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A. Dean Larsen Yellowstone bibliography files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9397

Scope and Contents

Collection contains files and records used in the creation of the Yellowstone bibliography. Most of these files are citations and reference lists found by A. Dean Larsen during his research. Much of the research focused on the history of Yellowstone, its wildlife and forest preservation, and personal accounts of the park. Materials dated 1998 to 2005.


  • 1998-2005


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Aral Dean Larsen was born August 23, 1930, in Vineyard, Utah, to Vera Alice Austin and Ariel Ellis Larsen. He attended Lincoln High School in Orem where he was president of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and a student assistant for the school library. After graduating from high school, he entered Brigham Young University (BYU), focusing his study on history and geography. After serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he returned to his studies at BYU and obtained student employment in the University Library. When he graduated from the university with a major in history, the Korean War was under way and he was drafted to serve in the army. Serving in Germany, he had extensive opportunities to travel throughout Europe, imbuing him with an appreciation for the arts, museums, libraries, book shops, rare book dealers, etc. Dean returned home from his tour of duty with the army in the fall of 1956 and was hired full-time at the BYU library. In 1958, he married Jean Maycock and they had four children. He completed his master's in library science in 1960. The next year he was appointed Director for Collection Development, in which position he acted until his retirement in 1993. Dean was largely the architect for the Harold B. Lee Library's collection growth during the years from 1960 to 1990. Due to his love of rare books, he also contributed significantly to the development of Brigham Young University's special collections. The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference was created to honor him and is held every year. Dean died on May 29, 2002.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Found in Lyn Clayton's office after his retirement as curator of the Yellowstone Collection. He received the files from Russ Taylor in 2015, who was given the files from A. Dean Larsen in the early 2000s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Russ Taylor; 2015.


University Archives (Departmental records, 2015), Yellowstone National Park Collection Development Policy (2019).

Processing Information

Processed; Ashley Chase; 2020.

Register of A. Dean Larsen Yellowstone bibliography files
In Progress
Ashley Chase
2020 February 24
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