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Montell Seely papers

Identifier: MSS 7950

Scope and Contents

Contains documents on Montell Seely's life and family history. Includes research files and book proofs from his work on family history, especially as it pertains to the Robert Seeley family. Contains documents of the family, including deeds, wills, and other sources. These sources document their migration and moves around the country. The collection also contains Seely's personal journals, kept in his adulthood. These document his daily life, concerns, and interests, as well as family and personal events. Also included are audio recordings of meetings and for the Castle Valley pageant on reel-to-reel tapes. Dated circa 1934-2005.


  • approximately 1934-2009


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2017; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Donor restricted. See L. Tom Perry Board of Curators for permission.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Montell Seely papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Montell Seely (1934-2008) was a farmer, rancher, and leader in his community, in Castle Dale, Utah.

Montell Seely was born on February 5, 1934 to Karl A. Seely and Cora Guymon Seely. He was born in Castle Dale, Utah. He grew up in Castle Dale, where he was active in athletics and leadership. He served as the student body president at South Emery High School, where he graduated in 1952. Two years later in 1954 he served a mission in North Carolina until 1956. Seely graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from BYU and during his studies he was a member of the BYU ballroom dance team. On August 27, 1963 he married Kathryn Pincock in the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in Orangeville for four years, but returned to Provo in 1970. Seely earned a Master's degree in 1972 and worked in the counseling department in Provo High School for three years. Seely was a farmer and rancher, and ran a farm originally homesteaded by his grandfather, Justus Wellington Seely II. He collected wagons and buggies in honor of early pioneers and organized several ward treks. The Castle Valley Pageant, an annual performance honoring the first settlers of the area was organized and written by Seely. He also wrote an Emery County History in 1981 and Seely history books in 1988 and 1996. Seely passed away on August 12, 2008, as the result of an accident while leading a handcart expedition.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Montell Seely family history papers, approximately 1934-1988. 2. Montell Seely personal journals, 1986-2005. 3. Montell Seely sound recordings, approximately 1950-1980.

Custodial History

Donated by Kathryn P. Seely, Monetll Seely's wife, in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathryn P. Seely; 2012.


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

Montell Seely was descended from Utah pioneers, and contributed to the growth of Southern Utah cultural history.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Register of Montell Seely papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2012 May 14
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