Archives West Finding Aid
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
Detailed Description of the Collection
- Book Reviews, Articles, and Personal Papers
- Writing and Research
- Papers on Mormonism Reviewed by Petersen
- Articles on Mormonism and Related Subjects
- Articles and Topical Files
- Topical Files
- Tracts, Booklets, and Other Mormon Literature
- Utah, Related Subjects and General Documents
- Note Cards and Research Materials
- General Materials
- Names and Subjects
LaMar Petersen papers, 1829-2005
- Petersen, LaMar, 1910-
- LaMar Petersen papers
- 1829-2005 (inclusive)18292005
- 11.25 Linear Feet
- Collection Number
- MS 0524
- The LaMar Petersen papers (1829-2005) consist of book reviews, correspondence, publications, and an interview concerning Petersen and his controversial research regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
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
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.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
LaMar Petersen (1910-2005) was born 23 December 1910, the ninth child of Adam and Anna Petersen, postmaster and postmistress at Eden, in Weber County, Utah. He grew up in Salt Lake City, where he cultivated his talents as a pianist. He was the director of the Mozart School of Music for twenty years, and was on the faculty of the McCune School of Music and Art at the University of Utah. Petersen's interest in researching discrepancies in the doctrine of the LDS Church, and in the life of Joseph Smith, led to his excommunication from the church in 1969. His first publication on the subject, a pamphlet called "Problems in Mormon Text," in 1957, began the controversy which led to the excommunication of him and his family. Petersen became active in a discussion group led by Angus Woodbury, which continued the research of controversial Mormon documents. His book, Hearts Made Glad: The Changes of Intemperance against Joseph Smith the Mormon Prophet, about the lifestyle of Joseph Smith, was published in 1975. Petersen died on 16 September 2005.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The LaMar Petersen papers (1829-2005) consist of book reviews by Petersen, correspondence concerning his research in Mormon history and ideology, his publication, "Problems in Mormon Text," his book, Hearts Made Glad: The Changes of Intemperance against Joseph Smith the Mormon Prophet, and personal papers and articles. There are also two bound volumes of materials entitled "Memoirs of LaMar Petersen: Controversies in Mormonism," and "Correspondence on Mormon History," which further document Petersen's 1950-1980 research. The first part of "Memoirs" contains an edited transcript of three interviews recorded at the home of LaMar Petersen with Kent and Mischel Walgren during 1978. In these, Petersen recounts his association and discussion with various individuals regarding Mormonism. The bulk of the volume contains a typed photocopied manuscript of Petersen's "Controversies in Mormonism." The second volume, "Correspondence," contains photocopies of his correspondence and a few articles dating 1969-1978. Also included in the collection are various articles that Petersen collected that concern Mormonism and related subjects as well as several subject files which Petersen collected for his research.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.
Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Box 1 was donated by LaMar Petersen in 1981.
Box 2 was donated by Kent Walgren in 1987.
Boxes 3-18 (7.75 linear feet) were purchased in 1997.
Five tapes were removed to the Special Collections Multimedia Division collection (A0295).
Processed by Jennifer Breaden in 1990.
Addendum processed by Jonathan D. Hepworth in 2008.
Addendum (box 19, folder 1) processed by Betsey Welland in 2013.
Addendum (box 20) processed by Betsey Welland in 2018.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Book Reviews, Articles, and Personal PapersReturn to Top
Book Reviews and Letters
Book Reviews and Articles
"Problems in Mormon Text" and "History of Eden"
"The History of Eden," is an autobiography of Petersen's childhood.
Lists of Christian Groups Working with Mormons
Mozart School of Music Papers
Included in this folder is Sonia Johnson's article "In Defense of Equal Rights."
CorrespondenceReturn to Top
Memoirs of LaMar Petersen, Controversies in Mormonism
This is a transcribed interview with Petersen, by Kent Walgren. The bulk of this volume contains the manuscript regarding controversies in Mormonism.
Correspondence on Mormon History
Writing and ResearchReturn to Top
Petersen Writings and Related Documents
Correspondence Concerning Problems in Mormon Text
Petersen Writings Publicity
Book Reviews and Letters
Petersen Papers for Utah State Historical Society
Papers on Mormonism Reviewed by PetersenReturn to Top
Papers Reviewed by Petersen and Correspondence
45 Abstracts on Mormon History Subjects
Articles on Early Mormon History
Thayne I. Andersen, Intoxicants in the Book of Mormon
Richard Andrews, Mormonism, A Monumental Lie
Articles on Mormonism and Related SubjectsReturn to Top
Book Review: Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon
Bostonia Magazine, "Mormonism, Nearly a Nation"
James E. Chapman, Dissent in the Church
James R. Clark, Article on Early Mormon Kingdom
Clayton W. Cook, Why Should They Become White and Delightsome?
Lee Descombes and Pat Boone, Revelations
A. Chris Eccel, The Role of the Mormon Apologist
Rulon R. Fairbanks Correspondence
Edwin B. Firmage On Priesthood for Women
Audrey Godfrey, "Housewives, Hussies, and Heroines"
Bob Gottlieb and Peter Wiley, "Static In Zion"
Gordon Hackney, LDS Church vs. The Sabbath
Heber Q. Hale, A Heavenly Manifestation
Marvin S. Hill, "Joseph Smith and the 1826 Trial"
Two Articles by Marvin S. Hill
Sonia Johnson, Patriarchal Panic
Stanley S. Ivins, Polygamy Notes and Moses Thatcher Case
Jeffrey Kaye, "An Invisible Empire: Mormon Money in California"
Eugene Kovalenko, The Reincarnation of Joseph Smith
A. C. Lambert, Correspondence and Writings
Stan Larson, Articles
Irene S. Leland, Research and Writings
Los Angeles Times Magazine, "White Salamander Murders"
Brigham Madsen Articles
H. Michael Marquardt, Articles
Masonry and Mormonism Compared
Sterling McMurrin, Correspondence and Articles
Dee Jay Nelson Materials
Oui Magazine, Latter-Day Intrigues of the Mormon Church
Clarence F. Packard Essays
Michael Parrish, Mountain Meadows
Michael Parrish, "The Saints Among Us"
Mark E. Petersen, Race Problems As They Affect the Church
Waldemer P. Read, What Freedom in Local Culture?
William D. Russell Articles
Don Simpson, The Golden Myth of Mormonism
George D. Smith Articles
Robert F. Smith, Oracles and Talismans
Edwina Jo Snow, William Chandless Article
A. D. Sorenson, Russell Against the Book of Mormon
R. Jan Stout, Spectrum of Religious Beliefs in Mormon Community
Samuel W. Taylor, Articles, Correspondence, and Speeches
Kent L. Walgren, James Adams Article and Sentimental Thoughts
Douglas K. Walker, Review of Since Cumorah
Wesley P. Walters, Joseph Smith Family's New York Moves
Wesley P. Walters Materials
Disfellowshipment of Robert D. Bagley
William Clayton, Journal Excerpts
Correspondence with Ernest Cook
Mark Hofmann Materials
LDS Church Discipline
Helen Radkey (Olmstead) Excommunication
George Arlen Petereit Correspondence, Papers, and Documents
Articles and Topical FilesReturn to Top
Morris L. Reynolds Correspondence
Lucy Mack Smith to Mary Pierce
Jerald and Sandra Tanner Materials
John Phillip Walker Materials
John Whitmer, History of the Latter-day Saints, Last 3 Chapters
Woodbury Group Meetings
Topical Files, A
Includes: Book of Abraham, archaeology, anti-Mormon, authority, atheists, apostles.
Topical Files, B
Includes: Book of Mormon, Blood Atonement, Brigham Young University, Ezra Taft Benson, John Birch Society, John Beck, Bible,
Topical Files, C
Includes: Church, Carthage Jail, Carl Carmer, Conformity, Conference, Communism, Civil Rights, Book of Commandments, Centennial Free Press, Censorship
Topical Files, D
Includes: Deseret News, Doubt, Devils, Danites, Doctrine and Covenants, Dialogue, Dissent, Bernard DeVoto.
Topical Files, E-F
Includes: Nauvoo Expositor, Easter Island, Excommunication, Education, Evolution, Albert Einstein, First Vision, Peggy Fletcher, John W. Fitzgerald Correspondence: between Petersen and Allen Fifield; between Rulon R. Fairbanks and LDS Church Authorities;
Topical FilesReturn to Top
Topical Files, G-J
Includes materials on: God, nature of God, Geography and the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and LDS Church History, writings by G. T. Harrison, Utah Heritage Foundation, Hate Groups, Indians, Salt Lake Institute of Religion, Jews.
Topical Files, K-M
Subjects/items include: Kinderhook Plates, Language, John D. Lee, , Joseph Lewis, Liquor, Lost Ten Tribes, William Mulder, David O. McKay, H. Michael Marquardt, Mormon culture. Correspondence: Petersen correspondence with Carlyle B. Lambert, A. C. Lambert, Stan Larson, Macmillan Company, Librarian of Masonic Temple; Mrs. Rex F. Larsen letter to Richard L. Evans; O. Boyd Mathias to John Fitzgerald, Monroe H. Fleming, A. R. Mortensen, LaMar Petersen.
Topical Files, N
Subjects include: New York Public Library, Blacks and Mormonism, Hugh Nibley
Topical Files, O-Q
Subjects include: priesthood, prayer, prophecy, polygamy Correspondence: between Petersen and individuals concerning Problems in Mormon Text, Thomas F. Preshaw, Bruce Owens, Pat Pendse.
Topical Files, R-S
Topics include: religion, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Community of Christ Church), racial predjudice, Dead Sea Scrolls, Sunday School, sex Correspondence: between Petersen and Hartman Rector Jr; Joseph Fielding Smith to Christine Sweet, Mont Woolley; between J. Raymond Cope and George Albert Smith.
Topical Files, T-Z
Subjects include: truth, telephone, temple, tithing, tongues, lost Ten Tribes, translation of Book of Mormon, Unitarianism, David Whitmer, Brigham Young Correspondence: Petersen to Jerald Tanner, Bill Timmins; L. Gerald Burrus to John W. Fitzgerald; between James D. Wardle and Charles A. Davies, Israel A. Smith, Lloyd Treadgold, Richard P. Howard, Dialogue Editors; Wilford C. Wood to Edmoad C. Gruss
Tracts, Booklets, and Other Mormon LiteratureReturn to Top
LDS Booklets and Newsletters
LDS Church General Handbook of Instructions
Mormon and Anti-Mormon Tracts
Newsclippings on Mormonism
RLDS (Community of Christ) Church Booklets
Utah, Related Subjects and General DocumentsReturn to Top
General Correspondence, Articles, and Documents
Mixed Religious Booklets and Newsletters
In Memoriam Eulogies
Justin C. Stewart, History of Sundance, Utah
Sunstone Foundation, Sesquicentennial Mormon History Calendar
The Ten Commandments (Movie) Booklet
Tourist Pamphlets and Maps
Utah Sites, Events, and Language Booklets
John M. Bourne, Utah State Historical Society Assessment
Utah State University, Heber C. Snell Papers Register
Brigham Young University, Speeches of the Year
Note Cards and Research MaterialsReturn to Top
Note Cards for Hearts Made Glad
Subjects include: Introduction, Chapter I, Palmyra, Manifestations, Word of Wisdom, Missouri, Nauvoo, Epilogue, Reference, Bibliography
Large Subject Note Cards
Subjects include: Abraham, Archaeology, Blood Atonement, Caracters, Cowdery, Cursings/Cut-off/Damnation/Vengeance, Danites, Devils, Doctrine and Covenants, Ethnology, First Vision, Geography, God, Language, Manifestations, Masonry, Mormons, Money Digging, Blacks, Plates, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophecy.
Large and Small Subject Note Cards
Subjects for the Large Note Cards are: Revelation, Joseph Smith, Stone, Temple, Translation, Visions, Witnesses, Zion, Intemperance. Subjects for the Small Note Cards are: Blood Atonement, Book of Commandments, Cowdery, Cursings/Cut-off/Damnation/Vengeance, Danites, Devil, First Vision, Bible in Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon, Changes, Chronology, Destruction of Nephites, Geography, Confession, Cumorah, Vast or limited? [Book of Mormon Georgraphy], Landing and Narrow Neck of land [Book of Mormon Geography].
Small Subject Note Cards
Subjects include: God, [numbered] 3-10, Inspired Revision, Intemperance, Jesus, Manifestations, Polygamy, Priesthood in Book of Mormon, Priesthood in Bible, Rebaptism, Revelations, Salvation, Conditions for Salvation, Definition, Endless torment, Resurrection, Sin, Joseph Smith, Temple, Tongues, Visions, Brigham Young, Zion.
Small Subject Note Cards
Subjects include: [no subject], Miracles, Money Digging, Prophecy, Stone, Translation, Wars, Witnesses, Plates in Book of Mormon, Population, Language (Philology), Literary, Tantology, Verbs, Ungrammatical, Merit, Logic, Anachronisms, Whitmer.
General MaterialsReturn to Top
Tourist Pamphlets and Maps for Intermountain West
" Memories of Our Father and Grandfather: LaMar Petersen, 1910-2005"
This box contains news clippings and other materials regarding the Mormon Church.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Mormon Church--Controversial literature
- Petersen, LaMar, 1910- --Interviews
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