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Arrington, Joseph E. (Joseph Earl), 1895-1986



  • Existence: 1895 - 1986

Biographical History

Joseph Earl Arrington (1895-1986) was a historian and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Joseph Earl Arrington was born on June 21, 1895 to LeRoy Madison and Priscilla Jane Brisendine Arrington in Reed Hill, Tennessee. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1921 and his master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1923. He married Genevieve Thornton on October 11, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. They had one child, Wendell Snow.

Arrington specialized in Latter-day Saint history and was heavily involved in researching the Nauvoo Temple. His work included collecting papers and images about the temple in Illinois. He was also involved in researching and displaying various playbills and photographs, making use of photostat technology to make and display copies of such images.

He died in September of 1986.

Joseph E. Arrington photographs, circa 1865-1880

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Feb. 21, 2008 (Joseph Earl Arrington; uncle to Leonard J. Arrington), viewed Feb. 21, 2008 (Joseph E. Arrington; Joseph Earl Arrington; b. June 21, 1895 in Reed Hill, Tenn.; d. Sept. 14, 1986 in Springville, Utah)

UPB files, March 11, 2013 (Latter-day Saint historian; born June 21, 1895; parents LeRoy Madison and Priscilla Jane Brisendine Arrington; born in Reed Hill, Tennessee; bachelor's from University of Utah 1921; master's from University of Chicago 1923; married Genevieve Thornton on October 11, 1932; married in Brooklyn, New York; Wendell Snow only child; researched Nauvoo Temple; collecting papers and images; playbill and photograph display; photostat technology; died 1986), April 5, 2013 (died in September)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph E. Arrington papers

Identifier: MSS 4194
Scope and Contents Contains research notes and manuscripts on Latter-day Saint temples and aspects of Latter-day Saint life collected by Joseph Arrington, as well as notes and manuscripts on historical moving panoramas. Also contains personal, academic, and ancestral correspondence, along with various personal items and 17th-19th century books purchased at auctions. Photographs, family and business correspondence, family history information, maps, travel guides, and art prints are also present. Dated...
Dates: approximately 1800-1976

Joseph E. Arrington photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3360
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of Arrington, assorted individuals, and of locations throughout the world. Includes cabinet photographs, cartes-de-visite, and portraits taken between 1865 and 1880.

Dates: approximately 1865-1880

Joseph E. Arrington photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 294
Scope and Contents

Collection includes nine photographs, primarily gelatin silver prints. Also includes an embossed leather photograph album containing 18 albumen cartes-de-visite and one matte collodion cabinet card. Also includes one tintype of two men in top hats. The images include portraits and group photographs of family and friends. Dated approximately 1890-1979.

Dates: approximately 1890-1979

Joseph E. Arrington manuscripts of the Nauvoo Temple , approximately 1930-1950

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4194 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials relating to Joseph Arrington's study of the Nauvoo Temple. Arrington researched the architecture, possible reconstruction, and history of the Nauvoo Temple. He wrote and revised several manuscripts over a period of several years. His final work is titled "Temple-Building in Mormon Philosophy: The Spiritual Significance of the Nauvoo Temple for the Latter-day Saints" and was more than 2,500 pages long. Elder John Widtsoe of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles took interest in the...
Dates: approximately 1930-1950

Joseph E. Arrington panorama papers, approximately 1850-1970

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4194 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains work on panoramas. Arrington studied and wrote about several historical moving panoramas. He produced several booklets that were published by various historical societies. Materials in this series include handwritten notes, note cards, booklets, copies of panoramas, prints, correspondence, newspaper clippings, handwritten and typed manuscripts, library call slips, photographs, and books. Materials dated 1850-1970.

Dates: approximately 1850-1970

Joseph E. Arrington personal papers, approximately 1800-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4194 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains various personal papers from Joseph Arrington, Genieve Arrington, and their son Wendell Arrington. Included are old manuscripts, letters, and receipts collected by Joseph. Another portion includes souvenirs and pamphlets from Genieve's trip to Europe as well as case files, publications, notes, reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, handouts, and other material relating to Genieve Thornton's work at the New York City, New York, Department of Welfare. Also...
Dates: approximately 1800-1976

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Cartes-de-visite 2
Home and Family 2
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