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Adams, Dale W.



  • Existence: 1934-

Biographical History

Dale W. Adams (1934-) is a Utah State University alumnus and Ohio State University professor best known for his historical research on topics about Mormon history, including the history of the Kirtland Safety Society, D.P. Hurlbut, and controversies concerning the authorship of the Book of Mormon.

Dale W. Adams was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah on June 21, 1934. He attended Utah State University, majoring in economics and later became a professor at the Ohio State University for 30 years. A self-styled "weekend historian," Adams' hobby was researching the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focusing on its history in Kirtland, Ohio. He has published articles on the Kirtland Safety Society, controversies concerning the authorship of the Book of Mormon, and on D. P. Hurlbut. Dale Adams is now retired and currently resides in Park City, Utah.


UPB files, May 18, 2017 (b. June 21, 1934; USU alumni and OSU professor; author of Church History documents)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Dale W. Adams research collection on Mormons in Ohio

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2376
Scope and Contents The contents of this collection represent the research notes of Dale Adams regarding several important events in the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In many cases, photocopies of original sources are included in the collection. The main focus of the collection is the Ohio period of LDS history, with particular attention being paid to Solomon Spaulding (or Spalding) and D. Philastus Hurbut (or Hurlburt).
Dates: 1968-2001

Warren Lafayette Ball papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8990
Scope and Contents Contains typed copy of Warren Lafayette Ball's journal written in his home in Salt Lake City during the last year of his life (1878) and a copy of "The Travails of Warren Lafayette Ball: Pony Express Rider," (2015) a biography of Ball written by Ohio State University professor Dale W. Adams discussing Warren’s early life and work in establishing the Pony Express. Ball’s journal discusses events that occurred in that year including his service as the guard of Brigham Young's grave and his death,...
Dates: 1878-2015, bulk 1878

The Spalding Manuscript and the Greek and Roman Classics

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8991
Scope and Contents Contains a typed copy of "The Spalding Manuscript and the Greek and Roman Classics" written by Dale W. Adams from Park City, Utah. The material discusses the connections between Solomon Spalding's manuscript of the Roman discovery of the Americas with Homeric epics including "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" while also discrediting claims made by critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning Joseph Smith plagiarizing this manuscript when writing "The Book of Mormon". Dated...
Dates: 2017 February 23