G. Oscar Russell correspondence

G. Oscar Russell correspondence

Dates: 1945

Collection contains two letters written by G. Oscar Russell. The first letter, dated 22 May 1945, was written to James L. Barker and concerns Russell's choice not to pursue a position at the University of Utah because of his religious convictions. The second letter, dated 18 June 1945, was written to John A. Widtsoe and concerns the same University of Utah position as well as Russell's condemnation of the discrimination he believed to exist against Mormons.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Russell, G. Oscar (George Oscar), 1890-1962
  • Call Number: MSS 6946
  • 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.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from G. Oscar Russell correspondence 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 6946; G. Oscar Russell correspondence; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6946, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1994.
Subject Terms
Barker, James L. (James Louis), 1880-1958; Widtsoe, John Andreas, 1872-1952; Correspondence; Discrimination in employment--Utah; Material Types; Mormons--Employment; Religion in the workplace--Utah
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Processing Information
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah and 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
Russell (G. Oscar) correspondence
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 2013-07-08T11:07-0600
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Biographical History

G. Oscar Russell (1890-1962) was a professor of speech and language in the United States.

G. Oscar Russell was born 21 November 1890. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1916 with a bachelors degree in German. He married Oertel Rich in 1917. He served in both Military Intelligence and the Aviation Sector during World War I. He was a professor at Columbia University, University of Utah, University of Chicago, and Ohio State University. He helped establish the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1925 and was the editor of the Journal of Speech Disorders from 1935 to 1942. He served as the Chairman of the Division of Phonetics and director Language Labs of Ohio State University between 1930 and 1941. He was a known critic of agnostics, especially those within the University of Utah and Brigham Young University faculties. He died 19 March 1962.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts