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Gerald N. Lund papers

Identifier: MSS 8707

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to Gerald Lund's fiction writing and career as a Church Education System administrator and teacher. Includes drafts of his works, notes, teaching materials, travel records, articles used in his research and study, and other miscellaneous papers. Materials dated approximately 1970-2014.


  • approximately 1970-2014


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 Gerald N. Lund papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Gerald N. Lund (1939- ) is a popular Mormon fiction writer, a Church Education System administrator, and general officer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gerald Niels Lund was born September 12, 1939, in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah to Jewell and Evelyn Lund. They later moved to Salt Lake City and then to Murray, Utah. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lund earned a bachelor's and later master's degree in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also got a degree in New Testament Studies from Pepperdine University and in Hebrew from the University of Judaism. In 1963 he married Retta Lynn Stanard, from Great Falls, Montana. They later had seven children. Lund began teaching seminary in Salt Lake City in 1965 and continued to work for the Church Education System for the next 34 years, during which time he became an administrator and executive. Lund also wrote many popular books and articles during this time, including his best-selling "The Work and the Glory" Mormon fiction series. After retiring from his work in the Church Education System, Lund was called to serve as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2002-2008. Lund currently resides in Salt Lake City.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize (1.66 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in twelve series: 1. Drafts of Jesus the Christ, 1997-1998. 2. Drafts of A Priceless Heritage, 1995. 3. Research materials for Hole in the Rock, 2008-2009. 4. Drafts and notes for The Work and the Glory, 2004-2006. 5. Drafts and notes for The Magic Pouch, 2011-2013. 6. Drafts for The Alliance, approximately 1990-2000. 7. Unpublished poetry and lyrics, approximately 1970-2014. 8. Collection on Gerald N. Lund, 1992-2010. 9. Church Educational System teaching materials, 1993-2006. 10. Travel journals, 1980-1991. 11. Research and study materials, 1971-2005 (bulk 1992-2005). 12. Personal papers, 1986-2013.

Custodial History

Donated by Gerald N. Lund in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerald N. Lund; 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2015.


Register of Gerald N. Lund papers
Clarissa McIntire
2015 July 2
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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