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Harvey L. Taylor papers

Identifier: MSS 8065

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the personal papers of Harvey Taylor. It consists of photo albums, slides, speeches given, letters of recommendation, awards, and scrapbooks relating to Taylor's home life as well as his positions as vice president of Brigham Young University and superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. This collection also contains scrapbooks and writings of his wife, Lucelle Taylor, 1894-1983.


  • 1894-1983


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

Biographical History

Harvey L. Taylor was born August 28, 1894 in Harrisville, Utah. Harvey Taylor died on November 15, 1983. Taylor was a school teacher and administrator in several schools in Utah and Arizona.

He married Lucelle Eliza Rhees May 18,1916. Taylor received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and did his graduate work at Columbia University. He was awarded an honorary law degree from Arizona State University. He taught in Weber and Summit counties in Utah before moving to Arizona to take a position as president of Gila Junior College. In 1933, he became the superintendent of Mesa Union High School, and eventually superindent of Mesa Public Schools. In 1953, he was appointed vice president of Brigham Young University and vice chancellor of the LDS Unified Church School System. In the following years, he acted as an administrator of all LDS Church Schools, seminaries, and institutes. Taylor retired in 1971 after working 52 years in education.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor served in several teaching and leadership positions, including many years as a Sunday School teacher. He was asked to write the history of Church Schools, and completed the work in 1972.

Taylor and his wife Lucelle had four children.


3 oversize folders (4.5 linear ft.)

27 cartons (27 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection has been arranged into four series: 1. Harvey L. Taylor speeches, 1922-1965. 2. Harvey L. Taylor scrapbooks, 1916-1983. 3. Harvey L. Taylor slides, 1964-1983. 4. Lucelle Taylor personal papers, 1916-1977.

Custodial History

Donated John Rosenberg and Ann Barlow in July 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John Rosenberg and Ann Barlow; July 2012.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Related Materials

See also the Harvey L. Taylor papers (MSS 1593).

Processing Information

Processed; Allyson Austin; July 2012.

Register of Harvey L. Taylor papers
Allyson Austin
2012 July 2
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