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Blair Holmes papers

Identifier: MSS 3248

Scope and Contents

Contains information from both the personal and professional life of Blair Holmes, and includes journals, correspondence and professional papers documenting his life in Utah, his mission in Austria, and family life from 1932-2016. Also includes diplomas and other ephemera of Holmes and other family members from 1932-2008. Dates range from 1932 to 2018.


  • 1932-2018


Conditions Governing Access

Access restricted until one year after donor's death. Permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Blair Holmes papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Blair Holmes (1942-) was a history professor in Utah.

Blair Ralph Holmes was born June 29, 1942 in Victor, Idaho, to Harold Harper Holmes and Audrey Muriel Berger Holmes. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a mission in Austria between approximately 1961 and 1962. On August 26, 1965 he married Margie Green in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following graduation from Brigham Young University in 1966, he studied Eastern European history at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Holmes completed his PhD in 1972.

He was employed at Brigham Young University as a history professor from 1971 until 2008. He and his wife, Margie, are the parents of six children: Brian, Steven, Christopher, Karin, Robert, and Richard.


11 cartons (11.00 linear ft.)

17 boxes (8.50 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Blair Holmes journals, 1960-2016. 2. Blair Holmes correspondence, 1957-2016. 3. Blair Holmes family papers, 1932-2008. 4. Blair Holmes professional papers, 1972-1987. 5. Blair Holmes mission papers, 1961-1962. 6. Blair Holmes collection of Austria Philatelic Society newsletters, 2001-2010.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Blair Ralph Holmes in 2006, 2016, and in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Blair Ralph Holmes; 2006. Donated; Blair Ralph Holmes; 2016. Donated; Blair Ralph Holmes; 2019.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2008.

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.

Processed; Pete Hoyt, student processor; 2014.

Processed; Susana Zubeldia, student processor; 2016.

Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor; 2017.

Processed; Grace Bithell, student manuscript processor; 2019.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2020.

Register of Blair Holmes papers
In Progress
John M. Murphy
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