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Hugh Nibley papers

Identifier: MSS 2721

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal and professional papers of Nibley. Includes research notes, manuscripts, photographs, publications, personal papers, and ephemera that document his work as a Mormon scholar, a professor, and a father. Materials date approximately 1844 to 2008.


  • approximately 1844-2008
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1940-2000


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with some materials in German, French, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Coptic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Russian.

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

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.


296 boxes (148 linear ft.)

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)


Arranged in seven series: 1. Hugh Nibley family and personal papers, 1920-2006. 2. Hugh Nibley education papers, approximately 1886-1989. 3. Hugh Nibley professional papers, 1844-2003. 4. Hugh Nibley publications and writings, approximately 1911-2008. 5. Hugh Nibley photographs, approximately 1898-2000. 6. Hugh Nibley ephemera, approximately 1920-2000. 7. Hugh Nibley sound recordings, 1964, 1987-1988.

Custodial History

Donated by Phyllis Draper Nibley in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Phyllis Draper Nibley; February 11, 2009.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007)

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, Jon Rainey, Julie Slater, Sarah Phipps Heaton, Marissa Jensen, Rachel Hunt, Sally McDonald, Brittany Chapman, John Crawford, Anela Ormsby, Rachael Givens, and Mary Downs, student manuscript processors, John M. Murphy, curator, and Gary P. Gillum, emeritus librarian; 2011.

Processed; Sadie Julian; 2015.

Reigster of Hugh Nibley papers
Gary Gillum and Sadie Julian
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