Joseph E. Arrington papers

Joseph E. Arrington papers

Dates: approximately 1800-1976

Contains research notes and manuscripts on Latter-day Saint temples and aspects of Latter-day Saint life, as well as notes and manuscripts on historical moving panoramas. Also contains personal, academic, and ancestral correspondence, along with various personal items and 17th-19th century books purchased at auctions. Photographs, family and business correspondence, family history information, maps, travel guides, and art prints are also present. Dated approximately 1800-1976.

  • Extent: 118 cartons (118 linear ft.). -- 23 boxes (11.5 linear ft.). -- 12 oversize boxes (13.15 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Arrington, Joseph E. (Joseph Earl), 1895-1986
  • Call Number: MSS 4194
  • 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
Arranged into three series: 1. Joseph E. Arrington manuscripts of the Nauvoo Temple , approximately 1930-1950. 2. Joseph E. Arrington panorama papers, approximately 1850-1970. 3. Joseph E. Arrington personal papers, approximately 1800-1976.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Joseph E. Arrington 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 4194; Joseph E. Arrington papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4194, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Items were donated to Special Collections by Wendell Arrington in 1997. Two folders were found in the 20th Century Workroom in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Wendell Arrington; 1997. Found; 20th Century Workroom; 2014.
Subject Terms
New York (State); Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; Arrington, Joseph E. (Joseph Earl), 1895-1986--Archives
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Manuscripts; Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; John M. Murphy, Curator and Amanda Clark, Student Processor; 2011. Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Arrington (Joseph E.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Megan Furcini
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-14 13:52:37 -0600.
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Biographical History

Joseph Earl Arrington (1895-1986) was a Latter-day Saint historian.

Joseph Earl Arrington was born on June 21, 1895 to LeRoy Madison and Priscilla Jane Brisendine Arrington in Reed Hill, Tennessee. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1921 and his master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1923. He married Genevieve Thornton on October 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. They had one child, Wendell Snow.

Arrington specialized in Latter-day Saint history and was heavily involved in researching the Nauvoo Temple. His work included collecting papers and images about the temple in Illinois. He was also involved in researching and displaying various playbills and photographs, making use of photostat technology to make and display copies of such images.

He died in September of 1986.

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