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Roger P. Minert papers

Identifier: MSS 8956

Scope and Contents

Contains autobiographical writings, diaries, and audiocassette recordings and transcripts of oral histories with German members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Germany and Austria during World War II. Materials were collected by Roger P. Minert between approximately 2000 and 2011 as he was researching and writing two books, "In Harm's Way," and "Under the Gun," both detailing the lives of German Latter-Day Saints prior to and during the War. Also contains scanned documents, ephemera, and photographs, and other digital files such as statistics, research notes, letters, book revisions and promotional material, and presentation material collected or created by Roger P. Minert while researching and writing these books, dated approximately 1938 to 2011.


  • approximately 2000-2011


Language of Materials

Materials are in both English and German.

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 the Reference Services at

Biographical History

Roger Phillip Minert was born on March 8th, 1952, in Lincoln, Nebraska. From the age of 19 to 23, Roger lived in West Germany and Austria. He went on to study German at Brigham Young University, graudating with a BA in 1977. After teaching German at a high school and working as a financial analyst for a few years, he earned his MA in German Literature from Ohio State University and later a PhD in German language history from the same school. He later became a professor of family history at BYU.

Roger has written over 120 books and articles on German language and history, and spoken at numerous genealogy conferences. He is especially well-known for his work as a professional genealogist. Roger married Jeanne Gardner. They have four daughters.


18 boxes (9 linear ft.)

11 media boxes (2.6 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.04 linear ft.)


Arranged in four series: 1. East German Mission, approximately 2000-2011. 2. West German Mission, approximately 2000-2011. 3. Oral histories, approximately 2000-2011. 4. Electronic records, approximately 1938-2011.

Custodial History

Donated by Roger P. Minert, December 14, 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Roger P. Minert; December 14, 2016.


21st Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts (see 21st Century CDP IV., a., i., 1.)

Processing Information

Processed; Andy VanDomelen; 2019.

Roger P. Minert papers
Andrew VanDomelen
2019 July 8
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States