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Willard Luce documents and manuscripts, 1960-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 718 Series 9

Scope and Contents

This series contains manuscipts, research documents, articles and photographs published in magazines that were submitted by Willard Luce. The magazines include "The Friend," "Popular Photography," "Deseret News," "Relief Society Magazines," "Mountain West," and "Empire." Included are articles written by Celia Luce and accompanied by Willard photographs. Celia also wrote a bibliography titled "Willard and Me" which is included in the series along with the manuscript.


  • 1960-1985


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 Willard Luce photograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce (1914- 2008) was an author, poet, and educator in Utah.

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce was born December 3, 1914, in Provo, Utah. She was the daughter of Bent Franklin Larsen and Marthat Geneva Day Larsen. Celia earned a Normal Degree from BYU in 1936 and a B.S. in 1938. She taught elementary school in Bear River City, Utah (1936-37). She taught in Spring Lake, Utah (1938-1940). Durning World War II she taught in the Alpine School District. Celia was a writer and had many articles and poems published that were accompanied by Wilalrd's photographs. She died in 2008 and was buried in the Provo City cemetery.

Bigraphical History

From the Collection:

Willard Ray Luce, Jr. (1914-1990) was an educator, writer, and photographer in Utah.

Willard Ray Luce, Jr., educator, writer, and photographer, was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Price, Utah. He was the son of Willard Ray Luce, Sr., and Rachel Olsen Luce. He married Celia Grnrva Larsen on June 3, 1940, in Salt Lake City, Utah. During World War II, from 1945-46, he served in the Merchant Marines. Willard attended BYU and earned a Normal Degree in 1938 and a B.S. in 1947. He taught school in San Juan County, Utah (1938-19544). He taught in the Alpine School District, Orem, Utah (1944-45, 1948-54 and 1955-1973). He taught jounalism courses at BYU (1946-1947).Willard was a member of the League of Writers, serving as state President in 1948-49. Willard wrote numerous stories and atricles that were published in various magazine, newspapers and textbooks. He was also a prolific photographer. He especially photographed the western United States. He died in September 28, 1990.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

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