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David L. Laughlin research files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2327

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research files, correspondence, bibliographical data, photographs, theses, and photocopies of manuscript documents concerning the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas in the 19th and early 20th century. A majority of the research files focus on Lyman Wight and the LDS Colony he established. Other subjects include milling in Texas and early LDS pioneers George Miller, Davis Henry Bays, Charles Waldo Bays, and Robert Franklin McBride. The collection also includes the research files and thesis of Herman Hale Smith. The geographical areas of research are mainly Tyler, Orange, and Bandera Counties, and the towns of Gilmer, Kelsey, Bandera, and Zodiac. Mr. Laughlin conducted research in numerous repositories including the Barker Library, the library at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas State Library, various municipal libraries and various private family and ranch libraries.


  • 1989-1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be used only with permission of the Supervisor of the Reference Services, L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The collection includes photocopies obtained from archives that prohibit additional photocopying. When copies are clearly identified (stamped or with a written notice), patrons must seek permission to copy from the institutions which holds the originals.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from David L. Laughlin research files must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

At the time this collection was assembled, David L. Laughlin worked as a reference librarian for Texas A&M University (1989-1993).


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)



Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

This collection includes the personal research file of Mr. Laughlin and resources files assembled by himself. Laughlin donated these files to L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David L. Laughlin; 2001.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Register of David L. Laughlin research files
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 4
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