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Max H. Russell mission papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6202

Scope and Contents note

Max H. Russell was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California from 1932 to 1934. The first folder contains the book compiled in 1934 by Russell and George Rytting concerning explanatory material for the use of the archaeological film-strip they worked on with pictures included. It also contains the correspondence between Russell and other church leaders regarding different utlizations of church materials as well as the Stenogrpahic Report of The Book of Mormon class, a program of the San Bernardino Branch and District Conference, and a bibliography of the Maya Area. The second folder contains the written interview conducted by David Whittaker to Max Russell primarily about his mission. It also contains the mission news, and the church document "Forgotten Empires: Before Columbus" by Gordon B. Hinckley. Most of the folder is correspondence regarding the use of the filmstrip in the mission to local church leaders. One of the main focuses of this collection is regarding the early visual aids used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • 1933-1936


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Max H. Russell mission papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Max Hoover Ruseel (1912-) was a Mormon missionary in California and Arizona.

Max Hoover Russell was born on 8 March 1912 in Provo, Utah. Russell was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Mission including parts of Arizona from 1932 to 1934. He helped research about archaeological findings in connection to The Book of Mormon to initiate more interest in the church at that time.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of two folders from the mission of Max. H. Russell from 1932-1934. It contains correspondence, photographs, booklets, as well as a transcribed interview with Max H. Russell. Most of the documents are regarding the use of the Book of Mormon tour using a film strip showing archaeological sites at ancienct ruins to spark interest in the church.

Custodial History note

Donated by Max H. Russell in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Max H. Russell; 1987.

Appraisal note

Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because of Russell's Mormon mission in Calfornia and Arizona.

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 2998; 1988 interview on audiocasette of David Whittaker interviewing Max Russell about his mission.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Max H. Russell mission papers
Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator
11 July 2008
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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