Mormon Bibliography 1964


The 1964 Mormon bibliography follows the pattern adopted in the previous issues of the Brigham Young University Studies. It consists of items noted in the 1964 (v. 5) Mormon Americana, a cooperative listing of books dealing with Utah and the Mormons. In the following, only items concerning the church have been considered.

A librarian and bibliographer on first receiving a new book on Mormonism examines it bibliographically; that is, finds out when it was published and by whom; if it has been enlarged from a previous edition; what material has been used to create this work; and if it is adequately indexed. It is unfortunate that many of the regional publishers are very careless in these areas.

The problem of edition rather than printing is one of the most confusing for persons trying to collect all editions of a given work. The 1961 edition of The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen is listed as the tenth edition, yet has been copyrighted only three times. The 1963 printing of Essentials in Church History by Joseph Fielding Smith is listed as the eighteenth edition, and though it has been revised many times, no difference is apparent between the eighteenth and the seventeenth editions. On the other hand A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, 1961 edition, places 1950 on the title page, but on the verso reads “Revised Printing, 1961.” The differences between edition and printing are very important to the scholar who needs to know whether the material has been revised. These two terms have definite accepted usage. For instance, the 1957 printing of No Man Knows My History by Fawn Brodie, published by Alfred Knopf, has that date on the title page, but on the verso states “Published November 22, 1945; second printing, January, 1946; third printing, June, 1946; fourth printing, March, 1954; fifth printing, May, 1957.” The scholar has thus been told that the work has not been revised.

Although Webster’s dictionary does not make a clear distinction between these two terms, scholars and publishers are well aware of it. The definition of an edition as given in Geoffrey Ashall Glaister’s An Encyclopedia of the Book (London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., c1960) is “The whole number of copies of a work printed from the same set of type and issued at any time. An edition may consist of a number of impressions if the matter is not altered to any appreciable extent” (italics ours). An impression (or printing) is defined as “all copies of a book printed at one time from the same type or plate.”

A more serious problem is that of bibliography or bibliographic citations. This is particularly critical in a subject as controversial as the Mormon church. For years many important sections from Whitney’s History of Utah have been ignored by the careful scholar due to the fact that this great work lacks bibliography or citations, and material should not be used which cannot be verified. On the other hand De-Profeet der Mormonen Joseph Smith by M. H. A. Van der Valk, has such a long and complex bibliography (1,395 bibliographical entries and 601 citations) that one must conclude that Mr. Van der Valk had no scholarly ability to eliminate those materials that would not contribute to his thesis. A long bibliography and a multitude of citations will never take the place of critical evaluation.

An example of modern lack of bibliographic care is He Walked the Americas by L. Taylor Hansen; an attempt to show that in the legends and ceremonies of the Indians, there is proof of Christ’s visit to the western hemisphere. Unfortunately, not a legend has a bibliographic citation, with the result that the scholar is not able to examine the original to see if the material is out of context, translated incorrectly, or even exists. There is a bibliography in the work, but it is almost impossible to use. It is unfortunate that an otherwise provocative book should be rendered relatively useless by the lack of scholastic apparatus.


Allen, James B. Mormonism in the Twentieth Century by James B. Allen and Richard O. Cowan. Provo, Utah: Extension Publications, BYU, 1964.

Andrus, Hyrum. The Glory of God and Man’s Relation to Deity. Provo, Utah: Extension Publications, BYU, 1964.

Deweyville Centennial Committee. Deweyville Centennial, 1864–1964. Deweyville; Utah: Deweyville Centennial Committee, 1964.

Freedgood, Seymour. “Mormonism, Rich, Vital, and Unique,” Fortune 69 (April 1964): 136–139, 168, 171–173.

Jacobson, Pearl F. Golden Sheaves From a Rich Field: A Centennial History of Richfield, Utah. Richfield: Richfield Reaper, 1964.

Kimball, Stanley B. (Compiler) Sources of Mormon History in Illinois, 1839–48: An Annotated Catalog of the Microfilm Collection at Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, Illinois: The Library, Southern Illinois University, 1964. Bibliographic contributions No. 1.

Klassen, Joe. “Co-Hab Hunts in the Mormon Territory.” The Trail Guide (published quarterly by the Kansas City Posse, the Westerners) 8 (September 1963): 1–14.

Knecht, William L. History of Brigham Young by William L. Knecht and Peter L. Crawley. Berkeley, California: MassCall Associates, 1964. MassCall Associates, 2855 Telegraph Avenue. A copy of three manuscripts: “Early Records of Utah,” “Incidents in Utah History,” and “Utah Historical Incidents.” Manuscripts in Bancroft Library.

Proper, David R. “Joseph Smith and Salem.” Salem Institute Historical Collections 100 (April 1964), 88–97. Joseph Smith’s trip to Salem, 1836.

Skousen, W. Cleon. The Third Thousand Years. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Stegner, Wallace. The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964. American trails series.

Ricks, Joel E. Forms, and Methods of Early Mormon Settlement in Utah and Surrounding Region, 1847–1877. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1964. Monograph Series. Vol. 11, No. 2.

Tagg, Melvin Salway. A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada, 1830–1963. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1963. Ph.D. Brigham Young University.

Woolsey, Nethella Griffin. The Escalante Story. Springville, Utah: Art City Publishing Co., 1964. Escalante and Garfield County, Utah.


Allred, Gordon T. If a Man Die. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Bradford, Reed. And They Shall Teach Their Children. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1964.

Cheville, Roy A. Scriptures from Ancient America: A Study of the Book of Mormon. Independence, Mo.: Herald House, 1964.

Doxey, Roy W. The Latter-day Prophets and the Doctrine and Covenants, Vols. 1–4. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1963–64.

Dyer, Alvin R. The Fallacy. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1964.

The Elders Journal. Edited by Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: Modern Microfilm Company, 1964. Reprint.

Newquist, Jerreld L. Prophets’ Principles and National Survival. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Pratt, Orson. The Seer. Salt Lake City: Eugene Wagner, 1963. Reprint of original edition.

Smith, Joseph Fielding. Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. 4. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1963.

Sperry, Sidney. The Problems of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Taylor, John. The Gospel Kingdom. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964. Reprint.

———. Mediation and Atonement. Salt Lake City, 1964. Lithographic reprint.


Burton, Alma P. and Clea M. For They Shall Be Comforted. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1964.

Curtis, Lindsay R. 2½ Minute Talk Treasury. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Dyer, Alvin R. The Lord Speaketh. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1964.

Lund, Jane. Stories of Jesus for L.D.S. Children. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Petersen, Mark E. Guide to a Happy Marriage. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c1964.

Sill, Sterling W. The Way of Success. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.

Literature and Music

Bailey, Paul. For Time and All Eternity. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1964.

Clark, Bruce B. Out of the Best Books: An Anthology of Literature by Bruce B. Clark and Robert K. Thomas. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1964. An anthology for Relief Society lessons.

Song of the Mormon Pioneers: Historical Annotations by Austin E. and Alta S. Fife. Salt Lake City: Columbia Research Group, 1964. Sung by Rosalie Sorrels. Phone-record with pamphlet on text and music.

Stewart, Ora Pate. Buttermilk and Bran. San Antonio, Texas: Naylor, 1964.

Utah Sings. Vol. 4. Edited by Ann W. Hafen, Provo, Utah: State Poetry Society, Inc., 1964. Anthology of Utah Poets.

Biography and Family History

Beldon, L. Burr. Amasa Lyman, San Bernardino’s First Mayor. San Bernardino, California: San Bernardino County Museum, 1964. Included in Annual Report of the Museum.

Bullock, Kenneth C. A Genealogy of James Bullock and Mary Hill, Latter-day Saint Pioneers. Provo, Utah: The Author, 1964.

Coleman, Arthur D. The John and Nannie O’Neil Family. Provo, Utah: The Author, 1964.

Cowley, Matthias F. Wilford Woodruff, History of His Life and Labors. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964. Reprint of 1909 edition.

Dransfield, Jennive Clark. Anders Peterson Families, 1862–1962. Provo, Utah: Peterson Family Organization, 1964.

Gregerson, Edna J. The Mellors through the Years. Orem, Utah: Art City Publishing Co., 1964.

Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury. Mother Jane’s Story. Wasco, California: Shafer Publishing Co., 1964. Jane Redd Spilsbury, Early Colonizer of the Mexican Mormon Colony.

Hilton, Eugene. Hugh, the First Mormon Hilton, His Progenitors and Descendants. Oakland, California: Hugh Hilton Genealogical Society, 1964.

Larn, Hubert. “Fantastic Hilda: Pioneer History Personified.” Swedish Pioneer 15 (April 1964), 63–76. Interview with Hilda Erickson of Grantsville on her 104th Birthday. She crossed the plains in 1866.

Perry, Hannah Laurie Hair. The Hair Family History. Provo, Utah: The Author, 1964.

Thomas MacKay Family Organization. Descendants of Thomas MacKay, Utah Pioneer, Vol. 1. Los Angeles, California, 1964.

Smith, Albert E. Thales Hastings Haskell, Pioneer, Scout, Explorer, Indian Missionary, 1847–1909. Salt Lake City: The Author, 1964.

Spencer, Seymour H. Life Summary, of Orson Spencer. Salt Lake City: Mercury Publishing Co., 1964.

Stout, Hosea. On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844–1861. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, August 1964. With Prepublication offer.

Wait, Mary Van Sickle. Brigham Young in Cayuga County, 1813–1829. Ithaca, New York: DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, 1964.

Young, S. Dilworth. Here Is Brigham . . . Brigham Young the Years to 1844. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964.



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