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Dale R. Broadhurst audio collection, 1979-1982
- Broadhurst, Dale R.
- Dale R. Broadhurst audio collection
- 1979-1982 (inclusive)19791982
- 3 audiocassette
- Collection Number
- The Dale R. Broadhurst audio collection (1979-1982) contains audio recordings of material relevant to Broadhurst's Masters thesis research into the theory that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized in part from an earlier, fictional manuscript by Solomon Spalding.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Dale R. Broadhurst (b. 1947) was born in Boise, Idaho and grew up in Idaho Falls. A member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), renamed the Community of Christ in 2001, Broadhurst has a keen interest in the origins of the Mormon Church and the Book of Mormon itself. While working on his Masters degree in Christian Education at the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, Broadhurst did extensive research on the correlation between the Book of Mormon, published in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr., and a manuscript of epic American fiction composed by Solomon Spalding (1761-1816). This longstanding but not generally accepted theory that Smith plagiarized some of Spalding's work has been pursued by select groups since the early 1830s. After completing his Masters degree in 1982 and dedicating many years to educational volunteer work in Asia and the Pacific, Dale Broadhurst retired to Hilo, Hawaii, where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Dale R. Broadhurst audio collection (1979-1982) contains audio recordings of material relevant to Broadhurst's Masters thesis research into the theory that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized in part from an earlier, fictional manuscript by Solomon Spalding.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The materials are arranged by subject matter.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|Winter Quarter Meeting: new basis for Spalding Theory
|Book and manuscript slide show
Recording of a script for a slide show about the correlation between The Book of Mormon and Spalding's manuscript.
|Weber State College response by Lester Bush
Response to some of Dale Broadhurst's Solomon Spalding research by Lester Bush, a scholar of the Mormon Church.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Latter Day Saint churches--History
- Revelation--Latter Day Saint churches
- Spaulding, Solomon, 1761-1816
Form or Genre Terms
- Sound recordings
Titles within the Collection
- Book of Mormon--Authorship
- Book of Mormon--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- Book of Mormon--Evidences, authority, etc.