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Charles Ursenbach collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1853

Scope and Contents

Includes intermittent journals, 1921-1971, and daily journals, 1973-1985; photocopied news clippings, primarily about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada, 1956-1981; transcripts of oral histories that Ursenbach recorded with Chesley N. Pierson, Louis O. Brandley, and Asael E. Palmer; personal histories of Elizabeth Fern Wood Smith and Ole F. Pierson; Ursenbach's history of Richard C. Harvey and the development of Romnellet sheep; histories of Latter-day Saint wards in the Calgary area, 1956; and research files on Mormon polygamous families in Canada and writings of Octave F. Ursenback.


  • 1924-1985


Conditions Governing Access

Unprocessed collection. Closed to public access except by permission of Special Collections Reference Librarian.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Resident of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Local historian of Mormonism in Alberta.


8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Preliminary finding aid available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Collection received in installments over several years. Some items, including Charles Ursenbach's autobiography and some oral histories that he recorded with others, have been cataloged separately.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Charles Ursenbach and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher; 1981-1998.


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 Charles Ursenbach collection
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 16
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States