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Jack Weyland letters

Identifier: MSS 7555

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence that comprises primarily letters to and from publishers and editors concerning Jack Weyland's manuscripts. All are typewritten. Contains critique, comments, and suggestions for improvement. Dated 1979 to 2002.


  • 1979-2002


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 Mormon Literary Collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Jack Weyland was born in Butte, Montana in 1940. Attended and graduated from high school in Billings, Montana. Attended Montana State University and majored in Physics. Served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York and Pennsylvania. After his mission, he attended Brigham Young University where he received a Ph.D in physics. His first novel, Charly, was completed in 1979, published in 1980. It was made into a feature film in 2002. He and his wife Sherry have five children. He has taught Physics throughout his writing career. He taught at Ricks College now BYU-Idaho from 1993-2005. He has published 39 novels and more than 50 short stories.

Biographical History

Eleanor Knowles Laney (1932-2010) was an editor and vice-president of Deseret News.

Eleanor Knowles was born on February 28, 1932 to Kenneth B. Knowles and Helen G. Pearce in Ogden, Utah. She studied at University of Utah and later Utah State University, where she was the editor of the campus newspaper. In 1969, she became the first full-time editor of the Deseret News, and subsequently became the first female vice-president. She worked on the 1979 and 1981 editions of the scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She married Richard B. Laney in 2007. Knowles died on July 17, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative History

Deseret Book Company (est. 1866) is a publishing company for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Deseret Book Company was established in 1866 by Apostle George Q. Cannon as George Q. Cannon and Sons. Upon Cannon's death in 1901, the company was purchased by the Deseret News and became the Deseret News bookstore. In 1919, the Deseret News Bookstore and the Deseret Sunday School Union merged and became Deseret Book Company. Deseret Book Company publishes a range of media including fiction and non-fiction, scriptures, music, and software for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.

Administrative History

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1830-) is a restorationist Christian church founded by Joseph Smith in New York. It is commonly abbreviated as the LDS Church.

During the 1820s, the church's founder, Joseph Smith, experienced visions and was led to golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. The Church was officially founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, in Palmyra, New York. The members of the religion faced a series of persecutions, and eventually fled to Utah for refuge, beginning in 1847.

The Church continued to grow and expand beyond Utah, and today it has a membership numbering over 15 million. It is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Russell M. Nelson serving as its prophet and president.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into one series with 20 folders, one for each novel published and one folder for his rejected manuscripts.

Custodial History

Correspondence to Jack Weyland from his publishers and editors became the property of Weyland upon their receipt. Copies of Weyland correspondence to his editors and publishers from his files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jack Weyland; 2014.


Utah, American West, LDS cultural and social values of the 1970s and 1980s written into Jack Weyland's literary manuscripts. These letters illuminate the involvement of the beliefs and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leaders into how the subject matter of these manuscripts might be presented. (Mormon Literary Manuscripts Collection Development Policy, 2006)


Collections adds approximately 0.05 linear feet. No further accruals expected.

Processing Information

Corrected titles; Giselle McIntire; November 2018.

Register of Jack Weyland papers
In Progress
Lyn Clayton; Maddi Stanley; Giselle McIntire
2015 October 23
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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