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H. Donl Peterson research collection on the Book of Abraham

H. Donl Peterson research collection on the Book of Abraham

Dates: 1964-1994

Contains materials pertaining to the research of the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price conducted by H. Donl Peterson. Includes research files, photocopies of newspapers, materials from books, probate records, and genealogical information. Details the early exploration of Egypt from the 18th and 19th centuries and Antonio Lebolo's travel and discovery of Ancient Egyptian antiquities and manuscripts, Michael H. Chandler's acquisition of the lost mummies and papyri, and their eventually being sold in Kirtland, Ohio to founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, Jr. Dated approximately 1964-1994.

  • Extent: 33 boxes (16.5 linear ft.). -- 1 film boxes (0.33 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Peterson, H. Donl
  • Call Number: MSS 2019
  • 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: No photocopying will be permitted without curator permission. Box 30 is restricted for conservation purposes. Copies of these materials have been provided in box 29. Contact the Supervisor of Reference Services for more information.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from H. Donl Peterson research collection on the Book of Abraham 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 2019; H. Donl Peterson research collection on the Book of Abraham; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2019, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Compiled by H. Donl Peterson from 1964 until his death in 1994. Donated by his wife in 1995.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary Lou Peterson; 1995.
Other Finding Aids
Register available in repository. File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2019.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Educational System; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church; Egypt--Antiquities; Castellammare de Stabia (Italy); Kirtland (Ohio); Publications; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Chandler, Michael H.; Lebolo, Antonio, 1781-1830
Genre / Form
Newspapers; Genealogies; Floppy disks; Microfilms; Manuscripts (Papyri)
Pearl of Great Price; Pearl of Great Price. Book of Abraham; Pearl of Great Price -- Book of Abraham -- Bibliography
Processing Information
Processed; Caitlyn Towne, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Peterson (H. Donl) research collection on the Book of Abraham
Finding Aid Author
Caitlyn Towne
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-10-11 15:41:27 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

H. Donl Peterson (1930-1994) was a religion professor at Brigham Young University.

He was born February 17, 1930, in Lehi, Utah, to Harry C. and Mada Peck Peterson. He married his sweetheart, Mary Lou Schenk, on March 18, 1953, in the Salt Lake Temple. As a young man he served in the Western States Mission, and when he returned home attended Brigham Young University for a B.S. and M.S, and later went on to earn a doctorate at Washington State University. He worked as a seminary and institute teacher for many years and eventually became a religion professor at BYU where he conducted research on the Book of Abraham. Peterson died of cancer on March 21, 1994.

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