned home from his tour of duty with the army in the fall of 1956 and was hired full-time at the BYU library with an agreement that he would be given summers off to pursue a Master of Library Science degree, at the University of Michigan. He completed his degree in August of 1960. The next year he was appointed director for collection development. Dean was largely the architect for the Harold B. Lee Library's tremendous collection growth during the past forty-five years (circa 1950s-1990s). The library's world class collections were Dean's legacy. Even when the library's holdings reached three million volumes, Dean could tell a book dealer if a particular title was in the library's holdings. During Dean's tenure, the library grew from 300,000 books to 3,250,000 books. He died 29 May 2002.


1 cubic Feet (0.75 linear ft.)

1 oversize box

Language of Materials



Contains one wooden plaque that reads "Yellowstone Library A. Dean Larsen". The plaque also has carvings of trees, Old Faithful and mountains.

Other Finding Aids note

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History note

Donated by A. Dean Larsen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; A. Dean Larsen.

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor; 2009.

Register of A. Dean Larsen Yellowstone plaque
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
1 July 2009
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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