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Levi S. Peterson papers

Identifier: 05-02---001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Levi Peterson's correspondence, diaries, writing drafts, and papers relating to his tenure as a professor of English at Weber State University.


  • Creation: 1947-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 1983


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical or Historical Information

Levi Savage Peterson was born on December 13, 1933, in Snowflake, Arizona. He served an L.D.S. mission in Switzerland and Belgium from 1954-1957, speaking French. He married Althea Sand on August 31, 1958, and he has a daughter, Karrin. He graduated from Brigham Young University (B.Y.U.) with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1958 and a Master of Arts in English in 1960. He received his Ph.D. in English in 1965 from the University of Utah. Levi started teaching English as an assistant professor at Weber State College in 1965. He became an associate professor in 1968 and a professor in 1972. He was the Chairman of the English Department from 1970-1973. He served as the Director of the Honors Program from 1973-1982. He retired in Spring 2000, with his last semester being taught purely online. He was one of the first professors at Weber State to teach an entire semester online. Since retiring he continues to teach one class online a semester. He moved to Issaquah, Washington to be near family. He edited Dialogue: A journal of Mormon Thought from 2004-2008. He wrote two fiction books, The Backslider (1986) and Aspen Marooney (1995); two nonfiction books, Juanita Brooks: Mormon woman historian (1988) and A rascal by nature, a Christian by yearning: A Mormon autobiography (2006); shorts stories; and articles and essays. In 1981, his story "The gift" won first prize in the Christian Values in Literature Contest at B.Y.U.


37.35 Linear Feet (85 document cases)

Language of Materials



Arranged into seven series: Series 1, Juanita Brooks, 1898-1987; Series 2, Other writing, 1978-1990; Series 3, Addendum 1, 1940-1996; Series 4, Addendum 2, 1923-2005; Series 5, Addendum 3, circa 1985-2004; Series 6, Addendum 4, 1951-9183; Series 7, Addendum 5, circa 1985-2005. Addendum files have series that are listed alphabetically and folders within each series are arranged alphabetically. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was received from Levi Peterson (1983-004; 1984-004; 1987-010; 1996-023; 1996-024; 1999-059; 2006-032).

Source of Acquisition

Levi Peterson

Method of Acquisition

Received from Levi Peterson between 1983-2006.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.

Melissa Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

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