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David Kent Jacobs collection of films, 1955-1988

Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to motion picture films and projects created by the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The materials include film reels, many of which are original cuts of films such as "The First Vision," "Uncle Ben," and "Curtain Time, U.S.A." The films typically have Mormon themes, dealing with Church history or providing religious instruction. The film reels are in 16 mm prints. Dated 1961 to 1983.


  • 1955-1988


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Films are kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

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.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

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.


59 film reels

4 videocassettes

Language of Materials



Arranged into thirty-four subseries: 1. Footage and trims of Curtain Time, U.S.A. 2. Church in action. 3. The mailbox. 4. The three witnesses. 5. Uncle Ben. 6. The first vision. 7. Restoration of the Priesthood. 8. Families are forever. 9. No more a stranger. 10. Morality for youth. 11. Latter-day Saint leaders, past and present. 12. Welfare : another perspective. 13. The search for truth. 14. Windows of heaven. 15. And should we die. 16. Dedication--Relief Society Monument to women. 17. The lost manuscript. 18. Losers weepers. 19. Johnny Lingo. 20. Ancient America speaks. 21. This is my glory. 22. A teacher is born. 23. Follow me. 24. Joseph Smith : the man. 25. Ministering through home teaching. 26. 1974 Scandinavian Area Conference. 27. In one blinding moment. 28. 25th anniversary film. 29. Long road back. 30. Pioneers In petticoats. 31. Harvest of a century. 32. Where Jesus walked. 33. Look to God and live. 34. How near to the angels.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US