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Paul R. Nielsen papers

Identifier: MSS 7741

Scope and Contents

Includes Paul Richards Nielsen's daily planners, which has lists of Paul Nielsen's daily appointments and other notes from the day (usually written in Spanish), with long-term goals. Includes letters from Nielsen's mission in Argentina and Germany, with other letters from his family, updating on news. There are weekly reports where the number of contacts made, lessons taught, and hours spend tracting are recorded. Collection also contains Nielsen's educational materials, like exam papers on Latin American History. There are also labeled maps of South America. Also includes papers from the educations of Nielsen's children, Peter and Julie Anne. The last series contains records of Nielsen's work in the Department of Defense, including administration files for the ASVAB test, awards, retirement records, and performance reviews. This file also contains documents of Nielsen's life, like his last will and testament, a journal with his thoughts, and the contract from his divorce from Alicia Nielsen.


  • approximately 1965-2009


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2044; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Paul Richards and Gloria Venegas Torres Nielsen family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paul R. Nielsen (born 1944) is a Mormon civil servant in Murray, Utah.

Paul R. Nielsen was born July 3, 1944. His parents names are Arthur H. and Vera Richards Nielsen. He married a woman named Alicia in 1978 and had two children with her, Julie Anne and Peter. Alicia also had a son from a previous relationship, named Victor Falcon. Paul worked in the Defense Department as a Test Coordinator for the ASVAB test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). In this job, he worked with school administrators, recruiting services, and the Office of Personnel Management to schedule over 212 tests per year for 23 years. After several marital and family problems arose, Paul and Alicia divorced in 1996. He then met Gloria Venegas Torres Nielsen and they were married on November 3, 2001. Gloria was previously married to man named Camilo Torres from 1966-1999. They had four children, of which Paul is their stepfather. Paul is retired, and he and Gloria currently reside in Murray, Utah.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Organizaed into four series: 1. Paul R. Nielsen daily planners, circa 1995-2009. 2. Paul R. Nielsen missionary letters, circa 1967-1971. 3. Paul R. Nielsen educational materials, circa 1967-2002. 4. Paul R. Nielsen personal documents, circa 1965-2009.

Custodial History

Donated by Paul Richards Nielsen and Gloria Venegas Torres Nielsen in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Richards Nielsen and Gloria Venegas Torres Nielsen; 2011.


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

Contains materials pertaining to a Mormon family.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of the Paul R. Nielsen papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
March 2012
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