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Gerald M. Haslam papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8041

Scope and Contents

Contains Haslam's personal and professional correspondence as well as minutes from Brigham Young University History Department meetings. Also included in the collection is Haslam's own research as a genealogist focusing on Scandinavian genealogy. Among these materials are programs for numerous genealogical conferences, Haslam's post-graduate work, material relating to Haslam's part-time teaching at Brigham Young University-Salt Lake Center and the publishing of his first book, Clash of Cultures. Also contains History Department memos, department discussions between professors about hiring new faculty members and voting on department decisions, and regular correspondence between Haslam and his students. Other materials concern research trips to Europe and the Eastern United States, including study abroad, and relate to colleagues and acquaintances concerning his research. Genealogical book catalogs and various newspaper articles are also present. Of special note is the correspondence related to the work done by Haslam on the family genealogy of former Senator Bob Dole, which was completed in 1999. Materials dated 1975 to 2010.


  • 1975-2010


Language of Materials

The majority of materials are in English. Selected correspondence and articles are in Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.

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

Gerald M. Haslam was born August 7, 1949 at Logan, Utah. He grew up in South Salt Lake City, Utah, and served a full time proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Norway from 1968-1970. He obtained his bachelor of arts in print journalism from the University of Utah in 1972, his master of arts in history from the University of Utah in 1974. He obtained his Ph.D. in history from Brigham Young University in 1981. Haslam is an associate professor of history, having been employed at BYU for thirty years. For the first ten years of his employment, he worked as a genealogical researcher for Family History Services (now defunct) which provided research for hire to clients wanting to trace their roots. Since 1991 he has taught full time at Brigham Young University. He specializes in Scandinavian History from the Vikings to the Welfare State; Scandinavian Family History Sources (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland); and Professional Family History Research for Clients. He has also taught classes on Irish Family History; Scottish Family History; English Family History; Germanic Family History; and Northeastern States Family History. He has published a variety of articles on family and Scandinavian history, and two books, Clash of Cultures: The Norwegian Experience with Mormonism, 1851-1920 (Berne, Switzerland, and New York, New York: Peter Lang, 1984); and NFS Grundtvig's Faedrenearv (NFS Grundtvig's Patriarchal Inheritance) (Aarhus, Denmark: Grundtvig Society of 1947, 1998). The last-mentioned book treats the intellectual development of the Danish theologian, Grundtvig, under his father who was a Lutheran Priest in the late 1700s and early 1800s in Udby about seventy miles south of Copenhagen.

He is married to Zulaima S. Haslam, a native of Venezuela. By a first marriage he has six children- three boys and three girls. He is an avid book collector of local and family histories (about 7,000 volumes), most of which has been bought in secondhand bookshops all over the US and in Europe. He enjoys Classical music, especially pieces by Edvard Grieg, the Norwegian composer. He speaks Norwegian and German and reads Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German and Dutch. In 2000, he directed BYU London Study Abroad, serving about a hundred students. He has traveled widely, visiting seventeen different countries, most recently (December 2011) the Philippines and Malaysia; and in April 2012, traveled to his favorite city, London, England, for the thirty-third time.


29 cartons (29 linear ft.)


Largely in original order according to month. There are instances where months are out of order, but materials have been kept in the order arranged by the creator rather than being rearranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Transferred; Records Management; May 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Records Management in May 2012.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Joshua Barton; May 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Allyson Austin; June 2012.

Register of Gerald M. Haslam papers
Joshua Barton and Allyson Austin
2012 May 9
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