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Family Foundation of America records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1610

Scope and Contents

Business records of Kenneth Dale Wells' Family Foundation of America. Includes an autobiography and biographical material of Wells and his wife Ruth, speeches, photographs, professional files, retirement papers, and extensive research files on individuals. Professional files include meeting minutes, reports, project files, publicity , and correspondence. Also includes some material on Freedoms Foundation. Largely focuses on the international activities of the Family Foundation. Central American civil warfare, effects of land mines on children, orphanages, artificial limbs. Wells worked in Guatemala and El Salvador. He worked with Jose Napoleon Duarte to establish and orphanage in El Salvador.


  • 1977-1992


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 Family Foundation of America collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Oversaw employer-employee realations for Union Oil, 1939-1949. Founded Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1949, served as chairman of the board, built the foundation's campus, and worked closely with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Retiree, 1970. Founded Family Foundation after retirement. Through it he and his wife Ruth worked with schools and orphanages in El Salvador.


80 boxes (40 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Author, Edgewater, Florida, gift, 1992.


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

Register of Family Foundation of America records
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 13
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