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Don A. Buswell papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9632

Scope and Contents

Letters sent to and from Don Averett Buswell during his service in World War II. Most letters are between Don and his wife, Lou Rene Thompson Buswell. Other letters are sent to and from Don and other correspondents. Materials dated 1941-1945.


  • 1941-1945


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 / Historical

Donald Averett Buswell was born on January 12, 1921, to John Daniel Buswell and Indra Christine Averett in Ogden, Utah. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his return to Utah, Don practiced dentistry in Ogden, becoming a leader in many dental associations. Buswell married LauRene Thompson in Ogden on August 27, 1943.

Buswell prioritized community service throughout his life. With Rotary International, he led expeditions to Jamaica to provide charitable dental care. He also served as a member of the Weber County Sheriff's Posse, was a member of multiple alumni associations, and advocated for the construction of community buildings in the city of North Ogden. Buswell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as a bishop, a member of the Ogden Temple presidency, and in the Ogden Inner-city Mission.

Don Averett Buswell died in North Ogden, Utah, on December 7, 2009.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in March 2023 by Marne Boswell Isakson who inherited the materials from her father, Don A. Buswell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marne Buswell Isakson; March 2023.


Western history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.c, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Starrla Pearson, Karen Glenn and Bethany Gustafson; January 2024.

Don A. Buswell papers
Karen Glenn and Bethany Gustafson
2023 November 17
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