James B. Allen
|BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS (including edited works)
The Company Town in the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1966).
Mormonism in the Twentieth Century (Provo: BYU Press, 1964, rev. 1967). With Richard O. Cowan.
The Man - Brigham Young (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1968) (Short Monograph)
Mormonism and American Culture (New York: Harper & Row, 1972). Co-editor with Marvin S. Hill.
Manchester Mormons: The Journal of William Clayton, 1840-1842 (Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, Inc., 1974).
Co-editor, with Thomas G. Alexander.
Views on Man and Religion: Collected Essays of George T. Boyd. Co-editor, with Dale C. LeCheminant and David
J. Whittaker (Provo, UT: Friends of George T. Boyd, 1979).
The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1976; 2nd ed. updated and revised,
1992). With Glen M. Leonard.
Mormons and Gentiles: A History of Salt Lake City (Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Press, 1984). With Thomas
Trials of Discipleship: The Story of William Clayton, A Mormon (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987).
Winner of the David Woolley Evans and Beatrice Cannon Evans Biography Award, 1986. Revised and
republished under the title No Toil Nor Labor Fear: The Story of William Clayton (Provo, UT: BYU Press,
Men With a Mission: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles 1837-1840 (Salt Lake City: Deseret
Book, 1992). With Ronald K. Esplin and David J. Whittaker.
World History From 1500 (New York: HarperCollins, 1993). With J. Michael Allen.
Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, with Jessie Embry and Kahlile Mehr. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies Monograph Series, 1995.
Life in Utah: Centennial Selections from BYU Studies. Co-editor, with John W. Welch. Provo, UT: BYU Studies,
1996. (Anthology of articles previously published in BYU Studies, each listed and indexed separately in this
Coming to Zion. Co-editor, with John W. Welch. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1997. (Contains essays reprinted from
BYU Studies about migration to Zion; also includes an address by M. Russell Ballard, "Pioneer Footsteps of
Faith"; each essay listed and indexed separately in this bibliography.)
Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography
, with Ronald W. Walker and David J. Whittaker.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. Winner of a special citation from the Mormon History
Association, 2001. This database, including continuing updates, is now searchable online at
Mormon History, with Ronald W. Walker and David J. Whittaker. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
Book manuscripts completed but not yet published:
History of Utah, 1945-1995. Written under the auspices of the Utah Centennial Foundation as volume 4 of the
centennial history of Utah. Accepted for publication by Utah Historical Society and, later, by Gibbs Smith,
Publisher, but not yet published because the other three authors have not yet completed their manuscripts.
"The Evolution of County Boundaries in Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly 23 (July, 1955): 261-78.
"Let's Study the Twentieth Century," Improvement Era (January 1964): 34-38.
"The Company Town. . . A Passing Phase of Utah's Industrial Development," Utah Historical Quarterly (Spring,
"The Significance of Joseph Smith's First Vision in Mormon Thought," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1
"Thoughts on Anti-Intellectualism: A Response," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1 (Autumn, 1966): 134-40.
"Ecclesiastical Influence on Local Government in the Territory of Utah." Arizona and the West 8 (Spring, 1966):
"The Mormons in the Mountain West: A Selected Bibliography," Arizona and the West 9 (Winter, 1967): 365-84.
With Thomas G. Alexander. Received a prize from the Mormon History Association as the best article
published on Mormon History that year.
"The Company-Owned Mining Town in the West: Exploitation or Benevolent Paternalism?" in Reflections of
Western Historians, ed. by John A. Carrol (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1967): 177-97.
"The Unusual Jurisdiction of County Probate Courts in the Territory of Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly (Spring,
"Mormon Origins in New York: An Introductory Analysis," BYU Studies 9 (Spring, 1969): 241-74. With Leonard
"Crisis on the Home Front: The Federal Government and Utah's Defense Housing in World War II," Pacific
Historical Review 38 (November, 1969): 407-28.
"The Changing Impact of Mining on the Economy of Twentieth Century Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly 38
(Summer, 1970)" 240-55.
"Membership of Certain of Joseph Smith's Family in the Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra" BYU Studies 10
(Summer 1970): 482-84. With Milton V. Backman.
"Eight Contemporary Accounts of Joseph Smith's First Vision--What Do We Learn From Them?" Improvement Era
73 (April, 1970): 4-13.
"Joseph Smith as a Young Man," The New Era 1 (January, 1971): 19-21.
"The Gosiute Indians in Pioneer Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly 39 (Spring, 1971): 162-77. With Ted J. Warner.
"A Letter from Brigham Young and Daniel H. Wells, 1857" (edited document), BYU Studies 11 (Spring 1971):
"A Letter to England, 1842," (editor, letter from William Clayton), BYU Studies 12 (Autumn 1971): 119-23.
"The American Presidency and the Mormons," The Ensign 2 (October, 1972): 47-56.
"The Twentieth Century: Challenge for Mormon Historians," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 7 (Spring,
1972): 26-36. With Richard O. Cowan.
"The Mormon Search for Community in the Modern World," in The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon
History, edited by F. Mark McKiernan, Alma R. Blair and Paul M. Edwards (Lawrence, Kansas: Coronado
Press, 1973): 307-40.
"J. Reuben Clark, Jr., on American Sovereignty and International Organization," BYU Studies 13 (Spring, 1973):
Answer to question in "I Have a Question" section of The Ensign 3 (September, 1973):21-22. "Was Joseph Smith a
serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States, or was he only attempting to publicize gospel
views on public issues?"
"Personal Faith and Public Policy: Some Timely Observations on the League of Nations Controversy in Utah,"
BYU Studies 14 (Autumn, 1973): 77-98. Reprinted in James B. Allen and John W. Welch, eds., Life in
Utah: Centennial Selections from BYU Studies (Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1996): 271-94.
"Harold B. Lee: An Appreciation Both Personal and Historical," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 8
(Autumn/Winter 1974): 14-17.
"Wilford Woodruff, Sportsman" (edited document), BYU Studies 15 (Autumn, 1974):113-17. With Herbert
"The Mission of the Twelve to England, 1840-41: Mormon Apostles and the Working Classes," BYU Studies,
Vol. 15, No. 4 (Summer, 1975): 499-526. With Malcolm R. Thorp.
"The Mormons and the Federal Government in Washington: A Summary," No. 13, "Task Papers in LDS History,"
History Division, Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. December,
1976. With Bruce D. Blumell.
"`We Had a Very Hard Voyage for the Season': John Moon's Account of the First Emigrant Company of British
Saints" (edited document), BYU Studies 17 (Spring 1977): 339-41.
"The Great Protectionist, Senator Reed Smoot of Utah," Utah Historical Quarterly 45 (Fall, 1977): 325-345.
"To the Saints in England: Impressions of a Mormon Immigrant (the 10 December 1840 William Clayton Letter
from Nauvoo to Manchester)," (edited document), BYU Studies 18 (Spring 1978): 475-80.
"Education and the Arts in Twentieth Century Utah," chapter 32 in Utah's History, edited by Richard D. Poll, et. al.
(Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1978).
"Religion in Twentieth Century Utah," chapter 33 in Utah's History, edited by Richard D. Poll, et. al. (Provo,
Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1978).
"Why Did People Act That Way? Some Observations on Religious Intolerance and Persecution in the American
Past," The Ensign (December, 1978):21-24.
"Some Ideas Concerning the History of the Church Since 1950," published in The First Annual Church Educational
System Religious Education Symposium, August 19, 20, 1977, Brigham Young University . . . .Transcript of
Addresses and Abstracts of Presentations (Church Education System, 1978):27-28.
"Introduction to the 'Classics in Mormon Literature' Edition of 'Key to the Science of Theology' and 'A Voice of
Warning,'" published without author attribution in Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology; A Voice
of Warning, Classics in Mormon Literature (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1978).
"Line Upon Line," The Ensign 9 (July, 1979): 32-39
"One Man's Nauvoo: William Clayton's Experiences in Mormon Illinois," Journal of Mormon History 6 (1979): 37-59.
"Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of the Church," published without author attribution in Joseph Fielding
Smith, Essentials in Church History (Classics in Mormon Literature series, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book,
"Good Guys vs. Good Guys: Rudger Clawson, John Sharp, and Civil Disobedience in Nineteenth Century Utah,"
originally printed in Essays on Public Ethics, edited by Martin B. Hickman, republished in Utah Historical
Quarterly 48 (Spring, 1980), pp. 148-174. Winner of the annual Morris Rosenblatt award for the best
popular interest article to appear in the Utah Historical Quarterly in 1980.
"Emergence of a Fundamental: The Expanding Role of Joseph Smith's First Vision in Mormon Religious Thought,"
Journal of Mormon History 7 (1980): 43-61
"Writing Mormon Biographies," World Conference on Records: Preserving our Heritage, Series 116:1-5. Salt
Lake City, August 12-15, 1980.
"What Are You Doing Looking Up Here? Graffiti Mormon Style," Sunstone 6 (March-April, 1981):29-40. With
John B. Harris.
"But Dick Tracy Landed on the Moon." (Commentary on "Mormons and Moonmen," by Van Hale.) Sunstone 5
(September-October 1982): 18-19.
"Testimony and Technology: A Phase of the Modernization of Mormonism Since 1950." In Thomas G. Alexander
and Jessie L. Embry, eds., After 150 Years. The Latter-Day Saints in Sesquicentennial Perspective.
Provo: Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Charles Redd Monographs in Western History No. 13,
1983. Pp. 171-207.
"The Latter-Day Saints' Emigrants' Guide: How and Why it Came to be." Introduction to Stanley B. Kimball, ed.,
The Latter-Day Saints' Emigrants' Guide by W. Clayton. Gerald, Mo.: The Patrice Press, 1983.
"Company Towns in the Forest Industry," in Encyclopedia of American Forest and Conservation History. (New
York: Macmillan, 1983).
"David O. McKay," in Leonard J. Arrington, ed., The Presidents of the Church (Salt Lake City, Deseret Book
Company, 1986), pp.275-313.
"The Documents: A Historian's Approach," address as part of a panel before the Mormon History Association on
"The Document Diggers and their Discoveries, 1 May 1986, and published in Dialogue: A Journal of
Mormon Thought 19 (Winter 1986):60-65.
"Since 1950: Creators and Creations of Mormon History," in Davis Bitton and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, eds.,
New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington (Salt Lake City: University of
Utah Press, 1987).
"My Personal Appreciation of Harold B. Lee," in L. Brent Goates, ed. and arr., He Changed My Life (Salt Lake City:
Bookcraft, 1988): 78-82.
"Nauvoo's Masonic Hall." John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 10 (1990): 39-49.
"[History of the Church] C. 1945-1990, Post World War II International Era Period," in Encyclopedia of
Mormonism (New York: Macmillan, 1991), with Richard O. Cowan: 4:638-47.
"McKay, David O.," in Encyclopedia of Mormonism (New York: Macmillan, 1991) 4:870-75.
"Would-be Saints: West Africa Before the 1978 Priesthood Revelation," Journal of Mormon History 17 (1991):
205-47. Winner of the "Best Article in Mormon History" award for 1991, presented at the annual meeting
of the Mormon History Association, St. George, Utah, May 16, 1992.
"`Course Corrections': Some Personal Reflections." Sunstone 14 (October 1990): 34-40.
"When Our Enemies are Also Saints: Response to Claudia W. Harris's `Mormons on the Warfront.'" BYU Studies 30
(Fall 1990): 21-26.
"`Provoking the Brethren to Good Works': Susa Young Gates, the Relief Society, and Genealogy." (With Jessie L.
Embry.) BYU Studies 31 (Spring 1991): 115-138.
"On Becoming a Universal Church: Some Historical Perspectives." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 25
(Spring 1992): 13-36.
"The Story of The Truth, The Way, The Life." In B. H. Roberts, The Truth, The Way, The Life, ed. John W. Welch,
cxcix-cxcviii. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1994. Printed also in BYU Studies 33, no. 4 (1993): 691-741.
Winner of the "T. Edgar Lyon Award of Excellence for an Article in Mormon History," presented at the
annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, June 1995.
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." In Utah History Encyclopedia, ed. Allan Kent Powell, 89-94.
Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1994.
"David O. McKay." In Utah History Encyclopedia, ed. Allan Kent Powell, 352-53. Salt Lake City: University of
Utah Press, 1994.
"William Clayton." In Utah History Encyclopedia, ed. Allan Kent Powell, 99. Salt Lake City: University of Utah
"Mormons." In Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, ed. Leonard W. Levy and Louis Fisher, 3:1045-46. New
York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
"The LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City." In Mormon Americana: A Guide to Sources and Collections in
the United States, ed. David J. Whittaker, 135-53. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1995.
"[Review essay on George D. Smith, ed., An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton]." BYU Studies
35, no. 2 (1995): 165-75. Republished in Dialogue 30 (Summer 1997): 130-38, under the title "Editing
William Clayton." This is followed by George D. Smith, "A Response: The Politics of Mormon History,"
pp. 138-48, and James B. Allen, "A Reply," pp. 148-55, and Smith, "A Rejoinder," 155-56.
"The LDS Church and Religious Liberty: A Historical Perspective." In Religious Liberty and the Global Church:
The Challenge of Sharing, 15-26. Seventh Annual Conference of The International Society, August 19,
1996. Provo, UT: David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, BYU, 1997.
"'We Were Willing Because We Were Obliged To': the Mormons, Their Religion, and Why They Left Nauvoo." In
The Iowa Mormon Trail: Legacy of Faith and Courage, ed. Susan Easton Black and William G. Hartley, 3-20. Orem, Utah: Helix Publishing, 1997.
"Come, Come, Ye Saints': The Most Famous Mormon Hymn." Cobblestone (May 1997): 30-31.
"The Rise and Decline of the LDS Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-1996." In Mormons, Scripture, and
the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson, ed. Davis Bitton, 85-119. Provo, UT:
Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
"Everyday Life in Utah's Elementary Schools, 1847-1870." In Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of
Utah's Mormon Pioneers, ed. Ronald W. Walker and Doris R. Dant, 358-85. Provo, UT: Brigham Young
University Press, 1998.
"Second Only to Christ: Joseph Smith in Modern Mormon Piety." In The Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-day
Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, 1-35. Provo, UT, Foundation for Ancient
Research and Mormon History, 2000.
Author of three short articles in Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, ed. Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon,
and Richard O. Cowan (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000).
"Asked and Answered: A Response to Grant H. Palmer.," Farms Review 16 , no. 1 (2004): 235-85. An extensive
critique of Grant H. Palmer, An Insider's View of Mormon Origins. A condensed version of this critique
published as a book review in BYU Studies 432 (2004): 175-89.
"The Appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith in 1820." In Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine
Manifestations 1820-1844, ed John W. Welch. (Provo, UT and Salt Lake City: BYU Press and Deseret
Book, 2005), 35-77. With John W. Welch.
"Mormon Women and American Culture since 1950: A Preliminary Analysis." In New Scholarship on Latter-day
Saint Women in the Twentieth Century, ed. Carol Cornwall Madsen and Cherry B. Silver, 195-209. Provo,
UT, Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, 2005.
"Technology and the Church: A Steady Revolution."In 2007 Church Almanac
, 117-58. Salt Lake City: Deseret
Morning News, 2007.
Editor, Mormon History Association "Newsletter," 1970-71.
Guest editor for special issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring, 1972).
Editor, "The Historians Corner," a section of selected documents and short essays that appears twice annually in
BYU Studies, 1973-82.
Associate Editor, Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 1 (1974).
Editor, Studies in Mormon History series at BYU Press, in 1970s. Five volumes published.
Book Review Editor, BYU Studies
Here is Brigham . . . Brigham Young, the Years to 1844, by S. Dilworth Young, Utah Historical Quarterly (Winter,
On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, ed. by Juanita Brooks, California Historical Society
Quarterly (Fall, 1967).
Rocky Mountain Mining Camps: The Urban Frontier, by Duane A. Smith, Utah Historical Quarterly (Summer,
Ghost Towns of the American West, by Robert Silverburg, Utah Historical Quarterly (Summer, 1970).
A Mormon Mother, by Annie Clark Tanner, and Letters of Long Ago, by Agnes Just Reid, (dual review) Utah
Libraries (Spring, 1974).
Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith, by Dallin H. Oaks and Marvin S. Hill,
Brigham Young University Today, March, 1976.
Quicksilver: Terlinqua and the Chisos Mining Company, by Kenneth Baxter Ragdale, The American Historical
Review, October, 1977.
Spencer W. Kimball, by Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball, BYU Today (December 1977).
Pioneer Steel Maker in the West, by H. Lee Schamehorn, The Colorado Magazine 56 (Summer/Fall 1979)
K. C. A History of Kansas City, Missouri, by A. Theodore Brown and Lyle W. Dorsett, in Montana The Magazine
of Western History, 30 (Winter, 1980)
The Journal of Brigham: Brigham Young's Story in His Own Words., by Leland R. Nelson, Comp., in Utah
Historical Quarterly, 41 (Fall 1981). pp. 395-98.
Blazing Crosses in Zion: The Ku Klux Klan in Utah, by Larry R. Gerlach, in Utah Historical Quarterly, 52 (Spring
1984), pp. 198-201.
Mormon Thunder [Jedediah Morgan Grant], by Gene A. Sessions, in Arizona and the West, 26 (Summer 1984),
Quicksand and Cactus: A Memoir of the Southern Mormon Frontier, by Juanita Brooks. In Nevada Historical
Society Quarterly, Fall 1984, Vol. XXVII, #3. pp 224-226.
Gold Rush sojourners in Great Salt Lake City, 1849 and 1850, by Brigham D. Madsen, in American Historical
Review. Dec. 1984, Vol. 89, #5. pp. 1393-94.
Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippets Avery. (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, Inc.) New Mexico Historical Review 60:3 (1985).
Falk's Claim: The Life and Death of a Redwood Lumber Company Town, by Jon Humboldt Gates, in Journal of
Forest History, Vol. 30, Number 2, April 1986.
Search for Sanctuary: Brigham Young and the White Mountain Expedition, by Clifford L. Scott, in The Journal of
American History, 72 (December 1985) 686-7.
Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, by Richard L. Bushman, in Pacific Historical Review 56 (May
A History of Alaska Statehood, by Claus M. Naske, in Western Historical Quarterly 28 (January 1987).
Political Deliverance: The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood, by Edward Leo Lyman, in Utah Humanities News,
Brigham Young and the Expanding American Frontier, by Newell G. Bringhurst, in Utah Historical Quarterly 56
The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, by Stephen LeSueur, in The Journal of American History 75 (September 1988):
Mormons at the Missouri, 1846-1852: "And Should We Die...", by Richard E. Bennett, Journal of Church and State
31 (Spring 1989): 307-308.
Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900, by Edwin
Brown Firmage and Richard Collin Mangrum, American Journal of Legal History 33 (January 1990): 83-84.
An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, edited by Edwin Brown Firmage, Journal of the John Whitmer
Historical Society 9 (1989): 99-101.
Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons In America, 1830-1846, by Kenneth H. Winn, Pacific Historical Review,
King of Beaver Island: The Life and Assassination of James Jesse Strang, by Roger Van Noord, BYU Studies
(Winter 1991): 106-12.
The Unsolicited Chronicler, by Robert Kent Fielding, in Journal of American History (1995).
The Mormon Trail: Yesterday and Today, by William E. Hill. Great Plains Quarterly 18 (Spring 1998): 185-86.
More Wives than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910, by Kathryn M. Daynes, and Th
Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America, by Sarah
Barringer Gordon. American Historical Review (October 2003): 1157-59.
An Insider's View of Mormon Origins, by Grant H. Palmer. Critique published as "Asked and Answered: A
Response to Grant H. Palmer.," Farms Review 16 , no. 1 (2004): 235-85, and a condensed version of this
critique published as a book review in BYU Studies 43:2 (2004): 175-89.
Transformation of the Mormon Culture Region, by Ethan R.Yorgason. American Historical Review 110, issue 3
(June 2005): 810-11.
The Mormon Vanguard Brigade of 1847 Norton Jacob's Record, ed. Ronald O. Barney, Utah Historical Quarterly,
74 (Spring 2006): 178-79.
David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright, BYU Studies
45:1 (2006): 172-77
"Leadership Training in the Classroom," Improvement Era (November, 1959): 822-23, 867.
"Are You Talking With Them or To Them?" Improvement Era (June, 1960): 390-91, 476.
The American Heritage (Provo: BYU Printing Services, various editions, 1970-77). A syllabus for History
Various historical vignettes for Church News, 1975-78.
American Heritage 100
, Independent Study course manual, Brigham Young University. Various editions, 1980s -
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS PRESENTED
"The Company-Owned Town in Western America: Some Social Considerations," delivered at a Conference on
Utah and the West, University of Utah, 22 June 1965.
"Utah's Company Towns." Paper delivered at the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Brigham Young
University, 29 October 1965. Published later in Utah Historical Quarterly.
"The Changing Impact of Mining on the Economy of Twentieth Century Utah." Paper delivered at the annual
meeting of the Utah State Historical Society, Park City, Utah, 20 September 1969. (Later published in the
Utah Historical Quarterly)
"Ghost Towns in Utah," address before the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, annual meeting, Salt Lake City, April,
"J. Reuben Clark, Jr., and International Organization." Paper presented at a symposium on J. Reuben Clark, sponsored by the Political Science Department, Brigham Young University, 23 November 1972. Later published in BYU Studies.
"Reed Smoot, the Great Protectionist." Paper presented at a symposium on Senator Reed Smoot, sponsored by the
Political Science Department, Brigham Young University, 19 May 1974. Later published in Utah
"Problems and Possibilities in Teaching History by Television." Presentation at the Annual meeting of the
American Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois, 28-30 December 1974.
"Completion of the Union: An interpretation of the American Statemaking Process, 1789-1959," paper delivered
before the Western History Association annual meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October, 1975. Prepared in collaboration with Neil L. York.
"Good Guys versus Good Guys; Rudger Clawson, John Sharp, and Civil Disobedience in Nineteenth Century Utah."
Paper delivered 25 May 1976, at the College of Eastern Utah in a lecture series on "Public Ethics in an Era
of Challenge and Change," supported by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities. Also delivered before
the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 17 November 1976. Published
later in Utah Historical Quarterly.
"Some Ideas Concerning the History of the Church Since 1950," paper delivered at the First Annual Church Educational System Religious Education Symposium, August 19, 20, 1977.
"Apocalyptic Discipleship: William Clayton and Mormon Millennial Expectations of the 1860's." Paper presented
before the Mormon History Association, Logan, Utah, May 6, 1978.
"One Man's Nauvoo: William Clayton's Experience in Mormon Illinois." Paper presented in March, 1979, at
Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the John Whitmer Historical
Association. Later published in the Journal of Mormon History.
"Testimony and Technology: The Impact of Technology on the Modernization of Mormonism since 1950," paper
presented at the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 24 January 1980. Published later in the Redd
"Emergence of a Fundamental: The Expanding Role of Joseph Smith's First Vision in Mormon Religious Thought."
Paper presented before the Mormon History Association, Canandaigua, New York, May 1, 1980. Later
revised and published in the Journal of Mormon History.
"Writing Mormon Biographies." Address delivered before the World Conference on Records, Salt Lake City, Utah,
13 August 1980.
"Second Only to Christ: Joseph Smith in Modern Mormon Piety." Address given at a Symposium on Joseph Smith
and the Mormons, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, University of Indiana, Bloomington,
4-5 December, 1981.
"Joseph the Prophet: A Personal View." Brigham Young University Forum address, 6 April 1982.
"The Latter-day Saint's Emigrant's Guide: How and Why it Came to Be." Address delivered at the annual meeting
of the Mormon History Association, May 1983. Later published.
"Salt Lake City in the Early Years: Comparative Perspectives on the Founding of Western Cities." Paper presented
before the annual meeting of the Western History Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, 13 October 1983.
"Common Origins But Different Directions: Two Mormon Communities in the 19th Century." Twenty-first Annual
Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Brigham Young University, 8 February 1984.
"The Documents: A Historian's Approach," address as part of a panel before the Mormon History Association on
"The Document Diggers and their Discoveries, 1 May 1986, and published in Dialogue, A Journal of
Mormon Thought 19 (Winter 1986):60-65.
"History and Faith." Address delivered at the Brigham Young University Symposium on "Church History and
Recent Forgeries," August 6, 1987.
"Apostles as Missionaries: Activities and Methods in England 1837-1841." Address delivered at a plenary session
of the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, Oxford, England, 9 July 1987.
"The Church and West Africa Before the Priesthood: The setting for missionary work in Nigeria and Ghana."
Address delivered at the Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, 20 August 1988.
"Possible New Focuses for Modern Mormon History and the International Church." Address delivered at the 1989
Washington Sunstone Symposium, Mclean, Virginia, 8 April 1989.
"The Masonic Lodge and Its Meaning for Nauvoo." Site paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Mormon
History Association, Nauvoo, Illinois, 12 May 1989.
"West Africa Before the Priesthood: The Story of LDS Contacts in Nigeria and Ghana before 1978." Paper
delivered at the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, Nauvoo, Illinois, 13 May 1989.
"Nauvoo in its Historical Setting: Political and Economic Considerations." Paper presented in a panel on
"Considerations of Place and Time: Nauvoo in its Broader American Setting," Symposium on Nauvoo--the
City of Joseph, Brigham Young University, 21 September 1989.
"Your Church and Mine: Where I Hope You Will Take it." Devotional address, BYU Hawaii Campus, June 7, 1990.
"On Becoming a Universal Church: Some Historical Perspectives." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the
Mormon History Association, Laie, Hawaii, June 11, 1990.
"Compiling Mormon Bibliographies: An Analysis and Progress Report." Paper presented at the conference of the
Canadian Mormon Studies Association, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, June 22, 1990.
"When Our Enemies Are Also Saints." Comments on paper by Claudia W. Harris, Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake
City, August 25, 1990.
"Course Corrections." Paper presented at Sunstone Symposium Panel, Salt Lake City, August 22, 1990.
"Organizing Biographies." Presentation at Workshop on writing Biographies, sponsored by the Mountain West
Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University, April 4, 1991.
Commentator on a session of the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, Claremont, California, June 1,
"Toward a Responsible Future: Recent Trends in Latter-day Saint History." Paper presented at the Conference on
Christian Primitivism and Modernization: Coming To Terms With Our Age," Pepperdine University, June
"Joseph F. Merrill." Paper presented at Symposium on Cache Valley General Authorities, sponsored by the
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University, June 26, 1991.
"What Have You Learned?" Commencement address, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, Brigham
Young University, April 24, 1992.
"Toward a Responsible Future: Recent Trends in Latter-day Saint History. Paper presented at the Mormon History
Association meeting, St. George, Utah, May 17, 1992. (Major revision of paper by the same name
presented a year earlier at Peppperdine University.)
"Who is Your Audience? Religion and Biography." Presentation at the Workshop on Writing Biographies,
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, June 23, 1992.
Commentator on Leonard J. Arrington's paper regarding his book, Great Basin Kingdom, at session of Sunstone
Symposium, Salt Lake City, August 8, 1992.
"The Rise and `Decline' of the LDS Indian Student Placement Program: Some Contextual Considerations." Paper
presented at the annual meeting of the Western History Association, New Haven, Conn., October 1992.
"The Mormon Bibliography Project." Presentation given at the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association,
Lamoni, Iowa, May 1993.
"Centennial Remembrances: The Origins and Early Years of the Genealogical Society of Utah." Paper presented at
the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, Park City, Utah, May 20, 1994.
"Thoughts on the Positive Roles of 'Intellectuals' in the Church." Address at the Logan LDS Institute of Religion
forum, October 14, 1994.
"Mormon Women and American Culture Since 1950: A Personal 'Thought Piece.'" Paper presented at the seminar
on "New Scholarship on LDS Women in the Twentieth Century,"sponsored by the Joseph Fielding Smith
Institute for Church History, March 20, 2004.
MAJOR PROJECTS CURRENTLY IN PROCESS
"Studies in Mormon History and Culture." Online database: an expansion of the database compiled for Studies in
Mormon History 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography
. With J. Michael Hunter. The database is constantly
being enlarged, and is available online at mormonhistory.byu.edu
History of Utah, 1945-2000. Currently being revised, to be published under the auspices of the Charles Redd Center
for Western Studies, Brigham Young University.
"America and the Mormons." A book-length manuscript to be submitted to a publisher whenever I get it finished.
"History of the LDS Church, 1950-2000."