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David S. King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1541

Scope and Contents

Consists of journals, correspondence, speeches, notes, news clippings, press releases, government documents, and photographs relating to King's personal life, church and missionary work, and political and diplomatic careers. Materials date from approximately 1937 to 1985.


  • approximately 1937-1985


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Mission diaries, 1986-1989: Donor restricted. Permission to use items must be obtained from the donor in writing.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the David S. King papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David S. King (1917-2009) was a lawyer and politician in Utah. He served in the United States Congress representing Utah.

David Sjodahl King was born on June 20, 1917 to William Henry King and Vera Bergita Sjodahl in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up and was educated in Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 1937. After receiving his bachelor’s he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1937 to 1939. After returning from his mission, he then attended Georgetown University where he received a law degree. King married Roaslie Lehner and they are the parents of eight children.

King served as a representative to the United States Congress from 1959 to 1963. In 1967, he was appointed as the United States Ambassador to Madagascar and Mauritius and served until 1969. For the rest of his career King practiced law in Washington, D.C. He also served as an alternate director at the World Bank.

He retired in 1986 and spent more time serving in his church. He served as a mission president in Haiti from 1986 to 1989, the president of the Washington, D.C. LDS temple from 1990-1993, and beginning in 2005 served as a patriarch for his stake. King passed away on May 5, 2009 in Kensington, Maryland.


20 boxes (10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in Special Collections Reference and on the Internet.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by King in 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; King; 1985.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Register of David S. King papers
Megan Furcini
2011 March 14
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