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Donald Godfrey collection of oral histories and biographies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3297

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of oral histories and biographies collected by Donald Godfrey in the 1980s. Includes documentation on the Mormon experience, as well as that of the Paiute Indians.


  • approximately 1980-1989


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 Donald Godfrey collection of oral histories and biographies must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Donald Godfrey is a professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This collection consists primarily of interviews he conducted of Arizona residents and of other miscellaneous histories he gathered.


1 box (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



1. "Personal History Interview and Life Story of Franklin Lant Haymore", compiled by Donald Godfrey, June 1983 (Lant was president of the Arizona State Genealogical Society in Tucson, Arizona and president of the Franklin Demarcus Haymore Family Organization). 2. "Trella Scarlett Ellsworth Personal History Interview," conducted by Donald Godfrey, June 1988 (Trella is from Arizona and has served as Relief Society President, Stake Relief Society President, and ward and Stake Young Women's President). 3. "Life Story of ElDean Bennett, 1928-2001," compiled by ElDean Bennett and family (Bennett worked for the Utah radio station KSL and his life story includes information about the history of KSL). 4. "Kenneth Harold McLean: Oral History Interview," conducted by Donald Godfrey, 1982 (McLean served as the bishop in Tucson, Arizona). 5. "Ronald H. Bean Personal History Interview," conducted by Donald Godfrey, July 1984 (Bean was a bishop in the Seattle, Washington area). 6. "Burk Family History," by Lot S. Burk (the Burks are an Arizona family). 7. "Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Oral History Project, July-December 1985" (information collected on ten topics of Paiute life from fourteen members of the Paiute Indian Tribe). 8. "Philo Dibble's Reminiscences of Early Church History and the Prophet Joseph Smith," compiled by Marilyn A. Smith and Celia Smith, 1995. 9. "Facing the Fire," and "Hardship," by Warren A. Pease (Two narrative accounts of life experiences. Pease eventually settled in Tucson, Arizona. Also included are digitally reproduced, printed photographs of Warren A. Pease's grandfather and family on their homestead in Star Valley [Wyoming]).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Donald Godfrey.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Jana Lloyd; 2006.

Register of Donald Godfrey collection of oral histories and biographies
Garrett Schroath
2011 October 11
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States