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P. J. Sanders and J. F. Curtis debate transcripts

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2018

Scope and Contents

The debates between Peter James Sanders of the Mormon Church and James Frank Curtis of the Reorganized Mormon Church were held 4-7 Aug. 1908 in the Murray Opera House in Murray, Utah. The collection includes transcripts of the debates and biographical information regarding Sanders and Curtis. The issues covered in the debates include the succession in the leadership of the Mormon Church following the death of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the first president of the Mormon Church, and Mormon doctinal issues including: priesthood authority, polygamy, and the plurality of Gods.


  • 1908


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Debate transcripts must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The transcription of the Peter James Sanders and James Frank Curtis debates was produced from stenographic notes taken by Willima M. Bay. The collection remained in the possession of the Sanders family until Clyde James Hayes, a grandson of Peter James Sanders, donated it to BYU Special Collections and Manuscripts on 4 Oct. 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Clyde James Hayes; 1996.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of P. J. Sanders and J. F. Curtis debate transcripts
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 2
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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