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Reed C. Durham audiocassette

 Collection — cassette: 1
Identifier: MSS 7621

Scope and Contents

Audiocassette tape containing a lecture by Reed C. Durham entitled "Masons of Mormons" from the Mormon Historical Association meeting 1978.


  • 1978


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 Reed C. Durham audiocassette must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Reed C. Durham (b. 1930) is a Mormon historian in Utah.

Reed C. Durham was born in Long Beach, California, in 1930. He married Faye L. Davis and they began having children whilst Durham was attending college in Logan. Durham received his M.S. from the department of Speech at Utah State Agricultural College in 1957. While in school, Reed began teaching within the Church Educational System. He was elected National Vice President of Lambda Delta Sigma- a Mormon Fraternity in 1959. Following this, he attended Brigham Young University where he obtained his PhD in History, graduating in 1965. In 1966, Reed C. Durham became associate director of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Institute of Religion which was adjacent to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Not only this, but he was also a member of the church's Sunday school general board and was a ward Sunday school teacher. He later went on to teach religion at Brigham Young University where he was awarded the Division Faculty Teaching Award in 1972. Reed C. Durham was also very active within the historical community; he was involved with the Organization of American Historians in the 1960s. In 1970, Reed and several others formed a committee that consulted the creation of the LDS church historical department. In 1974, he took a year off as institute director in order to work on a book in the churchs' 16-volume sesquicentennial history to be published in 1980. Reed C. Durham served as the eighth President of the Mormon History Association in 1973, with his service ending in 1974. While he was President of the Mormon History Association, the Journal of Mormon History was launched. It was in 1974 that Durham delivered a controversial Presidential speech to the Mormon Historical Association which startled many in the Latter-day Saint community causing him to withdraw from future participation in the Mormon Historical Association. After his year of research, Durham decided to teach institute fulltime and continue with his research. In 1995, he taught Brigham Young University's study abroad program in Nauvoo, Illinois. Following this he served as a service missionary at Brigham Young University-Hawaii from the years of 1996-1999.


1 sound cassette : analog

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This collection has been kept in its original order.

Custodial History

Donated by an unknown source in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; unknown; 1989.


This collection provides insight into the works of the Mormon Historical Association. Collected in LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Kiren Dulai, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of Reed C. Durham audiocassette
Kiren Dulai
2010 June 30
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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