E. Cecil McGavin papers

E. Cecil McGavin papers

Dates: approximately 1925-1960

Collection is centered around the writing and research of E. Cecil McGavin. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and research focusing on the Mormon Church, Utah and Western American history, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection also includes one folder of photographs pertaining to McGavin's research. The collection dates from circa 1925-1960.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.). -- 2 cartons (2 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: McGavin, E. Cecil (Elmer Cecil), 1900-1975
  • Call Number: MSS 26
  • 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: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Technical Requirements
Photographs in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from E. Cecil McGavin papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
A detailed inventory of the first three boxes can be found in the repository.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 26; E. Cecil McGavin papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 26, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Carl McGavin and Hattie McGavin in a number of installments beginning in 1975.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Carl McGavin and Hattie McGavin; 1975-1976.
Separated Material
See also E. Cecil McGavin photographs (MSS P 26).
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS26.xml
Subject Terms
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon Church--History; Seminaries and Institutes; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); West (U.S.)--History
Genre / Form
Letters; Manuscripts, American; Photographs; Research (Document genres)
Processing Information
Processed; David Rolph Seely; 1978. Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
The collection focuses on the writings of a Mormon scholar and American historian. Collected in LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
McGavin (E. Cecil) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-17T04:00-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

E. Cecil McGavin (1900-1975) was a prominent historian of the American West and the Mormon Church.

E. Cecil McGavin was born February 10, 1900. He attended Ricks College before serving an LDS mission in 1919. He married Hattie Parkinson September 20, 1922 in Logan, Utah. McGavin then attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Political Science and History in 1924. He then began to teach seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but moved in 1938 to Salt Lake City to work in the Church Historian's Office. During his lifetime, McGavin published seventeen books and numerous articles in professional journals and Church periodicals. The majority of his work focuses on the history and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the history of the American West. He eventually recieved a master's degree from the University of Utah and did postgraduate work at Stanford and the University of Chicago. After serving another mission for the Mormon Church in Hawaii from 1970-1972, he fell ill and died July 28, 1975.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts