Vern Oliver Knudsen interviews

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Vern Oliver Knudsen interviews

Dates: 1966-1969

Bound transcripts of interviews conducted by James V. Mink from 1966 to 1969 for the Oral Histroy Program at the University of California Los Angeles. Knudsen discusses his early life in Utah and his Mormon upbringing, his research work and association with the Bell Telephone Laboratories, his work in various fields of acoustical physics, his work on noise pollution, and his administrative work at UCLA as Dean of Graduate Division and as Chancellor. Knudsen also talks about his mission for the Mormon Church in Chicago, Illinois, from 1915 to 1918 and his other Mormon Church assignments. He also talks about some of his disagreements with the Mormon faith.

  • Extent: 6 v.
  • Creator: Knudsen, Vern Oliver, 1893-1974. -- Mink, James V. (James Vantine), 1923
  • Call Number: MSS 1775
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Interviews must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1775; Interviews; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1775, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Morris Knudsen; 1775.
Subject Terms
Bell Telephone Laboratories; Knudsen, Vern Oliver, 1893-1974--Interviews; University of California, Los Angeles; Acoustical engineering; Anti-submarine warfare; Chicago (Ill.); Colleges and Universities; Education; Hearing; Hearing disorders; Mormon Church--Missions--History--Sources; Mormons--California--Los Angeles--Interviews; Music--Acoustics and physics; Noise pollution; Psychoacoustics; Sound
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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
Knudsen (Vern Oliver) interviews
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Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-02-15T14:16-0700
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Biographical History

Mormon teacher, author, educator, and university administrator.

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