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Richard H. Cracroft papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2587

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains the papers of Richard H. Cracroft, beginning in 1956 with Cracroft's mission, and ending in 2006. They include his personal correspondence, journals, published/unpublished articles, files, and church papers.

Dates

  • 1956-2006

Creator

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 the Richard H. Cracroft papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Richard Holton Cracoft (born 1936) was a Mormon missionary, professor, university administrator, and ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

Richard Holton Cracroft was born June 28, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended high school in Utah and served as the Senior Class President. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Utah, after which he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Swiss-Austria Mission. Soon after his mission release, he married Janice Marie Alger in the Salt Lake Temple on September 17, 1959. He then continued his education at the University of Utah, receiving his BA in August 1961, and his MA in August 1963.

From 1963 to 1966, Cracroft was an Instructor of English at Brigham Young University (BYU). He then went on to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to work on his PhD, which he completed in October 1969. He returned to Brigham Young University to be a Professor of English from 1969 to 2001. He retired on July 1, 2001.

During his time at BYU, Cracroft served as Chair of the Department of English, Dean of the College of Humanities, Director of the American Studies Program, and Director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature. He has also served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, stake president, mission president, and branch president of the Missionary Training Center.

Extent

39 cartons (39 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

Collection contains the papers of Richard H. Cracroft, beginning in 1956, with Cracroft's mission, and ending in 2001. They include his personal correspondence, journals, published/unpublished articles, files, and church papers.

Other Finding Aids note

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

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2587.xml

Custodial History note

Donated to BYU by Richard H. Cracroft, in several installments, in the years 2000, 2001, and 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Richard H. Cracroft; 2000, 2001, and 2003.

Appraisal note

This collection includes the papers of a prominent BYU English professor, who also served an LDS mission and in various other LDS Church callings.

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

Processing Information note

Processed; 2003. Processed; Mary Downs; 2009. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif; 2011.
Title
Register of Richard H. Cracroft papers
Status
Completed
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States