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Leola Seely Anderson family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9238

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, cards, family histories, photographs, reel-to-reel tapes, and various realia pertaining to the life of Leola Seely Anderson, her husband H. Duane Anderson, and their two sons (Richard Bryan Anderson and Duane Brent Anderson). Dated approximately 1910 to 2010.


  • approximately 1910-2010


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 Leola Seely Anderson family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Leola Seely Anderson was born on June 19, 1910, to Arta McLean Seely and Alfaretta Neff in what is now Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the fourth of five children and the second of two daughters.

Seely excelled in school and subsequently skipped several grades, graduating high school in 1927. She attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and graduated with a degree in education in 1933. After graduation, she moved to Brigham City, where her family then lived, and taught there for several years – notably teaching the eventual President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Boyd K. Packer who referred to her as “My dear little teacher!”.

Seely returned to BYU for a master's degree and met H. Duane Anderson, whom she married on June 2, 1936. Together, they had two sons: Richard Bryan in 1941 and Duane Brent in 1945. The family lived in Price, where Richard was born, and Ogden, where Brent was born, before moving to San Bernardino, California.

In California, Seely taught English at San Bernardino Valley College with her husband. Seely published several short stories while living in California. During this time, she began work with Boyd K. Packer on the creation of an early morning seminary for LDS high school students (which is still instituted today). In 1963, she and Duane headed a BYU study abroad that toured Europe.

In early spring of 1967, Duane Anderson was called to serve as the mission president of the LDS France Mission. The couple arrived in France in June of 1967. A year later, on June 16, 1968, while returning from business in the south of France, their car was struck by a speeding vehicle that had swerved into their lane, and Leola was killed.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 film box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Richard Bryan Anderson, son of Leola Seely Anderson, in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Bryan Anderson; 2018.


20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy.

Processing Information

Processed; Myles Larsen, 2019.

Register of Leola Seely Anderson family papers
In Progress
Myles Larsen
2019 July 16
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