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Identifier: MSS 823 Series 18

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Collection contains correspondence, diaries, and research materials of M. Wilford Poulson. Some of this material is regarding his work as a psychologist. Also included are many important research documents pertaining to the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings. Much of the research of the early church history pertains to Joseph Smith. The documents date from 1826-1964. Some of the materials are originals while many are photocopies or microfiche reproductions.


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Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from M. Wilford Poulson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

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

M. Wilford Poulson was born on 21 November 1884 in Pleasant Grove to Niels and Maria Poulson. He served a mission to Sweden from 1904-1906. He married Estelle Mecham on 24 April 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 12 June 1936, they later divorced. In 1946 he was one of forty men in the nation to take a world study tour. He was a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University from 1910 to 1958. 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 Psycho Psychology Association. He was known to have one of the finest private collections of Mormon books and literature in existence. M. Wilford Poulson died on 26 January 1969 at the age of eighty-four in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Other Finding Aids

The legacy online finding aid no longer matches the current physical collection. An edited-by-hand finding aid can be found in the case file for use by patrons, if needed to determine current location of materials in the collection.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States