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Adventures of a church historian

Author: Leonard J Arrington
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adventures of a Church Historian details how Leonard J. Arrington opened up archival resources and presided, for a time, over an unprecedented era of enlightenment as he and those working under his aegis produced path-breaking works of Mormon scholarship. Arrington was the first professional historian and the first noncentral authority to serve as church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Leonard J Arrington; Leonard J Arrington
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard J Arrington
ISBN: 0252023811 9780252023811
OCLC Number: 37693931
Description: 249 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Standing at the gate --
How I got into Mormon history --
Counselor in Utah State University stake --
The fraternity of Mormon scholars --
Fhe founding of the LDS Church Historical Department --
Conferences with new leaders --
Our first publication: Brigham Young's letters to his sons --
Other early studies and publications --
Story of the Latter-Day Saints and building the city of God --
A new pharaoh and new directions --
The long-promised day --
The Mormon experience --
Brigham Young: American Moses --
Our move to BYU --
The ongoing process of writing Mormon and western history --
Writing Latter-Day Saint history: philosophy and testimony --
Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Leonard J. Arrington.

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Adventures of a Church Historian details how Leonard J. Arrington opened up archival resources and presided, for a time, over an unprecedented era of enlightenment as he and those working under his aegis produced path-breaking works of Mormon scholarship. Arrington was the first professional historian and the first noncentral authority to serve as church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he held from 1972 to 1982.

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"A follower like me, trying to do a job under conflicting instructions of presures, was like a mouse crossing the floor where elephants are dancing".-- From the book

 
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