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Oral history interview with James B. Allen

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 157

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 September 26, 1988 and April 10, 1989. Allen describes why he chose to teach history at BYU. He gives an account of his employment with the BYU History Department, discusses different aspects of his career, and describes his contributions to the History Department and the University. Includes sound recording and transcript.


  • 1988-1989


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 Oral history interview with James B. Allen must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

James. B. Allen (b. 1927) is an American historian of Mormonism and was the Assistant Church Historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1972-1979. As a professor at Brigham Young University (1964-1992) he taught in the religion and history departments and was chair of the history department from 1981-1987. Upon his retierment he served as a senior research fellow with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. He was one of the founders of the Mormon History Association and served as its president in 1972.


1 volume (55 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 James B. Allen
Jennifer Kim
2011 August 18
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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