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Raymond B. Farnsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6876

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, records, studies, charts, drawings, maps, personal notes written by or written to Raymond B. Farnsworth regarding the progess of co-operatives on many Native American reservations throughout the United States. It also includes the legal documents relating to these programs including proposals, management agreements, and financial records. There are also some newspaper clippings related to the projects that Farnsworth was involved with, from 1959 to 1981.


  • 1959-1981


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 Raymond B. Farnsworth papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Raymond Bartlett Farnsworth was born May 21, 1915 in Enterprise, Washington, Utah, to Bartlett Canfield Farnsworth and Lillie Parthenia Holt. He received his bachelor's from Brigham Young University (BYU), master's degree in soil microbiology from Massachusetts State College, and Ph.D. in soil physics from Ohio State. He then accepted a position as a professor at BYU. While he was a professor at BYU, he worked with the Institute of American Indian Studies and Research at BYU, helping establish agriculture on many reservations throughout Northern America, including some in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. He married his wife, Maurine, December 31, 1943 in San Diego, California. Raymond died October 31, 1987 in Provo, Utah.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Raymond B. Farnsworth in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Raymond B. Farnsworth; 1991.


LDS Scholarship and Historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.III, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor; 2009.

Register of Raymond B. Farnsworth papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2009 May 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.

Revision Statements

  • 2009 July 13: Updated for DACS and subject compliance by Cory Nimer.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States