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Marvin Roberson recordings of Hugh Nibley lectures

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7998

Scope and Contents

Contains audio tapes and cassette tapes from recorded Hugh Nibley lectures. Lectures pertain to Nibley's thoughts on specific scriptures, ancient history of Egypt and Jerusalem's religions, cosmology, principles of knowledge, ordinances, and other related topics. The lectures are addressed to Nibley's family and close colleagues, as well as missionary groups and other church members.


  • approximately 1967-1987


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 Marvin Roberson recordings of Hugh Nibley lectures must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Marvin Roberson (born 1932) was an athletic trainer at Brigham Young University and a friend of Hugh Nibley's.

Marvin Roberson was born March 21, 1932 in Long Beach, California to William H. and L. Ethelynde Roberson. When he was young, he moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma, where he graduate from high school. Marvin attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree. He served a mission in the United States Western Central States mission. He attended graduate school at Stanford University, where he got degrees in Physical Therapy and Education. He worked as a physical therapist and athletic trainer at Stanford, Foothill college, and for some NFL teams. He came to BYU as a trainer in 1966 and stayed there for 23 years. He then opened his own physical therapy practice. He was the athletic trainer for many European national and Olympic teams. He was also a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Directors and was inducted into the Utah Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2003. Marv authored two books on athletic training and numerous articles. Marvin was married to Doris in 1959 and had three children: Echo Fling, Dina Roberson, and Conrad Roberson. He died on April 25, 2010.

Marvin went to the Nibley household almost every Monday night for Family Home Evening in the 1960s to 1980s. There, he taped these lectures given by Brother Nibley as just a practice lecture or his own thoughts. Marvin and Hugh met when Hugh needed his back fixed and was brought to Marvin to help. From there they became good friends.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Files left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by the Marvin R. Roberson Family Trust in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marvin R. Roberson Family Trust; 2012.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.)

Marvin Roberson was a local trainer who recorded the lectures of Hugh Nibley, renowned Church scholar.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of the Marvin Roberson recordings of Hugh Nibley lectures
Kelsey Samuelsen
2012 April 9
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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