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Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection

Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection

Dates: bulk 1772-1958, 1772-1974

A. Gary Anderson and Milton V. Backman Jr., Max Parkin, David J. Whittaker, Lyndon Cook, Russell R. Rich and Clark V. Johnson, all faculty members of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, in cooperation with the historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called the LDS Church), and the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, did research on sites related to the history of the Church. A. Gary Anderson researched in New Hampshire (1973); Milton V. Backman Jr. in Ohio (1974); Max Parkin in Missouri (1978); David J. Whittaker in Iowa and Missouri (1979); Lyndon Cook in Missouri (1978); Russell R. Rich in Kentucky, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Ontario, Canada (1978); and Clark V. Johnson in Illinois (1980). Their goal was to collect, in microfilm or photocopy, photographs, manuscripts, maps, and documents related to Latter-day Saint history. Their efforts were concentrated in state, county, city, and town record repositories, archives and libraries, as well as historical society libraries, and college and university libraries. Thus this collection is really a number of smaller collections, a literal potpourri of research material.

  • Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
  • Creator: Anderson, A. Gary. -- Backman, Milton Vaughn
  • Call Number: MSS 19
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. No photocopying is allowed.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Arranged in six series: 1. A. Gary Anderson and Milton V. Backman Jr. donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1772-1936; 2. David J. Whittaker donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1839-1857 and undated; 3. Lyndon Cook donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1832-1914; 4. Russell R. Rich donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1781-1976, bulk 1781-1905; 5. Clark V. Johnson donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1815-1888; 6. Max H. Parkin donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1832-1976. The collection has been organized under the name of the researchers who brought the materials to BYU. Generally the collection has been arranged in chronological or alphabetical order within the series.
Conditions of Use
The researcher must obtain permission to publish any records from this collection from the institution which houses the original. Permission to publish material from the Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection 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 19; Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 19, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Milton V. Backman, Jr. beginning in 1984.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Milton V. Backman, Jr.; beginning in 1984.
Separated Material
16 reels of microfilm from the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri have been transferred to microforms. A description of these reels is as follows: 13 reels of the General Names Index Cards of the MS Collection. 2 reels of Mormon War Papers, 1838-1841. 1 reel, misc. Mormon War Papers, 1838-1842.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS19.xml
Subject Terms
Mack family--History; Mack, Solomon, 1732-1820; Smith family--History; Smith, Asael, 1744-1830; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon Church--History--19th century; Mormons--New Hampshire--History--Reference sources; Mormons--Ohio--History--Reference sources
Genre / Form
Articles; Local histories; Newspapers
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker, Jane Carpenter, and Paul C. Russell; 1989.
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS19
Finding Aid Title
Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker, Jane Carpenter, and Paul C. Russell
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-13T14:48-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008


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