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LeGrand Baker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7518

Scope and Contents

Contains the professional and personal papers of LeGrand Baker, dating from 1955 to 2009. These include professional and personal written and e-mail correspondence, family ephemera, his published and unpublished writings, and other materials.


  • 1955-2009


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2075; 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 the LeGrand Baker papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

LeGrand Baker (b. 1937) is a historian in Utah. He taught at Brigham Young University, and also served as the curator of the Wells Freedom Archives.

LeGrand L. Baker was born on his grandfather's ranch in Boulder, Utah, in 1937, and grew up on a small dairy farm in Utah County. He served an LDS mission in England. After graduating from Brigham Young University (BYU) he received a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in American History—the period of the American Revolution and the writing of the Constitution. He is now retired from BYU where he had been Curator of the Wells Freedom Archives and adjunct professor of history. At BYU he taught American Constitutional History, and especially enjoyed teaching a Book of Mormon class for returned missionaries. His articles have appeared in the Improvement Era and the Ensign, and he is the author of Murder of the Mormon Prophet, the Political Prelude to the Death of Joseph Smith, and Joseph and Moroni, the history of the friendship between young Joseph and the angel who taught him to be a prophet. In 2009, he, with coauthor Stephen D. Ricks, published Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord? The Psalms in Israel's Temple Worship In the Old Testament and In the Book of Mormon. It is a study of the temple drama used in ancient Israel at the time of Solomon's Temple. He and his wife, Marilyn, have four children and fourteen grandchildren.


38 cartons (38 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains the professional and family papers of LeGrand Baker.


Arranged in five series: 1. LeGrand Baker published works. 2. LeGrand Baker personal history and correspondence. 3. LeGrand Baker unpublished manuscripts. 4. LeGrand Baker professional papers. 5. LeGrand Baker papers on Book of Mormon project.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by LeGrand Baker in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; LeGrand Baker; 2009.


This collection provides insight into the life of a professor at Brigham Young University and what life was like during the 20th Century.

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

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of LeGrand Baker papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor and John Murphy, curator.
2010 February 12
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