LDS Church administration papers

LDS Church administration papers

Dates: 1901-2000

Contains materials related to the growth and organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also contains information about geography and sociology in the 20th century.

  • Extent: 5 cartons (5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. -- Merrell, V. Dallas, 1936
  • Call Number: MSS 3275
  • 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: Restricted. Access limited to those patrons approved by the Board of Curators.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the LDS Church administration 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 3275; LDS Church administration papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 3275, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated to BYU by V. Dallas Merrell to Ron Esplin of the Smith Institute on September 15, 2003. The collection was transferred to David J. Whittaker on June 7, 2004. This part of the collection was delivered to Special Collections on September 29, 2004.
Acquisition Information
Donated; V. Dallas Merrell; 2004.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS3275.xml
Subject Terms
Church Educational System (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)--History--20th century; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First Presidency--History--20th century; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Presiding Bishopric--History--20th century; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Geography; Missionaries; Sociology; Training materials series
Genre / Form
Biography; Files (Records)
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker; 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS3275
Finding Aid Title
LDS Church administration papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker and Jonathan Farrell
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-06-24T14:39-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

V. Dallas Merrell (b. 1936) received many degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Southern California. He served as a mission president of the Utah Salt Lake City Mission and in the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

V. Dallas Merrell was born on 25 January 1936, in Basalt, ID. He was the first of nine children and later in life had nine children of his own. He spent his early years working hard on his family's farm. He earned two undergraduate degrees from Brigham Young University in Economics and Sociology. He also earned a master's degree in Social Psychology from the same university. He earned another master's and also a PhD from the University of Southern California. Later in life he spent his career working for a consultation firm in Washington, D.C. The firm concentrated on improving the leadership and management of organizations.

He served a mission from 1956 through 1958 in the Great Lakes Mission. He came home and married Karen Dixon. He served as President of the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission and was president when the mission changed to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission.

In 1992, he was called to the Second Quorum of Seventy. He served in that capacity until he was honorably released in 1997 after completing his five-year calling. During his lifetime he collected many materials related to the growth and organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this collection represents some of that material.



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