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Arthur Henry King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8480

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal and professional papers from Arthur Henry King. Includes papers on Shakespeare, linguistics, King's papers as a professor, his work with the British Council, diaries, written works, papers on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ranges of numbered research notes on index cards, and other personal papers. Dates range from approximately 1900 to 2000.


  • approximately 1900-2000


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Henry King (1910-2000) was an English professor in Utah.

Arthur Henry King was born on February 20, 1910 to Quaker parents. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1931. He then went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Lund, in Sweden. He taught English and English literature for fourteen years at the universities in Lund and Stockholm.

For twenty-eight years, he served on the British Council, which supervises overseas educational and cultural affairs for the British government. He was twice decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for this work.

In 1966, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and, in 1971, he joined the faculty of Brigham Young University. He taught there from 1971 until 1996. Following his retirement from BYU, he presided over the London England Temple of the Church. King had an international reputation as a poet, author and lecturer. He died on January 15, 2000.


119 cartons (119 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

12 media boxes (5.4 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Camille Williams and Fred Pinnegar, former students and employees of Arthur Henry King, inherited King's papers. King's papers were then formally donated to Special Collections on March 4, 2008. Installments of the King papers were received in 1984, 1987, and 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Camille Williams and Fred Pinnegar; March 4, 2008.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; November 5, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Michael Turner and Hayley Gorham; 2018.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; May 4, 2021; Added boxes of research notes.

Register of Arthur Henry King papers
In Progress
Erin Owens
2015 November 5
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States