Richard Douglas Poll papers, 1844-1994

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Poll, Richard Douglas, 1918-
Title
Richard Douglas Poll papers
Dates
1844-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
41 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0674
Summary
The Richard Douglas Poll papers (1844-1994) contain essays; correspondence; articles; personal and family materials; research on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), LDS Church apostles and prophets, "new" LDS Church history, world history, and communism; scrapbooks; and papers written by Poll with others and by others. Richard Douglas Poll (1918-1994) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, a Vice President for Administration at Western Illinois University (WIU), a successful professor and writer of LDS Church history, and a civic-minded individual who spoke out on anti-communism and academic freedom.
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: 8015818863
special@library.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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Richard Douglas Poll (1918-1994) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, a Vice President for Administration at Western Illinois University (WIU), a successful professor and writer of Mormon history, and a civic-minded individual who spoke out on anti-communism and academic freedom. During his life he wrote six books, seven pamphlets, and many articles about his political views, history, and significant members of the LDS Church. Poll was born on April 23, 1918, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was ten years old. There, he graduated from W. C. Stripling High School in 1934, and then went to college at Texas Christian University (TCU) and graduated in 1938 with a degree in history. He was awarded the Wilber Kidd Fellowship from 1938 to 1939, and completed his master's studies at TCU in 1939. Soon after graduating from TCU, Poll began a mission for the LDS Church in Germany. However, as World War II approached, the LDS Church recalled its missionaries from Germany and reassigned them. Poll finished his mission in Canada and returned home in 1941. During World War II he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1945, without seeing the front. He obtained his first teaching position at the United States Army Air Force Administrative Officer Candidate School, working there from 1942 to 1944. He met Emogene (Gene) Hill after giving a sermon in 1943; later that year, they were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

After World War II, Poll returned to school to obtain his Ph.D. in history. Financial assistance for these studies, from 1946 to 1948, came through the Willard D. Thompson Fellowship. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1948. He then began teaching history at Brigham Young University (BYU). Poll had an extensive teaching career. He taught regular classes at BYU until 1969. He also taught occasional classes at the University of Maryland, European Division, during the 1958 and 1965 academic years. In 1959, he was elected the Charter President for the American Association of University Professors at BYU, and he became the director of the Rocky Mountain Assembly in 1961. In 1970, he moved to Illinois to accepted the position of Vice President for Administration at Western Illinois University (WIU). He stepped down from this position in 1975. During his administrative years at WIU, he also taught history classes and continued teaching there until his retirement in 1983. However, even in retirement his teaching skills and knowledge of Mormon history were in great demand, and he continued to teach occasional classes at BYU from 1983 to 1994. Poll was active in academic and civic affairs. For example, in 1969 he became president of the Mormon History Association. He became the associate director of the BYU Honors Program in 1962, and he was named Honors Professor of the Year at BYU in 1969. He received the Presidential Merit Award in 1979 for his constant effort to maintain the highest quality and accuracy in his work. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer at the BYU Academy Foundation in 1985. In addition, from 1978 to 1993 Poll and his wife taught adult education classes in basic reading and writing skills offered through the LDS Church. Beginning in the late 1940s, Poll wrote articles and gave speeches on anti-communism and Mormon history. Poll used his spiritual teachings and beliefs to define two distinct types of active and dedicated Mormons. Symbols for the two types came from the Book of Mormon. The "Iron Rod" came from Lehi's dream, and "Liahona" from Lehi's experience in the wilderness. In "Liahona and Iron Rod Revisited" (located in box 73, folders 7-10), Poll explains his conceptualization of this dichotomy within the membership of the LDS Church, and it has become a defining metaphor within the discourse of the LDS culture. He explained this philosophy by stating, "The Iron Rod Saint does not look for questions but for answers, and in the gospel he finds or is confident that he can find the answer to every important question. The Liahona Saint, on the other hand, is preoccupied with questions and skeptical of answers; he finds in the gospel answers to enough important questions so that he can function purposefully without answers to the rest." Poll and his wife both considered themselves to be Liahona Mormons. The best known article that Poll wrote is considered to be, "What the Church Means to People Like Me," and was prepared in 1963. In 1975, his first book was published. It was co-authored by Eugene E. Campbell and entitled Hugh B. Brown: His Life and Thought. Poll's second book, Utah's History, was originally published in 1978, and was republished in 1989 after a revision. Howard J. Stoddard: Founder, Michigan National Bank was published in 1980. Poll became chairman of the WIU North Central Association Self Study Committee in 1979, and used this experience to write and publish Western Illinois University, 1980: A Self Study. In 1985, he published The Honors Program at Brigham Young University, 1960-1985, a book which evolved from Poll's work with the BYU Honor Program. History and Faith: Reflections of a Mormon Historian, the last of his books published while he was still living, was published in 1989. This book, written over a twenty year period, is a compilation of essays concerned with the "new" Mormon history. Poll also wrote a book about Henry D. Moyle, but it did not meet the Moyle family's expectations and they would not allow him to publish the manuscript. Posthumously in 1994, Poll's family donated his extensive collection of papers to the University of Utah. The Henry D. Moyle manuscript was among the papers donated. Special Collections Manuscripts Curator Stan Larson, Ph.D., edited Poll's manuscript on Moyle and directed its publication in 1999, with the title Working the Divine Miracle: The Life of Apostle Henry D. Moyle.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Richard Douglas Poll papers (1844-1994) provide information on the personal life of Dr. Poll, the political and religious history of the United States, and the historical background of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The collection contains correspondence, personal notes, business files, research materials, and rough drafts of Poll's writings about special university programs, the "new" Mormon history, and significant members of the LDS Church, including Hugh B. Brown, Howard James Stoddard, and Henry D. Moyle. Poll's personal information is housed in boxes 1 through 12. Included in this section are Poll's personal correspondence, school papers and yearbooks, curriculum vitae, an autobiography, awards, and information on his mission to Germany and Canada for the LDS Church from 1939 to 1941. These files are followed by information about his family (both immediate and extended) and five scrapbooks with contents ranging from 1918 to 1958. These scrapbooks contain photographs, news clippings, letters, telegrams, program guides to events connected with him and his siblings, ticket stubs, class papers, commencement and graduation announcements, and certificates.

Poll's office files, contain academic, business, and research files from Poll's professional activities, and are housed in boxes 13 through 50. Poll was a professor of early Mormon history, political history in the United States, national and world history, and religious studies. All of Poll's academic files contain lecture notes, outlines, examinations, examination keys, course schedules, and attendance records. The academic files from Brigham Young University (BYU) are located in boxes 13 through 20. Files from his teaching at the University of Maryland during the 1958 and 1965 academic years are in box 21. Files from Western Illinois University (WIU) are located in boxes 22 through 29. Poll's business files, in boxes 30 through 41, contain information on real estate sales, associations in which Poll was a member, conference packets, business correspondence, LDS Church business files, information on business associates, political contribution records, and other documents. Boxes 42 through 50 contain Poll's general research files for background information on the articles and speeches he wrote. They include such topics as general research articles and information on various companies, organizations, people, and certain aspects of Mormon society. Boxes 51 through 76 contain his research and writing files. Notes, drafts, and other material related to Poll's writing activities are in these boxes and focus on LDS topics. The research files and drafts for each book project have been kept together and are in the order of publication. The files concerning Hugh B. Brown: His Life and Thought are located in boxes 51 through 54. The research files about Brown include his correspondence, an incomplete autobiography, interviews, biographical highlights and sketches, and some of his journals. Utah's History information is housed in boxes 55 through 58, and the research contains maps, correspondence, pictures, political notes, and statistical information. Howard James Stoddard: Founder, Michigan National Bank files are located in boxes 59 through 60. The research on Stoddard includes family correspondence, genealogy charts, and information from Michigan State University Press and the Singler Grand Jury. The History and Faith project is located in box 61. This book is a compilation of essays concerning the "new" Mormon history. Finally, the Henry D. Moyle project is in boxes 62 through 70. This final project was published posthumously, as it did not match the ideals of the Moyle family. The research includes samples of Moyle's writings, biographical excerpts, information from Consolidated Freightways Inc. and the Deseret Livestock Company, correspondence, information on his stake presidency, his diaries and daybooks, information about his educational background and missions, and several interviews with friends and family. Boxes 71 through 75 contain articles, pamphlets, speeches, and notes written by Poll. The articles or speeches that were reviewed or edited by Poll for another author are in box 76. Box 77 folders 1-12 contain research on the article "The Move South." Box 77 folders 13-15 through box 82 folders 1 and 2, contain research notes and transcripts of diaries and letters pertaining to the Utah War. Box 82 folders 3-21 contain transcripts of interviews done by Poll.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Photocopying of materials in Box 70 is prohibited.

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.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Organized in three series: I. Personal Information; II. Office Files; III. Research and Writing Files.

Acquisition Information

Boxes 1 through Box 77 folders 1-12 were donated 1994 through 1995.

Box 77 folders 13-15 through Box 82 folders 1 and 2 were donated in 1998.

Box 82 folders 3-21 were donated in 2000.

Processing Note

Processed by Debra Penman in 1997.

Addendum processed by Lindsey Moore in 2006.

Separated Materials

Photographs, slides, films, video tapes, audio tapes and other audio-visual material have been transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0660 and A0385).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Personal Correspondence
1929-1942
2
Personal Correspondence
1942-1944
3
Personal Correspondence
1945-1955
4
Personal Correspondence
1956-1966
5
Personal Correspondence
1966-1976
6
Personal Correspondence
1977-1994
Folder
7 1-19
School Papers
1929-1939
7 20-24
The Jacket Journal
Contains the high school newspaper for which, Poll was a reporter and editor-in-chief.
1933-1934
7 25
Life at Stripling
Yearbook for Poll's junior year in high school.
1933
7 26
The Yellow Jacket
Yearbook for Poll's senior year in high school.
1934
8 1
The Horned Frog
Yearbook for Poll's senior year in college.
1938
8 2-22
Ph.D. Studies, University of California
1945-1948
8 23
Vocational Examinations
1947-1948
9 1
Awards
1946-1994
9 2
Diary
1931
9 3
Personal History Items
9 4-11
Air Force Service Record
This is Poll's DD 201 file. The use copy is located in folders 4-10, while the original document is in folder 11.
9 12
Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography
9 13-16
"Richard D. Poll: His Story"
1918-1945
9 17
Testimony to the Church
Written by Poll about his fiftieth wedding anniversary.
1993
9 18
West Germany/Canada Mission Journal
1939-1941

Family InformationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
10 1
Pages from Nanette Poll's Scrapbook
10 2-4
Christmas Cards
Each of these cards contain a description about the Poll's life and how their family changed from year to year.
1945-1993
10 5
Emogene (Gene) Hill Poll
This file contains one of her report cards from Western Illinois University, a Valentine's Day card for her with a poem from Poll, and a program from her memorial service.
10 6
Carl William Poll History
1971
10 7
Poll Family Reunions
10 8
Poll Family Groups
1981-1991
10 9-29
West Germany/Canada Mission Correspondence
1939-1941
10 30
West Germany Mission Reunion
1989
10 31-34
Canadian Mission Reunions
1987-1989

Scrapbooks and AwardsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 1
Childhood through High School
1918-1934
11 2
Life at Texas Christian University
1934-1937
11 3
Post-College Life
1937-1939
12 1
Missionary Work Scrapbook
1939-1941
12 2
World Tour Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains typewritten narratives by Gene Poll.
1958
12 3
Fellow Award

BYU Academic FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 1
"The Utilization of Large-Screen TV"
This was written by Poll, Owen Rich, and Tess Williams to assist with History 170 and similar classes.
1966
13 2-3
American Opinion
1964
13 4
The Blue Book of the John Birch Society
1961
13 5
"McCarthysim: The Fight for America"
1952
13 6-11
"Communism and the American Heritage"
13 12-16
The Marshall Affair
13 17
Presidents of the United States
13 18
Salt Lake Tour
13 19-25
Teaching about the Nauvoo Experience
13 26
Early Utah History
13 27-29
Women and Men
14 1
History 12
14 2-3
History 31, 32, and 33
14 4-6
History 74
14 7
History 116
14 8-10
History 118 and 119
15 1-12
History 120
15 13-26
History 121
16 1
History 122
16 2-6
History 123
16 7
History 129
16 8-15
History 130
16 16
History 161
16 17
History 166
16 18-26
History 170
Includes the lecture outlines to accompany a slide presentation now housed in Multimedia Section (P0660).
17
History 170
18
History 170
Folder
19 1-2
History 180
19 3
History 182
19 4
History 185
19 5-11
History 188
19 12
History 189
19 13
History 191
19 14
History 192
19 15-17
History 221 and 222
19 18-20
History 225
19 21-22
History 226
19 23-25
History 275
19 26
History 306
19 27-28
History 360
20 1-9
History 366
20 10
History 377
20 11
History 390
20 12
History 400
20 13-17
History 401
20 18-19
History 490
20 20-22
History 577
20 23-24
History 578
20 25
History 666
20 26-27
History 677
20 28-32
History 679

University of Maryland Academic FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21 1-4
History 1
21 5-8
History 2
21 9-10
History 5 and 6
21 11
Government and Politics 1
21 12
Political Science 105
21 13
Political Science 120
21 14-17
European Division
1958-1959
21 18-22
European Division
1965-1966

WIU Academic FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
22 1-2
Board of Governors Home Study Class
22 3
Regional Studies
22 4
Self Study Guide
This is a report to aid WIU students who are considering home study.
1980
22 5
Self Study Guide Update Notes
1980-1981
22 6
History 101
22 7-10
History 105
22 11
History 106
22 12-18
History 111
22 19-23
History 131
22 24-25
History 225
22 26-30
History 226
23 1-3
History 302
23 4-23
History 308
23 24-29
History 322
24 1-4
History 343
24 5-9
History 366
24 10-11
History 475
24 12
History 517
24 13
Religious Studies 101

WIU Administration FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
25 1-10
A - Ad
1970-1983
25 11-12
Administrative Council Minutes
1969-1973
26 1-2
Administrative Council Minutes
1970-1975
26 3-5
American Association of University Professors
26 6-10
Annual Evaluations
1975-1983
26 11-15
Annual Reports to the President
1970-1975
27 1
Applying for Presidency of the University
1974
27 2-5
Appointment to Vice President of Administration
1969
27 6-10
John T. Bernhard
Bernhard was president of Western Illinois University when Poll was vice president.
1966-1969
27 11-12
Campus Disturbances Committee
27 13-14
Capital Budget Committee
27 15
Collective Bargaining
27 16-17
College of Arts and Sciences
27 18
Committee on Mormon Society and Culture
27 19
Contract of Richard D. Poll
27 20-22
Council on Planning and Development
27 23
Energy Conservation Committee
27 24
Faculty Show
1970
28 1
History Department Chairman Candidates
28 2
History Department Chairman Advisory Committee
28 3-4
History Department Chairman's Office
28 5-6
History Department Committee on Faculty and Student Life
28 7
History Department Correspondence
28 8-9
History Department General Information
28 10
History Department Library Committee
28 11-12
History Department Program Committee
28 13
History Department Regional History Committee
28 14-17
History Department Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Policies
28 18
International Budget
1969-1970
28 19-20
International Programs
1976-1980
28 21
Interview Information for Position at WIU
1969
29 1-3
Kaskaskia Program
An individually defined academic program for WIU undergraduates.
29 4
Library Plan Information
29 5
"A Master Plan--Phase III"
This was prepared by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
1971
29 6
National Endowment for the Humanities
29 7
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
29 8
"Policy Document and Reports of the American Association of University Professors"
1969
29 9
Caudill Rowlett Scott and Phillips Swager Associates, "Preliminary Plans for a New Auditorium"
1974
29 10-11
Presidential Merit Award
1981-1982
29 12
"Proceedings of the Board of Governors"
1970-1971
29 13
"Proposed Fine Arts Building"
1972
29 14
Provost and Academic Vice-President Selection Committee
29 15
Reassignment to History Professor
29 16
University Steering Committee Minutes
1971-1974
29 17-20
Vice-President Alumni Items

Business Files (A-Z)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
30 1-4
American Civil Liberties Union
30 5-6
American Historical Association Convention
30 7
Lavina Fielding Anderson
30 8-9
Basic Curriculum Abroad
30 10
Board of Higher Education Committee on Governance
30 11-20
Business Correspondence
1946-1993
30 21
Brigham Young University Historical Symposium
30 22-23
Central Intelligence Agency
30 24-26
Church Business
1974-1978
30 27
Church Information
1992
30 28-30
Church News
1979-1980
31 1
College Council Minutes
31 2-9
Contracts
1947-1979
31 10-13
Contribution Records
1990-1993
31 14-15
Credit Union
31 16
Dallas Conference
1967
31 17-18
Dean's Council
31 19
Dialogue
1977
31 20-22
Dress Standards
1969
31 24
Economic Concepts Communications
31 25
Economic Education Workshop
1956
32 1-3
Education Week
1964-1965
32 4-7
Election Materials
1952
32 8
Employments of BYU Faculty Members
1968
32 9
Experiment in International Living
32 10-11
Faculty Banquet
1969
32 12
Ford Foundation
32 13-14
Fulbright Act
32 15
Fund for Adult Education Conference
32 16-17
George Romney and Sons
32 18
Great Books
32 19
Gun Control
32 20-25
Robert Hinkley
32 26
Honor Council
32 27
Howard Fellowship
1957-1958
33 1
International Business Machines (IBM) Seminar
1973
33 2
Icarians
33 3-5
The Ideals of American Freedom Conference
33 6
Institution Building in Utah
33 7
Inventory Seminar
1978
33 8-10
John Whitmer Historical Association
33 11-12
Journal of Mormon History Editorial Board
33 13-15
Kempten Delegation Team
33 16-18
Leadership Week
1960-1963
33 19
Rex Lee
33 20
Macomb Branch Business
33 21
Brian Madsen
33 22-23
David Martin
33 24-26
Bruce R. McConkie
33 27
Sterling M. McMurrin
34 1-9
General Materials
34 10
Thomas S. Monson
34 11
Eric Moody
34 12
National Honor College Council
34 13
National Service
34 14-15
Oak Hill II
34 16-24
Dallin H. Oaks
34 25-26
Office of Education Conference
34 27
Organization of American Historians
34 28-32
"Our Changing Past"
This is from the Faculty Academy Lecture Series.
1984
35 1
Pacific Northwest Conference on Higher Education
35 2-3
Panorama Americana
35 4
Parent Teacher Association
35 5
Party Plans
1971
35 6
Elder Kai Pearson
35 7
Political Contributions
1992
35 8-16
Political Involvement
1949-1964
35 17
Nanette Poll Injury Report
35 18-19
News Clippings
35 20
Presidential Inquiries
35 21-23
Provo City Issues
35 24
Provo Rotary Club
35 25-27
Racial Issues at BYU
35 28
Ralph Woodward Chorale
36 1-4
Real Estate Projects
36 5
Resignation from BYU
36 6
Restoration Studies
1980
36 7
Stephen L. Richards
36 8-10
B. H. Roberts
36 11-12
Rocky Mountain Assembly
1961-1962
36 13-14
Sabbaticals
1965-1981
36 15
Salzberg
1970
36 16-18
Semester Abroad in London
1981-1982
36 19
Senate Youth Program
36 20
S.I.M.S. Conference
1988
36 21-23
Small Business Conference
1968
36 24
Wilford Smith
36 25
Social Studies Guide
1958
36 26-34
Sons of the Utah Pioneers
37 1-20
Sunstone Symposiums
1983-1993
37 21
Temple Recommend General Information
37 22-24
Christian University Reunion
1988
37 25
Texas Christian University Student Body Article
37 26
Texas Club
37 27-29
Three Fountains History
37 30
Travel Vouchers
1970-1975
38 1-15
United Nations
38 16
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
38 17-19
United World Federalist File
This file contains a photocopy of an autographed picture of Alan Cranston. The original photograph is in the Multimedia Section of the Manuscripts Division.
1948
39 1-6
University Handbook Drafts
39 7-8
University of Utah Inauguration of James Chipman Fletcher
39 9-13
Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
39 14
Utah Conference on Higher Education
39 15-17
Utah Coordination Council of Higher Education
39 18-22
Utah History Conference
39 23-25
Veteran Affairs Committee
39 26-28
Ward Mementos
40 1-3
Weber State Presidency
40 4
Welfare Letter
40 5-12
Western History Association
40 13
John Whitmer
40 14
World Conference Material
1984
40 15
World Government Week
40 16
The World Today
40 17-27
World Tour
1955-1958
41 1-19
World Tour
1962-1965
41 20-24
Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association
41 25-26
Zion's Opinion
1968-1969

General Research Files (A-Z)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
42 1-26
Academic Freedom
42 27-30
Administrative Service Committee
43 1-2
African History
43 3-6
Thomas G. Alexander
43 7-29
Anti-Communism Research
44 1-18
Anti-Communism Research
45 1-4
Anti-Communism Research
45 5-7
Leonard J. Arrington
46 1
Daniel W. Bachman
46 2
Banned Authors and Public Speakers
46 3-4
Ezra Taft Benson
46 5
Gary L. Browning
46 6-9
David J. Buerger
46 10-11
D. Jeff Burton
46 12
Church History Maps
46 13
Church Survey
46 14
Church Talks
1983
46 15
Communism
46 16-21
Constructive Critism of Poll's Writings
46 22
Reed C. Durham Jr.
46 23
Early Church History
46 24
Homer Ellsworth
46 25
Eugene England
46 26-33
Equal Rights Amendment
47 1
Evolutionism vs. Creationism
47 2
Excommunication Procedures
47 3
Family Liberation
47 4
Federal Policy toward the LDS Church
47 5
Lawrence Foster
47 6-9
Fundamentalism
47 10-12
General Mormon History
47 13-15
Great Decisions
1976-1978
47 16-18
John Hallwas
47 19
Marion D. Hanks
47 20
Tim Heaton
47 21
"Historian as Entrepreneur"
47 22-23
Mark Hoffman
47 24
Richard Howard
47 25
Humanist Manifesto
47 26
William N. Hunsaker
47 27
Stanley S. Ivins
47 28-29
Duane E. Jeffery
48 1
Spencer W. Kimball
48 2
Neal E. Lambert
48 3-8
LDS Church Leaders
48 9
Legal Questions
48 10
Lifestyle Model
48 11
Missionary Work Paper
48 12-13
Mormon Church History
48 14-35
Mormon History Association
49 1-6
Mormon Women
49 7
Mormon History
49 8
John D. Hicks, "My Life with History"
1968
49 9-17
Nauvoo Experience
49 18-24
The Negro Question
49 25
Hugh Nibley
50 1
Dallin H. Oaks
50 2
Political Decisions
50 3
Polygamy
50 4-5
Priesthood for Blacks
50 6
Primary School
50 7
Quotable Quotes
50 8
Reformation
1860
50 9
Religious Stories
50 10-11
George Reynolds
50 12
William D. Russell
50 13
Marvin Rytting
50 14-16
Scholastic Concerns
50 17
Sexual Politics of Houseworks
50 18
Obert C. Tanner
50 19
Samuel Taylor
50 20-21
Time Special Issues
50 22-23
Utah Constitution
50 24-27
Vietnam
50 28-29
David J. Whittaker
50 30-31
Ernest L. Wilkinson
50 32-35
Women in the Early LDS Church
50 36
Brigham Young

Hugh B. Brown His Life and Thought Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
51 1-3
Incomplete Autobiography
51 4-6
Biographical Articles
51 7
Biographical Highlights
51 8-10
Biographical Sketches
51 11-22
Correspondence
1962-1978
51 23-29
Interviews and Notes
52 1-16
Diary of Hugh B. Brown
1905-1972
52 17-18
Outlines and Notes for Draft
52 19-24
Questionnaires for the Book
52 25
Royalties for the Book
53 1-17
Drafts and Chapters
54 1-18
Chapters and Final Draft

Utah's History Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
55 1-2
Chart Research
55 3
Corrections
55 4
General Information
55 5
Maps and Map Correspondence
55 6-8
Pictures
55 9
Politics
55 10-12
Post-publication Materials
55 13-14
Reviews of the Book
55 15-23
Statistical Information on Utah
55 24-31
Notes and Drafts
56
Utah's History
57
Utah's History
58
Utah's History

Howard J. Stoddard: Founder, Michigan National Bank ResearchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
59 1
Bibliography
59 2
Contract and Payments
59 3-4
Charles Stoddard Correspondence
1977-1989
59 5-6
Jennie Stoddard Correspondence
1977-1980
59 7
Stanford Stoddard Correspondence
1977-1978
59 8
Genealogy Charts
59 9-11
Information from Fred J. Romanoff
1979-1980
59 12
Michigan State University Press
59 13
Reviews and Letters
59 14
Revisions
59 15-17
Singler Grand Jury
60
Howard J. Stoddard: Founder, Michigan National Bank

History and Faith ProjectReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
61 1
Contract and Royalties
61 2-3
Press and Promotion
61 4
Reviews
61 5-7
Signature Books Business
61 8-18
Drafts

Henry D. Moyle ProjectReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
62 1
Photocopy of Henry D. Moyles Diary
1956
62 2-28
Volumes One through Three of "Moyles Writings"
63 1-26
Volumes Four through Seven of "Moyle's Writings"
63 27-28
Writings by Henry D. Moyle
64 1
Bibliography and Source Notes
64 2
Biographical Excerpt
64 3
Brigham Young University
64 4-6
Business Materials
64 7-8
Childhood Information
64 9-23
Church Business
64 24-26
Consolidated Freightways Incorporated
64 27
Correspondence
To and from Poll and those who contributed to his research on Henry D. Moyle.
1980-1981
64 28-34
Cottonwood Stake Presidency
65 1-4
Death and Funeral
65 5-12
Deseret Livestock Company
65 13
Typescript of Moyle's Diaries and Daybooks
1929-1963
65 25-28
Doctoral Views and Advice
65 29
Education at the University of Utah
65 30
Education at the University of Chicago
65 31
Freiberg Education
66 1-18
Family
1860-1963
66 19-21
Florida Ranch Livestock
66 22-23
Friends
66 24-25
Genealogy
66 26
Health History
66 27
Gordon B. Hinkley and John Carmack Correspondence to Poll
1981-1989
66 28-32
Maureen Ursenback Beecher Interview
66 33
Stanford W. Bird Interview
66 34
Millie Cornwell Interview
66 35
Sara Moyle Creer Interview
66 36
J. Howard Dunn Interview
66 37
James E. Faust Interview
66 38
Brent Goats Interview
66 39
David B. Haight Interview
66 40
Marion D. Hanks Interview
67 1
Gordon B. Hinkley Interview
67 2
David Kennedy Interview
67 3
Arch L. Madsen Interview
67 4
Virginia Marsh Interview
67 5
David Lawrence McKay Interview
67 6
General Interviews
67 7
Moyle Family Interviews
67 8
Henry D. Moyle Interview
67 9
James D. Moyle Interview
67 10
Richard Moyle Interview
67 11
Janet Nielsen Interview
67 12
Wayne Owens Interview
67 13
Johanna R. Petersen Interview
67 14
Ronald E. Poelman Interview
67 15
A. Hamer Reiser Interview
67 16
Marion G. Romney Interview
67 17
Glenn Rudd Interview
67 18
Robert N. Sears Interview
67 19
Belle Spafford Interview
67 20
N. Eldon Tanner Interview
67 21
Marie Wangeman Interview
67 22
Milton L. Weilenmann Interview
67 23
Alice Yeates Interview
67 24-29
Law Practice
67 30
Law School
67 31-32
"Man of Action" Critiques
67 33
Military Service
67 34-35
Mining Interests
67 36-37
Mission
1910-1912
68 1-10
Missions
1947-1963
68 11
Missions Press Seminar
1962
68 12-15
Moyle's Correspondence
68 16-19
Moyle Microfilm Registers
68 20-27
Oil Business
68 28-32
Personality
68 33-34
Philanthropy
68 35
Pictures and Scrapbook Notes
69 1-9
Politics and Government
1913-1983
69 10-11
Temple Tax Case
69 12-16
Welfare Plan
1930-1963
70 1
Introduction
The folders in box 70 contains chapters of the Henry D. Moyle book that was unpublished at the time of Poll's death in 1994. The titles of the folders are consistent with the titles of the chapters of the book.
70 2-3
Pioneer Moyles
70 4
Son and Brother
70 5
Missionary in Germany
70 6
Student, Lawyer, and Soldier
70 7
Albert and Henry
70 8
Parents and Children
70 9
Lawyer and Lecturer
70 10-11
President of Cottonwood Stake
70 12
Welfare Worker
70 13
Oil Entrepreneur
70 14
Democratic Politician
70 15
Ranch Developer
70 16
Missionary Apostle
70 17-19
Man of Action
70 20
Family and Friends
70 21-24
Counselors I, II, and III
70 25
Epilogue and Bibliography

WritingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
71 1
Academic Freedom Articles
1953
71 2
"America and the Rational Road to Peace"
1960
71 3
"America in the Decades Ahead"
1967
71 4
American Civil Liberties Union Editorials
1990
71 5-7
"The Americanism of Utah"
These files include several articles about the U. S. Bicentennial.
1976
71 8
Anti-Communism Articles
1961-1962
71 9
"Apostle Extraordinary--Hugh B. Brown"
1976
71 10-14
"A State is Born"
1964
71 15
"A Thoughtful Faith"
1986
71 16-18
Constitutional Convention Articles
1948-1987
71 19
"Continuing Revelation and the On-Going Reality"
1979
71 20-21
Convocation Addresses
1969
71 22-24
Dayton Memorial Lecture
1984
71 25-30
"Dealing with Dissonance"
1984
71 31-34
"Dialogue toward Forgiveness"
1992
71 35-37
"The Directory and American Politics"
1946
72 1-2
"History of the Anglo-American Arbitration and Bryan Peace Treaties"
1945
72 3
"Education for an Automated World"
This is a speech written by Poll, Ernes, and Wilkinson.
1963
72 4
"Education for Freedom and World Understanding"
1962
72 5
Rick Ellsmont's Show
This folder contains several songs written by Poll.
72 6-13
Encyclopedia of Mormonism
1989-1992
72 14
"General Education for Problem Solving"
72 15-17
"God and Man in History"
1971
72 18-21
Graceland College Lecture
1979-1983
72 22
"Handcart Pioneers"
1989
72 23-24
History of BYU
1989
72 25-31
Honors Program at BYU
72 32
"Howard J. Stoddard's 60th Birthday Celebration"
72 33-34
Joseph Smith and the Presidency
1970
72 35
Joseph Smith as a Historical Problem
1969
72 36
Journal of Mormon History
1993
72 37
"A Kingdom to Come"
1967
73 1
Latter-day Saints History Reading List
73 2-3
Leadership Week Lecture
1953
73 4-6
"The Legislative Anti-Polygamy Campaign"
1987
73 7-10
"Liahona and Iron Rod Revisited"
1982
73 11-15
Richard and Emogene Poll, "The Marriage Book"
1985
73 16
"Mars and the Dreamer"
1935
73 17-18
Addresses
1961-1973
73 19-21
Reviews
1967-1986
73 22-23
"The Mormon Question Enters National Politics"
1957
73 24
Richard Poll and G. E. Sandgren, "Mystery Man"
1969
73 25-26
"Nauvoo and the New Mormon History"
1978
73 27-28
Nauvoo Historiography
1977-1979
73 29
Nauvoo History Symposium
1989
73 30
The Northern Light
1941
73 31
"Of People and Pottage"
1965
74 1-4
"Pillars of My Faith"
1993
74 5
Pioneer Day Speech
1988
74 6
Plural Marriages Notes
74 7-8
Poems
1963-1989
74 9
"The Political Reconstruction of Utah Territory"
1958
74 10
"Priesthood History"
1974
74 11
"Problems of Writing a Mormon Biography"
1992
74 12-14
Religious Speeches
74 15
"A Short History of Communism in Russia"
1963
74 16-22
Speeches on General Secularism
1949-1975
74 23-24
Speeches and Skits
1952-1964
74 25-30
Statehood Day Address
1975
74 31-32
"The Swearing Elders"
1985
75 1
Obert C. Tanner Memorial
1993
75 2
"Testimony and the Book of Mormon"
75 3-6
Richard Poll and Paul H. Dunn, "Truths, Facts, and Personal Anecdotes"
1992
75 7
U. S. Foreign Policy Notes
1984
75 8-13
"Utah and the Mormons"
1986
75 14
"The Utah War"
Contains correspondence and the article that was published in The Utah History Encyclopedia.
1989
75 15
Notes on Westerners
1985
75 16-27
"What the Church Means to People Like Me"
1963-1986
75 28
"With Malice toward None"
75 29-30
World Affairs Speeches
1949-1965
75 31
"The World and the Restoration"
1956

CritiquesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
76 1-2
Ednah D. Cheney, "The Alcott Family"
76 3
William F. Edwards, "A New Look at Our Foreign Policy"
1952
76 4
Book Review Instructions
1971
76 5-6
Gary James Bergera and Ronald Priddis, "Brigham Young University: A House of Faith"
1985
76 7
Clyde A. Milner, "Camp Floyd and the Mormons"
1992
76 8
Janice Allred, "Do You Preach the Orthodox Religion?"
1990
76 9
George D. Smith, "Faithful History"
1984
76 10
Robert Hinckley, "Faith--Not Fear"
1967
76 11-13
David C. Martin, "Gospel Doctorate"
1979
76 14-16
Leonard J. Arrington, "The Happy Valley Syndrome"
1969
76 17-19
Michael W. Homer and Richard Jensen, "John Fitch Kinney History"
76 20
Edwin B. Firmage, "The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown"
1988
76 21-23
David E. Miller Lecture
76 24
Leonard J. Arrington and Davis Bitton, "The Mormon Experience"
1979
76 25-27
Ken Cannon, "Mountain Common Law"
76 28-29
Ronald E. Poelman, "Our Changing Past"
1984
76 30-32
Ronald E. Poelman, "Our Dynamic Church"
1990
76 33
Klaus J. Hansen, "Quest for Empire"
1967
76 34-35
Leonard J. Arrington, "The Russian Image"
1960
76 36
Everette B. Long, "The Saints and the Union"
1981
76 37
Maureen Ursenbach Beecher and Lavina Fielding Anderson, "Sisters in Spirit"
1987
76 38
Dale L. Morgan, "The State of Deseret"
1987
76 39
Margaret and Paul Toscano, "Strangers in Paradox"
1990
76 40
James H. Moyle, "Utilizing Modern Agencies in Missionary Work"
1931

Move South and Utah War ResearchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
77 1
"Move South"
1989
77 2
Move South Ward and Stake Histories
1989
77 3
Move South Historian's Department Journal
1858
77 4
Move South Journals
1858
77 5
Thomas Kane
1981-1991
77 6
Fitz John Porter
1984
77 7
Move South, Wardell Notes
1987-1988
77 8
Move South Report
1989-1990
77 9
Raymond W. and Mary Lund Settle, "War Drums and Wagon Wheels"
1966
77 10
Utah War Journals
1853-1949
77 11
University of Utah Press
1988-1989
77 12
Move South General Subjects
77 13
Writings
Includes "Quixotic Mediator: Thomas L. Kane and the Utah War," "The Move South," "Causes of the Utah War Reconsidered," "The Protagonists in the Utah War," "'Buchanan's Blunder': The Utah War," and "Congress and the Utah War."
1984-1989
77 14
Dissertation Correspondence and Research
1879-1951
77 15
Correspondence
1948-1993

Utah War ResearchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
78 1
Prominent Mormon Members and Leaders
This folder includes notes and transcripts of letters and diaries pertaining to George Q. Cannon, Orson Hyde, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Samuel W. Richards, George Albert Smith, Joseph Smith, John Taylor, Daniel H. Wells, and Wilford Woodruff.
1844-1874
78 2
"Twin Relic's of Barbarism"--Slavery and Polygamy
1844-1947
78 3
Presidents of the United States
Includes notes and transcripts of letters and diaries of John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James A. Garfield.
1844-1886
78 4-5
Thomas L. Kane
1845-1981
78 6
Mormon Battalion and the Civil War
1846-1871
78 7
General Mormon Reactions and Relationships
This folder contains transcripts of diaries, letters, and articles published in Mormon owned newspapers.
1846-1947
78 8
Dr. John Bernhisel
1849-1862
78 9
Utah Statehood
1849-1872
79 1
Brigham Young
1849-1877
79 2
Government and Politics
1850-1884
79 3
Mormon and Polygamy Subjects
1851-1881
79 4
The Runaway Judges
1851-1852
79 5
The United States Army and Camp Scott
1852-1867
79 6
Mormons in the National Press
1852-1894
79 7
Non-Mormons and Anti-Mormons
This folder includes transcripts of diaries and correspondence pertaining to the Mormons from the following people: Samuel Bowles, Vice President Schuyler Colfax, Samuel Colt, Anna Dickenson, Judge W. W. Drummond, Thomas Fitch, John C. Fremont, Horace Greeley, Judge John F. Kinney, Josiah Quincy, Andrew Horatio Reeder, William C. Staines, Col. Edward J. Steptoe, Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), and Charles Farrar Browne (Artemus Ward).
1854-1866
79 8
The Survey Bill
1854-1855
79 9
The Telegraph and Railroad
1854-1869
79 10
The Move South
1855-1858
80 1
The Morrill Bill
1856-1867
80 2
Constitution of Deseret
1856-1872
80 3
Governor Alfred Cumming
1857-1858
80 4
President James Buchanan
1857-1859
80 5
Stephen A. Douglas
1857-1863
80 6
Members of the U. S. Army
This folder contains typescripts of letters and diaries of Col. Patrick Edward Connor, Capt. Jesse Gove, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, and Capt. Stewart Van Vliet.
1857-1866
80 7
Judge John Cradlebaugh and the Mountain Meadows Massacre
1857-1940
80 8
Carson Valley
1857-1859
80 9
The Nauvoo Legion
1857-1858
80 10
"The British Mission during the Utah War"
1857-1987
80 11
The Army Bill
1858
80 12
Mosquito Coast Proposition
1858
80 13
Peace Commissioners
1858
80 14
War Contracts, Scandals, and the Deficiency Bill
1858-1859
80 15
William H. Hooper
1859-1872
80 16
Governor Stephen S. Harding
1862-1864
80 17
The Cullom Bill
1869
80 18
Letters on Mormonism
These are photocopies of letters that have pro and anti-Mormon sentiment and are addressed to President Rutherford B. Hayes. The letters are from George L. Woods, James Hutchins, George Q. Cannon, T. B. H. Stenhouse, Ann Eliza Young, George W. Carnes, Ellen Schwitzgabel, W. C. Burchard, John T. Morgan, J. B. Neil, Mrs. J. K. Barney, Eli H. Murray, H. W. Lawrence, John A. Hunter, L. W. Phelan, William Jarman, Stanley Matthews, George W. Emery, Robert G. McNiece, E. H. Parsons, Anna C. Park, Barbour Lewis, and D. R. Austin. There is a complete guide to the letters as listed by the Hayes Memorial Library included in the folder.
1871-1948
81 1
News Clippings on Polygamy and Mormonism
1879-1948
81 2
General Utah and Utah War Materials
81 3
Articles and Papers on the Utah War
Includes poems by Eliza R. Snow, "Response to 'The Power of Song,'" "Ladies of Utah," "Kingdom of God," "'Young Sam' and his Uncle," "To Col. Thomas L. Kane," and "Response"; Kate B Carter, "Heart Throbs of the Wes,t" and "Our Pioneer Heritage," Robert D. Anderson, "The Evarts Circular of 1879"; James Bywater, "The Move South"; Helen Addison Howard, "Chief Joseph"; Albert L. Zobell Jr., "Sentinel in the East: A Biography of Thomas L. Kane"; Wendell J. Ashton, "Theirs Is the Kingdom"; Gary Bergera, "The Mormon Reformation"; Craig L. Foster, "Men Will Be Boys: The Unlawful Activities of Soldiers on Leave in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Utah"; Eric L. Myrup, "Military Mistakes and Mormon Ingenuity: The Utah Expedition of 1857-1858"; Lawrence Coates, "Mormon War Hysteria and the Mountain Meadows Massacre"; Richard Saunders, "The Sheep in the Fold Have Driven the Wolves Gladdenism and Conflict in Utah"; Audrey M. Godfrey, "Teacher, Farmer, Postmaster--The Contribution of Johnston's Army Soldiers Who Stayed in Utah"; and Robert Kent Fielding, "A Brief Summary of the Gunnison Massacre."
1857-1994
81 4
Papers Written by Students
Includes Richard G. Moore, "Relationship of Suspicion"; Don Ward, "Albert Cumming"; William Spence, "The Impact of the Utah War upon the Mormon Homefront"; and Lyndon W. Cook, "Thomas L. Kane: Official Arbiter of the Utah War."
1979
81 5
Donald R. Moorman and Gene Sessions, Camp Floyd and the Mormonswith Poll's Annotations
1992
81 6
Norman F. Furniss, The Mormon Conflict with Poll's Annotations
1960

Research and InterviewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
82 1
Bibliographical Materials
82 2
Reviews
82 3
Stanford Bird Interview
1981
82 4
Sarah Moyle Creer Interview
1980
82 5
Arch L. Madsen Interview
1981
82 6
Virginia Moyle Marsh Interview
1980
82 7
Herbert B. Maw Interview
1981
82 8
David Lawrence McKay Interview
1981
82 9
Henry D. Moyle Jr. Interview
1980
82 10
James D. Moyle Interview
1980
82 11
Richard Moyle Interview
1980
82 12
Janet Moyle Nielsen Interview
1981
82 13
Wayne Owens Interview
1981
82 14
Johanna Ruf Peterson Interview
1981
82 15
A. Hamer Reiser Interview
1980
82 16
Robert Sears Interview
1981
82 17
Marion Sims Smith Spafford Interview
1981
82 18
Marie Moyle Wangeman Interview
1981
82 19
Milton L. Weilenman Interview
1981
82 20
Alice Moyle Yeates Interview
1980
82 21
Poll Research Notes Transcription

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Academic freedom--Utah--Provo
  • Anti-communist movements--United States
  • Church and state--Mormon Church
  • Mormon Church--Government
  • Mormon Church--History

Personal Names

  • Brown, Hugh B., 1883-1975
  • Moyle, Henry D.
  • Poll, Richard Douglas, 1918- --Archives
  • Stoddard, Howard J.

Corporate Names

  • Brigham Young University. Dept. of History
  • Western Illinois University--Administration
  • Western Illinois University. Dept. of History

Geographical Names

  • Nauvoo (Ill.)--History

Form or Genre Terms

  • Articles
  • Autobiographies
  • Correspondence
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Instructional materials
  • Lecture notes
  • Notes
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches