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Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1979 - 2001

Administrative History

The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (1979-2001), also known as FARMS, was an informal collaboration of academics devoted to Mormon historical scholarship.

FARMS was organized by John W. Welch in California in 1979 as a private, not-for-profit educational organization, and was brought to Brigham Young University in 1980. In 1997, FARMS was invited to become part of BYU by Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and chair of the BYU Board of Trustees. In 2001, BYU consolidated FARMS with the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) and the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) to form the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART). In 2006, ISPART was renamed as the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

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WWW.Wikipedia.com-The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (1979-2001) also known as FARMS, was an informal collaboration of academics devoted to Latter-day Saint historical scholarship.

FARMS was organized by John W. Welch in California in 1979 as a private, not-for-profit educational organization, and was brought to BYU in 1980. In 1997, FARMS was invited to become part of BYU by Gordon B. Hinckley, LDS Church president and chairman of the BYU Board of Trustees. In 2001, BYU consolidated FARMS with the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) and the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) to form the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (ISPART). In 2006, ISPART was renamed as the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Hugh Nibley papers on Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), 1981-2000

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 3 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains articles, letters, newsletters, and memorandums collected by Hugh Nibley during his involvement with the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. The content's topics include history of Hugh Nibley, updates and changes in the group, meeting minutes, and scriptural studies. Materials date from 1981 to 2000.

Dates: 1981-2000

Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts board minutes, 1995-2002

 Series — Carton: 2
Identifier: UA 5618 Series 2
Scope and Contents The materials in this series are related to the Board meetings held by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies from 1995-2001 when it was added as part of the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts family. After 2001, the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts finance reports are included.The minutes cover many aspects of both the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and the Institute for the...
Dates: 1995-2002

Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 5618
Scope and Contents Contains materials prepared by the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts and its subsidiary, the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. The material is a mixture of reports, minutes, contracts and legal paperwork, and some audio-visual material from exhibits in the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Of substantial note is the correspondence and...
Dates: 1995-2002

Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts records general files, 1995-2002

 Series — Carton: 3
Identifier: UA 5618 Series 3
Scope and Contents The materials in this series represent many of the articles and projects that the Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies were involved in. Exhibits included in this are the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masada exhibit that was shown at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art from 1996-1997 and from the traveling Dead Sea Scrolls in 2000. These include exhibit floor plans, audio visual presentations,...
Dates: 1995-2002

Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Texts records Dead Sea Scrolls 2002 exhibit, 2001-2002

 Series — Carton: 1
Identifier: UA 5618 Series 1
Scope and Contents The materials in this series are related to the planned 2001-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit that Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would present before and during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ultimately this exhibit was canceled due to rising insurance premiums for artifacts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.The materials included are contracts for the various...
Dates: 2001-2002

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History special project records, 1995-2005

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8009 Series 2 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains records for special projects carried out by the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute, including records on an Eliza R. Snow documentary, Mormon Studies leadership awards and symposia, a Yale Conference entitled God, Humanity and Revelation: Perspectives from Mormon Philosophy and History, international outreach efforts, agendas and proposals of the Council on Religious Endeavors (CORE), coordination with the Brigham Young University Special Collections and church archives, Mormon...
Dates: 1995-2005

Louis C. Midgley lecture notes, 1985-2003

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2806 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains lecture notes from lectures given by prominent figures in the field of Anti-Mormon studies. Manuscripts, correspondence, and legal materials related to Anti-Mormon studies and influenced by lectures attended were also included by Midgley. Materials date from 1985 to 2003.

Dates: 1985-2003

Louis C. Midgley personal papers, approximately 1965-2003

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2806 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains manuscripts, correspondence, and legal materials related anti-Mormon studies by Midgley. Also contains lecure notes taken by Midgley. Materials date from approximately 1965 to 2003.

Dates: approximately 1965-2003

Louis C. Midgley papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 2806
Scope and Contents

Contains manuscripts, correspondence, and legal materials related to anti-Mormon studies by Midgley. Also includes information on a lawsuit involving the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). Materials date from 1965 to 2003.

Dates: Approximately 1965-2003

University Communications files on the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1984-1999

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 4 Sub-Series 18
Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings and press releases relating the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies records during 1984 to 1999.

Dates: 1984-1999