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The building of A Peoples' History of Utah

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8205

Scope and Contents

Contains one videocassette titled The Building of A Peoples History of Utah, about the making of Dean L. May's miniseries A Peoples' History of Utah. It is a short video on the production team. Dated 1989.


  • 1989


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 The Building of A People's History of Utah must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Dean Lowe May (1938-2003) was a historian in Utah.

Dean Lowe May was born in Worland, Wyoming to Frank Peter and Wanda Lowe May. He was born on April 6, 1938. They moved to Middleton, Idaho when he was nine. He served a Mormon mission to northern California and married Cheryll Lynn May in 1967. He received a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He then worked for the Church History Department and was a fellow at the Newberry Library and Community History Institute. In 1977, he joined the History Department at the University of Utah. He produced an award-winning twenty-segment series entitled A People’s History of Utah. He did other research on population studies during his time at the University of Utah. He died on May 6, 2003.

Administrative History

The University of Utah (est. 1892) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The University was established in 1850 by Brigham Young as the University of Deseret. The building which housed the University changed over time and the title became the University of Utah in 1892. The University offers more than one hundred undergraduate majors and more than ninety graduate degree programs. It is Utah's oldest institution of higher education. The University moved to its current location in 1900.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection materials are arranged in their original order.

Custodial History

Found in the 20th Century Workroom in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; 20th Century Workroom; 2013.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, 2007.)

Contains a video on the history of Utah.


Located in Box 595.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of The building of A Peoples' History of Utah
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2013 May 8
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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