Ben E. Lewis personal papers
Scope and Contents
Contains annual volumes of randomly organized reminiscences of his life, including childhood in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah; scouting; family; missionary service; education and profession; the building of the Provo and Jordan River temples; and work at Brigham Young University, including interactions with Ernest L. Wilkinson and Dallin H. Oaks. Also includes addresses and poems by Lewis, an oral history, and Lewis family history. Materials dated 1944-2003 (bulk: 1988-2003).
- Majority of material found within 1988-2003
- Lewis, Ben E. (Ben Elden), 1913-2005 (Creator, Person)
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 Ben E. Lewis personal papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Ben E. Lewis (1913-2005) was an executive vice president of Brigham Young University.
Ben Eldon Lewis was born November 16, 1913 to George William and Olena Dorothea Kempe Lewis in Mesa, Arizona. He married Barbara Rae Wootton on October 4, 1944 in Salt Lake City. They eventually had five children: Linda, Stephen, James, Mary Anne, and John. Lewis attended Brigham Young University, where he was elected student body president, and then the University of Denver, where he earned a Master's degree. He was employed by Hot Shoppes, Inc., which later became the Marriott Corporation, for seven years. In 1952, he returned to BYU to work in administration, eventually being promoted to executive vice president. Lewis was active in his community and his church, serving as the London England mission president for three years and participating in the Provo City Planning commission for seven years.
Lewis passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 20, 2005.
Latter-day Saint missionary in Northern States Mission, 1934-1936; student at Brigham Young University, 1936-1940; executive vice-president of BYU and director of BYU Auxiliary Services, 1952-1979; president of England London Mission, 1979-1981.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Other Finding Aids
A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2203.xml
Donated by Ben E. Lewis in 1988. Additional volumes donated by Angus H. Belliston in 2015, and by the Provo City Library in 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Ben E. Lewis; 1988.
Donated; Angus H. Belliston; 2015.
Donated; Provo City Library; 2016.
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Processed; Brian D. Reeves; March 2000.
Processed; Cory Nimer; October 2021.
- Brigham Young University -- Administration
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Northern States Mission
- Home and Family
- Marriott, J. Willard (John Willard), 1900-1985
- Missionary Training Center (Provo, Utah)
- Oaks, Dallin H.
- Oral histories
- Provo (Utah)
- Social Life and Customs
- Wilkinson, Ernest L., 1899-1978
- Register of Ben E. Lewis personal papers
- Brian D. Reeves
- 2000 March
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
- 2009 September 3: GilEADized to correct small errors.
- 2009 September 3: Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance; Ryan Sagers.