Donald W. Robinson papers

Donald W. Robinson papers

Dates: 1948-1950

A collection of sixteen (16) volumes of journals, documenting Donald Wilford Robinson’s Mormon mission to the southern United States from 1948 to 1950. Donald records each day of his mission in great detail. He relates teaching appointments, street meetings, tracting experiences, scriptures he studied and his own testimony of the gospel. The journals begin with his account of graduation and preparation for his mission, and end with his report on the homecoming talk he gave on 29 October 1950.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Robinson, Donald Wilford
  • Call Number: MSS 6802
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Donor restricted until 2025.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Donald W. Robinson 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 6802; Donald W. Robinson papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6802, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Donald Robinson in 2004.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Donald Wilford Robinson; 2004.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Southern States--History--20th century; Robinson, Donald Wilford; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Southern States--History--20th century; Robinson, Donald Wilford--Diaries
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Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2009.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Robinson (Donald W.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Karen Glenn, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-09-14 15:28:38 -0600.
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Biographical History

Donald W. Robinson (1928-2014) was a mathematics professor at Brigham Young University for 43 years.

Donald W. Robinson was born on February 29, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Wilford Allen and Thirza Cornick Robinson. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States mission from 1948-1950. He married Helen Ruth Sorenson on August 27, 1952 in the Salt Lake temple. They later had seven children. Robinson earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Utah, in 1948 and 1952, respectively. After receiving a Doctorate from the Case Institute of Technology in 1956, Robinson was hired as a professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University, where he stayed for 43 years. Robinson remained active in the LDS church, serving as a bishopric counselor, a bishop, a stake missionary, temple ordinance worker, and on three high councils.

Robinson passed away on November 10, 2014, at his home in Utah.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts