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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 photographs, approximately 1968-1976

Identifier: UA 551 Series 14
Scope and Contents note

Three photographs with tracing paper over them. Photo B has cropping marks drawn in and shows a group of men including Dean Spencer Palmer, Professor Lee Farnsworth, and Professor David Montgomery. On the back is written "Asian Studies." Photo D shows the Arc de Triomphe and has "courtesy of Pan Am" on the back with "Asian Studies" written in. Photo E shows the Tower of Big Ben and has "International Relations" written on the back.

Dates: approximately 1968-1976

Asian Studies Program policy statements, 1961-1976

 Series — Box 1: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197231015410]
Identifier: UA 551 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains Five Year Instructional Program details, committee files, Interdisciplinary Program files, budget reports, and memos.

Dates: 1961-1976

Asian Studies Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 551
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, reports, policy statements, and other material created by the Department. Also includes records of the World Conference on Records. Most of the collection covers the period when Spencer Palmer was head of Asian Studies, 1968 through 1975. It does however include budget records from 1961-1975.

Dates: 1961-1975

Asian Studies Program records on campus clubs, 1968-1976

Identifier: UA 551 Series 12
Scope and Contents note

Administrative files for the Society for Asian Studies, Chinese Student Association, and the Korean Club, including material on East-West Week, club registration lists, club approval, memos, correspondence, and regulations.

Dates: 1968-1976

Asian Studies Program records on conferences, 1971-1974

 Series — Box 4: Series 7; Series 8; Series 9 [Barcode: 31197231015444], Folder: 1-4
Identifier: UA 551 Series 7
Scope and Contents

Files on conferences of the Association for Asian Studies Pacific Coast (AASPC), Language Research Center, Utah Valley Symphony Guild, Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, including correspondence, memos, conference information, and minutes.

Dates: 1971-1974

Asian Studies Program records on International Relations Program, 1967-1975

Identifier: UA 551 Series 16
Scope and Contents note

Administrative files on program revision, the Five Year Instructional Program, and faculty and student records (current, inactive, old); includes proposals, budgets, reports, resumes, correspondence, and GPA summaries and grade reports.

Dates: 1967-1975

Asian Studies Program records on job opportunities, 1972-1975

Identifier: UA 551 Series 11
Scope and Contents note

General job description files, as well as files on specific organizations such as the Foreign Agriculture Service, North Pacific Lumber, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Includes pamphlets and form letters.

Dates: 1972-1975

Asian Studies Program records on lecture series, 1973-1974

 Series — Box 3: Series 3; Series 4; Series 5; Series 6 [Barcode: 31197231015436], Folder: 16
Identifier: UA 551 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Asia Colloquim Lecture Series files, including lists of lectures, dates given, speakers, biographical notes, bulletins, flyers, and memos.

Dates: 1973-1974

Asian Studies Program records on official organizations, 1968-1974

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

Administrative files of the Asian Society, Royal Asiatic Society and Social Science Council, including correspondence, chairmen's reports, seminar addresses, newsletters, and grant requests.

Dates: 1968-1974

Asian Studies Program records on World Conference on Records, 1968-1972

 Series — Box 3: Series 3; Series 4; Series 5; Series 6 [Barcode: 31197231015436], Folder: 3-9
Identifier: UA 551 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Administrative files, including incoming and outgoing correspondence, manuscripts, and pamphlets.

Dates: 1968-1972

Additional filters:

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