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William G. Hartley papers

Identifier: MSS 6357

Scope and Contents

The William G. Hartley papers contains student work from HIST 397R, an Independent Study family history class, a History 433 class, and student paper submissions from the British Sesquicentennial Family History Writing Contest collection of student papers. The collection also contains a draft of a history of the Delta Phi Kappa fraternity, correspondance, project proposals, and other documents related to Hartley's work and research with the Joseph Fielding Smith Insitute. Hartley's research materials include notes and drafts for the biography Hartley wrote about Ray and Nellie Reeves and their family, as well as a copy of the final publication.


  • 1948-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Series one is restricted. All other materials open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

William G. Hartley was born in 1942. He married Linda Perry in 1965 and they are the parents of six children. He began working at Brigham Young University in 1980 in the History Department. He wrote numerous historical books and articles with a focus on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He co-edited three volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, and was a longtime member of the Mormon History Association and founding president of the Mormon Trails Association. William passed away in 2018.


18 cartons (18 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. William G. Hartley collection of student papers and contest entries, 1981-2010. 2. William G. Hartley teaching materials, 1975-1999. 3. William G. Hartley research materials on Nellie and Ray Reeves, 1948-1985.

Custodial History

Donated by William G. Hartley in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; William G. Hartley; October 2008.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history regarding early pioneers (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VI, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Daniel Sullivan, Glenda Lynn Ainsworth, student processors, John M. Murphy, curator; 2008.

Processing Information

Processed; Megan Hall Thompson; 2021.

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt; November 2010.

  • Poor quality photocopies of primary resources, such as court and vital records, microfilmed family history records, and copies of documents from archives
Register of the William G. Hartley papers
Daniel Sullivan, student processor, Glenda Lynn Ainsworth, student processor, Megan Thompson Hall, student processor, and Peter Hoyt, student processor, John M. Murphy, curator
2008 October
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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