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Poulson, M. Wilford (Martin Wilford), 1884-1969



  • Existence: 1884 - 1969


M. Wilford Poulson (1884-1969) was a professor of psychology and collector of Mormon literature.

Martin Wilford Poulson was born November 21, 1884 in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Niels and Maria Poulson. He served a mission to Sweden from 1904-1906. He married Estelle Mecham on April 24, 1907. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1910. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1914. In 1919, he received his Masters degree from the University of Utah. He later conducted graduate work at the University of Chicago, University of California, and Stanford University. Estelle died on 18 August 1935. Poulson then married Jenniev Jorgenson Smith on June 12, 1936; they later divorced. He was a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University from 1910 to 1958; where he served as a chairman of the Psychology Department for many years. In addition, he was the president of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, the president of the Utah Library Association, and a member of the American Psychology Association. Throughout his life, he collected Mormon books and literature. M. Wilford Poulson died on January 26, 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Familysearch, Via WWW, January 10, 2023 (Martin Wilford Poulson; M. Wilford Poulson; b. Nov. 21 1884; d. Jan. 26, 1969; Parents; Niels and Maria Poulson; Wife Estelle Mecam; Graduated BYU; Masters from University of Utah; worked at University of Chicago, University of California, Stanford University; Divorced Estell; World study tour; Professor at BYU; Married Jenniev Jorgenson Smith; Department chair for Psychology; President of Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, the president of the Utah Library Association; Member of the American Psychology Association; collected mormon books).

Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:

Teaching Career at BYU, 1910-1958

Identifier: MSS 823 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains lecture notes and other educational materials related to M. Wilford Poulson.

Dates: 1910-1958

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, 1902-1925

Identifier: MSS 823 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Includes grades, student correspondence, and lecture notes. M. Wilford Poulson kept these papers from his time teaching at BYU, the University of Utah, and the University of Chicago.

Dates: 1902-1925

Utah County (Utah) schools diploma

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233244992]
Identifier: MSS SC 577
Scope and Contents

Printed form with handwritten notations. The collection includes a diploma from the Grammar Department for Wilford Poulson, Lehi, Utah.

Dates: 1902

Whitmer, Kerr and Johnson, 1832-1946

Identifier: MSS 823 Series 8 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains letters and articles relating to the Whitmer, Kerr and Johnson families, as well as other notable figures in the early days of the Church.

Dates: 1832-1946

Writings of M. Wilford Poulson, 1909-1941

Identifier: MSS 823 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Includes published and unpublished writings of M. Wilford Poulson.

Dates: 1909-1941

Writings of W.M. Poulson (unpublished), 1945

Identifier: MSS 823 Series 16
Scope and Contents

Contains notebooks and journals with writings of M. Wilford Poulson that were never published. Writings date from 1902-1946.

Dates: 1945

Additional filters:

Archival Object 22
Collection 3
Digital Record 1
Letters 19
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 16
Diaries 16
Research (Documents) 16
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 6