E. Cecil McGavin papers
Scope and Contents note
Collection is centered around the writing and research of E. Cecil McGavin. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and research focusing on the Mormon Church, Utah and Western American history, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection also includes one folder of photographs pertaining to McGavin's research. The collection dates from circa 1925-1960.
- approximately 1925-1960
Conditions Governing Access note
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use note
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from E. Cecil McGavin papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
E. Cecil McGavin (1900-1975) was a prominent historian of the American West and the Mormon Church.
E. Cecil McGavin was born February 10, 1900. He attended Ricks College before serving an LDS mission in 1919. He married Hattie Parkinson September 20, 1922 in Logan, Utah. McGavin then attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Political Science and History in 1924. He then began to teach seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but moved in 1938 to Salt Lake City to work in the Church Historian's Office. During his lifetime, McGavin published seventeen books and numerous articles in professional journals and Church periodicals. The majority of his work focuses on the history and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the history of the American West. He eventually recieved a master's degree from the University of Utah and did postgraduate work at Stanford and the University of Chicago. After serving another mission for the Mormon Church in Hawaii from 1970-1972, he fell ill and died July 28, 1975.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
2 cartons (2 linear ft.)
1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Collection includes the correspondence, research, and manuscripts of the historian E. Cecil McGavin. The collection dates from circa 1925-1960.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note
Photographs in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS26.xml
Custodial History note
Donated by Carl McGavin and Hattie McGavin in a number of installments beginning in 1975.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated; Carl McGavin and Hattie McGavin; 1975-1976.
The collection focuses on the writings of a Mormon scholar and American historian.
Collected in LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III).
Separated Materials note
See also E. Cecil McGavin photographs (MSS P 26).
A detailed inventory of the first three boxes can be found in the repository.
Processing Information note
Processed; David Rolph Seely; 1978.
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
- Register of E. Cecil McGavin papers
- Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
- 1 December 2009
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.