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Brian C. Hales research papers

Identifier: MSS 9227

Content Description

Contains items related to Brian C. Hales' research on the topics of Mormon polygamy and fundamentalism, including binders of research material used for Hales' three-volume book Joseph Smith's polygamy published in 2013. Most of the materials in these binders have been scanned and are available online. Also contains research materials, personal correspondence related to his research and publication, and copies of publications related to Mormon fundamentalism that were used in research for his book Setting the record straight: Mormon fundamentalism," published in 2008. Includes other publications on the topic of Mormon fundamentalism. Dated approximately 1991-2013.


  • 1991-2013
  • Majority of material found within 2007-2013


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 Brian C. Hales research papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Brian C. Hales (1957- ) is a Utah-based anesthesiologist and author with research interests in Mormon polygamy and Mormon fundamentalism.

Brian C. Hales was born in 1957, in Salt Lake City, Utah to parents Heber Lee Hales Jr. and Barbara McGregor. Brian C. Hales is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and served a mission in Venezuela from 1976-1978. He went on to marry Laura Harris Hales and together they had four children. He sang as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1999-2013. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology, and from University of Utah's College of Medicine. Brian C. Hales works professionally as a board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah. He served as president of the Utah Medical Association in 2012-2013, and as president of the Medical Staff at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. He is the author of 7 books dealing with Mormon polygamy; has presented at numerous meetings and symposia on the subject; and has published articles in the Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue, and contributed chapters to The Persistence of Polygamy book series.


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

4 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Research binders for Joseph Smith's polygamy, 2007-2013. 2. Research files on Mormon fundamentalism, 1991-2013.

Custodial History

Donated by Brian C. Hales, creator, in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brian C. Hales; November 2018.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2019.


Register of Brian C. Hales research papers
Chelsea McNeil
2019 January 30
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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