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Phillip R. Kunz papers

Identifier: MSS 8025

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal papers of Kunz, including several files on his family history, such as biographies and journals. Also includes Kunz's personal journals and other papers and notes he wrote, as well as his professional papers and correspondence. His professional papers include several papers and articles authored or co-authored by Kunz. Papers pertain to family history, daily activities, missionary work, as well as sociological topics like gender, family, morality, and religion. Dated approximately 1884 to 2010.


  • approximately 1884-2010


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 Phillip R. Kunz papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Phillip R. Kunz (1936-) is an eminent sociologist and an active member of the Mormon Church.

Phillip R. Kunz was born on July 19, 1936. He grew up in Utah. He enlisted in the army for a few years, then served a mission in Alabama and George around 1957-1958. He met Joyce Sheffield in 1959 and they were married int he Salt Lake Temple on March 18, 1960. Their first child, Jay Phillip Kunz, was born on January 4, 1961. Kunz attended school at Brigham Young University, beginning graduate work in 1962. He went on to receive a Ph.D., then worked as a professor of sociology at the University of Wyoming and later at Brigham Young University. In 1990, he and his wife served a mission to Louisiana Baton Rouge. Kunz was called to serve as a counselor in the BYU 5th Stake Presidency in 2000. In 2005, they served another mission to Moscow, Russia, where they served as Director and Assistant Director in Minsk, Belarus. They currently live in Provo, Utah.


4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Phillip R. Kunz papers on family history, approximately 1884-1981. 2. Phillip R. Kunz personal papers, approximately 1967-2010. 3. Phillip R. Kunz professional papers, approximately 1958-1997.

Custodial History

Donated by Phillip Kunz in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Phillip Kunz; 2012.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Kunz was an eminent sociologist at the University of Wyoming and at Brigham Young University and an active member of the Mormon Church.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Addition processed; Erin Owens; May 2015.

Register of Phillip R. Kunz papers
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Samuelsen, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
2012 May 10
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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