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Dale Lowell Morgan papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 16

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, annotated serial publications, handwritten notes in books, and book reviews from 1914-1971. Most of the correspondence relate to Morgan's publication and research. One letter exchange is between Morgan and the Utah novelist and historian, Maurine Whipple (1904-1992), in which Morgan accuses Whipple of plagiarism.


  • 1930-1967


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 Dale Lowell Morgan papers, 1930-1967, must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Dale Lowell Morgan was president of the Utah Historical Society, author, and historian of Utah and the American West. Morgan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1914. When he was five years old his father died, and his mother taught school to support the family. When he was fourteen, Morgan contracted meningitis, which left him totally deaf. He graduated from West High School in 1933, and earned a bachelor's degree in art, with a minor in English from the University of Utah. Morgan worked with the Utah Works Progress Administration (WPA). He wrote introductory historical essays for the Historical Records Department. The WPA published Morgan's first monograph in 1940. In the same year, the Utah Historical Quarterly published his The State of Deseret . He was soon transferred to the writer's program of the WPA, where he edited and did most of the writing for Utah, A Guide to the State , published in 1941. During his career, Morgan contributed chapters and sections to books by other authors, and wrote articles and book reviews, in addition to his own projects. He worked on a project called The Mormons and the Far West . Morgan compiled material for the publication which was eventually published as A Mormon Bibliography in 1978. In 1954, Morgan began working with the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He remained there until his death in 1971.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection contains papers contain correspondence, annotated serial publications, handwritten notes in books, and book reviews from 1914-1971.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of the Dale Lowell Morgan papers
In Progress
Andrea Wyss
2011 February 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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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