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Helen Free VanderBeek correspondence, approximately 1966-2002

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6224 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains various letters to and from Vanderbeek. Correspondents include Robert Vanderbeek, Mary and Nicholas Smith, and Walter Kerr. Many of the letters just discuss daily life and family events, but several are also addressed to Helen when she served her mission to the Northwestern States Mission. Dated approximately 1966 to 2002.


  • approximately 1966-2002


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

Biographical History

Helen Free VanderBeek was born in 1944. She graduated from Brigham Young Academy High School in 1962. She received a scholarship to Brigham Young University where she attended and received her BA in Clothing and Textiles in 1966. In 1970, she received a BA in English from Brigham Young University. In 1991, she received a BA from Brigham Young University-Idaho in General Studies. Helen later went on to receive her Master's degree in Education from Idaho State University-Pocatello in 1993. She married Ronald Vanderbeek, and they had three children, but were later divorced. After her divorce, she married Walter Kerr. She has written several columns, her first column appearing in the Idaho Farm News. She was an adjunct professor at Ricks College and published a column there too. She also authored a book called Find Your Actual, Factual Ancestors: A Genealogy Journey in 8 Steps.


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