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|Genre/Form:||Speeches; Essays; Correspondence|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Archival Material|
|Notes:||0.25 linear feet
Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
The Mormon historians and historiography collection (1981-1984) consists of copies of articles written by Mormon historians debating whether or not written Mormon history should be faith-promoting or objective.; In 1981, Boyd K. Packer, an official of the LDS Church, and Louis C. Midgley, a professor of history at Brigham Young University, gave separate talks in which they asserted that Mormon historians should write only faith promoting history. This collection contains transcripts of these talks as well as correspondence and articles by several professional historians opposing this position and declaring that it is possible to write scholarly history about the Mormon Church without being anti-Mormon.; Correspondence and Articles; Correspondence; Davis Bitton, "Mormon Historiography: Response to a Caricature"; James L. Clayton, "Does History Undermine Faith?"; Louis C. Midgley, "A Critique of Mormon Historians: The Question of Faith and History"; Louis C. Midgley, Campus Memorandum: "Discussion on Mormon Historiography"; Louis C. Midgley, "Some Challenges to the Foundations"; L. Jackson Newell, "The Purges of September 1993: A Personal Reflection"; Boyd K. Packer, "The Mantel is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect"; Richard D. Poll, "Quixotic Mediator: Thomas L. Kane and the Utah War"; D. Michael Quinn, "On Being a Mormon Historian"; Jan Shipps, "The Mormon Past: Revealed or Revisited?"; News Clippings; Folder 1: Correspondence between Stanley B. Kimball and Boyd K. Packer; Folder 2: L. Jackson Newell's correspondence; Folder 3: James L. Clayton, Letter to Boyd K. Packer