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Ralph D. Nance papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6937

Scope and Contents note

Ralph D. Nance papers consists of the scholarly research and information concerning Nance's educational programs. The collection includes information on the Youth-Ther (Youth-Talk) Foundation, and specifically the Riq-ology Program Nance developed. The Riq-ology Program is an elementary-education program aimed at helping children solve their frustrations and fears through self-talk and positive thinking. Included are Nance's research, correspondence, evaluations, and the artwork created for the Riq-ology Program. The writings and art created by students in response to the program are also included. The collection dates from 1967 to 1977.


  • 1967-1977


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 Ralph D. Nance papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ralph D. Nance (1915-1978) was a educator and educational researcher in Arizona and Utah.

Ralph Daniel Nance was born 18 November 1915 in Rising Star, Texas. He was involved in the Y.M.C.A and Junior Optimist Club in Dallas, Texas, before getting his master's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1946. Before retiring to Provo in 1970, Nance was a fifth grade teacher in Mesa, Arizona, and a counselor for the educationally-handicapped in Texas and Arizona. He was the founder and executive secretary of the Youth-Ther Foundation, and the developer of the Youth-Talk Foundation program Riq-ology. He worked closely with Utah schools and the Brigham Young University Family Research Center on his programs in the 1960s and 1970s, before his death 7 August 1978.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of the scholarly research and information concerning Nance's educational programs. The collection dates from 1967 to 1977.

Custodial History note

Donated by Max Golightly in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Max Golightly; 1995.


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

Processing Information note

Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.

Register of Ralph D. Nance papers
Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
04 June 2009
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