The building of A Peoples' History of Utah

The building of A Peoples' History of Utah

Dates: 1989

Contains one videocassette titled The Building of A Peoples History of Utah, about the making of Dean L. May's miniseries A Peoples' History of Utah. It is a short video on the production team. Dated 1989.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: May, Dean L.
  • Call Number: MSS 8205
  • 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
Collection materials are arranged in their original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the The Building of A People's History of Utah must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Located in Box 595.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8205; The Building of a Peoples' History of Utah; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8205; LTPSC.
Custodial History
Found in the 20th Century Workroom in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Found; 20th Century Workroom; 2013.
Subject Terms
City and Town Life; Historians--Utah--History; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Classes; Social Life and Customs; Territorial Government
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, 2007.) Contains a video on the history of Utah.
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Finding Aid Title
Building of A People's History of Utah
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-23T04:36-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Dean Lowe May (1938-2003) was a historian in Utah.

Dean Lowe May was born in Worland, Wyoming to Frank Peter and Wanda Lowe May. He was born on April 6, 1938. They moved to Middleton, Idaho when he was nine. He served a Mormon mission to northern California and married Cheryll Lynn May in 1967. He received a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He then worked for the Church History Department and was a fellow at the Newberry Library and Community History Institute. In 1977, he joined the History Department at the University of Utah. He produced an award-winning twenty-segment series entitled A People’s History of Utah. He did other research on population studies during his time at the University of Utah. He died on May 6, 2003.

Administrative History

The University of Utah (est. 1892) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The University was established in 1850 by Brigham Young as the University of Deseret. The building which housed the University changed over time and the title became the University of Utah in 1892. The University offers more than one hundred undergraduate majors and more than ninety graduate degree programs. It is Utah's oldest institution of higher education. The University moved to its current location in 1900.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts