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J. Taylor Hollist collection on Wilford C. Wood

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6760

Scope and Contents

Collection includes research done by J. Taylor Hollist on Wilford C. Wood. It includes photocopies and typed summaries of information he collected from the Wilford Wood Museum in Bountiful, Utah, and the LDS Church Archives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The information describes how the Church came to own many of its associated historical sites. The collection also includes a typewritten biography of Wilford C. Wood written by A. James Faulkner in 2014, and an index and endnotes to this book created by Hollist in 2015. Dated 1800-2015.


  • 1800-2015


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 J. Taylor Hollist collection on Wilford C. Wood must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

J. Taylor Hollist (born 1936) was a Mormon mathematician who taught at State University of New York at Oneonta.

J. Taylor Hollist was born November 14, 1936, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Orson Leroy Hollist and Jennie Brown. He went to elementary school in Brigham City, Utah, and high school in Kaysville, Utah. He then attended Weber State College and Utah State University. He married Suzanne Parker in 1961. They are the parents of seven children. He was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at State University of New York at Oneonta. He taught mathematics for over 40 years with geometry as a specialty. During that time he spent 15 years studying the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and published three articles on him. The highlight of his career was attending an Escher Conference at the University of Rome (Italy) and presenting a paper. He and his wife Suzanne served a mission to Nauvoo which sparked his interest in Wilford Wood.


12 folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Collection received in installments from the donor during the summer of 2008. Additional materials received in 2011 and 2015. Donor researched Wilford C. Wood and sent copies of his research to Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Taylor Hollist; 2008, 2011, 2015.


Utah and the Western American LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Originals

Original materials of some copies of materials found in the collection are located at the LDS Church History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah) and the Wilford Wood Museum (Bountiful, Utah).

Processing Information

Processed; Whitney Parry; 2009.

Processed; Elisa Visick; 2011.

Processed; Zoë Brimhall; 2015.

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Register of J. Taylor Hollist collection on Wilford C. Wood
Whitney Parry, student assistant
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States