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Bruce A. Van Orden collection of life histories

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8398

Scope and Contents

Contains copies of life histories written by international members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and collected in 1995 by Van Orden during his work as a professor of religion at Brigham Young University. The histories contain accounts and information about conversion, emigration from other countries to Utah, and polygamy. Materials collected in 1995.


  • Other: 1995


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 Bruce A. Van Orden collection of life histories must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bruce A. Van Orden (born 1946) is a Mormon author, historian, and professor emeritus of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Bruce Arthur Van Orden was born in 1946. He earned a PhD in American, Mormon, and modern European history at Brigham Young University and went on to teach Church history and doctrine there from approximately the 1980s to the 2000s. In 1986 he was the bishop of the Lindon Utah 6th Ward. He is the author of several books about religous history and Latter-day Saint theology. These include "Building Zion: The Latter-Day Saints in Europe", "Prisoner for Conscience' Sake: The Life of George Reynolds". He also authored many articles in related journals, chapters in books, and magazine articles published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Van Orden currently resides in Springville, Utah.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in August 1995 by Bruce A. Van Orden, who collected life histories and stories about international members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from his students.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bruce A. Van Orden; August 1995.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2014).


box 602

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Bruce A. Van Orden collection of life histories
Zoë Brimhall
2014 February 24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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