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Outmigration Leadership History Project records

Identifier: MSS 7469

Scope and Contents

Contains the records, case files, transcripts, photographs, newspaper clippings and oral history interviews collected by the Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project between the mid-1980s and 2007.


  • approximately 1985-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2034; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

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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 / Historical

The Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project was established in the mid-1980s in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University. It was later transferred to the Marriott School of Management, where it remained until the project was completed in 2007.

The project worked to collect oral histories and other documentation about Mormons that migrated out of Utah and took up leadership roles in business and communities elsewhere in the United States. The project was administered by G. Wesley and Marian Ashby Johnson.

Biographical / Historical

G. Wesley Johnson was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelor's with honors from Harvard, and his Master's and PhD from Colombia. He has served on the staff of the Hoover Institution and on the faculties of Stanford and University of California, Santa Barbara before coming to BYU. He has served as editor of several national publications, including The Public Historian Quarterly published by the University of California Press. He directed the Graduate Public History Program at UC Santa Barbara, and was head of the Family and Community History Center at Brigham Young University. He has published books on European, African, and American history, including two works on his home town, Phoenix, and (with his wife, Marian) an official centennial history of Utah. He has received major grants from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, Social Science Research Council, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He and Marian have been consultants on business history and biographical projects for several Fortune 500 companies.

Biographical / Historical

Marian Ashby Johnson is from Provo, Utah. She received her Bachelor's degree from BYU, and her Master's and PhD degrees from Stanford. She has been Assistant Dean at Santa Barbara City College, Director of the Oral History Program at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Associate Director of the Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University. She served on the BYU faculty, and taught courses on oral history, history of world civilization, and on her special research area, West Africa. Her focus has been on art history and in particular the study of African gold jewelry. She has had grants from the Rockefeller, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Stanford, and the Kennedy Center of BYU, and was an invited lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Presidential Library, etc. She has also managed the historical consulting firm of Ashby & Johnson, working on business history projects, oral histories, and family biographies. She and her husband have four children and eleven grandchildren.


10 cartons (10 linear ft.)

6 media boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in the repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by G. Wesley Johnson and Marian Ashby Johnson in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; G. Wesley Johnson and Marian Ashby Johnson; 2009.


Provides insight and a new perspective on life for members of the LDS faith who began their lives in Utah but later moved elsewhere in the United States. It also helps to create a new image of members of the LDS faith in modern times.

University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student manuscript processor, Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of Mormon Outmigration Leadership History Project records
In Progress
GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student manuscript processor, Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator
2010 January
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2010 January 22: Reviewed and corrected for DACS and subject compliance by Cory Nimer.
  • 2010 June 8: One folder of materials introducing the project added to series 1 by Elizabeth Ballif.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States