Reed C. Durham audiocassette

Reed C. Durham audiocassette

Dates: 1978

Audiocassette tape containing a lecture by Reed C. Durham entitled "Masons of Mormons" from the Mormon Historical Association meeting 1978.

  • Extent: 1 sound cassette: analog
  • Creator: Durham, Reed C.
  • Call Number: MSS 7621
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
This collection has been kept in its original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Reed C. Durham audiocassette 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 7621; Reed C. Durham audiocassette; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU. Following citations: MSS 7621, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by an unknown source in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; unknown; 1989.
Subject Terms
Freemasonry--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; Mormonism; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--19th century; Religion
Genre / Form
Audiocassettes; Histories; Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Processing Information
Processed; Kiren Dulai, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
This collection provides insight into the works of the Mormon Historical Association. Collected in LDS scholarship and historiography (2oth Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Durham (Reed C.) audiocassette
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kiren Dulai
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:39-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Reed C. Durham (b. 1930) is a Mormon historian in Utah.

Reed C. Durham was born in Long Beach, California, in 1930. He married Faye L. Davis and they began having children whilst Durham was attending college in Logan. Durham received his M.S. from the department of Speech at Utah State Agricultural College in 1957. While in school, Reed began teaching within the Church Educational System. He was elected National Vice President of Lambda Delta Sigma- an LDS Fraternity in 1959. Following this, he attended Brigham Young University where he obtained his PhD in History, graduating in 1965. In 1966, Reed C. Durham became associate director of LDS Churchs' Institute of Religion which was adjacent to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Not only this, but he was also a member of the church's Sunday school general board and was a ward Sunday school teacher. He later went on to teach religion at Brigham Young University where he was awarded the Division Faculty Teaching Award in 1972. Reed C. Durham was also very active within the historical community; he was involved with the Organization of American Historians in the 1960s. In 1970, Reed and several others formed a committee that consulted the creation of the LDS church historical department. In 1974, he took a year off as institute director in order to work on a book in the churchs' 16-volume sesquicentennial history to be published in 1980. Reed C. Durham served as the eighth President of the Mormon History Association in 1973, with his service ending in 1974. While he was President of the Mormon History Association, the Journal of Mormon History was launched. It was in 1974 that Durham delivered a controversial Presidential speech to the Mormon Historical Association which startled many in the Latter-day Saint community causing him to withdraw from future participation in the Mormon Historical Association. After his year of research, Durham decided to teach institute fulltime and continue with his research. In 1995, he taught Brigham Young University's study abroad program in Nauvoo, Illinois. Following this he served as a service missionary at Brigham Young University-Hawaii from the years of 1996-1999.

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