Thomas G. Alexander papers

Thomas G. Alexander papers

Dates: 1953-2009

Collection contains the professional and personal papers of Thomas G. Alexander, dated 1954-2009. The professional papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, articles, awards, manuscript drafts, newspaper articles, posters, photographs, questionnaires, outlines, and audiocassettes. These materials pertain to research, students, committees, professional organizations, and courses taught by Dr. Alexander. The personal papers pertain to the U.S. Army and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Extent: 17 cartons (17 linear ft.). -- 119 boxes (59.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Alexander, Thomas G., 1935. -- Sadler, Richard W., 1940
  • Call Number: MSS 1970
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Access restricted. The materials shall be accessed by permission of Thomas G. Alexander until his death. Permission to access materials shall be granted by permission of Thomas G. Alexander’s wife or his daughter, Tracy Lee Alexander Zappala, for ten (10) years following the death of Thomas G. Alexander. If the L. Tom Perry Special Collections is unable to contact either his wife or daughter, then the University Archivist will make access decisions. Ten (10) years following the Thomas G. Alexander the materials will be available for research without restriction.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged into six series: I. Thomas G. Alexander correspondence, 1963-2009; II. Thomas G. Alexander publications records, 1964-2003; III. Thomas G. Alexander office records, 1954-2004; IV. Thomas G. Alexander personal papers, 1954-2005; V. Thomas G. Alexander Edgemont Stake records, 1978-1982; VI. Thomas G. Alexander teaching and subject records, 1960-2009. The materials have been left in the original order which appears to be grouped by like subject with some chronological and alphabetical order present.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas G. Alexander papers 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 1970; Thomas G. Alexander papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1970, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management in March 2004 and January 2007. Donated by Thomas G. Alexander in July 2009.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; March 2004. Transferred; Records Management; January 2007. Donated; Thomas G. Alexander; July 2009.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Related Material
See also Forest Service Region IV research materials, 1827-1984 (MSS 1609).
Subject Terms
Alexander, Thomas G., 1935---Archives; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Colleges and Universities; Education; Provo (Utah)
Genre / Form
Articles; Audiocassettes; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Corporate minutes; Drafts (Documents); Letters; Outlines; Photographs; Posters; Questionnaires; Reports
Processing Information
Processed; Natalie Fisher; March 2004. Processed; Cory Nimer; July 2004. Processed; Matthew Leavitt; February 2007 and August 2009.
Appraisal Information
Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Alexander (Thomas G.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Leavitt
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-20T04:22-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Thomas G. Alexander (b. 1935) was a professor at Brigham Young University and authored a number of award winning books concerning Latter-day Saint and Utah history.

Thomas G. Alexander was a professor of Utah history and American Environmental history at Brigham Young University from 1964 to 2004. He has served in many positions at the University including Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western History and director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Thomas G. Alexander was born in Logan, Utah on August 8, 1935 to Glen M. and Violet B. Alexander. He married Marilyn Johns of Ogden on August 15, 1959. They are the parents of five children and have six grandchildren.

He attended schools in Ogden, and earned an A. S. from Weber State University (1955), a B. S. (1960) and M. S. (1961) from Utah State University, and a Ph. D. in American History from the University of California at Berkeley (1965). From 1956 to 1958 he served in the West German Mission.

He taught at BYU from 1964 to 2004, where he has the Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western American History and also the Director of Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. He taught Utah history and American environmental history. He has also taught at Utah State University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Southern Illinois University (where he held a National Historical Records Commission Fellowship), and the University of Utah. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 24 books and monographs, more than 125 scholarly articles, and scores of reviews and scholarly presentations. He has also consulted with a number of national and international organizations and law firms and on a number of television programs on the history of Utah and the Latter-day Saints.

At BYU he has served as chair of the Faculty Advisory Council, and he has received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, the highest faculty honor bestowed by the university.

He has won a number of awards for his publications. These include prizes for Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930 and Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff, a Mormon Prophet. His book, Utah: The Right Place was commissioned by the State of Utah as the official centennial history, and it is used in a number of institutions as a text for Utah history.

He has served as president of the Pacific Branch of the American Historical Association; the Mormon History Association; the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; and the Association of Utah Historians; and as chair of the Utah Board of State History and the Utah Humanities Council. He is currently Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

He is a fellow of the Utah State Historical Society and the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Weber State University awarded him their Emeriti Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

He has served in a large number of church positions including as a member of four bishoprics (including as a bishop), as a stake high councilman, and as ward and stake executive secretary. In 2004, after his retirement, he served an LDS Church Educational System mission in Berlin, Germany with his wife.

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