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Kenneth Dale Wells papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1611

Scope and Contents note

Includes an autobiography and autobiographical material on Wells, personal and family correspondence, speeches, photographs, professional files, retirement papers, and extensive research files on individuals. Also includes awards, photographs, and memorabilia concerning the Freedoms Foundation, and items regarding the origin of the Family Foundation of America. Includes extensive information on his wife, Ruth E. Wells. Materials date from 1949 to 1987.


  • 1908-1992


Conditions Governing Access note

Donor restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Kenneth D. Wells autobiographical files must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Kenneth Dale Wells (1908-1998) founded the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and the Family Foundation of America.

Kenneth Dale Wells, 1908-1998, founded the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in 1949. He oversaw employer-employee relations for Union Oil from 1939 to 1949, served as chairman of the Freedoms Foundation and built its campus, and worked closely with its president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. He retired in 1970, but was a candidate for Congress 2 years later. After retirement, he and his wife, Ruth, established the Family Foundation of America, working with schools and orphanages in El Salvador.


3 oversize boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

16 boxes (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Kenneth D. Wells autobiographical files contain personal papers, research, and photographs and materials dealing with Ken and Ruth's work with the Family Foundation in El Salvador, as well as with the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

Original collection sent to the library by Dr. and Mrs. Wells in 1995; three additional boxes of oversize material donated later in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Dr. and Mrs. Wells; 1983-1992, 1995.

Appraisal note

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

Processing Information note

Processed; John Murphy, curator, and Amanda Clark, student processor; 2008.

Register of Kenneth D. Wells papers
Amanda C. Clark
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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