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J. Max Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9228

Scope and Contents

The collection contains various resources and writings from J. Max Anderson. This includes one of the manuscripts for his book "The Polygamy Story" which was later published in 1979. Included are notes and feedback regarding the book, as well as other resources and research. The research focuses mainly on historical accounts from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its leaders and and members of the church from the 1800s and early 1900s. Also includes two floppy disks from Brian C. Hales, whom Anderson co-authored a book with.


  • 1935-1979


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 / Historical

J. Max Anderson was born May 12, 1928, in Richfield, Utah to parents Joseph Lyman Anderson and Violet Fern Wilkinson. Anderson served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Sweden. He later graduated from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah and worked professionally as an architect in San Diego and Utah. Anderson authored "The Polygamy Story: Fiction and Fact," which was published in 1979, and co-authored "The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: an LDS Perspective" with Brian C. Hales. He married Nancy Butchereit in 1968, and they had two daughters. Anderson passed away on August 12, 2021.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by J. Max Anderson and Nancy Anderson on November 28, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Max Anderson and Nancy Anderson; November 28, 2018.


Utah and the American West (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, II B VI).

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer; 2021.

Register of J. Max Anderson papers
In Progress
Tayla Boyer
2021 November 23
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