Isaac Blair Evans papers, 1911-1913  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Evans, Isaac Blair, 1885-1941
Isaac Blair Evans papers
1911-1913 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
The Isaac Blair Evans papers (1911-1913) consist of a manuscript, research notes, and assorted materials.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Isaac Blair Evans was born on 22 May, 1885 in Ogden Utah. Evans was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Subsequent to graduating from Ogden High School, Isaac was accepted as a student at Harvard University where he earned a B. A. degree in 1908. His scholarly achievements were recognized with his admission to Phi Beta Kappa. A year later he married Grace Grant, whose father was Heber J. Grant, a L.D.S. apostle and future church president. After teaching history at the Utah Agricultural College (1908-1909), Evans enrolled in Harvard's Law School finishing his L.L.B. degree in 1913. While a law student, Isaac spent his summer of 1910 reading numerous books and articles relating to the history of the Mormon faith. A 1911 manuscript entitled " A Brief Critical Analysis of the Book of Mormon" represented a by-product of his research investigations. Following graduation, he returned to Utah, passed the state bar exam, and formed a Salt Lake City law firm with L. R. Martineau Jr. In 1917 Evans became the Assistant District Attorney for the third judicial district of Utah. Within a year Isaac was promoted to the position of Assistant U.S. Attorney for Utah. President Wilson appointed him to the office of U.S. Attorney in 1920, a job which he held for less than a year due to Warren Harding's 1920 presidential election victory. Evans decided to move to Pasadena, California where he joined a firm which was known as Cruickshank, Brooke, and Evans. A 33 degree Mason, Isaac authored a 1922 book entitled "The Thomson Masonic Fraud: A Study in Clandestine Masonry". He died on 7 May, 1941 at the age of 55.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Isaac Blair Evans papers (1911-1913) consist of a manuscript, research notes, and assorted materials.

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Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Isaac Blair Evans papers, Accn 2900, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 2900.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Isaac Blair Evans: "A Brief Critical Analysis of The Book of Mormon" 1911
1 2 Letter: Isaac Blair Evans to His Father 1913
1 3 Notes: The Book of Mormon
1 4 Notes: Joseph Smith's Autobiography
1 5 Notes: Lucy Smith's "Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith"
1 6 Notes: "American Anthropologist" and "A Brief Critical analysis of the Book of Mormon"
1 7 Notes: John Bennett's "The History of the Saints: or, An Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism"
1 8 Notes: Biblical Studies
1 9 Notes: Eber Howe's "Mormonism Unveiled"
1 10 Notes: John Hyde's "Mormonism: Its Leaders and Designs"
1 11 Notes: James Kennedy's "Early Days of Mormonism, Palmyra, Kirtland, and Nauvoo"
1 12 Notes: George Reynold's "The Myth of the Manuscript Found"
1 13 Notes: Thomas Stenhouse's "Rocky Mountain Saints"
1 14 Notes: Pomeroy Tucker's "Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism" and Alexander Campbell's "Delusions: An Analysis of the Book of Mormon"
1 15 Assorted Notes
1 16 Chronology and Westminster Confession
1 17 Bibliography
1 18 Junius F. Wells: "Oliver Cowdery" 1911
1 19 Newspaper Clippings
1 20 Genealogical Material

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--History--19th century
  • Mormon Church--History--20th century
  • Mormon Church--Sacred books--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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  • Evans, Isaac Blair, 1885-1941--Archives
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  • Articles