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Interviews with John Mills Whitaker

Identifier: MSS 9627

Scope and Contents

Three reel-to-reel 1/4 inch audio tapes containing interviews with John Mills Whitaker in 1958. John discusses events from his life, as well as interactions with presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the manifesto on polygamy. The interviewee is not identified.


  • 1958


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

John Mills Whitaker was born October 16, 1863, in Centerville, Utah, to Elizabeth Mills and Thomas William Whitaker. He married Ida Oakley on September 21, 1886, in Logan, Utah. From 1897 to 1900 he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States Mission. John was appointed as the first business teacher at the University of Deseret (now University of Utah) and was one of the first seminary teachers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John also taught shorthand and letter-writing, typing, and phonetics. At age 56, he earned a degree from the University of Utah. John was instrumental in establishing the first library in Salt Lake City. He died April 2, 1960.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Purchased from Lyman C. Pedersen in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase; Lyman C. Pedersen; 2002.


History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of recordings available for use in the Reading Room.

Related Materials

See also John Taylor letters (MSS SC 1551); John Mills Whitaker diaries (MSS 293) Letter, Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bishop John M. Whitaker, Sugarhouse, Utah (MSS SC 361).

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; December 2023.

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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