David J. Buerger papers, 1842-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Buerger, David John, 1955-
Title
David J. Buerger papers
Dates
1842-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
18 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0622
Summary
The David J. Buerger papers (1820-1986) contain correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of papers (both published and unpublished), newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts where the originals are stored in other archival repositories, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works. The largest body of documents on any one subject pertains to temple ceremonies and ordinances. Buerger compiled a file of one hundred and one published articles written between 1842 and 1985 which describe temple ceremonies. His other interests included the Adam-God doctrine, polygamy, fundamentalism, anti-Mormon writings, and all issues which have involved conflict between church officials and Mormon scholars. Among the latter are evolution, blacks and the priesthood, prophetic infallibility, and education at Brigham Young University.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

David John Buerger was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was the first of three children born to parents who were members of the Lutheran Church. The family lived in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri while David was growing up, finally settling permanently in California in 1968.

The Buergers had lived in the Los Angeles area for about a year when cutbacks in the aerospace industry precipitated layoffs and David's father began a period of unemployment. The family was further unsettled when John Buerger suffered a near-fatal heart attack. David, now a teenager, became involved with the anti-establishment youth movement in California, an involvement which was to become almost a rite of passage for many persons of Buerger's generation. For the next two years, David divided his time between attending school and participating in anti-war demonstrations, associating with the counter-culture, and investigating various religious groups, of which Buddhism held the greatest attraction.

In 1972, when David was seventeen, the Buerger family moved to San Jose where, he later recalled, he " began trying to get [his] head on straight." It was at this time that Buerger became interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although Bruce R. McConkie's Mormon Doctrine was the first book he bought after the scriptures, Buerger was most strongly drawn to study of the mysteries--speculating, for example, on the possible whereabouts of the lost ten tribes or on the possibility of life on other planets as part of the plan of exaltation.

In the summer of 1973, Buerger was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The following year, he was called to serve a mission to France. Prior to leaving for the mission field, Buerger paid a visit to the Church Historian's Office in Salt Lake City, where he learned of a recently-discovered entry in the diary of Heber C. Kimball describing a talk given by Brigham Young which reportedly strongly supported the Adam-God doctrine, now officially disavowed by Church authorities. What Buerger saw as the mystery of " Adam's true pre-earth identity and role" was an important part of the scriptural study he undertook while on his mission.

Buerger's deliberations concerning doctrinal questions were closely allied to his own search for a spiritual identity. Speculation about whether or not Adam lived another life before his earthly existence was an essential part of Buerger's attempt to place himself within the Latter-day Saint world view, with its characteristic concern with the progression of spirits. For Buerger at this time, the purpose of life on this earth was to effect a reaffirmation of prior spiritual covenants, and spirit and intelligence combined to " rediscover" dimly remembered universal principles. Six months into his mission, Buerger wrote " Discovering who you really are is a matter of correlating covenants made in this life with those of the pre-existence and fulfilling them; thus boosting one's self into the understanding position of a God."

Characteristically, Buerger linked an understanding of doctrinal questions with personal self-discovery, and saw doctrinal speculation as an essential component of his own spiritual quest, a philosophy which was to color his attitude toward church authorities when he began writing for publication. For the present, however, he was content to speculate privately and await future enlightenment. Buerger's diary entries reveal that most of his published work on LDS topics grew out of doctrinal study undertaken while in the mission field.

Released from his mission in 1976, Buerger returned to California and enrolled at San Jose State, where he attempted to combine the gospel contemplation which was an important part of his spiritual life with the exigencies of academic life. The theories of Fred Holmstrom, an LDS professor of physics, provided the theoretical basis for a paper Buerger wrote attempting to link modern scientific theories with the creation story found in the book of Abraham. Buerger concluded his paper with an expression of hope "that the reader's faith in God and in His power has been fortified," clearly indicating that he had not yet discarded the idea that it was possible to combine intellectual inquiry and faith-promoting scholarship.

Buerger's interest in controversial subjects and his personal commitment to reconciling faith and reason brought him into contact with various LDS dissidents and with scholars whose ideas ran counter to the official doctrine promulgated by the church hierarchy in Salt Lake City. Several visits to Provo in the year following his return from France provided the opportunity for Buerger to widen his contacts, and he made plans to enroll at Brigham Young University.

Buerger was married to a life-long member of the Mormon church who had recently completed a mission to Taiwan, China. Shortly thereafter the Buergers moved to Provo, Utah, where David began his studies at Brigham Young University. Buerger was later to write that living in an area where Mormon thought and customs were the norm was not a good experience for him, due to his " rebellious nature." While at BYU, he wrote extensively on various aspects of what he saw as Mormon authoritarianism.

It was Buerger's undergraduate writing which first brought him into conflict with church officials in Salt Lake City. " Politics and Inspiration," a paper dealing with the Woodruff manifesto and written as an English assignment resulted in a meeting with Buerger's stake president in order to determine his testimony of the church and investigate his possible affiliation with polygamous splinter groups. Another paper written for the same English professor, "Brigham Young University: The Unvarnished Reality," was later published in BYU's student journal, Century 2. This paper, critical of the quality of scholarship at the university, asserted that what Buerger saw as a decline in the Mormon intellectual climate was linked to the increasing conservatism of church leaders. Joan Prusse's rebuttal to Buerger's Century 2 article took the position that BYU's attempt to provide an atmosphere where one could synthesize religious and intellectual life represented its greatest contribution, a position similar to Buerger's own views at the time of his return from the mission field. However, by the time Buerger graduated in 1979, he was convinced that the church hierarchy was hostile to individual doctrinal study.

The Buergers returned to California in 1980, where David worked first as a management consultant and then as director of the Personal Computer Center at Santa Clara University. Providing for his growing family and settling into a new ward left little time for writing. Buerger confided to a friend that he had, since leaving Provo, " experienced a renewed growth in spirituality." It was not until late summer that Buerger began writing again, this time on the Adam-God doctrine--a project he envisioned completing in six months time.

Buerger spent the next several years writing on various aspects of the development of Mormon doctrine and religious practice. An inquiry to the B. H. Roberts Society in late 1981 led to the formation of the Bay Area Colloquium, a study group which held its first meeting at the Buerger home in February 1982.

In the Spring of 1983, Buerger was once again asked to explain his religious views, apparently at the instigation of LDS general authority, Mark E. Petersen. The office of the First Presidency had asked for, and received, an advance copy of Buerger's Dialogue article, " The Fulness of the Priesthood: The Second Anointing in Latter-day Saint Theology and Practice." The article dealt with sensitive material and there was some concern on the part of Dialogue's editorial staff that publication would adversely affect their church status. Buerger's bishop was apparently successful in reassuring church officials regarding Buerger's personal testimony. However, Buerger decided to withdraw from the program of the August Sunstone Symposium, where he had been scheduled to present a review of Bruce R. McConkie's Mormon Doctrine. Not only was he concerned with his own church status, but with the quality of the paper itself. Comments from colleagues who had reviewed early drafts indicate that substantial rewriting was in order. The revised paper was delivered the next year, and published in Sunstone in 1985.

Buerger's growing involvement with the study of unorthodox doctrinal speculations and the resulting conflict with church authorities took its toll on his personal, as well as on his spiritual and intellectual life. After the death of his father in 1984, he and Wendy separated and were divorced two years later. Although he continued to publish until 1987, Buerger's ties with the LDS Church became increasingly tenuous. When he presented his paper on the temple endowment ceremony at the August 1986 Sunstone Symposium, he had to borrow a temple recommend card from a friend to, as he put it, " ma(k)e me look like a card carrying member." Research became increasingly difficult when he was officially banned from entering the LDS Church Archives and Library in the summer of 1986.

By 1987, Buerger's interest in Mormon history and theology had waned. He donated his research files to the University of Utah library and no longer follows the debate concerning the interpretation of the Mormon past and its implications for the future of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The David J. Buerger papers (1820-1986) consists of materials pertaining to his research on Mormon doctrine and the evolution of theology. The collection contains correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of published and unpublished papers, newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works.

According to Mormon historian Leonard J. Arrington, " `objective,' `scholarly,' and `systematic treatises on the Mormons and their culture began in this century as a product of work toward the Ph.D. in history and the social sciences." Prior to this time, writings dealing with the subject of Mormonism tended to be Mormon/Anti-Mormon polemic writings or faith-promoting articles appearing in official church publications. As Mormon scholars increasingly left the confines of the Salt Lake Valley to study at universities in the East and Midwest, it became apparent that there was no forum for scholarly exchange of ideas in a non-official (that is, other than church-sponsored) publication. Partly as a response to the increase in studies of Mormonism by university-trained scholars, several journals have appeared in the past quarter-century which deal with Mormon Studies. Among these publications are Dialogue (1966), Journal of Mormon History (1974), Sunstone (1975) and, most recently, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal (1981), sponsored by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ).

The writings contained in these publications have contributed greatly to what is popularly known as the "New Mormon History," despite the fact that History is only one of the disciplines represented in the literature. Mormon history and theology are intimately connected, and officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter LDS Church or Mormon Church) have traditionally been wary of scholarship which seems to interpret historical figures and events in a purely secular vein.

David J. Buerger's work on various aspects of Mormon doctrine has appeared in both Dialogue and Sunstone magazines. Like many of the authors who have contributed to the proliferation of independent studies concerning the Mormon experience, Buerger pursued his studies as a matter of personal interest, rather than as a professional in an academic setting. His work can perhaps best be understood as an attempt to bring academic methodology to private study of theological issues. Buerger's work is an example of the studies being pursued by modern Mormon intellectuals, many of whose philosophy was expressed by Scott Kenny in his initial Sunstone editorial. Kenny expressed the hope that Latter-day Saints would learn doctrine from one another, as well as from the standard works. He called upon young LDS scholars to " raise the questions, pursue the discussions, and bear the witness worthy of a living faith that is both intellectually vigorous and spiritually discerning."

Buerger published on subjects related to Mormon doctrine from 1979 to 1987. The bulk of the collection is comprised of material collected over a period of roughly ten years, from 1977 to 1987, when Buerger was researching topics related to Mormon doctrine, with an emphasis on the evolution of theology over time. The collection contains correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of papers (both published and unpublished), newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts where the originals are stored in other archival repositories, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works. The largest body of documents on any one subject pertains to temple ceremonies and ordinances. Buerger compiled a file of one hundred and one published articles written between 1842 and 1985 which describe temple ceremonies. His other interests included the Adam-God doctrine, polygamy, fundamentalism, anti-Mormon writings, and all issues which have involved conflict between church officials and Mormon scholars. Among the latter are evolution, blacks and the priesthood, prophetic infallibility, and education at Brigham Young University.

Buerger donated 125 pages of documents and letters from the First Presidency relating to changes in temple ceremonies to the Marriott Library in 1983. Like many documents now in circulation concerning matters considered sensitive by LDS church officials, the provenance of this material is unclear, but Buerger's original gift was reportedly compiled by Tom Truitt. These documents are located in box 24, folders 5-8 of the current collection.

In 1986, Buerger deposited a copy of his paper, " The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony," at the library. This copy is located in box 23, folder 7. The collection also includes Buerger's research notes, critical comments by colleagues, and correspondence related to this article. These items were donated in December 1990, along with the bulk of Buerger's papers.

At the time of accession, the collection numbered fifty-six boxes and consisted of Correspondence, People, and Subject files. Copies of published articles which are available in the library have been removed. In addition, the Ernest L. Wilkinson Diary transcript was removed from the collection and assigned a separate number (Ms 629). The collection was further reduced to its current thirty-six boxes by removing duplicate copies. It was apparently Buerger's practice to make several copies of significant documents, both for the purpose of cross-filing, and for circulation among interested parties.

The collection has been divided into three sections. The first section contains personal material, and is the only portion of the collection where Buerger's original order was disturbed. Box 1, Diary Entries, consists of photocopies of excerpts from Buerger's missionary study notes, notes on telephone conversations or interviews, reports of conversations with professors and other students at Brigham Young University (hereafter BYU), and transcripts of notes taken by others. Originally this material was scattered throughout the collection, with several copies interfiled in various folders.

Boxes 2 through 4 contain both Buerger's personal correspondence and copies of letters relating to various doctrinal issues which have been circulating among Mormon dissidents for a number of years. Copies of the latter were originally filed alphabetically in both Correspondence and People folders. There are no originals of the circulating letters, and some may be of questionable authenticity. There are two cases where letters were written under assumed names. The " Janice Willden" letter was written by H. Michael Marquardt, and " John Davidson" is a pseudonym that was used by David Buerger. The John Davidson letters were written at a time when Buerger was concerned that a direct approach would result in a confrontation with local priesthood authorities. He also felt that the church officials to whom the letters were addressed would be unlikely to respond to him directly.

Section two, " People," contains either information pertaining to the individual noted on the folder or copies of papers written by that person. In cases where full papers or articles are included, the name of the paper has been added to the folder. The People section of the collection is heavily weighted toward persons currently writing on subjects of interest to Mormon scholars, and to twentieth-century church officials.

Subject files typically contain Buerger's research notes, copies of papers which relate to the designated topic, or excerpts from published material which Buerger has collated and arranged in some particular order, often chronological. The bulk of the Subject files are devoted to information about temple ceremonies, Adam-God, evolution, and prophetic infallibility. This section is probably the oldest part of the collection. In Boxes 24 to 26 there are 101 numbered published accounts of the Mormon temple ceremony. Buerger began by filing material according to subject categories designated in a commercially-prepared LDS filing system called Subdex 1. Many of the documents in the collection have Subdex classification numbers.

The David J. Buerger papers provide a record of his spiritual and intellectual development during a period of conflict and change within the larger LDS community. The collection also contains a unique compilation of documents relating to controversial aspects of Mormon theology and history. The Buerger collection provides an insight into the struggle of one member of a small group of self-described Mormon intellectuals who sought to combine religious conviction with scientific empiricism.

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 David J. Buerger papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: David J. Buerger papers, Ms 622, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:Ms 622.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Most of the material here is related to Buerger's interest in doctrinal questions. Diary entries are either photocopied or transcribed from Buerger's personal journals for the purpose of documenting personal exchanges with colleagues or recording speculations about the content and nature of conflicting points of view within the church. Correspondence prior to the mid-1970s consists primarily of letter copies or transcripts having to do with evolution, Adam-God, the Word of Wisdom, and the so-called Negro question. The later correspondence files contain both incoming and outgoing letters, most of which are related to Buerger's research and writing.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Diary Entries
1972-1986
2
Correspondence
1928-1980
3
Correspondence
1981-1983
4
Correspondence
1984-1988

PeopleReturn to Top

The majority of the material found in this section is related to the conflicting views on Mormon history, theology, and culture held by present-day LDS church officials, Mormon intellectuals, and various dissidents. The most comprehensive information on any one person pertains to Bruce R. McConkie, whose theology Buerger strongly opposed. While most of the files in this section contain information by or about twentieth-century Mormon scholars and theologians, there is some information on prominent nineteenth-century church officials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
People: Alexander to Butler
1966
Folder
1
Thomas G. Alexander
2-3
Hyrum L. Andrus
4
Hyrum L. Andrus, "Christ the Son--Our God and Father"
5
Hyrum L. Andrus, "Doctrinal Basis of the Correlation Program"
6-15
Hyrum L. Andrus, Notes from Summer Research Project
1966
16
David H. Bailey, "Scientific Foundations of Mormon Theology"
17
David H.Bailey, "Mediocrity, Materialism and Mormonism"
18
David H. Bailey, "Forever Tentative"
19
David H. Bailey, Miscellaneous
20
Michael J. Barrett
21
John C. Bennett
22-25
Ezra Taft Benson
26-28
Gary Bergera, "Of The Same Mind"
29
Carl Broderick
30
Dick Butler
6
People: Cannon to Johnson
Folder
1
George Q. Cannon
2
Culley K. Christensen
3
J. Reuben Clark
4-6
William Clayton
7
Oliver Cowdery
8
Duane Crowther
9
Dennis Davis
10
Reed C. Durham Jr.
11-12
Richards Durham
13-16
Andy Ehat vs. The Tanners
17
Merle H. Graffam
18
C. Jess Groesbeck
19
Mosiah Lyman Hancock
20
Martin Harris
21-22
George Trevier Harrison
23
"A. Layman Himmner"
24-26
Anthony A. Hutchinson
27
Anthony W. Ivins
28
Duane Jeffrey
29
Benjamin F. Johnson
30
Sonia Johnson
7
People: Keller to Lyman
Folder
1
Karl Keller
2-10
Heber C. Kimball
11
Spencer W. Kimball
12-17
Ogden Kraut
18-21
Stan Larson
22
Anthon H. Lund
23
N. G. Lundwall
24
Richard R. Lyman
8
People: McConkie
Folder
1-6
Bruce R. McConkie
7-8
Bruce R. McConkie Speeches
9-10
Bruce R. McComkie, "The Seven Deadly Heresies"
11-12
Bruce R. McConkie, "How To Start a Cult"
13
Bruce R. McConkie, "Theological Influence of Elder Bruce R. McConkie"
14-15
Bruce R. McConkie, "Theological Influence" Notes and Comments
16-17
Bruce R. McConkie, "Mormon Doctrine" Research Notes
18-22
Bruce R. McConkie, "McConkie's Mormon Doctrine Changes"
23
Bruce R. McConkie, "`Handy Theology'"
9
People: McConkie to Rigdon
Folder
1
Joseph Fielding McConkie
2
David O. McKay
3-4
Sterling M. McMurrin
5
Marriner W. Merrill
6-7
Hugh Nibley
8
Dallin H. Oaks
9
Boyd K. Packer
10
Hal Palmer
11
Carol Lynn Pearson
12
Mark E. Petersen
13
Ronald E. Poelman
14
Richard D. Poll
15-17
Orson Pratt
18-19
Orson Pratt: His Excommunication and Realignment, Material Provided by Gary Bergera
20
Parley P. Pratt
21
D. Michael Quinn
22
Hartman Rector Jr.
23
George F. Richards
24
Stephen L. Richards
25-26
John W. Rigdon
10
People: Rigdon to Strack
Folder
1-4
Sidney Rigdon
5-8
B. H. Roberts
9
Alvin Smith
10
Emma Hale Smith
11
Joseph F. Smith
12-15
Joseph Fielding Smith
16-17
George D. Smith Jr.
18
Lucy Mack Smith
19
Ernest Strack
11
People: Talmage to Young
Folder
1
James E. Talmage
2
Gerald and Sandra Tanner
3-4
John Taylor
5-7
John W. Taylor
8
Richard Vetterli
9
Charles L. Walker
10
James D. Wardle
11-12
Ernest L. Wilkinson
13-16
Wilford Woodruff
17-24
Brigham Young
25
Brigham Young Jr.

SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject files are organized in accordance with a filing system designed specifically for use by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon Church places great value on a lifetime of gospel study, both as the basis for ongoing spiritual growth and as a foundation for living according to doctrinal principles. The Mormon tradition of service includes callings for teachers, group leaders, missionaries, writers and speakers. Church publications are designed in part to provide resource material for a variety of service positions. Hence, church members are encouraged to keep personal files. The system used by David Buerger, called Subdex 1, consists of twenty-seven major categories, with each category divided into various subtopics. The Subdex system provides the core organization for the collection, although Buerger added Correspondence and People sections as he became involved with other church members interested in doctrinal and educational questions not generally pursued in official church publications. The original order of Buerger's files has been maintained as far as was possible in the process of sorting and deleting duplicates. The numbers on the upper right hand corners of many of the documents are Subdex numbers. For more information on the organization of files, see Appendix B.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
12
Subjects: LDS Business to Masonry
Folder
1
LDS Business Operations
2
Sacrifice
3-4
Law of Consecration, United Order
5-13
Early N. Y. Newspapers
14
Israel
15-16
Lost Ten Tribes of Israel
17-18
Annotated Bibliography on Mormon Family
19
Secret Organizations
20-23
Masonry
13
Subjects: Masonry to Witchcraft
Folder
1-6
Masonry
7-8
Ken Guyer, "Free Masonry in America, 1776-1976"
9-18
Masonry and Mormonism
19-20
"Magic and the Old Testament"
21
Magic and Sorcery, Astrology
22-23
Gary Bergera, Witchcraft
14
Subjects: Satan to Mother in Heaven
Folder
1-3
Satan
4-5
Christ's Church
6
Apostates
7-8
Lyle O. Wright, "Origins and Development of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times"
9
Other Religions
10
Catholic
11
Gnosticism
12
Jehovah's Witnesses
13
Lutheran
14
Woman and Womanhood
15
Mormons for E.R.A.
16
Apostasy
17-19
Ancient Recrods
20
God the Father
21-22
Jehovah Does Not Equal Jesus
23
Jesus Christ
24-25
Holy Ghost
26
Mother in Heaven
15
Subjects: Adam-God
Folder
1
Joseph Smith Connections with Adam-God
2-5
Adam-God Paper Dialogue Draft
6-7
Adam-God Paper Dialogue Galley Proofs
8-11
Adam-God Research Dialogue Paper
12-13
Adam-God Miscellaneous
14-15
Adam-God, Journal Extracts, B. Young Period
16-18
Brigham Young Adam-God Material
19-20
Adam-God, Presidency Documents and Joseph Taylor Period
21
Adam-God, Charles W. Penrose Commentary
22
Adam-God, John Widtsoe, Joseph Fielding Smith, Bruce McConkie
16
Subjects: Adam-God to Plural Marriage
Folder
1-2
Adam-God, Mark E. Petersen
3
Adam-God, Spencer W. Kimball
4
Adam-God, Eldon Watson Theory
5-7
Adam-God, Anti-Mormon papers, Pamphlets, Handouts, etc.
8-9
Adam-God, Student papers, Commentary
10
Adam-God in Ancient Texts
11-19
Adam-God, Dated Material
20-24
Plural Marriage
25-26
"Politics and Inspiration: An Historical Analysis of the Woodruff Manifesto"
17
Subjects: Plural Marriage to Socialism
Folder
1-5
Plural Marriage, The Manifesto
6
Anti-Polygamy Legislation by the U. S. Congress
7
Woodruff Manifesto, Problems and Analysis
8
Joseph Smith's Revelation on Plural Marriage
9-12
US and Utah Supreme Court and Plural Marriage
13-14
Plural Marriage and Fundamentalism
15-18
Plural Marriage, Post Manifesto
19
Kingdom of God and Council of Fifty
20-21
Constitution
22
Draft and Conscription
23
Socialism
24
Conspiracy Theory
25
Freeman Institute
26-27
W. Cleon Skousen and Ezra Taft Benson
28-29
Socialism and United Order
18
Subjects: Hang by Thread to Roberts Documents
1977
Folder
1
Hang by Thread
2-3
Council on Foreign Relations
4-5
Trilateral Commission
6
Institute of International Affairs
7-8
Cracks in the U. S. Constitution
9
Speaking
10
Logic and Philosophy 57, San Jose State
1977
11
Introduction to Philosophy
12-13
Philosophy and Mormonism
14
Free Agency
15-16
Religion and Science
17-22
Astronomy
23
Religious Education
24
Methods of Learning
25
Teaching
26-27
Clark V. Johnson, "Key to the Documents Used by B. H. Roberts in the Documentary History of the Church"
19
Subjects, Roberts Documents to Joseph Smith
Folder
1
Jerald L. Jex, "Chronological Bibliography of Documents, Documentary History of the Church"
2
Louis Midgley, "The Question of Faith and History
3
Novak and Midgley, "Remembrance and the Past"
4-5
Views On Mormon History
6-7
Joseph Smith General Information
8-10
Joseph Smith Reflective Essays
11
Joseph Smith Unpublished Sermons
12-13
Revelations, Unpublished, Uncanonized
14-16
Magic and Joseph Smith
17-22
Joseph Smith Jupiter Talisman and Other Connections with the Occult
20
Subjects: Joseph Smith
1820-1830
Folder
1
Joseph Smith, New York Period
2
Joseph Smith
1823-1830
3
Joseph Smith Legal Problems, New York
4-6
Joseph Smith, Methodist
1828
7-8
Accounts of First Vision
9
Revival
1820
10-11
Money Digging
12
Joseph Smith, "Record Book"
13-14
Transactions of the Twelve Apostles
15-16
Book of Commandments, Law and Covenants
17-22
Kirtland Revelation Book
23-26
"Scriptory Book" of Joseph Smith Jr.
21
Subjects: Joseph Smith to Journal of Discourses
Folder
1-2
C. Jess and David Groesbeck, "Joseph Smith and the Shaman's Vision"
3-4
Joseph Smith, Porter Paper
5
Illinois Period
6
Book of the Law of the Lord
7
"Scriptural Items"
8
Death of Joseph Smith
9
Joseph Smith's Bones
10
General Record of the Seventies
11
Western Exodus
12-19
Reed Smoot
20
James D. Tingen, "The Endowment House, 1855-1889"
21-23
Journal of Discourses, Index
24-26
Journal of Discourses, Richards Thesis
22
Subjects: Mountain Meadows Massacre to Bishops' Courts
Folder
1
Mountain Meadows Massacre
2-3
Moses Thatcher Case
4
Universal Scientific Society
5-7
School of the Prophets
8
English Period
9
Gary Bergera, "I'm Here For The Cash"
10
LDS French History
11
International Church
12
"A Notable Event, The Weber Stake Reunion"
13
Lesson Plans
14
Missionary Work, General
15-17
Mission Rules, Manuals, Member Programming
18
Humorous Incidents
19
Preparation For Mission
20
Mission Rules
21
Missionaries, Mental Health
22
Anti-Mormon General
23
Anti-Mormon, Saints Alive!
24
General Commentary
25-26
Excommunication
27-28
Stephen J. Sorenson, "Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction of LDS Bishops' and High Council Courts, 1847-1852"
23
Subjects: Temple Ordinances
1920-1927
Folder
1-2
Temple Ordinances
3-4
Temple Ceremony Exposes
5-6
Temple Ceremony Exposes, Research
7-8
"The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony"
8
"The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony," Notes and Comments
9
Temple Endowment, Bibliographies
10-11
Temple Endowment, Exposes and Transcripts
12
Temple Endowment, "Washing" in Scriptures
13
Temple Endowment, "Anointing" in Scriptures
14
Temple Endowment, Kirtland Period
15-16
Temple Endowment, Nauvoo Period
17
Temple Endowment, Utah Period, Pre-1877
18
Temple Endowment, Committee
1920-1927
19-20
Temple Endowment, Oath of Vengeance
21-22
Temple Endowment, History
23-24
Temple Ceremony, History
25
Temple Endowment, 1955-Present
26
Temple Endowment, Anti-Mormon Exposes
27
Temple Endowment, Worthiness Information
24
Subjects: Temple Ordinances
1842-1974
Folder
1-2
Temple Endowment, Statistics
3-4
Endowment Paper, Notes and Comments
5-8
Confidential Research Files on Changes in Temple Ceremony
1950-1974
9
"Joseph Smith and the Temple of Doom," Bill Schnoebelen
10-15
Evolution of the Temple Endowment
16
No. 1 "Order Lodge," Bennett
1842
17
No. 2 "Ceremony of the Endowment"
1846
18
Van Dusen, No. 3 Mormon Endowment, A Secret Drama, McGee, and Startling Disclosures of the Mormon Spiritual-Wife System
1847-1864
19
No. 4 Narrative of Some of the Proceedings of the Mormons, Lewis
1848
20
No. 5 Authentic History of Remarkable Persons
1849
21
Thomas, No. 6 Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Dispersion of the Mormons
1849
22
No. 7 Mormonism Exposed, Bowes
1850
23
No. 8 Mormon Mysteries, White
1851
24
No. 9 Abominations of the Mormons Exposed, Hall
1852
25
Hepburn, No. 10 Exposition of the Blasphemous Doctrines
1852
26
No. 11 The Seer
1853
27
No. 12 Secrets of Mormonism Disclosed
1854
28
Taylder, No. 13 Mormon's Own Book
1855
29
Gunnison, No. 14 Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints
1852
30
Cook, No. 15 Mormons, the Dream and the Reality
1857
31
Emmons, No. 16 Spirit Land
1857
32
Hyde, No. 17 Mormonism: Its Leaders and Designs
1857
33
Green, No. 18 Fifteen Years Among the Mormons
1858
34
Remy, No. 19 Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City
1861
25
Subjects: Temple Endowment
1866-1920
Folder
1
Waite, No. 20 Mormon Prophet and His Harem
1866
2-3
Beadle, No. 21 Life in Utah
4
Bundy, No. 22 Mormonism Exposed
1872
5
Stenhouse, No. 23 Tell It All
1874
6
Stenhouse, No. 23 An Englishwoman in Utah
1880
7
Young, No. 24 Wife No. 19
1876
8
Young, No. 24 Life in Mormon Bondage
1908
9
No. 25 Abominations of The Latter-Day Saints
10
No. 26 "Endowments"
1878
11
Jepson, No. 27 Among The Mormons
1879
12
No. 28 "Lifting The Vail"
1879
13
Tenney, No. 29 Colorado and Homes in the New West
1880
14
Coyner, No. 30 Hand-Book on Mormonism
1882
15
Paddock, No. 31 The Fate of Madame La Tour
1881
16
No. 32 Mysteries of Mormonism
1882
17
M'Clintock and Strong, No. 33 Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature
1883
18
Robinson, No. 34 Sinners And Saints
1883
19
Sala, No. 35 America Revisited
1883
20
Faithfull, No. 36 Three Visits to America
1884
21
Jarman, No. 37 U. S. A. Uncle Sam's Abscess, or Hell Upon Earth
1884
22
Nye, No. 38 Baled Hay
1884
23
No. 39 Mormonism
1885
24
Wyl, No. 40 Mormon Portraits
1886
25
No. 41 Few Choice Examples of Mormon Practices and Sermons
1886
26
Clampitt, No. 42 Echoes from the Rocky Mountains
1889
27
No. 43 History of Utah
1889
28
No. 44 Trean; or, The Mormon's Daughter
1889
29
No. 45 Tullidge's Histories
1889
30
Bostwick, No. 46 As I Found It
1893
31
No. 47 Reorganized Church vs. Church of Christ
1893
32
Whitney, No. 48 History of Utah
1893
33
Howard, No. 49 Journey of a Tour in the United States, Canada and Mexico
1897
34
No. 50 Temple Mormonism, Gentile Bureau of Information
35
Folk, No. 51 The Mormon Monster
1900
36
Linn, No. 52 Story of the Mormons
1902
37-38
No. 53 Inside of Mormonism
1903
39
No. 54 "Mormon Endowment Ceremony"
1905
40
No. 55 Proceedings Before the Committee on Privileges and Elections
1906
41
No. 56 "Mysteries of the Endowment House"
1906
42
Schroeder, No. 57 A Reply
1906
43
Tuttle, No. 58 Reminiscences of A Missionary Bishop
1906
44
Freece, No. 59 Letters of an Apostate Mormon to his Son
1908
45
Marshall, No. 60 Mormonism Exposed
1908
46
Major, No. 61 The Revelation in the Mountain
1909
47
Jones, No. 62 Truth About the Mormons
1920
48
No. 63 "Hidden Secrets of the Mormon Church"
1911
49
Stead, No. 64 Doctrines and Dogmas of Brighamism Exposed
1911
50
Kauffman, No. 65 Latter Day Saints
1912
51
Kinney, No. 66 Mormonism: The Islam of America
1912
52
No. 67 "Secret Oaths and Ceremonies of Mormonism"
1911
53
Baskin, No. 68 Reminiscences of Early Utah
1914
54
Latimer, No. 69 Why I Left the Mormon Church
26
Subjects: Temple Endowment
1917-1985
Folder
1
Danielsen, No. 70 Mormonism Exposed
1917
2
Thomas, No. 71 Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains
1917
3
Martin, No. 72 Mystery of Mormonism
1920
4
Goodwin, No. 73 Mormonism and Masonry
1921
5
Preuss, No. 74 Dictionary of Secret and Other Societies
1924
6
Vellinga, No. 75 Mormon Mysteries Revealed
1927
7
No. 76 Temple Mormonism
1931
8
Brodie, No. 77 No Man Knows My History
1945
9
O'Dea, No. 78 The Mormons
1957
10
No. 79 Fundamental Differences
1960
11
Harrison, No. 80 Mormonism Now And Then
1961
12
Jarman, No. 81 Temple Endowment Ritual and Ceremonies, Reprint
1965
13
Whalen, No. 82 Latter-day Saints in the Modern Day World
1964
14
Allen, No. 83 "Mormon Money Monster"
1969
15
Smith, No. 84 I Visited the Temple
1966
16-18
Tanner, No. 85 The Mormon Kingdom
1969
19
Holm, No. 86 Mormon Churches
1970
20-25
Skousen, No. 87 "Temple Endowment"
26
Tanner, No. 88 Mormonism - Shadow or Reality
1972
27
Muren, No. 89 "Functions of Temple Ceremonies"
1974
28
Smith, No. 90 Has Mormonism Changed...Now?
1979
29
No. 91 What's Going On Here?
30
Tanner, No. 92 Changing World of Mormonism
1980
31
Witte and Fraser, No. 93 What's Going On In Here?
32
Christensen, No. 94 Adam-God Maze
1981
33
No. 95 Unpublished Revelations
1979
34
No. 96 "A Mormon Temple Worker Asks Some Questions"
35-36
Sackett, No. 97 What's Going On In There
1982
37
Tanner, No. 98 "Pay Lay Ale"
1982
38
No. 99 "The God Makers"
1983
39
Tanner, No. 100 Mormonism, Magic and Masonry
1983
40
No. 101 "Bible-Belt Confrontation"
1985
27
Subjects: Temple Garment to Second Anointings
1840-1980
Folder
1-3
Temple Garment
4
Secret Oaths of the Mormon Temple Endowment
5
Holy Order
6
Temple Ceremony, Changes
7-8
Toscano, "The Missing Rib"
9
Order of the Black Sticks
10-12
"Second Anointings"
13
Buerger, Temple Work Performed
14
"The Rise and Fall of `The Mormon Creed'"
15
Law of Adoption
16
Various Interpretations of the Secret and Holy Mysteries
17-18
Second Anointings
19
A Book of Anointings
20
Early Evolution of Endowment
21
Second Anointing Ceremony Text Variation
22
Human Washings in the Scriptures
23-38
Second Anointings
1840-1980
28
Subjects: Second Anointings to Evolution
Folder
1-2
Lisle G. Brown, "The Second Anointings"
3-4
Lisle G. Brown, "The Holy Order in Nauvoo"
5
Hansen Compilation
6
Second Anointings, Miscellaneous
7-8
Creation
9-10
Evolution
11-13
Richard Sherlock, Evolution
14-15
Hugh Nibley, Evolution
16-18
Duane Jeffery, Evolution
19
Evolution, General Authorities
29
Subjects: Evolution
1900s-1980s
Folder
1-31
Evolution
1900s-1980s
30
Subjects: Election to Prophetic Infallibility
1830s-1980s
Folder
1
Bruce R. McConkie, "Making Our Calling and Election Sure"
2-3
Eternal Progression
4-7
Spirit World
8
Degrees of Glory
9
Evil
10
James R. Davis, "A Mormon Millennial Myth?"
11
Murder
12
Plan of Salvation
13
Premortal Life
14
Repentance
15-17
Jeffrey E. Keller, "Spiritual Interpretation and Scientific Thought"
18
Sin
19
Sons of Perdition
20
Prophetic Infallibility, Overview
21-33
Prophetic Infallibility
1830s-1980s
31
Subjects: Doctrinal Speculation to Religious Doubt
Folder
1-7
Doctrinal Speculation
8
Infallibility
9-11
Infallibility Paper for Sunstone Symposium
12
Suicide
13
Truth and Light
14
Nature of Doctrine
15
Reliability of the Living Prophet
16-17
Follow Prophet and Iron Rod
19-20
Statements on Doctrine, Dennis Davis Collection
21
Succession to the Presidency
22-23
Priesthood, General
24-26
"Oath and Covenant of the Melchizedek Priesthood"
27
Seventy
28
Apostle
29
Presidents of the Church
30
Patriarchs to the Church
31
Patriarchal Order
32
Church Organization
33
Religious Doubt
32
Subjects: Blacks to Book of Mormon
Folder
1-3
Blacks and the Priesthood
4-5
Herbert Augustus Ford Family
6-9
Black Priesthood Ban Lifted
10
Negro Revelation
11
Negro Doctrine
12
"The 1978 Negro Revelation: A Unique Compilation of Events"
13
Revelation
14
Dreams
15
Patriarchal Blessings
16
Prophecy
17
Signs
18
Prayer
19-20
Conversion
21
Testimony
22
Spiritual Gifts
23
Visions
24
Scriptures
25
Bible
26-27
Inspired Revision of the Bible
28-29
Book of Mormon
30-31
"Book of Mormon in Jacksonian America"
33
Subjects: Book of Mormon
Folder
1
Historicity of the Book of Mormon
2
A. D. Sorenson, "Russell against the Book of Mormon"
3
View of the Hebrews
4
Spaulding Manuscript Theory
5
"Spirit Writing and the Subconscious"
6
Book of Mormon Coming Forth
7-8
Robert N. Hullinger, "Harris-Anthon Consultation and Mormon Origins"
9-11
Anthon Transcript
12
"Preliminary Approach to Linguistic Aspects of the Anthon Transcript"
13
John A. Tvedtnes, "Preliminary Survey of the Anthon Transcript"
14
Paul R. Jesclard, "Translation of a Portion of the Anthon Transcript"
15
Glade L. Burgon, "Analysis of Purported Ancient American Linear Inscriptions"
16-17
Book of Mormon Archeology
18
Book of Mormon External Evidences
19
Archeological Evidences of the Book of Mormon
20
Cheesman, Matheny, and Louthan, "Report on the Gold Plates Found in Mexico"
21
Golden Barton, "Rebuttle to `Report on the Gold Plates'"
22-23
Bruce D. Louthan, "Padilla Plates"
24
Padilla Plates
25
Kinderhook Plates
26-27
Doctrine and Covenants
28-29
Book of Abraham
30
Book of Moses
31
Book of Joseph
34
Subjects, Mormon Family to Brigham Young University
1966-1967
Folder
1
Tim B. Heaton, "Four C's of the Mormon Family"
2
Marriage
3
Virtue, Morality, Chastity
4
Adultery and Fornication
5
Birth Control
6
Dating
7
Sex and Affection
8-9
Homosexuality, Masturbation
10
"Payne" letter
11-12
Bergin and Inouye, "Reply to Unfounded Assertions regarding Homosexuality"
13-16
Word of Wisdom
17
David J. Buerger, "Proscriptive Aspects of the Word of Wisdom"
18-23
Ray C. Hillam papers - BYU Spy Ring
1966-1967
24-29
Academic Deficiencies of BYU
30
David J. Buerger, "BYU: Destined to Fail"
31
David J. Buerger, "BYU: The Unvarnished Reality," and Joan Pruss, "BYU: Educating the Whole Person"
35
Subjects, Brigham Young University to Psychology
1966-1978
Folder
1-5
Brigham Young University
6-7
BYU Daily Universe
8-9
BYU Faculty
10
Jeff Holland Administration
11-13
BYU Accreditation Report Excerpts, Ernie's Response
1966
14-15
Freedom of Thought
16
Intellectuals
17-19
Liberals vs. Conservatives
20
Dissent
21
Disaffection
22
Tolerance and Intolerance
23
Harmonizing Faith vs. Reason
24
Iron Rods and Liahonas
25-28
Dilemmas of Higher Education
29
Psychology
30
Psychology 10, Evergreen, Spring
1977
31-33
Abnormal Psychology
1978
36
Subjects, Psychology to Sunstone Magazine
1978
Folder
1
Psychology of Children
1978
2-3
Cognitive Dissonance
4
Conservatism
5-6
Depression
7-9
Motivation, Psychology 365
10-13
Senior Project, Psych 497
14
Groupthink and Brainstorming
15
Perception and Cognition
16-17
Psych 450, Personality
18-19
Psychology of Religion
20-23
Psych 374, Research Methods
24
Sociology of Mormonism
25
Newsletter: Committee on Mormon Society and Culture
26
Society for the Sociological Study of Mormon Life
27-28
Mormon History Association
29-30
Sunstone Magazine

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