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Arrington, Leonard J.



  • Existence: 1917 - 1999

Biographical History

Leonard J. Arrington (1917-1999) was an author and historian in Utah. He served as Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1972 to 1982.

Leonard James Arrington was born on July 2, 1917 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He aspired to be a farmer, as his parents were, and studied at the University of Idaho. He studied agricultural science in 1935, later changing to agricultural economics. He married Grace Fort in 1942. A year later, he served in World War II for the United States, where he was stationed in North Africa and Italy until 1946. He had three children: Susan, Carl, and James, who he wrote letters to often. He also wrote a variety of publications about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. In 1972, he was appointed Church Historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in that calling until 1982. In 1982, his wife Grace died, and in 1983 Arrington was remarried to Harriet Ann Horne. He lived in Salt Lake City for the majority of his life.

Arrington passed away on February 11, 1999.

His Orderville, Utah, 1954.

His Adventures of a church historian, c1998: CIP t.p. (Leonard J. Arrington) pub. info. (Leonard James Arrington)

W. W. Clyde, the builder, 1999: CIP t.p. (Leonard J. Arrington) p. ix (d. 02-11-1999)

Wikipedia, Dec. 9, 2010 (Leonard J. Arrington; Leonard James Arrington; b. July 2, 1917 in Twin Falls, Idaho; d. Feb. 11, 1999 in Salt Lake City, Utah; author, historian; Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; served in U.S. Army, 1943-1946; member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; professor at Utah State University, 1946-1972; professor at Brigham Young University, 1972-1987; Church Historian for the Church, 1972-1982)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Leonard J. Arrington letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7667
Scope and Contents This collection contains 28 folders, housed in 2 hollinger boxes. The collection is approximately 1500 pages long. This collection is a compilation of letters that Arrington wrote to his children once they were all out of the house. His secretary, Chris Croft, typed and xeroxed a large portion of the letters. However, later most of the letters were typed out by Arrington. The letters also contain a few diary excerpts and newspaper clippings that Arrington sent to his children. The letters...
Dates: 1972-1999

Leonard J. Arrington miscellaneous images

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 628
Scope and Contents

Leonard J. Arrington miscellaneous images collection contains about 40 photographs mostly about sailing ships and scenery. There are also prints of Western American scenes.

Dates: 1880-1960

Lecture series collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 72
Scope and Contents

Recordings of lectures given September 22, and November 3, 1982; and January 19, and March 9, 1983. Subjects discussed includeed Mormonism and secularization; the Utah Territorial Militia; the influence of Mormonism in Colonia Dublan, Chiuahua, Mexico; and the settlement of Cache and Weber valleys, Utah.

Dates: 1982-1983

Ted Lyon research on T. Edgar Lyon

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2372
Scope and Contents

Contains research material on T. Edgar Lyon, Sr., drafts of the T. Edgar Lyon biography, miscellaneous materials regarding T. Edgar Lyon, cassette tapes of oral interviews regarding T. Edgar Lyon, and transcripts of the cassette tapes.

Dates: 1903-2000

Magic Valley pioneers : a photographic record of N. W. and Edna Corn Arrington

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231019669]
Identifier: MSS 6842

A bound manuscript entitled Magic Valley Pioneers: A Photographic Record of N.W. and Edna Corn Arrington, compiled by Leonard J. Arrington in 1991.

Dates: 1991

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher journal drafts and paper manuscripts, 1975-1996

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1979 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains journal and manuscript drafts collected by Beecher. Includes manuscripts for the Association of Mormon Letters, drafts for Sisters in Spirit and New Views of Mormon History, bibliographies, screenplays, and related correspondence and other materials. Also contains various journals and pamphlets including issues of The Creative Woman, Sunstone, Ensign, and BYU Today. Includes various life histories, including records on Duncan McArthur and his wives and Leonard Arrington. Topics...
Dates: 1975-1996

Oral history interview with J. Roman Andrus

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 37
Scope and Contents

Interview by Leonard Arrington with J. Roman Andrus concerning his childhood, art education, teaching experiences at BYU, and thoughts on the art world and the destiny of BYU. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1980

The Utah Eastern Railroad and its predecessors

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322239]
Identifier: MSS SC 2329
Scope and Contents

Carbon copy of a typewritten essay. The item was published in the Utah Historical Quarterly in the Jan. 1955 issue. The item relates to the efforts to bring coal by rail from the eastern areas of Utah.

Dates: 1955

Voices from the Past collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1526

The Leonard J. Arrington Voices from the Past collection contains submissions for a contest held during a BYU Education Week in 1980. The records date from 1830 to 1980.

Dates: 1830-1980