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Stephen G. Biddulph collection on Lowell and Ruth Biddulph

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8441

Scope and Contents

Contains Lowell Biddulph papers relating to Biddulph's tenure as a National Park Service ranger in Yellowstone National Park from 1928-1968 as well as the papers of Ruth Biddulph, an English and American Literature teacher. Also contains materials used by Stephen G. Biddulph in the writing of the historical nonfiction/biography novel "Five Old Men of Yellowstone," which detailed the careers of Lowell Biddulph and four other National Park rangers. Also included are Lowell Biddulph's papers include personal notes on nature, religion (LDS church) and Yellowstone, articles he authored and collected, family history materials, his Park Ranger uniform, Park Ranger Hat, and photographs and slides depicting Yellowstone. Materials dated 1930-2006.


  • 1930-2006


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 Stephen G. Biddulph collection on Lowell and Ruth Biddulph must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Stephen G. Biddulph (1945-) is a retired Marine Corps officer, a Vietnam veteran, a mental health therapist and drug addiction counselor, and an author.

Stephen George Biddulph was born November 21, 1945, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Lowell and Ruth Biddulph. He spent his first eighteen summers in Yellowstone Park and has been a life-long student of Yellowstone just like his father. After serving a mission for the LDS church in Berlin, Germany from 1964-1967, Biddulph married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Robinson, on June 28, 1968, in the Idaho Falls temple. They later had six children: Blake, Jeffrey, Melanie, Gregory, Kenneth, and Ryan. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology in 1971, Biddulph was commissioned an Officer of Marines, after which he continued to serve his country as a marine until 1990. He then worked as a mental health therapist and later as Dean of Students at Southern Virginia University. After serving a mission as a mental health counselor at BYU-Hawaii from 2007-2009, Biddulph published "Five Old Men of Yellowstone," a historical novel detailing the National Park ranger careers of his father, Lowell, and four others.

Biddulph and his wife currently reside in Provo, Utah.


3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

1 ledger box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (2.81 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Stephen G. Biddulph in 2014 and 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Stephen G. Biddulph; 2014.

Donated; Stephen G. Biddulph; 2016.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Processed; Hayley Gorham, student manuscript processor; 2018.

  • Biddulph's reserve uniform for the military (all the pins and medals remain with the collection).
Register of Stephen G. Biddulph collection on Lowell and Ruth Biddulph
Clarissa McIntire
2015 January 5
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