David S. King papers

David S. King papers

Dates: approximately 1937-1985

Consists of journals, correspondence, speeches, notes, news clippings, press releases, government documents, and photographs relating to King's personal life, church and missionary work, and political and diplomatic careers. Materials date from approximately 1937 to 1985.

  • Extent: 20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
  • Creator: King, David S. (David Sjodahl), 1917-2009
  • Call Number: MSS 1541
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. Mission diaries, 1986-1989: Donor restricted. Permission to use items must be obtained from the donor in writing.
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Conditions of Use
Permission to publish material from the David S. King papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
MSS 1541; David S. King papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
Custodial History
Donated by King in 1985.
Acquisition Information
Donated; King; 1985.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1541.xml
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); United States--Relations--Mauritius; United States--Politics and government--1945-1989; United States--Relations--Madagascar; Mauritius--United States--Relations; Madagascar--United States--Relations; King, David S. (David Sjodahl), 1917-2009; King, David S. (David Sjodahl), 1917-2009--Archives; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Astronautics; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission--History
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Speeches, addresses, etc., American; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Press releases; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
King (David S.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Megan Furcini
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-12-02 12:39:18 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

David S. King (1917-2009) was a lawyer and politician in Utah. He served in the United States Congress representing Utah.

David Sjodahl King was born on June 20, 1917 to William Henry King and Vera Bergita Sjodahl in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up and was educated in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 1937. After receiving his bachelor’s he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1937 to 1939. After returning from his mission, he then attended Georgetown University where he received a law degree. King married Roaslie Lehner and they are the parents of eight children.

King served as a representative to the United States Congress from 1959 to 1963. In 1967, he was appointed as the United States Ambassador to Madagascar and Mauritius and served until 1969. For the rest of his career King practiced law in Washington, D.C. He also served as an alternate director at the World Bank.

He retired in 1986 and spent more time serving in his church. He served as a mission president in Haiti from 1986 to 1989, the president of the Washington, D.C. LDS temple from 1990-1993, and beginning in 2005 served as a patriarch for his stake. King passed away on May 5, 2009 in Kensington, Maryland.

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