Gary P. Gillum papers

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Gary P. Gillum papers

Dates: 1926-2010

Collection consists of professional papers and personal writings of Gillum. Contains office files, correspondence, research materials on Hugh Nibley, publications, and personal journals. Included with these are assessments on both Gillum and the History/Religion Department of the Harold B. Lee Library, Gillum's unpublished writings, correspondece and articles written by Hugh Nibley, Gillum's book "Of All Things," school papers and journals from Gillum describing his life and career alongside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and documentation from BYU to faculty alongside Gillum's correspondence with non-BYU figures. Dated 1926-2010.

  • Extent: 39 boxes (19.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Gillum, Gary P.
  • Call Number: MSS 2163
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Privacy restricted until 2061; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged into five series: 1. Gary P. Gillum professional papers, 1970-2007. 2. Gary P. Gillum research on Hugh Nibley, 1926-2004. 3. Gary P. Gillum publications, 1976-2007. 4. Gary P. Gillum personal papers, 1959-2010. 5. Gary P. Gillum correspondence, 1973-2007.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gary P. Gillum papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2163; Gary P. Gillum papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2163, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1993. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1994. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1995. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1996. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1997. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1998. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 1999. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2000. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2001. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2002. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2003. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2004. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2005. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2006. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2007. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2008. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2009. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2010. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2011. Donated by Gary P. Gillum in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1993. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1994. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1995. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1996. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1997. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1998. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 1999. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2000. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2001. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2002. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2003. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2004. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2005. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2006. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2007. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2008. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2009. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2010. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2011. Donated; Gary P. Gillum; 2016.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Education; Colleges and Universities; Mormon missionaries--California--Diaries; Brigham Young University--Faculty; Gillum, Gary P. --Archives; Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005; Harold B. Lee Library
Genre / Form
Research (Document genres); Autobiographies; Diaries
Processing Information
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009. Processed; Eric Wolford; 2016. Processed; Itza Mostert; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VIII, August 2007.)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Gillum (Gary P.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-17 14:05:12 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Gary Paul Gillum (1944- ) is an American librarian in Utah.

Gary Paul Gillum was born June 12, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Paul and Ruth Gillum. Because his father was in the U.S. Air Force, Gillum grew up in several locations throughout the United States, as well as living in Germany from 1953 to 1956. Having been raised in the Lutheran Church, Gillum formed an affinity early on with the Lutheran ministry and music. This led him to study at Concordia College, where he recieved a Bachelor of Pre-ministerial Studies and Classics degree, with a minor in sacred choral music, in 1968. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one year later and married Lyn Ann Ruhland July 12, 1969. They moved to Provo, Utah, where Gary obtained a Master of Library Science degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1971 and was then hired to be the Foreign Languages bibliographer. Gary and Lyn's two children, Grant and Adina, were born 1971 and 1973, respectively. Lyn, however, died in 1977 of lymphoma. Gary eventually married Elizabeth Bayliss and they had a daughter, Annalyn, in 1979. In 1986 Gary was tragically widowed once again after Elizabeth died of cancer. Gary became the Ancient Studies and Philosophy librarian in 1980, a position he would keep until his retirement. While at BYU Gillum worked closely with Hugh Nibley, eventually publishing a Nibley quote book as well as teaching a class on Nibley. He has sung with the fort Wayne Philharmonic Choir, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the BYU Men's Chorus, the Payson Civic Chorale, and the Utah Baroque Ensemble. He has been married since 1987 to Signe Hale, and the couple left to serve a mission to Anaheim, California, from 2009 to 2010.

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