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James W. Bee journals and slides

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9097

Scope and Contents

Contains photographic slides and photocopies of James W. Bee's journals documenting his work, travel, and research as a naturalist and a zoologist in Utah, Kansas, Washington, and other places around the world. These include observations of nature, including of plants and animals. The journals also include some photographs and drawings to illustrate James W. Bee's writing. Some slides depict Bee's personal and family life. Dated approximately 1927 to 1995.


  • approximately 1927-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsiblity of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publich material from James W. Bee journals and slides must be obtained from the Supervisor of References and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

James William Bee was born on September 25, 1913 in Provo, Utah to Robert G. and Mary Culbertson Bee. He enrolled at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1932 and graduated with a B.A. in 1937. He returned to BYU to pursue an M.A., but his studies were interrupted by World War II. James served in the Armed Forces from 1941 to 1946. While serving in the Armed Forces, he met Annette P. Malseed and they were married October 15, 1945 in China. They had three children. After the war, James returned to BYU and graduated with his M.A. in 1947. In 1948, he entered the University of Kansas (KU) to continue his research. He retired 37 years later and moved to Washington state. Throughout his career, he was a well-known zoologist and field researcher, donating many specimens to both BYU and KU. He died April 18, 1996, in Seattle, Washington.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The materials were left by James W. Bee to his children, Annette C. Bee, Mary Bee Kaufman, and James Robert Bee, who then donated the materials to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Annette C. Bee and Mary Bee Kaufman; 2017.


Utah and Western and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection developmental policy IV.a.i.I and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of slides and scans of journals available for use in the Reading Room.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; 2020.

Register of James W. Bee journals and slides
Anne Ashton
2019 November 15
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