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Keith M. Cottam papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 5608

Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper and magazine clippings, letters and correspondence, business cards, reports, photographs, notes, research materials, and essays created or collected by Keith M. Cottam, primarily during his time as an advisor to the Hoc-viên quôc-gia hành-chánh (National Academy of Public Administration) in Saigon, Vietnam during the summer of 1971. Materials also include travel records such as immunization papers, passport and visa information, financial arrangements, and news coverage of both the project and Vietnam during the time of the project. Materials dated 1969 to 2015.


  • 1969-2015


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 Keith M. Cottam papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Keith M. Cottam (1941-) is a professor and librarian. Keith M. Cottam was born February 13, 1941 in St. George, Utah to Von Bunker and Adrene McArthur Cottam. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1963, and received a Master of Library Science from Pratt Institute in 1965. He married Laurel Springer on June 16, 1961, and they had five children. He married Mary Bultena Albertson on October 5, 2001. He has worked for various university libraries, including Southern Illinois University, Brigham Young University, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and University of Wyoming. He has held the positions of instructor, professor, visiting assistant professor, adult services librarian, assistant social science librarian, social science librarian, supervisor, associate director, and acting director. In 1971, he served with a team of advisors to the Hoc-viên quôc-gia hành-chánh (National Academy of Public Administration) in Saigon, Vietnam. He also enjoys bicycling, gardening, and free-lance writing.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Keith M. Cottam in June 2012. Additional material donated by Jaren Pope, Keith M. Cottam's son-in-law, in August 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Keith M. Cottam; June 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jaren Pope; August 2016.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy IV.a.i.2, October 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Stephanie Laabs; June 2012.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; NataLee Hawkins; November 2016.

Register of Keith M. Cottam papers
Stephanie Laabs
2012 June 25
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

  • 2016 November: Addendum processed; NataLee Hawkins, student manuscript processor.
  • 2018 April 23: Updated for DACS compliance; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US