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Davis Bitton general personal papers, 1940-2002

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7441 Series 10

Scope and Contents

Contains general personal papers created by or collected by or about Bitton dating from 1940-2002.


  • 1940-2002


Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Series 1-12: Open for public research.

Series 13: Donor restricted until 2030; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Davis Bitton 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:

Davis Bitton (1930-2007) was a Mormon historian who lived in Utah.

Davis Bitton was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, on February 22, 1930 to Ronald Wayne Bitton and Lola Davis Bitton. Following his service as a Mormon missioniony to France, and as an enlisted man in the United States Army, he graduated with a BA in History from Brigham Young University. He then received an MA in 1958 and a PhD in French History in 1961 from Princeton University. Dr. Bitton taught history at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas until 1964 when he went to the University of California in Santa Barbara. Finally, he was a professor of history at the University of Utah from 1966 until his retirement in 1995. In addition to French history, Dr. Bitton also made important contributions to Latter-day Saint history. He served as Assistant LDS Church Historian under Leonard Arrington from 1972-1982. He also served as a guide on temple square with his wife, JoAnn. Davis Bitton died April 13, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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