Brigham Madsen audio-visual collection, 1986-1994

Overview of the Collection

Madsen, Brigham D.
Brigham Madsen audio-visual collection
1986-1994 (inclusive)
1 VHS videocassette, 5 audiocassettes
Collection Number
The Brigham Madsen audio-visual collection (1986-1994) consists of video and audio recordings of speeches, interviews, and radio broadcasts covering a variety of religious and Western historical subjects. Dr. Brigham D. Madsen is a historian, educator, and author of several works concerning Western/Native American history. He has served as chair of the University of Utah History Department and earned academic honors including the Distinguished Teacher of the Year.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
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

Brigham Dwaine Madsen (b.1914), was raised in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1935 he served a Mormon mission to the Cumberland Mountains. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in history. Travels abroad to Germany during World War II saw him act as chief historian for Patton's Third Army, where he observed the War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg, among other significant experiences.

After the war, he accepted a faculty position at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His curiosity about Mormon history soon brought him head to head with the limits of academic freedom there at that time, ultimately resulting in his resignation and forcing him to work in construction for seven years until a Utah State University position opened. Madsen turned his attention to Native American history. In pursuing the truth about an 1862 military campaign against the Northwestern Shoshoni, he discovered that the engagement was not a battle but a brutal slaughter. His dogged persistence in this area resulted in the establishment of the Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark. There was similar controversy in his writings on other Western topics, including Mormon history.

Dr. Madsen also served as chair of the University of Utah History Department, director of libraries, deputy academic vice president, and administrative vice president. He was honored for his efforts with a Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters and two awards from the University of Utah: Honorary Doctor of Humanities and Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

He is the author of eight books: Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Western Historian, The Bannock of Idaho, Corinne: The Gentile Capital of Utah, Exploring the Great Salt Lake: The Stansbury Expedition of 1848-50, Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Connor, The Lemhi: Sacajawea's People, The Northern Shoshoni, and The Shoshoni Frontier and the Bear River Massacre. He is the co-author of: North to Montana! Jehus, Bullwhackers, and Mule Skinners on the Montana Trail. He is the editor of three works:A Forty-Niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-1850, The Now Generation: Student Essays on Social Change in the Sixties, and Studies of the Book of Mormon. He has also authored several monograph-length studies and contributed to such books as The Feminine Frontier: Wyoming Women, 1850-1900.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Brigham Madsen Audio Visual collection (1986-1994) consists of video and audio recordings of speeches, interviews, and radio broadcasts covering a variety of religious and Western historical subjects.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged chronologically and by subject.

Processing Note

Processed by Lorraine Crouse in 1999.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Studies of the Book of Mormon

VHS videocassette
Dr. Brigham Madsen and Dr Sterling McMurrin, B. H. Roberts - Hinckley Institute.
1986 May 06
2 Brigham Madsen on Almo

Aired on National Public Radio (NPR)
1994 February 16
3 B. H. Roberts I

4 B. H. Roberts II

5 Sterling McMurrin

1994 April 21
6 Dr. Brigham D. Madsen: "Sunday Afternoon at the Marriott"

J. Willard Marriott Library lecture series
1999 March 07

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Book of Mormon--Criticism, interpretation, etc.

Personal Names

  • Roberts, B. H.(Brigham Henry), 1857-1933

Form or Genre Terms

  • moving images
  • sound recordings