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Carter E. Grant papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1481

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a variety of materials both generated by Carter E. Grant and collected by him. The correspondence files contain letters to and from Church leaders and aquaintances concerning seminary activities, Mormon and western history, and Grant's book The Kingdom of God Restored. Other items written by Grant include materials researched for in The Kingdom of God Restored , "Jim Bridger Stories", hymns, songs and poems, and other writings dealing with Mormon and Western history and Mormon doctrine. materials collected by Grant (written by others) include numerous news clippings (found in the collection as photocopies) and writings dealing with Mormon and Western history and doctrine, and various men and women both in and out of the Mormon Church. Also in the collection are memorabilia including Grant's diploma, a graduation program from the University of Utah, and items dealing with seminary and church activities and the Sons of Utah Pioneers.


  • 1930-1969


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Carter E. Grant papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Carter E. Grant (December 13, 1885-September 28, 1972), graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of science degree in Western history in 1927. He then taught in the Jordan Utah Seminary, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, for about thirty-five years, the last twenty-five of which he was the principal. Grant was active in the Sons of Utah Pioneers (he was the grandson of Jedediah M. Grant). He wrote numerous articles on Western and Mormon history,as well as a number of Sunday School manuals dealing with Church history.

After retiring from the Church Education program in 1955 he wrote several articles for the Church historic Sites Committee. Some of these were published in the Improvement Era. he was also an Editorial Associate of the Improvement Era during his retirement years. Perhaps Grants's most important work was his one volume history of the Church, The Kingdom of God Restored, (sometimes referred to in his papers as 'the LDS Church--its Doctrine and Achievements," the original manuscript title), published in 1955. His I Saw Another Angel Fly, (1959) was a book for children and youth. It follows about the same format and deals with the same subject matter as The Kingdom of God Restored.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Includes correspondence, research materials, newsclippings, books, and memorabilia. These items deal with Grant's career and writings. Many of them relate to Mormon and Western history.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Custodial History note

Donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1981 by Richard L. Anderson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; 1981 by Richard L. Anderson.

Appraisal note

Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Wittaker, 1998;

Register of the Carter E. Grant papers
David J. Wittaker
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States