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Richard Edmond Bennett papers

Identifier: MSS 7670

Scope and Contents

Contains class materials developed by Richard Edmond Bennett to teach courses on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, including lecture notes, course syllabi, handouts, study guides, and tests. Also contains drafts and research notes for Richard Edmond Bennett and John P. Livingstone's unpublished manuscript, "Already to Harvest" on the history of Latter-day Saint missionary work. Materials dated 2002 to 2020.


  • 2002-2020


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Richard Edmond Bennett was born February 20, 1946, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to Evelyn Frances Simpson Bennett and Clifford Jones Bennett. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Texas between 1967 and 1969. He married Patricia Dyer and has five children. He received his Ph.D in United States intellectual history at Wayne State University. He then worked as head of University of Manitoba Special Collections from 1978 to 1997, before moving to Brigham Young University to work as a professor of Church History and Doctrine. He is the author of several books and articles on the history of the Church, Joseph Smith, and the Mormon Exodus, and served as editor for BYU Studies and associate editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. In 2020, Richard and Patricia were called to serve as the directors of the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Richard Edmond Bennett course materials, 2004-2020. 2. Richard Edmond Bennett research notes and drafts of publications, 2002-2009.

Custodial History

Donated by Richard Edmond Bennett in 2010 and 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Edmond Bennett; 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Edmond Bennett; January 6, 2021.


Professional Papers Program, V.b.v.2. "LDS religion instruction and research: Collections that document the teaching and research activities of the religion faculty of the university."

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Processing Information

Processed; Jaymon Roan and Karen Glenn, 2022. Addendum added.

Register of the Richard Edmond Bennett papers
Peter Hoyt, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2010 October 15
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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