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Saints at War Project records

Identifier: MSS 2350

Scope and Contents

This collection includes oral histories; memoirs; military documents/records, including certificates; photographs; memorabilia and other artifacts; newspapers; articles; poetry; artwork; transcripts, audiocassettes/tapes, and videocassettes/tapes of interviews; diaries; correspondence such as letters, emails, V-mail, and telegrams; written histories, including family histories, life histories, and military histories; books; biographies; autobiographies; accounts; maps; negatives; responses to the Latter-day Saints in the Military Survey and Saints at War Questionnaire; programs; obituaries; CD-ROMS and floppy disks usually containing digital copies of materials though sometimes containing supplementary materials such as extra photographs; etc. from veterans who are/were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who served in all branches of the United States military and other militaries during nearly every major war in which the United States has been involved since the 19th century, including the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the First Gulf War. The majority of the materials relate to the Second World War. Some of the materials contained in this collection were also donated by civilians who lived through some of these wars or were involved in the war effort in some way, including working in factories or having spouses who served. Many of the materials are photocopies, and not the original records. Dated 1847-2017.


  • 1847-2017


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 Saints at War Project records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The Saints at War Project (1999-) works to collect documentation on Mormon veterans from various wars ranging from the Mexican-American War to current conflicts. They are gathered in Brigham Young University's L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

The Saints at War project was started in 1999 by BYU Church History professors Dr. Robert C. Freeman and Dr. Dennis A. Wright to capture the stories of Mormon veterans who have served in various wars to preserve them for future generations. Included in this collection are stories from general authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in the military including Thomas S. Monson, James E. Faust, and Boyd K. Packer. Using these stories gathered for the collection, this project works to contribute to the Library of Congress's "Veterans History Project" and has used the records gathered in the collection for regular conferences, documentary films like KBYU's "Saints at War," and books including Robert C. Freeman's "Saints at War: Experiences of Latter-day Saints in World War II."


142 boxes (71 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.01 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection contains twenty series: 1. Saints at War project records for Mexican-American War, 1847. 2. Saints at War Project records for Civil War, 1861-2006. 3. Saints at War Project records for Spanish-American War, 1898-1899. 4. Saints at War Project records for World War I, 1917-2012. 5. Saints at War Project records for World War II, 1924-2012. 6. Saints at War Project records for World War II (Pacific), 1931-2009. 7. Saints at War Project records for World War II (Europe), 1926-2010. 8. Saints at War Project records for World War II (South-East Asia), approximately 1941-2008. 9. Saints at War Project records for Cold War, 1952-2005. 10. Saints at War Project records for Korean War, approximately 1945-2010. 11. Saints at War Project records for the United Stated Navy, 1950-2010. 12. Saints at War Project records for Vietnam War, 1948-2009. 13. Saints at War Project records for Afghanistan/War on Terror, 2006-2008. 14. Saints at War Project records for multiple wars, 1941-2013. 15. Saints at War Project records for Iraq War, 2003-2009. 16. Saints at War Project records for Desert Storm/First Gulf War, 1990-2009. 16. Saints at War Project records for Iraq War, approximately 2000-2017. 17. Saints at War Project artifacts and photographs, 1940-2002. 18. Saints at War Project records for other veterans, 1952-2009. 19. Saints at War Project documentary and interview media, approximately 2001-2009. 20. Saints at War Project books, 1993-2009.

Custodial History

Materials transferred from the Saints at War Project beginning in 2007.

Donated by Jonathan Volcansek in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Saints at War Project; 2007-2010.

Donated; Jonathan Volcansek; 2017.


Veteran's History Collection Development Policy.


Freeman, Robert C. Saints at War: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Valor. : Cedar Fort, Inc., 2013.

Processing Information

Processed; Curtis Allred; 2010.

Processed; Carol Allred; 2017.

Processed; Eric Wolford; 2017.

Processed; Hayley Gorham; 2018.

  • Franklin Robey Coleman : a life history
  • 1 umbrella, black felt
  • Duplicate cassette recordings of oral history interviews
  • collection of duplicate videocassettes and commercially available videocassettes
Register of Saints at War Project records
Finding aid prepared by Curtis Allred, Elizabeth Jensen, Andrew McKee, Elyse McKee, Elizabeth Wood, Carol Allred
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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