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David H. Yarn papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2148

Scope and Contents

Includes index cards reflecting Yarn's arrangement of his papers; class notes, notes and early drafts of dissertation from Columbia University, 1946-1958; pamphlets, maps, itineraries, journal notes and memories, accounts, participant lists, and talks or addresses from World of the Bible (Israel) tours, 1971,1975,1977; works by David Yarn; radio series, "Faith in a Day of Unbelief," 1952; publishing information, correspondence, draft copies and revisions of Yarn's book "The Four Gospel As One" and "The Gospel: God, Man, and Truth;" Commencement Exercises, 1978,1979; printed materials from multiple authors, the majority of printed matter relates to religious (Bible) topics; class lists, teachers' names, class notes and other materials from Yarn's time as a student at BYU; student evaluations and thank you notes, 1965-1985; personal papers - family letter, family life, and papers concerning areas of interest, politics, government, and foreign affairs; personal documents and correspondence, talk information, drafts and chapters of the book "The Honorable Mr. Clark" concerning the J. Reuben Clark, Jr. collection; J. Reuben Clark selected papers on religion, education, and youth conference talks, misc. papers and letters (family and friends). Also includes teaching material and exams for Philosophy, Theology, and Religion classes taught at BYU by Yarn; awards, faculty and departmental minutes for Dept. of Religion; files of students working on upper level degrees; graduate religion degree papers, meeting minutes, and faculty information; Church responsibilities, BYU 8th Stake; Yarn correspondence letters, drawings, personal papers and records, also including information on calls and visits; Sidney Sperry funeral and tribute; Sunday school lessons, papers, talks pertaining to the Mormon church; articles, handouts, and talks given concerning a variety of religious topics; and miscellanious papers.


  • 1879-1985


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

David H. Yarn was born in 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Georgia Tech before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Western States Mission. After completing his mission, he attended Brigham Young University. Yarn married Marilyn Stevenson in 1946. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Yarn taught theology classes at BYU before attending Columbia University to obtain his master’s degree. He then returned to BYU as an assistant professor of philosophy and theology and quickly became chairman of the Department of Theology and Religious Philosophy. After six years of serving as department chair, Yarn took a sabbatical to earn a PhD from Columbia University. He was then promoted to the position of associate professor and director of the Religion Department at BYU. Yarn was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and general editor of the J. Reuben Clark project. He also served as a writer of the Melchizedek Priesthood manual committee. After retiring from teaching, Yarn served as a temple sealer in the Provo, Utah temple and president of the Atlanta, Georgia temple. He died at home in Provo, Utah, in 2012.


59 cartons (88.5 lin. ft.)

Other Finding Aids

Preliminary register to the David H. Yarn papers, 1879-2003 available in Special Collections Reference and on the Internet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

David Yarn.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of David H. Yarn papers
Megan Furcini
2011 April 26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
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