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Kenneth D. Wells collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1503

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the papers, literary memorabilia, library and artifacts of Kenneth D. Wells. The papers and literary memorabilia include correspondence, speeches, research files, notes, clippings, photographs, writings, minutes, financial records, administrative files, sound recordings, and motion pictures. The artifacts include medals, medallions, plaques, statuettes, and related mementos presented to Wells, along with souvenirs he collected. The correspondence section of the collection includes letters by several U.S. Presidents and other prominent political leaders. The collection includes a lengthy interview with Wells conducted by LeGrand Baker in 1986.


  • 1920-1976


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 Kenneth D. Wells collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

The copyright of the Wells collection is owned jointly by the donor and the Harold B. Lee Library, and, in some instances by the creator of the item or his heirs, if different than Kenneth D. Wells. The Harold B. Lee Library usually will grant permission to publish upon receipt of a written request by a qualified scholar, but the user must obtain permission to publish from the copyright holders other than Kenneth D. Wells and the Lee Library. There are no general restrictions on research use of the collection.

Biographical History

Wells was a businessman, industrialist, and one of the founders of the Freedoms Foundation at Vally Forge.


68 boxes (34 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).


This collection is also known as the Wells Freedom Archives, Brigham Young University Archives.

Register of Kenneth D. Wells collection
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 11
Description rules
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