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David Kent Jacobs collection on Mormon films

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625
Contains materials related to Jacobs' work for the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio. The Brigham Young University Motion Picture Studio produced many of the early motion pictures for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many original cuts of films like The First Vision and Uncle Ben are on 16 mm film reels are included. Other film projects including the Performing Arts tour Curtain Time, U.S.A. and their original cuts are also included. DVD copies of some of the film reels have also been included. Scripts and film schedules for shooting are included as well as several reference books on different projects that Jacobs was involved in. Dated 1955-1988.

Dates

  • 1955-1988

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearences. Permission to publish material from David Kent Jacobs collection on Mormon films must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collection Board of Curators.

Extent

59 film reels (7 linear ft.)

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Biographical History

David Kent Jacobs (1937- ) is a film director, producer, and screenwriter in Utah.

David Kent Jacobs graduated from Weber College with an Associate of Science and completed his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University 1961. He was part of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department and was involved in multiple productions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jacobs wrote his Master's thesis on "The History of Motion Pictures Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" in 1967 to complete his Master's of Arts at Brigham Young University. Afterwards, he achieved his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Utah.

Jacobs worked for the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for seventeen years and at Nu Skin Enterprises for seventeen years; at both entities he worked as a director and producer for film projects. During his time at the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department he worked on films for both the University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Projects he was involved with include The First Vision, The Mailbox, Uncle Ben, and Curtain Time USA. He was also involved with projects like the satellite broadcast for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' general conference and commercials for Brigham Young University.

Arrangement

Arranged into three series: 1. David Kent Jacobs film collection reference materials, 1964-1983. 2. David Kent Jacobs collection of films, 1955-1988. 3. David Kent Jacobs DVD copies of collection of films, 1960-1982.

Custodial History

Donated by David Kent Jacobs in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David Kent Jacobs; December 6, 2012.

Appraisal

Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; December 2012.

Processed; Joseph Wiest; February 2013.

Processed; Joshua Barton; May 2014.

Creator

Title
Register of David Kent Jacobs collection on Mormon films
Status
completed
Author
Joshua Barton
Date
2012 December 7
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • February 2013: Revised February 2013, Joseph Wiest. Revised May 2014, Joshua Barton.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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