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Laray M. and Blanche McBeth Hansen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6686

Scope and Contents note

Laray M. and Blanche McBeth Hansen Family Papers: The Laray and Blanche McBeth Hansen Papers include two archival series, “Laray M. Hansen papers,” for which there are five subseries, and “Blanche McBeth Hansen papers,” for which there are two subseries. Materials found in series 1 include letters, as well as photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, handbills, and official mission correspondence. Letters discuss Hansen’s mission progress and struggles. Materials found in series two include letters from various other suitors and friends to McBeth, and collected items from her time in Provo and Payson Utah, as well as letters from Hansen, serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany.


  • 1921-1925


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 Laray and Blanche McBeth Hansen Family Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Laray M. Hansen was born in Payson, Utah, February 22, 1902. He married Blanche McBeth in 1925, after a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Germany. The mission was from May 1922 to June 1924. During these years, he accumulated postcards and a collection of books, reflecting his interest in the opera. He also abundantly and consistently communicated with McBeth, who was living in Payson and Provo, Utah. The two were married May 7, 1925. They had two daughters, JoAnn and Betty. Laray died June 3, 1989.

Biographical History

Blanche McBeth Hansen was born March 4, 1904, in Payson, Utah. Her parents were William Edson Mcbeth, and Eva Elizabeth Loveless. She met her husband, Laray M. Hansen, in the Payson schools, where she performed in plays and operas.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Laray M. and Blanche McBeth Hansen Papers are items collected from Laray's mission in Germany sent to Blanche McBeth in Payson, Utah, and early years in their marriage.

Other Finding Aids note

More detailed finding aid available in repository.

Custodial History note

Donated by Russel M. and Janet Billing on 22 December 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Russel M. and Janet Billing; 2008.

Appraisal note

20th Century Western and Mormon Americana.

Processing Information note

Processed; Alicia Lynn Harris, student processor, and John Murphy, curator, 2008.

Laray M. and Blanche McBeth Hansen papers
Alicia Lynn Harris, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator
2008 May 5
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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