The Thomas A. Blakely papers consist of research materials used in the writing of a paper titled "The Swearing Elders" presented by Blakely at the Sunstone Symposium, August 1985. The "Swearing Elders" were a group of mostly LDS university faculty under the leadership of Sterling M. McMurrin of the University of Utah who organized a study group to discuss Mormon-related topics. They were accused of anti-Mormon activities by some leaders of the LDS Church. Materials include correspondence, typescripts of interviews with some of the "elders," invitations to meetings and responses, clippings, and a transcript of a symposium on education, 1950.
The Lowry Nelson papers (1906-1985) consists of the personal and professional papers of Lowry Nelson, a rural sociologist born in Utah. Included are autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, research, writings, publications, and speeches.