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Nancy Briggs papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3110

Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of the personal papers of Nancy Briggs. Papers include degrees and diplomas, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets and booklets from seminars, newspaper articles about her, and her dissertation about Mary Ann Burnham Freeze. The collection also includes annotated yearbooks, scrapbooks, materials collected while Nancy was teaching.


  • 1942-1988


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Nancy Briggs papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Nancy Briggs (d. 1988) taught at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, the University of Chicago, Murray High School, and Hillside Junior High School. She was also very active in civil affairs.

Nancy Iretta Briggs Rooker Richards was a Utah county religious education civic leader. She was the wife of Paul C. Richards, director of public communications at Brigham Young University, graduated from Brigham Young High School and obtained her bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in speech, both from BYU. As a student at BYU, she was a champion debater, served on the student senate, the student supreme court, and Interorganizational Council, and was national secretary and vice-president of Tau Kappa Alpha. After postgraduate work at Stanford and Columbia Universities, she earned a doctorate in rhetorical and public address from the University of Utah. She later taught at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, the University of Chicago, Murray High School, and Hillside Junior High School. She was also a member of the Salt Lake Assistance League, the Salt Lake Opera Guild, the Pioneer Theatre Guild, the Salt Lake Bar Auxillary, the Utah Heritage Foundation, and the Provo Arts Council. She served as board member and president of the BYU Alumni Association. Nancy was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous leadership and teaching positions on both the ward and stake level. She was also active in the Republican Party, serving as local chair and vice-chair, and as a delegate to county and state conventions. Nancy Briggs Rooker Richards died of cancer on November 13, 1988 at her home in Provo.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection includes materials collected while Nancy was teaching.

Arrangement note

Original order, no series identifiable.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

This collection was donated by Elizabeth Grannis, January 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Elizabeth Grannis; 2002.

Appraisal note

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Amanda Jo Lindell; November 2004.

Register of the Nancy Briggs papers
Amanda Jo Lindell
November 2004
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States