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Evan Dee Olsen papers

Identifier: MSS 6124

Scope and Contents

Contains biographies about Evan Dee Olsen written by his mother Katie Olsen and a scrapbook of sketches and photographs from Evan Dee Olsen's time in the Army and as a prisoner of war during World War II. Also included are other ephemera dealing with his life. Dated 1941-1949.


  • 1941-1949

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 Evan Dee Olsen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Evan Dee Olsen (1922-1967) was active in U.S. Army Air Forces 1942-1945 and a prisoner of war (POW) in Germany.

Evan Dee Olsen was born February 1, 1922 in Ephraim Utah to James Andrew Olsen and Katie Christensen. He reported to the US Army Air Forces on August 3, 1943 and captured as a POW November 21, 1944 in Frankfurt, Germany. Beginning February 6 he was forced to walk the 600 mile "Death March" before being liberated on May 2, 1945 in Buchen, Germany. Later in life he was a salesman and draftsman. He married Maxine Edith Coates in Mount Pleasant, Utah on July 27, 1945 and was the father of eight children. He died in a plane crash on May 15, 1967 in Rupert, Idaho.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Katie Christensen Olsen papers, 1941-1949. 2. Evan Dee Olsen papers, 1941-1945.

Custodial History

Donated by Susan Olsen Cook, daughter of Evan Dee Olsen and Maxcine Coates Olsen and granddaughter of Katie Christensen Olsen and James Andrew Olsen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Susan Olsen Cook; February 2018.


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

Processing Information

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Revised; Emma Gutierrez, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2019.

Processed; Alyssa Pitts, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2019.

Register of Evan Dee Olsen papers
John M. Murphy, curator
2008 April
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