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Hugh Nibley research, approximately 1911-2003, bulk: bulk approximately 1940-2003

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2721 Series 4 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains research notes, newspaper clippings, photocopies of books, articles, and other material, papers, drafts, and letters written and collected by Hugh Nibley. Research topics include the Book of Mormon, Bible-related subjects, Mormon history, the apocryphal, Brigham Young, and many other topics. Materials date from approximately 1940 to 2003, bulk from 1950 to 2003.


  • approximately 1911-2003
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1940-2003


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with some notes in Latin, German, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Coptic, French, Russian, Egyptian, Dutch, Old Norse, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Anglo-Saxon, and cuneiform.

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 the Hugh Nibley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Hugh Nibley (1910-2005) was a religion professor and author in Utah. He is well known for his writings on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Winder Nibley was born March 27, 1910 to Alexander and Agnes Sloan Nibley in Portland, Oregon. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1927 to 1929. Nibley received a PhD in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley after already graduating in history from UCLA with highest honors in 1934. He then served in the United States Army during the Second World War. In 1946 he married Phyllis Ann Draper and together they had nine children. Nibley began teaching ancient scripture and ancient history at Brigham Young University also in 1946 and he retired in 1975. He is well known as an apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hugh Nibley died in Provo, Utah on February 24, 2005.


90 boxes

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States