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Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project records on Dallas, Texas, 1988 June-August

Identifier: UA 1191 Series 9 Sub-Series 3 Sub-Series 3

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.

Scope and Contents

Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project interviews on audiocassette, conducted in Dallas, Texas. Dated June to August 1988.


  • 1988 June-August


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Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

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Biographical / Historical

Marilyn Curtis White was born in 1941 in Washington, D.C. She married Weston J. White, an attorney, and had eight children. She graduated from Brigham Young University for the first time in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She graduated from BYU with her master’s degree in American history in 1989. In 1994, she worked as a history consultant, history teacher, and historian in Beaumont, California. She also worked as an author, a freelance writer, a lobbyist at the Hawaii State Legislature, the editor of The Forum (a newsletter for Hana Pono), and the resource chair for the American Association of Women.

Biographical / Historical

The Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project was established in the mid-1980s in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University. It was later transferred to the Marriott School of Management, where it remained until the project was completed in 2007.

The project worked to collect oral histories and other documentation about Latter-day Saints that migrated out of Utah and took up leadership roles in business and communities elsewhere in the United States. The project was administered by G. Wesley and Marian Ashby Johnson.

Biographical / Historical

G. Wesley Johnson Jr. was born April 28, 1932, to George Wesley Johnson and Matilda Zoe Hansen, in Mesa, Arizona. Wesley attended Brigham Young University and Harvard University, then went on to receive a PhD in history at Columbia University, where he edited, co-edited, or co-authored books and essays on twentieth-century African political history. Wesley began his teaching career in history at Stanford University in 1965, then moved on to teach at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1972. In 1984, he began teaching history and political science at Brigham Young University, as well as a professor of business history for the Marriott School of Business. Wesley was also instrumental in building and then directing the Family and Community History Center at BYU, as well as the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project. After retiring in 1997, he continued to administer the Project with his wife, Marian Ashby Johnson, until it was completed in 2007. Wesley founded "Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought," with Eugene England, and "The Public Historian: Official Journal of The National Council for Public History." On November 16, 2018, Wesley passed away in Provo, Utah.


16 sound cassettes

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