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Louis Orson Brandley journal

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9175

Scope and Contents

Contains a thumbdrive with a transcribed copy of journals written by Louis Orson Brandley between 1950 and 1983. Materials record daily life in Utah and Alberta, Canada, and focus particularly on family, including Louis's wife, children, and grandchildren. Emphasis is placed on family activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also contains an autobiographical life history about Louis's early childhood.


  • approximately 1950-1983


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 the Louis Orson Brandley journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Louis Orson Brandley was a Latter-day Saint farmer and church leader.

Louis Orson Brandley was born in Richfield, Utah on January 17, 1889 to Theodore and Margaret Keeler Brandley. Because his mother was the second polygamous wife of his father, the young Louis rarely interacted with Theodore, who lived with his first wife and her children. Instead, he spent his childhood on a small farm property with his mother and siblings. Eventually, his father was called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help settle Stirling village in Alberta, Canada. Louis left his mother and joined his father to work on the Stirling farm in 1904. Louis later moved to Provo, Utah in 1912. His mother encouraged him to pursue an education, so Louis graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1914 and then attended Brigham Young University. However, familial duties called him back to Canada where he worked on various farm properties and filled in as a schoolteacher. He also served in various church leadership positions and was ordained a member of the Seventy. Louis married Edda Anderson on May 28, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved back to Raymond, Alberta with Louis, and they had seven children together. Louis Orson Brandley died on October 29, 1984 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Kathryn Ann Larsen Anderson, granddaughter of Louis Orson Brandley, in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathryn Anderson; September 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy II.B.5.VI, August 2007).

Existence and Location of Originals

Original journals located at The Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copy of electronic files is available on M-Disk in collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2018.

Register of Louis Orson Brandley journal
Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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