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Richard B. Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8430

Content Description

Collection contains correspondence between Anderson and his parents as well as other family members. Other letters included are from various family members to other family members and document their lives at the time including school, work, family life, and missions. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles particularly related to Richard's parents (H. Duane and Leola Seely Anderson) and their service as mission president and matron in the French Mission, and a diary kept by his mother, Leola Seely Anderson, regarding their service as president and matron of the French Mission from 1967-1968 (she was killed in a car accident in June 1968, and Duane was released and sent home following the accident). Materials dated 1918-1991.


  • 1918-1991


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 Richard B. Anderson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Richard B. Anderson (1941- ) is a family historian.

Richard B. Anderson was born on February 15, 1941 to parents Duane H. and Leola Seely Anderson. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He is an active family historian.

Biographical History

Leola Seely Anderson (1910-1968) was a teacher, staff writer and photographer for the Salt Lake Tribune and co-organizer of Institute and early-morning Seminary in the San Bernardino area; she was the wife of H. Duane Anderson, president of the French mission from 1967-1970, and was active from about 1928 to 1968.

Leola Seely was born East Millcreek, Utah on June 19, 1910; she was the youngest daughter of Arta McLean Seely and Alfaretta Neff. She grew up mainly in Brigham City, Utah, where she taught school at an early age. She graduated from the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, and later from Brigham Young University, and married H. Duane Anderson in Salt Lake City in 1936. She worked as a staff writer and photographer for the Salt Lake Tribune around 1940, and was also the mother of two sons. She was active in literary circles, writing and publishing throughout her adult life. Leola moved with her family to San Bernardino, California, in 1946, where she taught English at San Bernardino Valley Union Junior College. She was influential during the 1950s in the organization of early-morning "Seminary" religious education for Latter-day Saint high-school students, as well as "Institute" religious training in post-secondary education. Leola accompanied her husband to Paris in 1967, where he had been called to preside over the French Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After a year of active leadership, during which she became known and beloved among the French Latter-day Saints, Leola was killed in a traffic accident in Bazas, Gironde, France, just three days short of her 58th birthday (June 16, 1968).


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 volume (approximately 0.13 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Richard B. Anderson in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard B. Anderson; 2014.

Donated; Richard B. Anderson; March 2016.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Processed; Amanda Crandall, manuscripts processor; April 2016.

Register of Richard B. Anderson papers
Catie Freedman
2015 January 28
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