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Palmer, Spencer J.


Biographical History

Spencer J. Palmer (1927-2000) was a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Spencer J. Palmer was born in 1927 in Eden, Arizona. He was raised in Thatcher, Arizona. He attended Eastern Arizona College before transferring to Brigham Young University. He took two years during his time at BYU to serve as a missionary in California. He left Brigham Young with a bachelor's degree. He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining a master's in East Asiatic Studies and a PhD in Oriental history. He married Shirley Ann Hadley in 1956 before he returned to Brigham Young University to teach church history and doctrine as a professor and was a scholar of comparative religion.

Palmer served as a chaplain for the US military in Korea and Japan. He would continue his ventures in Asia in 1993 when the Chinese government asked him to teach comparative religion to Ethnic Minority Groups in China. Palmer's death occurred seven years later, in 2000.

Religious Studies Center, via WWW, Oct. 20, 2016 (Palmer, Spencer J.; b. 1927 Eden, Arizona; raised in Thatcher, Arizona; Eastern Arizona College; transferred to BYU, bachelor's; University of California, Berkeley, master's East Asiatic studies, PhD Oriental history; California Mission; m. 1956 Shirley Ann Hadley; US military chaplain, Korea, Japan; professor, Church history and doctrine, BYU, scholar of comparative religion; director of world religions division and Center for International and Area studies at BYU; predecessor to Kennedy Center; 1993 professor comparative religion, China, ethnic minority groups, chinese gov't called him; d. 2000)

Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:

Asian Studies Program audio-visual aids, 1971-1974

 Sub-Series — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197231015428], Folder: 4-5
Identifier: UA 551 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains film comments, and correspondence with BYU Educational Media Services.

Dates: 1971-1974

Asian Studies Program correspondence, 1971-1976

Identifier: UA 551 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains letters, memorandums, and other documents related to the administration of the program. Materials date from between 1971 and 1976.

Dates: 1971-1976

Asian Studies Program directory of Mormon Asian scholars, 1968-1972

 Series — Box 3: Series 3; Series 4; Series 5; Series 6 [Barcode: 31197231015436], Folder: 10-15
Identifier: UA 551 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Administrative files on Asian Studies programs, personal biographical information, correspondence, and directory typescript.

Dates: 1968-1972

Asian Studies Program faculty records, 1968-1975

 Series — Box 4: Series 7; Series 8; Series 9 [Barcode: 31197231015444], Folder: 5-6
Identifier: UA 551 Series 8
Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence and Federal Aid to Education files, including media responses, clippings, and biographical information.

Dates: 1968-1975

Asian Studies Program housekeeping records, 1970-1977

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 551 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains aAdministrative files, including information on the Honors Program, University Studies, Asian Studies scholarships, Asian Study Abroad programs, Travel Study, and the Consortium for International Education. Includes memos, schedules, course offerings, articles, flyers, correspondence, clippings, and fact sheets.

Dates: 1970-1977

Asian Studies Program incoming memos, 1972-1976

 Sub-Series — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197231015428], Folder: 1-2
Identifier: UA 551 Series 2 Sub-Series 1

Asian Studies Program job inquiries, 1971-1975

 Sub-Series — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197231015428], Folder: 6-10
Identifier: UA 551 Series 2 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains letters, resumes and responses, and general job inquiries.

Dates: 1971-1975

Asian Studies Program miscellany, approximately 1975-1976

Identifier: UA 551 Series 15
Scope and Contents note

Activity calendar, master index of slides in World History, and two articles, "Children Must Learn to Fear" and "Nixon Resigns".

Dates: approximately 1975-1976

Asian Studies Program miscellany, 1969-1976

Identifier: UA 551 Series 10
Scope and Contents note

Statistical files on student enrollment, BYU class rolls, and Junior English Proficiency, including reports, admissions, demographics, and pass/fail lists.

Dates: 1969-1976

Asian Studies Program outgoing memos, 1972-1976

 Sub-Series — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197231015428], Folder: 3
Identifier: UA 551 Series 2 Sub-Series 2

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Archival Object 20
Collection 5
Education 16
Colleges and Universities 15
Letters 10
Memorandums 9
Reports 4