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B. F. Larsen collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 556

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, news clippings, reports, minutes, policy statements, radio talks, articles, lecture notes, art samplings, catalog of slides, art notebooks, and poems. Also includes biographical material concerning Larsen and his wife, Martha Day Larsen.


  • 1910-1970


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 B. F. Larsen collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bent Franklin Larsen was born in Monroe, Utah, on May 10, 1882. His parents were Bent R. and Lorena Washburn Larsen. He began his education in Monroe. He went on to graduate from Snow Academy and then received a B.A. degree from BYU in 1912. During that time he married Geneva Day in the Manti LDS temple. After he was married he resided in Springville. He received his master's degree from the University of Utah. He also attended the University of Chicago and spent two years studying in Europe. He was a highly noted artist in Utah and his work has been presented in exhibits all over the world. A large collection of his pieces is located in the collections of BYU. B.F. Larsen served in many art educational positions in Utah until he received his professorship and the chairmanship of the department at BYU. He served for fifty years at BYU until he was given Professor Emeritus status. During his life he had many great accomplishments including being a member of the American Water Color Society and he was a recipient of the David O. McKay Humanities Award and the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teachers Award. He also had an art exhibit displayed in Soloam at the Louvre in Paris, France.


13 cartons (13 linear ft.)

32 boxes (16 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. B. F. Larsen chronological correspondence and mementoes, 1910-1967. 2. B. F. Larsen collection addendum, 1929-1970.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Materials were transferred from the private collection of the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; B.F. Larsen.


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

Related Materials

For oral reminiscences and photographs, see UA OH 110 and 111, and MSS 312.

For glass photo slide and photograph collection of B.F. Larsen, see MSS 312.

Separated Materials

The following materials were separated to UA OH 110: "B. F. Larsen's Memories of his Father" (2 audiocassettes), and "Geneva Day Larsen's Journal" (1 audiocassette).

Processing Information

Processed; James Cloward and Elizabeth West.

Register of the B. F. Larsen collection
James Cloward
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

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

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US