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Backman, Milton V., Jr., 1927-2016



  • Existence: 1927-2016

Biographical History

Milton V. Backman Jr. (1927-2016) was a Mormon historian of American religions with particular emphasis on the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Milton Vaughn Backman Jr. was born on June 11, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enlisted in the Maritime Service near the end of World War II. After his Maritime Service, he served a mission in South Africa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He then served in the Korean War. On his birthday in 1953 he married Kathleen McLatchy. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Utah in 1954. He then went on to receive his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He was a professor of church history at Brigham Young University from 1960 to 1991.

He published many books including American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism, Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs, Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration, and many more. After retiring he served several short-term missions in Nauvoo, Illinois and two additional missions with his second wife Sharon Richey, in Nauvoo and Kirtland, Ohio. Backman died on February 6, 2016 in Herriman, Utah.


Wikipedia, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (Milton V. Backman; b. 1927; served LDS mission in South Africa; historian of American religions; professor of church history at BYU; published many books American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism, Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs, Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration)

Familysearch, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (Milton V Backman; b. June 11, 1927)

mormonhistoricsites, via WWW, January 25, 2016 (History Is People, Places, Sources, and Stories: An Interview with Milton V. Backman Jr.; b. salt lake city; Maritime Service; served in Korean War; history degree from U of U 1954; PhD U of Pennsylvania 1959)

legacy, via WWW, February 18, 2016 (Milton Vaughn Backman Jr.; d. Feb. 6, 2016 Herriman, UT; bday 1953 married Kathleen McLatchy; 1960-1991 professor at BYU; after retiring short term missions Nauvoo, Illinois; two additional missions with 2nd wife Sharon in Nauvoo and Ohio)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Milton V. Backman Jr. papers

Identifier: MSS 8785
Scope and Contents Includes research notes, articles, syllabi, lecture notes, publication manuscripts, diaries, genealogical materials, four computers, computer disks, audiocassettes, videocassettes, photographic slides, and other materials on professional career, teaching, and family history. Topics included with these materials tend to center around the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focusing on the Church's interactions with the cities of Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois, as...
Dates: approximately 1943-2013

Milton V. and Sharon Maureen Backman personal papers, 1943-2013

Identifier: MSS 8785 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, journals, photographs, and other personal items of Milton Vaughn Backman and Sharon Richey Backman. Includes documents pertaining to the various trips the Bachman family made (including to locations like Aruba and Church history sites like Nauvoo, Illinois), family records including birth/death certificates, a list of callings Sharon Richey Backman had, and audio-visual materials including photographs, CDs, and VHS cassettes. Dated 1943-2013.
Dates: 1943-2013

Milton V. Backman Jr. personal papers, 1943-2013

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8785 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains letters, photographs, journals, and other personal memorabilia of Milton Backman. Included documentation are documents pertaining to various vacations/trips Backman made to places such as Aruba and Carthage, Illinois, family records, birth/death/marriage certificates, audio-visual materials including CDs and floppy disks, and biographical information on Backman, his wife, and his parents. Dated 1943-2013.
Dates: 1943-2013

Mormon Manuscript Retrieval Project collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 19
Abstract Photocopies of reminiscences, histories, maps, and miscellaneous materials relating to the early Mormon experience in Ohio and New Hampshire. A. Gary Anderson and Milton V. Backman, Jr., faculty members of the Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, did research on Mormon Church history. Anderson worked in New Hampshire in 1973 and Backman did research in Ohio in 1974. Their project was to collect copies of manuscripts and documents relating to the early members of...
Dates: 1772-1974