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Hugh Nibley family and personal papers, 1920-2006

Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to the life of Hugh Nibley and his family. Included in his personal papers are letters, military papers, ads, journals, missionary papers, lectures, and ephemera that document correspondence with friends and family, and stages of and events throughout his life. Also included are papers written by and about members of his family documenting their history and areas of study. Materials date from 1920 to 2006.


  • 1920-2006


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with some papers in Greek, German, and Arabic.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Hugh Nibley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Hugh Nibley (1910-2005) was a religion professor and author in Utah. He is well known for his writings on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Winder Nibley was born March 27, 1910 to Alexander and Agnes Sloan Nibley in Portland, Oregon. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1927 to 1929. Nibley received a PhD in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley after already graduating in history from UCLA with highest honors in 1934. He then served in the United States Army during the Second World War. In 1946 he married Phyllis Ann Draper and together they had nine children. Nibley began teaching ancient scripture and ancient history at Brigham Young University also in 1946 and he retired in 1975. He is well known as an apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Nibley died in Provo, Utah on February 24, 2005.


21 boxes

11 folders


Arranged in five subseries: 1. Hugh Nibley correspondence, 1920-2003. 2. Hugh Nibley financial papers, 1949-1999. 3. Hugh Nibley papers about family, 1934-2006. 4. Hugh Nibley personal papers, 1927-2005, bulk 1963-1997. 5. Hugh Nibley journals and calendars, 1925-2002.

Additional files separate from subseries also series listed following subseries.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States