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Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, sculptor

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7396

Scope and Contents note

Manuscript of an unpublished biography of Avard T. Fairbanks and CDs prepared by Eugene Fairbanks. Consists of a collection of stories and recollections from the life of Fairbanks. The biography originates mainly from dictations from Avard T. Fairbanks about his own life, but also includes stories from various family members on specific times in Fairbank's life. The biography covers Fairbanks' early life in Utah, his studies in both the United States and abroad, his work on Latter-day Saint temples, his various sculpture projects, and his personal and family life. The item dates from approximately 1980.


  • approximately 1980


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 Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, Sculptor must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Eugene F. Fairbanks (b. 1921) is a retired physician and author. He is the son of Avard T. Fairbanks.

Eugene F. Fairbanks was born in 1921 in Eugene, Oregon to Avard T. Fairbanks and Beatrice Maude Fox. He assisted his father with modeling, plaster casting and photography for sculpture while his father worked as a university professor. Eugene studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He served as a transport durgeon in the Army Medical Corps and then worked as a family physician in Washington state until retiring in 1995. Eugene also authored several books about his father's sculptures and art techniques. He and his wife Florence had five sons and five daughters.


1 box (0.50 linear ft.)

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Custodial History note

Donated by Eugene Fairbanks, creator, and transferred to John Murphy, curator for 20th century Mormon and Western manuscripts, by Tom Wells, curator for photographic collections, in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Eugene Fairbanks; 2017.

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III).

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Avard T. Fairbanks papers (MSS 5866).


Title comes from the formal title of the biography "Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, Sculptor" donated by Eugene Fairbanks.


Five folders, four of which contain the typed biography "Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, Sculptor." The fifth folder contains the "Biography and Creativity" CDs prepared by Eugene Fairbanks.

Processing Information note

Processed; Mary Downs; 2009. Processed; Brynne Karlinsey; 2019.

Register of Life of Avard T. Fairbanks, Sculptor
Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
27 July 2009
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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