Montell Seely papers
Scope and Contents
Contains documents on Montell Seely's life and family history. Includes research files and book proofs from his work on family history, especially as it pertains to the Robert Seeley family. Contains documents of the family, including deeds, wills, and other sources. These sources document their migration and moves around the country. The collection also contains Seely's personal journals, kept in his adulthood. These document his daily life, concerns, and interests, as well as family and personal events. Also included are audio recordings of meetings and for the Castle Valley pageant on reel-to-reel tapes. Dated circa 1934-2005.
- approximately 1934-2009
- Seely, Montell, 1934-2008 (creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Donor restricted until 2017; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Donor restricted. See L. Tom Perry Board of Curators for permission.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Montell Seely papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Biographical / Historical
Montell Seely (1934-2008) was a farmer, rancher, and leader in his community, in Castle Dale, Utah.
Montell Seely was born on February 5, 1934 to Karl A. Seely and Cora Guymon Seely. He was born in Castle Dale, Utah. He grew up in Castle Dale, where he was active in athletics and leadership. He served as the student body president at South Emery High School, where he graduated in 1952. Two years later in 1954 he served a mission in North Carolina until 1956. Seely graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from BYU and during his studies he was a member of the BYU ballroom dance team. On August 27, 1963 he married Kathryn Pincock in the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in Orangeville for four years, but returned to Provo in 1970. Seely earned a Master's degree in 1972 and worked in the counseling department in Provo High School for three years. Seely was a farmer and rancher, and ran a farm originally homesteaded by his grandfather, Justus Wellington Seely II. He collected wagons and buggies in honor of early pioneers and organized several ward treks. The Castle Valley Pageant, an annual performance honoring the first settlers of the area was organized and written by Seely. He also wrote an Emery County History in 1981 and Seely history books in 1988 and 1996. Seely passed away on August 12, 2008, as the result of an accident while leading a handcart expedition.
6 cartons (6 linear ft.)
12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
1 oversize box (0.6 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Arranged in three series: 1. Montell Seely family history papers, approximately 1934-1988. 2. Montell Seely personal journals, 1986-2005. 3. Montell Seely sound recordings, approximately 1950-1980.
Donated by Kathryn P. Seely, Monetll Seely's wife, in 2012.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Kathryn P. Seely; 2012.
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).
Montell Seely was descended from Utah pioneers, and contributed to the growth of Southern Utah cultural history.
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Family histories
- Home and Family
- Immigration and American Expansion
- Migration, Internal -- United States
- Overland Journeys to the Western United States
- Overland journeys to the Pacific
- Pioneers -- United States
- Seeley (Family : Seeley, Robert, 1602-1666)
- Seely, Montell, 1934-2008
- Social Life and Customs
- Sound recordings
- Register of Montell Seely papers
- Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
- 2012 May 14
- 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.