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Walter McPhie papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8038

Scope and Contents

Contains the professional and personal papers of Walter McPhie. Materials include published journals with articles authored by McPhie, dissertations, theses, and other papers written by McPhie during his education, outlines for teaching courses on teacher improvement and gospel instruction, and other files. All materials pertain to the topic of secondary teacher education, teaching religious topics, or McPhie's life and family. Dated circa 1959-2009.


  • approximately 1959-2009


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 publish material from the Walter McPhie papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Walter McPhie (1926-2009) was a Mormon teacher and scholar.

Walter McPhie was born on March 20, 1926, in Ogden, Utah, to Walter and Heva McPhie. He had a twin brother. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1944 and served in the Army Air Corps from 1944-1946. He graduated from Weber Jr. College, then went on to the University of Utah and Stanford University for his graduate degrees. McPhie served a mission in France, Switzerland, and Belgium from 1947-1949. He married Marilyn Jones in the Logan Temple in 1951. They had four children. McPhie taught in public schools in Utah and California from 1953-1957, then held administrative and professional positions at Brigham Young University from 1959-1963. He also worked at Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia from 1963-1965, 1967-1968, and 1970, and at the University of Utah from 1965-1996. He served in chuch as a teacher, counselor in the Bishopric, Stake High Council, Stake Sunday School President, Stake Teacher Improvement coordinator, and other callings. He and his wife also sang as members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for many years. He travelled to numerous places researching education, including China, Egypt, and Israel. He developed international seminars for teachers in these places. He died on December 19, 2009, and was buried in Larkin Sunset Gardens, Sandy, Utah.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Files left in their original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Marilyn J. McPhie in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marilyn J. McPhie; 2012.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Walter McPhie was an eminent LDS teacher, both on secondary education and on religious topics.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of the Walter McPhie papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
8 May 2012
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