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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 Programs publications, 1970-1975

Identifier: UA 551 Series 13
Scope and Contents note

Administrative files the various publications of the Asian Studies department, such as the Newsletter of Research and Japanese Politics; includes periodicals and newspaper clippings on Asia.

Dates: Publication: 1970-1975

Brigham Young University and the People's Republic of China : the first five years

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233275061]
Identifier: UA SC 45
Scope and Contents

Relates the initial educational and cultural exchanges between Brigham Young University and China.

Dates: Publication: 1984

My turn on earth : reflections at sixty-five

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230329085]
Identifier: MSS SC 2972
Scope and Contents Contains information about his early life, education, LDS Church callings and service, employment, family, health, retirement, and favorite quotes. Recounts his early life in Eden, Arizona, 1927-1936; and Thatcher, Arizona, 1949-1952. Also comments on his activities at the University of California Berkeley, 1956-1964; missionary service, 1947-1949; service as a mission president, 1965-1968; work on Brigham Young University faculty, 1962-1992; and residence in Provo, Utah, beginning in...
Dates: 1992; 1992

Spencer J. Palmer collection on the Shizutani School

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8892
Scope and Contents Collection contains materials concerning the Shizutani School located in the Okayama Prefecture of Japan. Materials in the collection include photographs which capture teachers performing a Confucius Ceremony. Also included are the correspondences of Brigham Young University professor of religion, Spencer J. Palmer, and other individuals concerning the Shizutani School located in the Okayama Prefecture of Japan. Subjects of the letters concern attendance and details of the Ceremony. Other...
Dates: approximately 1971-1975

Spencer J. Palmer interview

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3000
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview taken from the included audiocassette. Palmer was interviewed on 30 July and 1 Aug. 1985 by Christopher B. Finuf for Hillam's War Project. Palmer talks about his experiences as a chaplain for the United States Army during the Korean War. Palmer was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 1985

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