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Oral history interview with Larry C. Porter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8958

Scope and Contents

Collection contains an audiocassette and printed transcript of Susan Easton Black's interview with Larry Porter on his personal history. The oral history covers Larry C. Porter's time at Utah State University in 1951, his dealings with Truman Madsen, and his time as a member of the faculty at Brigham Young University. Materials dated January 2007.


  • 2007 January


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 Oral history interview with Larry C. Porter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Susan Easton Black (1944-) is a retired professor of Mormon Church history at Brigham Young Univeristy and a prolific writer in Utah.

Susan Easton Black was born in 1944 in Long Beach, California. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned degrees in political science and history. Black married and had three sons, but was divorced six years later. To provide for her family, she went back to school and earned a Master's degree in counseling from San Bernardino. After graduating, Black began teaching at San Bernardino College.

Black decided to continue her education and went on to obtain her Ed.D. in educational psychology with a minor in Church history from Brigham Young University. Upon completing her degree, Black was hired to teach in the College of Family Living in 1978; however, this only lasted for four years before she was asked to move into the BYU religion department. While at BYU, Black has been the associate dean of General Education and Honors and the director of Church history in the Religious Studies Center. In 2000, she received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Black's career has extended outside of the classroom because she has written and edited more than 100 books on religious subjects.

Susan Easton Black married Harvey B. Black. They were together for 25 years before he passed away in 2011. Susan married George Durrant in 2013, and together they are currently serving a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Biographical History

Larry C. Porter (1933-) is Professor Emeritus of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Larry C. Porter was born in Salt Lake City on January 7 1933. After attending Utah State University in 1951 majoring in History and minoring in Political Science while serving in the ROTC, he eventually served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission; he served in states including Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. After returning from his mission, he completed his Masters at Brigham Young University majoring in History of Religion with an emphasis on LDS Church History. Between the late 1960s to the 1980s, he served as a member of the Church Educational System where he wrote various papers and books concerning Church history topics such as the life of Joseph Smith, the Brigham Young family, etc.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Susan Easton Black, interviewer of the Oral history interview with Larry C. Porter, in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Susan Easton Black; 2007.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2017.

Register of Oral history interview with Larry C. Porter
Eric Wolford
2017 January 6
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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