Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers, 1928-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bennion, Lowell Lindsay, 1908-
Title
Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers
Dates
1928-1987 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Accn1065
Summary
The Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers (1928-1987) contain many articles and speeches that Bennion wrote, as well as a portion of Bennion's missionary diary. Bennion (1908-1996) was the first director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Institute at the University of Utah. He was also a major leader in humanitarian service and the University of Utah's Lowell Bennion Service Center is named in his honor.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

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.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lowell Lindsay Bennion (1908-1996) was a well known LDS scholar and humanitarian. He was born in Salt Lake City to Milton Bennion and Cora Lindsay Bennion. He attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1928. That same year he married Merle Colton and soon after was called on a mission to Germany, one of the last young LDS missionaries to be called while married. He continued to study in Germany after his mission ended and was heavily influenced by the ideas of Max Weber. When Bennion returned to the United States in 1934, he became the first director of the brand-new LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Utah. He influenced a whole generation of LDS college students in Salt Lake City. In the 1960s however, he clashed with LDS Church authorities over the issue of African-Americans being denied the priesthood. He was fired from his position in 1962. Although hurt deeply, he refused to say anything bitter and encouraged his students to not protest his release. Bennion was quickly hired as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Utah and as a Professor of Sociology. He continued to work at the university until 1972 when he became Executive Director of the Salt Lake Area Community Services Council. During his eighteen years with Community Services, he helped establish the Utah Food Bank and helped get volunteers directly involved in helping individuals. In 1986, the University of Utah established the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center in his honor. The center promotes student humanitarian service to those in the community. Bennion continued to work and volunteer until a few years before his death in Salt Lake City in 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers (1928-1987) contain several articles and speeches that Bennion wrote and parts of some of his books. A copy of part of his missionary journal is also in the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Lowell Lindsay Bennion papers, Accn 1065, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1065.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Mission Diary and Articles, 1928-1960Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1
Mission Diary
1928-1931
2
Youth and Its Religion
1930
3
What About Religion?
1934-1935
4
Improvement Era Articles
1934-1935
5
LDS Millennial Star Articles
1934-1935
6
Youth and Its Religion
1939-1940
7
Week-Day Religious Education Articles
1939
8
Contributions of Joseph Smith
This folder contains pages 69-83 from the book Contributions of Joseph Smith.
1940
9
Improvement Era Article
1941
10
Relief Society Magazine Articles
1945-1946
11
MIA (Mutual Improvement Association) Senior Scout Guide
1947-1948
12
Article about Joseph Smith
1948
13
Trail Builder Lessons for Blazers
1948
14
Trail Builder Lessons for Guides
1949
15
Trail Builder Lessons for Trekkers
1949
16
Speeches
1952-1956
17
Articles
1957-1958
18
BYU Speeches of the Year
1959
19
Ten Commandments Today
1959-1960

Articles, 1960-1979Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Folder
1
Improvement Era Articles
1960
2
Spiritual Values of the Old Testament
1960-1961
3
Six Fundamentals of Good Teaching and Leadership
1961
4
Articles
1962-1965
5
"Jesus the Christ" Series
1963-1964
6
"Jesus Taught the People" Series
1965
7
Dialogue Articles
1967
8
Instructor Articles
1967
9
Articles
1968
10
Instructor Articles
1968
11
Articles
1969
12
Family Perspective
1969
13-14
Articles
1970-1979
15-16
Articles
1970-1971
17
Articles and Book Reviews
1972
18
Articles
1973
19
"Max Weber"
1973
20-21
Articles
1974-1979

Articles, 1980-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
3
Folder
1-2
Articles
1980-1985
3
"Lowell Bennion Night"
1986
4
Articles
1987

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Christian life--Mormon authors
  • Mormon Church--Missions--Germany
  • Mormons--Diaries
  • Mormons--Missionary experiences--Germany
  • Personal Names :
  • Bennion, Lowell Lindsay, 1908- --Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Drafts (documents)