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Miller F. Shurtleff papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2863

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typewritten and signed correspondence, newspaper articles and their translations, court records, and a travel itinerary, all collected by Miller F. Shurtleff while serving as a mission president in the Southeast Asia Mission. The materials deal with the arrest of two missionaries serving in Thailand for desecrating a Buddha statue by sitting on its head. The missionaries, Joseph K. Wall and Kimball Larson, spent six months in jail for the crime. Materials date from between 1972 and 1973.


  • 1972-1973


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Miller Francis Shurtleff was born on November 20, 1913, in Salt Lake City. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1936 and married Alice E. Hawkins in 1941. He then joined the United States Navy and was sent to the South Pacific in World War II. After the war, he worked for the Department of Agriculture and became the executive assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, who later became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Miller Shurtleff, also a member of the Latter-day Saint church, completed a mission to the Southern States Mission, served as a bishop and stake president in Virginia, and in 1972, was called as president of the Southeast Asia Mission. Shurtleff died in 1994.


1 folder (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Miller F. Shurtleff in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Miller F. Shurtleff; 1987.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Micah Bremner; 1997.

Register of Miller F. Shurtleff papers
Kyle Bird
2014 November 20
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