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Whittaker, David J.



  • Existence: 1945-

Biographical History

David J. Whittaker (1945-) is a Latter-day Saint historian and bibliographer in Utah.

David Jay Whittaker was born in California on October 20, 1945. He received his bachelor's degree (1967) and Ph.D. from Brigham Young University, and a Master's degree from California State University at Northridge. He was a Beinecke Fellow at Yale University, and a Fulbright Fellow at the British Library in London. He was also a professor of history at Brigham Young University (BYU), and was president of the Mormon History Association. Whittaker worked as curator of Western and Mormon manuscripts at Brigham Young University Library in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections until his retirement in 2012. He has authored or co-authored seven books (including bibliographies on various topics in Latter-day Saint history) and about fifty scholarly articles, as well as multiple short and highly specialized Mormon history bibliographies. His works have appeared in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, the Ensign, the Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies, and other notable journals. Currently he is working with the Joseph Smith Papers Project. He is married to the former Linda Struhs, and they are the parents of four children.

Supporting saints, c1985: t.p. (David J. Whittaker)

Nibley, H. Sounding brass, 1991: CIP t.p. (David Whittaker)

Allen, J.B. Men with a mission, c1991: CIP t.p. (David J. Whittaker) data sheet (b. 1945)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Oct. 29, 2010 (David J. Whittaker; David Jay Whittaker; b. 1945; Mormon historian and bibliographer; curator of Western and Mormon manuscripts at Brigham Young University), via WWW, Apr. 15, 2016 (author/co-author of seven books, 50 articles, Mormon history bibliographies; professor of history, BYU; working on Joseph Smith Papers project; earned bachelor's and Ph.D. at BYU; Beinecke Fellow at Yale, Fulbright Fellow at British Library, London; former president, Mormon History Association; published in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Ensign, Journal of Mormon History, BYU Studies, etc.; married Linda Struhs, four children)., via WWW, Apr. 15, 2016 (MA from California State University at Northridge; born in California), viewed Oct. 29, 2010 (David J. Whittaker; b. Oct. 20, 1945)

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interview with Richard Edmond Bennett

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 75
Scope and Contents

Interview by David Whittaker with Richard Bennett, historian, discussing his role and responsibilities relating to the research and writing of the Brigham Young University Centennial History, including opinions on co-workers on the project. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1983

Oral history interview with Stephen L. Alley

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2990
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview taken from the included audiocassettes. Alley was interviewed by David J. Whittaker in 1984 as part of the Joint Oral History Program of the Brigham Young University Archives and the BYU Alumni Association Emeritus Club. Alley talks about his life, education, and teaching career at Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1984

Preston Westmoreland interview with David J. Whittaker

 Item — Cassette 1: [Barcode: 31197235221469]
Identifier: MSS 7547
Scope and Contents

Audiocassette recording of a 1985 interview Whittaker gave with KTAR-AM on the Preston Westmoreland Show.

Dates: 1985

David J. Whittaker collection of non-Mormon Nauvoo and Illinois area newspaper extracts from 1845

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232562907]
Identifier: MSS 7685
Scope and Contents Contains a volume of typescripts of extracts from non-Mormon newspapers around the Nauvoo, Illinois, area (south-eastern Iowa and various counties throughout Illinois). Articles deal with Mormon topics, primarily expressing the reaction of non-Mormons to the Mormon presence and influence in Illinois and reporting on the physical conflicts between the Mormons and anti-Mormons in 1845. Papers are crudely bound together with string through two punched holes. Arranged in alphabetical order by...
Dates: [between 1982 and 2012]