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McKay, David O. (David Oman), 1873-1970



  • Existence: 1873 - 1970

Biographical History

David O. McKay (1873-1970) was a teacher and educator as well as the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 to 1970.

David Oman McKay was born in 1873 in Huntsville, Utah. In 1897 he graduated from the University of Utah and immediately afterward was called to serve a two-year mission to Scotland for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On January 2, 1901, he and Emma Ray Riggs were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children together, one of whom died as a child. Although he began as a teacher, McKay eventually became principal at Weber Stake Academy (now Weber State University) and served on the Board of Trustees from 1908 to 1912. He later served on the Board of Regents of the University of Utah (1921-1922) and the Board of Trustees of Utah State Agricultural College (1940-1941). He was superintendent of the Church's Sunday schools from 1918 to 1934, and in 1919 he became its first Commissioner of Education. From 1922 to 1924 he served as President of the European Mission and from 1951 to 1970 he served as the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

McKay died on January 18, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ancient apostles, 1918: t.p. (David O. McKay), via WWW, Feb. 13, 2006 (David O. McKay b. Sept. 8, 1873, born and spent his youth in Huntsville, Utah; d. Jan. 18, 1970 in Salt Lake City; served as 9th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1951 to 1970)

education.byu, via WWW, December 17, 2014 (David O. McKay; 1951-1970 President of church; b. 1873 Huntsville; 1897 graduated; Scotland two year mission; Principal Weber Stake Academy; 1908-1912 Board of Trustees; 1921-1922 Board of Regents; 1940-1941 Board of Trustees in Utah State Agricultural College; 1918-1934 superintendent of Church's Sunday Schools; 1919 first commissioner of eduation; 1922-1924 President European mission)

UPB files, Feb. 13, 2006 (McKay, David Oman, 1873-1970; usage: David O. McKay)

Found in 66 Collections and/or Records:

First Presidency letter to all mission presidents in foreign areas

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233267928]
Identifier: MSS 6067

Letter to all mission presidents in foreign areas from the First Presidency concerning “purchase of future branch meetinghouse sites in foreign areas,” 1961.

Dates: 1961

Founder's Day report

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231028314]
Identifier: UA 91
Scope and Contents

Report prepared by Brown, a student and secretary to Franklin S. Harris, concerning Founder's Day, October 16, 1941. Also concerns dedication of Joseph Smith Building with statements by Harris, Joseph Fielding Smith, and David O. McKay.

Dates: 1941

Graduation photographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233620498]
Identifier: UA 1012
Scope and Contents

Photographs of students receiving diplomas and shaking hands with President David O. McKay at a Brigham Young University graduation sometime in the early 1950s.

Dates: approximately 1950

Roscoe A. Grover collection

 Collection — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197227655526]
Identifier: MSS 3706
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of Roscoe A. Grover, David O. McKay, Spencer W. Kimball, and Marion G. Romney. Also in the collection are two scrapbooks containing photos, newspaper articles, and other miscellaneous artifacts documenting Roscoe Grover and his KSL-TV show "Uncle Roscoe's Playtime Party." There are also photographs of Grover's son, Paul Grover.

Dates: 1932-1975

Joseph Smith Jarvis letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230331552]
Identifier: MSS SC 3002
Scope and Contents

Letter from Joseph Jarvis to Commissioner David O. McKay asking for a meeting with McKay to discuss some Brigham Young University student problems.

Dates: 1920

John N. Weston and Brad Weston collection of LDS Church pamphlets for youth, 1947-1959

 Series — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197235224968], Folder: 6
Identifier: MSS 8213 Series 3
Scope and Contents

This series is composed of pamphlets that were given to youth throughout the 1950s, addressing topics including standards and personal development. There is also a letter written by David O. McKay in reply to a Brigham Young University student in 1947, and a photocopy of a Brigham Young University Summer Universe dated July 1962.

Dates: 1947-1959

Harold B. Lee letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230313386]
Identifier: MSS SC 1588
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of three letters addressed to Gil Hodges and signed by Harold B. Lee and David O. McKay, presidents of the Mormon Church. The letters concern the sealing of women to their husbands and the ligitimacy of the use of birth control.

Dates: 1969-1973

David O. McKay letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2381
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter dated 12 Dec. 1942 and addressed to Francis W. Kirkham, Mormon author and businessman. McKay thanks Kirkham for giving him a book which Kirkham had written.

Dates: 1942 December 12

David O. McKay letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230237023]
Identifier: MSS SC 264
Scope and Contents

TLS which presents his views on blacks and the Mormon Priesthood in a letter to John E. Denhalter, Jr.

Dates: 1947

David O. McKay letter

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230319771]
Identifier: MSS SC 2156
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter addressed to William Conover and signed by David O. McKay. McKay commends Conover and other former Mormon missionaries for translating "What Jesus Taught" into the Tahitian language.

Dates: 1948