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Herbert Harker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9212

Scope and Contents

Contains literary manuscripts and correspondence, personal journals and family histories, and illustrations and charter maps of various southern Californian cities, all materials written and created throughout Herbert Harker's life. Manuscripts include materials such as Goldenrod (1972) and Turn Again Home (1974-1975), which both illustrate the cowboy/farmer lifestyle in Cardston, Canada. Herbert also worked on short stories for juvenile and adult audiences, and religious texts, topics varying from dragons (The Dragon Hunter) to Old Testament prophets (David). The collection includes Medicine Mountain, The Only Way to Die, Silence, A Place to Stand, It Must Have Been a Stranger, Chanticleer, and the Point of No Return. Many of his manuscripts were written at his home in southern California, but his earlier works were completed in Canada. His personal journals and family histories cover the span of his parentage and his posterity, including his parents' histories and his children's mementos. His journals were written over a range of years (1952-2009), and were written in various locations (California and Canada). Illustrations and charter maps cover various topics. The maps specifically correlate with the Santa Barbara area, and the illustrations deal primarily with cowboys, ranches and horses. Dated approximately 1902 to 2015.


  • approximately 1902-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Herbert Bennion Harker was born on April 20, 1925, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Samuel Bennion Harker and Rhonda Greene Harker. He married Beryl Merrill in the Latter-day Saint Alberta, Canada temple on October 9, 1945, and later remarried Myrna Ralley after Beryl passed away in 1972. Throughout his life, Herbert worked as a draftsman for multiple oil companies around North America, and also contributed his illustrations by creating city maps for cities in Southern California. He moved from Canada to California in 1963, and pursued his writing career. He published various novels, such as Goldenrod (1972), and various short stories, becoming a well-known Latter-day Saint author. He died on June 4, 2017, in Santa Paula, California.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.3 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.2 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Brian Harker, son of Herbert Harker, in 1995 and October 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brian Harker; 1995, 2018.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy; II, B, 5, VI, June 2019).

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer. Addendum added.

Register of Herbert Harker papers
Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor
2019 June 5
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States