Hugh Nibley papers

Hugh Nibley papers

Dates: approximately 1844-2008, bulk approximately 1940-2000

Contains the personal and professional papers of Nibley. Includes research notes, manuscripts, photographs, publications, personal papers, and ephemera that document his work as a Mormon scholar, a professor, and a father. Materials date approximately 1844 to 2008.

  • Extent: 296 boxes (148 linear ft.). -- 2 cartons (2 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005
  • Call Number: MSS 2721
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English, with some materials in German, French, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Coptic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Russian.
Arranged in seven series: 1. Hugh Nibley family and personal papers, 1920-2006. 2. Hugh Nibley education papers, approximately 1886-1989. 3. Hugh Nibley professional papers, 1844-2003. 4. Hugh Nibley publications and writings, approximately 1911-2008. 5. Hugh Nibley photographs, approximately 1898-2000. 6. Hugh Nibley ephemera, approximately 1920-2000. 7. Hugh Nibley sound recordings, 1964, 1987-1988.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Hugh Nibley 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 2721; Hugh Nibley papers; 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2721, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Phyllis Draper Nibley in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Phyllis Draper Nibley; February 11, 2009.
Subject Terms
Religion; Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Language and Languages; Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005; Nibley, Hugh, 1910-2005--Archives; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Genre / Form
Publications; Letters; Research (Document genres); Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, Jon Rainey, Julie Slater, Sarah Phipps Heaton, Marissa Jensen, Rachel Hunt, Sally McDonald, Brittany Chapman, John Crawford, Anela Ormsby, Rachael Givens, and Mary Downs, student manuscript processors, John M. Murphy, curator, and Gary P. Gillum, emeritus librarian; 2011. Processed; Sadie Julian; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Nibley (Hugh) papers
Finding Aid Author
Gary Gillum and Sadie Julian
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-04-01 11:22:19 -0600.
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Biographical History

Hugh Nibley (1910-2005) was a religion professor and author in Utah. He is well known for his writings on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Winder Nibley was born March 27, 1910 to Alexander and Agnes Sloan Nibley in Portland, Oregon. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1927 to 1929. Nibley received a PhD in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley after already graduating in history from UCLA with highest honors in 1934. He then served in the United States Army during the Second World War. In 1946 he married Phyllis Ann Draper and together they had nine children. Nibley began teaching ancient scripture and ancient history at Brigham Young University also in 1946 and he retired in 1975. He is well known as an apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Nibley died in Provo, Utah on February 24, 2005.

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