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Missionary Training Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5545

Scope and Contents

Collection documents the operation of primarily the Provo Missionary Training Center; it is divided into series of language training materials, gospel teaching and missionary training materials, and floor plans (and similar/related documents) for other worldwide missionary training centers, visitors' centers, LDS Church historical sites, etc.

Contains language textbooks, foreign editions of Church materials, cultural guides, study plans and area handbooks, grammar and vocabulary aids, and electronic study resources; missionary and mission president seminar files, missionary discussions, the manuscript development of Preach My Gospel, and assorted evaluations and statistical research on missionary training and proselyting work. Materials dated approximately 1929-2017.


  • approximately 1929-2017


Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English, with other languages found in training materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Missionary Training Center records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

The Missionary Training Center (1978-) in Provo, Utah, trains missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they depart to their specific assignments around the world.

The Missionary Training Center began operation in 1978 to replace the Language Training Mission. The campus can house up to 4,000 missionaries at a time. Approximately fifty languages are taught at the MTC by staff composed mostly of returned missionaries.


42 cartons (42 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

3 media boxes (1.4 linear ft.)

2 volumes (0.08 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1.3 linear ft.)


Arranged in three series: 1. Missionary Training Center records on language training, 1967-2017. 2. Missionary Training Center Gospel research and training materials, approximately 1929-2011. 3. Missionary Training Center floor plans, 1990-2011.

Custodial History

The materials were accumulated by the Missionary Training Center, then transferred to Brigham Young University Records Management. Records Management transferred them to University Archives in December 2001, October 2010, November 2014, and December 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; December 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; March 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; November 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; December 2015.


Administration (University Archives Collection Development Policy, August 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; October 2010.

Processing Information

Addendum processed; Erin Owens; November 2014.

Processing Information

Additional accession processed; Amanda Crandall; November 2016.

Register of Missionary Training Center records
Elizabeth West
2010 October 14
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2014 November 10: Addendum added; Erin Owens.
  • 2017 April 11: New accession added; Amanda Crandall.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US