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Monte Burr McLaws papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2089

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of research files on various historical topics, including war, Mormon history, Utah territorial journalism, family history, American history, and world history. Includes lecture and research notes on McLaws' history classes and research, as well as notes on his work with the Genealogical Society of Utah and oral family history materials. Materials dated from 1955 to 1996.


  • 1955-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2014; 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 Monte Burr McLaws papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Monte Burr McLaws (1934-1996) was an American historian, teacher, and genealogist.

Monte Burr McLaws was born November 20, 1934, in Los Angeles, California to Franklin J. and Marian Pace McLaws. He grew up in Holbrook, Mesa, and Tempe, Arizona. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1955 to 1957 in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission, spending his last six months in Peru. He graduated from Arizona State University with bachelor's and master's degrees, and received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri in 1970. He started his career teaching high school in Pima, Arizona, in 1963, and later took a position as professor of history at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska in 1968. In 1976 he began working for the Genealogical Society of Utah, where he served as a records specialist in field operations in India, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East until 1993. McLaws often lectured at the BYU Salt Lake Center and at Education Week on personal and family history, and also wrote historical and religious works. He married Emily Church in the Arizona Temple in 1962, and together they have six children.

McLaws passed away on April 11, 1996, in Bountiful, Utah.


5 cartons (5 linear ft.)

4 folders (0.04 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Emily McLaws in 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Emily McLaws; 1997.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV.VI.)

Processing Information

Processed; Katie Connors, student manuscript processor, and John Muphy, curator; 2009.

Register of Monte Burr McLaws papers
Katie Connors
16 February 2009
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