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Black, Susan Easton

 Person

Biographical History

Susan Easton Black (1944-) is a retired professor of Mormon Church history at Brigham Young Univeristy and a prolific writer in Utah.

Susan Easton Black was born in 1944 in Long Beach, California. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned degrees in political science and history. Black married and had three sons, but was divorced six years later. To provide for her family, she went back to school and earned a Master's degree in counseling from San Bernardino. After graduating, Black began teaching at San Bernardino College.

Black decided to continue her education and went on to obtain her Ed.D. in educational psychology with a minor in Church history from Brigham Young University. Upon completing her degree, Black was hired to teach in the College of Family Living in 1978; however, this only lasted for four years before she was asked to move into the BYU religion department. While at BYU, Black has been the associate dean of General Education and Honors and the director of Church history in the Religious Studies Center. In 2000, she received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Black's career has extended outside of the classroom because she has written and edited more than 100 books on religious subjects.

Susan Easton Black married Harvey B. Black. They were together for 25 years before he passed away in 2011. Susan married George Durrant in 2013, and together they are currently serving a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Citation

Deseret Book, via WWW, January 29, 2016 (joined faculty of Brigham Young University in 1978; professor of Church history and doctrine; past associate dean of General Education and Honors; director of Church History in Religious Studies Center; received Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2000; written and edited more than 100 books)

Mormonwiki, via WWW, January 29, 2016 (b. 1944; raised in Long Beach, California; attended Brigham Young University where she earned her degree in political science and history; married and had three sons; divorced after 6 years of marriage; earned Master's degree in counseling from San Bernardio, began teaching at San Bernardino College; obtained her Ed.D. in educational psychology with a minor in Church history from Brigham Young University; hired for 4 years in the College of Family Living; moved into the BYU religion department; married Harvey B. Black for 25 years before he passed away in 2011; married George Durrant in 2013; serving missions in Nauvoo, Illinois)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Shauna Christine Anderson Young research on Scandinavian missionaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370
Scope and Contents Contains files collected and created by Young while researching for the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894," which she co-authored with Susan Easton Black. Files consist primarily of biographical histories and genealogical information of the missionaries who were sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia in the latter part of the 19th century. This information was sent to Young by descendants or other relatives of these missionaries...
Dates: approximately 2003-2007

Susan Easton Black research materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7660
Scope and Contents These are research materials used by Susan Easton Black in an academic capacity. She collected these materials in circa 1988 to research the history of the early saints of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They consist of geneological records, church ordinance records, family lists, and biographical notes pertaining to church history.
Dates: approximately 1976-1988

Illustrious forebearers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1774
Scope and Contents Bound history of the Lindsay and related families. The volume includes genealogical material and maps of various areas in Great Britain (home of some of Susan Easton Black's ancestors). She describes the temporal and spiritual experiences of her ancestors.
Dates: 1978

Oral history interview with Larry C. Porter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8958
Scope and Contents Collection contains an audiocassette and printed transcript of Susan Easton Black's interview with Larry Porter on his personal history. The oral history covers Larry C. Porter's time at Utah State University in 1951, his dealings with Truman Madsen, and his time as a member of the faculty at Brigham Young University. Materials dated January 2007.
Dates: 2007 January

Shauna Christine Anderson Young complete files on Scandinavian missionaries, approximately 2003-2007

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains files for all names of individuals of whom information was sent to Young. Files contain primarily copies of genealogical information and biographical sketches, including some copies and original photographs or images of the ancestor. Also contains some correspondence relative to the publication of "Legacy of Sacrifice," including correspondence with editors and additional authors of the text. Dated approximately 2003-2007.
Dates: approximately 2003-2007

Shauna Christine Anderson Young publication files on Scandinavian missionaries, approximately 2003-2007

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8370 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains files of individuals who were used in the final publication of "Legacy of Sacrifice." Dated approximately 2003-2007.
Dates: approximately 2003-2007