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Ernest D. Strack papers

Identifier: MSS 1839

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, diaries, articles, minutes, speeches, dissertations, and miscellaneous items, the majority of which are photocopies. Strack collected numerous materials in various formats dealing with a wide range of topics related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • 1828-1977


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Ernest D. Strack was born April 18, 1952, in Niagara, New York to Charles Allen and Edith Alice Ducey Strack. He married Mary Hak in 1973, and in 1974 married a second wife, Angela Kunz. The family had 17 children. For several years, Ernest operated a bookstore just south of Brigham Young University campus, which specialized in Mormon history, Western history, and the history of religion. Ernest was an integral part of the "Mormon Underground." He became the local gadfly who sought to make available all new information coming from various researchers of Mormon history. Ernest passed away from cancer at age 37 in 1990 in Draper, Utah.


19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged according to the original filing system developed by its creator, Ernest D. Strack. The file names in this inventory are not always consistent with the file labels. Some have been changed to describe the contents of the file more specifically.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Mary Strack.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Strack.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


The majority of the documents are photocopies.

Processing Information

Processed; Harvard S. Heath & Candace Kearl; June 1995.

Processing Information

Processed; Kenneth Bullard. Finding aid encoded.

Register of Ernest D. Strack papers
Devon Zimmerman
2011 July 1
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