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Oral history interview with Douglas F. Tobler

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 152

Scope and Contents

Interview conducted by Richard Poll as part of the Brigham Young University Archives Joint Oral History Project of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association Emeritus Club on August 11, 1988. Tobler describes why he chose to teach history at BYU. He gives an account of his employment with the BYU History Department and discusses different aspects of his career including his love affair with European History.


  • 1988


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oral history interview with Douglas F. Tobler must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas F. Tobler was a history professor in Utah.

Douglas F. Tobler is a native of Cedar City, Utah. He served as a missionary in the Swiss-Austrian Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Tobler and his wife, the former Carol Noble, are the parents of four children. Among other callings in the Church, Tobler has served as a bishop.

While on the BYU faculty Tobler also served for a time as associate dean of general education and honors. Tobler served from 1998-2001 as president of the Poland Warsaw Mission of the LDS Church. Among works by Tobler are Mormonism: A Faith for All Cultures (co-edited with F. LaMond Tullis, Arthur Henry King and Spencer J. Palmer), and History of The Mormons in Photographs and Texts. Tobler also translated and edited with Alan F. Keele, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe's The Price: A True Story of a Mormon Who Defied Hitler. Tobler was also the editor of the Remembrance, Repentance and Reconciliation a collection made in 1998 of articles about the Churches and the Holocaust. Tobler has also written articles on LDS German, Russian, and Holocaust history for BYU Studies. He also wrote a book chapter in which he considered how European rejection of human rights brought upon them the horrors of World War II and how things have been better since that war. Tobler also wrote an article for the Ensign about the Mormons in 19th Century Britain. Tobler has also written on the Swiss in Utah in a way that shows his broad understanding of both Utah history and Swiss intellectual history.


1 volume (33 leaves)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)




Part of University Archives; department records (University Archives collecting policy July 2003).
Register of Oral history interview with Douglas F. Tobler
Jennifer Kim
2011 August 18
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States