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Leland I. Selvey papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9239

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to the life of Leland Ira Selvey, particularly in relation to his time serving in France during World War I. Included are souvenirs from France, such as guidebooks, a single feather, postcards, and printed ephemera. Also includes handwritten letters from family and friends, scrapbooks, notebooks, diaries, and 259 photographs and negatives. Dated 1905-1927, with the bulk dated 1918-1919.


  • approximately 1905-1927
  • Majority of material found within 1918-1919


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 Leland I. Selvey papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Leland I. Selvey (1895-1979) was a typist in the United States Army, serving in France during World War I.

Born on September 10, 1895, in Lamar, Missouri, Leland I. Selvey spent his life in Lamar except for his stint in World War I. His role in France was as a typist, and he worked on the second treaty of Versailles. His experience in post–armistice France included good food, theater attendance, and travel to Versailles and other sites in France. After World War I, Selvey returned to Lamar and was very active in the community, serving on the school board and as a PTA president. Selvey married Lois Marguerite Bloomer (1916–2005) in 1941. He was also involved in veterans’ groups like Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Selvey passed away on October 18, 1979, in Lamar, Missouri.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (2.3 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Heather M. Seferovich on December 6, 2018 to Brigham Young Univeristy to reside in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Heather M. Seferovich is the granddaughter of Leland I. Selvey.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Heather M. Seferovich; December 6, 2018.


Veterans history.

Processing Information

Processed; Emma Gutierrez, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; February 22, 2019.

Register of Leland I. Selvey papers
Emma Gutierrez
2019 February 22
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