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Eugene Thompson research collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1542

Scope and Contents

Contains the materials Thompson collected during his research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and evolution. Includes correspondence, newspaper excerpts, publications, and journal entries. Most of the collection consists of photocopies. These materials present a broad sampling of Mormon views and opinions concerning this topic. The majority of the collection deals with the views of Church leaders in the 20th century, including Joseph F. Smith, B. H. Roberts, James E. Talmage, David O. McKay, and Joseph Fielding Smith.


  • 1875-1974


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 publish material from the Eugene Thompson research collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Eugene Thompson (1944-2018) was a Mormon professor and author in Idaho.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials were received without a discernable order, and were arranged by the archives in alphabetical order by author.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The entire collection was formed by Thompson and was later donated by him in April 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Eugene Thompson; April 1975.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.III, 2007).


See also Duane E. Jeffrey, "Seers, Servants, and Evolution: The Uncomfortable Interface," Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought 8 (Autumn-Winter 1973): 41-75; "We Don't Know: A Survey of Mormon Responses to Evolutionary Biology," in Wilford M. Hess, Raymond T. Matheny, and Donlu D. Thayer, eds., Science and Religion (Geneva, Illinois: Paladin House, Publisher, 1979), volume 2, pp. 23-37; Richard Sherlock, "A Turbulent Spectrum: Mormon Reactions to the Darwinist Legacy," Journal of Mormon History 5 (1978): 33-59; "Campus in Crisis, BYU, 1911," Sunstone 4 (January-February 1979): 10-16; Jeffrey E. Keller, "Discussion Continued: The Sequel to the Roberts/Smith/Talmage Affair," Dialogue 15 (Spring 1982): 79-98; F. Kent Nielson, "The Gospel and the Scientific View: How Earth Came to Be," The Ensign 10 (September 1980): 67-72; David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers, eds., God and Nature, Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986).

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker; March 1986 (Revision October 1997).

Register of the Eugene Thompson research collection
David J. Whittaker and Chad Orton
1986 March
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States