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Cordell M. Andersen letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1186

Scope and Contents

Typed letters dated Sept. 22, 1969 and July 9, 1975 in Guatemala. These items are addressed to "family and friends" in Provo, Utah and describe the foundation's agricultural self-help project among the rural people of Guatemala. The letters also discuss other foundation matters.


  • 1969-1975


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 Cordell M. Andersen letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Cordell M. Andersen (born 1936-) is the founder of the Guatemalan Foundation (previously the Foundation for Indian Development) and the creator of the High Unitas Wilderness Project.

Cordell M. Andersen was born April 19, 1936 in Ames, Iowa to parents Ariel Andrew Andersen and Ines Morgan Andersen. He went on to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in Central America, in 1956, primarily in Guatemala. He married Maria Bernard on January 20, 1959. Beginning in 1959, Andersen served in the United States Army as a medical specialist. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1963 with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish. After working for the Andersen Samplers and Consulting Service, he founded the Guatemalan Foundation with the help of his father, Ariel Andrew Andersen, which worked to provide humanitarian aid and education to thousands of Guatemalans. Later in life, he worked to produce "The High Unita Mountains: A Complete Guide to High Adventure in Utah's Alpine Wonderland" through wilderness exploration and documentation.


2 item (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Cordell Andersen in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Cordell Andersen; 1975.


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

Register of Cordell M. Andersen letter
Patsy Shin Hernandez
2010 August 3
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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