Gerald M. Haslam papers

Gerald M. Haslam papers

Dates: 1975-2010

Collection is the papers of Gerald Haslem. It contains Haslam’s personal and professional correspondence as well as minutes from BYU History department meetings. Also included in the collection is Haslam’s own research as a genealogist focusing on Scandinavian genealogy. Among these materials are programs for numerous genealogical conferences, Haslam’s post graduate work, material relating to Haslam’s part time teaching at Brigham Young University-Salt Lake Center and the publishing of his first book Clash of Cultures. The collection also contains History Department memos, department discussions between professors about hiring new faculty members and voting on department decisions, and regular correspondence between Haslam and his students. Other materials concern research trips to Europe and the Eastern United States, including study abroad, and relate to colleagues and acquaintances concerning his research. Genealogical book catalogs and various newspaper articles are also present. Of special note is the correspondence related to the work done by Haslam on the family genealogy of former Senator Bob Dole, which was completed in 1999.

  • Extent: 29 cartons (29 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Haslam, Gerald M.
  • Call Number: MSS 8041
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
The majority of materials are in English. Selected correspondence and articles are in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
Collection is largely in original order according to month. There are instances where months are out of order, but the collection has been kept in the order arranged by the author rather than being rearranged chronologically.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gerald M. Haslam 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 8041; Gerald M. Haslam papers; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 8041, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred; Records Management; May 2012.
Acquisition Information
Transferred from Records Management in May 2012.
Subject Terms
Haslam, Gerald M.--Archives; Colleges and Universities; Education; Education, Higher--Utah--Provo
Genre / Form
Conference proceedings; Corporate minutes; Genealogy; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Joshua Barton; May 2012. Processed; Allyson Austin; June 2012.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archives Collecting Policy February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Haslam (Gerald M.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Joshua Barton and Allyson Austin
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-08-29T14:03-0600
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Biographical History

Gerald M. Haslam (born 1949) is a history professor at Brigham Young University.

Gerald M. Haslam was born August 7, 1949 at Logan, Utah. He grew up in South Salt Lake, Utah, and served a full time proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Norway from 1968-1970. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from the University of Utah in 1972, his Master of Arts in History from the University of Utah in 1974. He obtained his Ph.D. in History from Brigham Young University in 1981. Haslam is an associate professor of history, having been employed at BYU for thirty years. For the first ten years of his employment, he worked as a genealogical researcher for Family History Services (now defunct) which provided research for hire to clients wanting to trace their roots. Since 1991 he has taught full time at Brigham Young University. He specializes in Scandinavian History from the Vikings to the Welfare State; Scandinavian Family History Sources (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland); and Professional Family History Research for Clients. He has also taught classes on Irish Family History; Scottish Family History; English Family History; Germanic Family History; and Northeastern States Family History. He has published a variety of articles on family and Scandinavian history, and two books, Clash of Cultures: The Norwegian Experience with Mormonism, 1851-1920 (Berne, Switzerland, and New York, New York: Peter Lang, 1984); and NFS Grundtvig's Faedrenearv (NFS Grundtvig's Patriarchal Inheritance) (Aarhus, Denmark: Grundtvig Society of 1947, 1998). The last-mentioned book treats the intellectual development of the Danish theologian, Grundtvig, under his father who was a Lutheran Priest in the late 1700s and early 1800s in Udby about seventy miles south of Copenhagen.

He is married to Zulaima S. Haslam, a native of Venezuela. By a first marriage he has six children -- three boys and three girls. He is an avid book collector of local and family histories (about 7,000 volumes), most of which has been bought in secondhand bookshops all over the US and in Europe. He enjoys Classical music, especially pieces by Edvard Grieg, the Norwegian composer. He speaks Norwegian and German and reads Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German and Dutch. In 2000, he directed BYU London Study Abroad, serving about a hundred students. He has traveled widely, visiting seventeen different countries, most recently (December 2011) the Philippines and Malaysia; and in April 2012, traveled to his favorite city in all the world, London, England, for the thirty-third time.

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