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Hugh Nibley professional papers, 1844-2003, bulk: bulk 1950-2003

Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains academic personal papers and correspondence, letters from fans, photocopies of various writings, papers, book catalogs and teaching materials collected by Hugh Nibley. Topics include the works of Hugh Nibley, Christian and Mormon history and teachings, and events Nibley participated in or attended. Materials date from 1902 to 2003, bulk from 1950 to 2003.


  • 1844-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1950-2003


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with some articles in French and German.

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 the Hugh Nibley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Hugh Nibley (1910-2005) was a religion professor and author in Utah. He is well known for his writings on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Winder Nibley was born March 27, 1910 to Alexander and Agnes Sloan Nibley in Portland, Oregon. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1927 to 1929. Nibley received a PhD in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley after already graduating in history from UCLA with highest honors in 1934. He then served in the United States Army during the Second World War. In 1946 he married Phyllis Ann Draper and together they had nine children. Nibley began teaching ancient scripture and ancient history at Brigham Young University also in 1946 and he retired in 1975. He is well known as an apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Nibley died in Provo, Utah on February 24, 2005.


41 boxes


Arranged in seven subseries: 1. Hugh Nibley papers from Claremont Graduate School, approximately 1939-1982. 2. Hugh Nibley academic correspondence, 1940-2002. 3. Hugh Nibley incoming and outgoing fan mail, 1948-2003. 4. Hugh Nibley papers on Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), 1981-2000. 5. Hugh Nibley teaching materials, 1944-2001. 6. Hugh Nibley collection of papers written by other people, 1844-2001. 7. Hugh Nibley collection of book catalogs, approximately 1873-1974.

Additional files not associated with a subseries also included.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States