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Boyd Petersen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7449

Scope and Contents

Contains the research materials of Boyd Petersen, which include newspaper articles, oral histories, letters, and other related materials that he used to write the biography of Hugh Nibley. There is also correspondence of Hugh Nibley, some of his published works, articles about him, family papers, and other materials. There are also papers regarding the accusations that Martha Nibley Beck made against her father. These papers include email correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts of her book, and copies of the articles that she wrote. Dated 1940-2010.


  • 1940-2005


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 Boyd Petersen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Boyd Petersen (b. 1962) is a college professor in Utah.

Boyd Petersen was born February 23, 1962 in Provo, Utah. In 1980, he served a mission to Paris, France, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1984, he married Zina Nibley. Together they had four children. Boyd Petersen has worked at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University as a lecturer, and as the president of the Association for Mormon Letters, and the book review editor for the Journal of Mormon History.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

1 box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Hugh Nibley papers. 2. Boyd Petersen papers. 3. Martha Nibley Beck papers.

Custodial History

Donated by Boyd Petersen in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Boyd Petersen; 2009.


This collection provides insight into the lives of Hugh Nibley and his family. LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Alicia Lynn Harris and Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscripts processors, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010. Addition processoed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of Boyd Petersen papers
Alicia Lynn Harris and Elizabeth Ballif, student processors, and John Murphy, Curator
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