Articles/Essays – Volume 04, No. 2

Among the Mormons: A Survey of Current Literature

Far must thy researches go 
Wouldst thou learn the world to know; 
Thou must tempt the dark abyss 
Wouldst thou prove what Being is; 
Naught but firmness gains the prize, 
Naught but fullness makes us wise, 
Buried deep truth ever lies. 

Schiller, Proverbs of Confucius 

In an effort to keep Dialogue’s readers abreast of current research on the subject “Mormons and Mormonism,” the second issue of each volume (Summer issue) is devoted to a listing of theses and dissertations accepted by Ameri can colleges and universities on the aforementioned subject. Our sources of information are primarily Mormon Americana, a bi-monthly bibliography prepared at Brigham Young University, Dissertation Abstracts, a publication of University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and commencement programs of the Utah universities. 

As in the past it has been our practice to report all dissertations that touch on the subject Mormons and Mormonism specifically, and Utah in general. Since there have been about twenty reportable dissertations each year this has not presented space problems. This year there are over forty to report, and if this increase is indicative of a trend we may well be constrained to limitations such as those now imposed on theses. Although the listing of theses herein found is selective, most items of Mormon interest are included. Peripheral titles, and it is from titles alone that a decision on the inclusion or exclusion of theses is made, are evaluated and if found wanting rejected. For example, a thesis entitled “A Study of the Prehistoric Settlement Patterns of the Provo Area in Central Utah,” or “A History of the Intermountain [Indian] School” will not be found in this listing. 

Every dissertation for which an abstract was found in Dissertation Abstracts is preceded by an asterisk. Copies of the complete dissertation in Xerox copy or on microfilm may be acquired from University Microfilms. Since this writer glanced over all of the available abstracts, statements which were of interest to him, were further abstracted or quoted for the readers’ enlightenment. 

A word of thanks to Chad Flake, Ida-Marie Logan Jensen and especially Everett L. Cooley for the assistance they provided in the compilation of the following bibliography. 


Anderson, Allen Gary. A Historical Survey of the Full-Time Institutes of Religion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1926-1966. Brigham Young University, 1968.
“The purpose of this study was to compile an individual history for each of the sixty-four full-time institutes. . . .” 

Asay, Carlos Egan. A study of the Exploration Activities in Selected Public Junior High Schools in Utah. University of Utah, 1967.

Barrett, Gwynn William. John M. Bernhisel: Mormon Elder in Congress. Brigham Young University, 1968.
Utah’s first delegate to Congress, a stalwart in Mormondom, an important member of the council of Fifty, confidant of Joseph Smith, and a tireless worker for his church and state. “Recognition for the many contributions of this remarkable man is long overdue.” 

Beitia, John Luis. A Study of Problems Preventing the Implementation of Programs for the Educable Mentally Retarded in Utah. Utah State University, 1968.

Bishop, Arthur Lee. Formulas for State Public School Building Aid in Utah. University of Utah, 1968. 

Britsch, Ralph Lanier. Early Latter-day Saint Missions to South and East Asia. Claremont Graduate School and University Center, 1968.
“The purpose of this work is to recount the history of the East Indian Mission, 1849-56, the early Chinese Mission of 1853, and the Japanese Mission, 1901-24. . . .”

Brooks, Karl Francis. A Model for Collective Negotiations Legislation for Utah. University of Utah, 1968. 

Christopherson, June Sarah Day. Attitudes of Selected University of Utah Students Toward College Training. University of Utah, 1968.

Coleman, Neil Keith. A Study of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an Administrative System, Its Structure and Maintenance. New York University, 1967.
The analysis of the data collected by the author led him to the following conclusions: 

  1. The organizational value system modifies virtually all ad- ministrative actions. Whereas hierarchal organizations are characterized by their rationality, the church is administered in a non- rational manner based on “revelation” and authority. The result being a basic lack of accountability to the membership on the part of the highest church leaders. 
  2. The most basic function of the church is to maintain itself and this objective dominates all others in its demands for re- sources. Virtually every administrative action has a dysfunctional nature which partly reflects a maintenance function.
  3. Although a formal and elaborate system of integration for women is lacking, there do not seem to be any harmful effects. This points out the general discriminatory nature of church leader- ship which is male centered.
  4. There is a lack of adequate tension releasing systems in the church. Positive tension can be released with increased commitment and activity, but grievances and negative tensions have no such legitimate place in the structure.
  5. Regionalism as an organizational concept must be enlarged to fill an increasing need in the communications network within the church. There are alternatives to regionalism but they must include further decentralization which seems unlikely at present.
  6. Individual and church-wide goal attainment programs ap- pear to be functioning more as “means” of reinforcing the value system than as “ends” in themselves. 
  7. The concept of “lay-leadership” functions well as part of the pattern maintenance and integrative systems, but as a leader- ship and staffing technique it is a source of organizational tensions, mismanagement and inefficiency.

Daly, Joseph La Verne. An Analysis of the Number and Kind of High School Credit Units as Related to Academic Performance at the University of Utah. University of Utah, 1968. 

Gerber, Gerold Richard. Alienation and Marital Adjustment: A Study of the Relationship between Biographic Factors, Alienation, and Marital Success for Male and Female Employees in the Manufacturing Industries of Salt Lake County, Utah. University of Utah, 1968. 

Gluskinos, Ury Meir. The Identification and Measurement of Student Abilities at the University of Utah College of Engineering. Utah State University, 1968.

Hafen, William J. Administrative Guidelines for the Cooperative Use of Public School Facilities and Recreation Purposes by Community Groups in the State of Utah. University of Utah, 1968.

Hainsworth, Brad E. Utah State Elections, 1916-1924. University of Utah, 1968. 

Hall, Glade Arthur. The Brigham Young University Limited Enrollment Policy: Implications for Public Higher Education in the State of Utah. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Hansen, Klaus J. The Kingdom of God in Mormon Thought and Practice, 1830-1896. Wayne State University, 1963. 
Although accepted in 1963, the abstract did not appear until recently since Dr. Hansen’s dissertation was published by the Michigan State University Press under the title Quest for Empire. .’, .

Hardy, Blaine Carmon. The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico: A History, 1885-1912. Wayne State University, 1963. 
“Mormons carried their national biases as well as their religious practices and beliefs with them when they crossed the border into Mexico. One of these biases was a viable conviction in the right- ness of American imperialism . . . Confronted with hostile Mexicans, marauding Indians, intemperate climatic conditions, grinding poverty and frequent epidemics of disease, these pioneers were forced to toil for years before they were permitted the enjoyment of comfort and wealth.” With the overthrow of Diaz, the Mormons soon fell victim to the revolution because they were “wealthy,” “American” and “extremely race conscious,” which caused them to perpetrate “an informal policy of racial segregation.” 

Hunsaker, Kenneth Burnice. The Twentieth Century Mormon Novel. Pennsylvania State University, 1968. 

Jones, Dan E. Utah Politics, 1926-1932. University of Utah, 1968.

Lake, Bruce McAllister. The Organization and Function of the Latter-day Saint Student Association in Southern California. University of Southern California, 1968.

Loosle, Darrell Kay. The Vocational Orientation of High School Counselors and Pupil Personnel Directors in the State of Utah. Brigham Young Uni- versity, 1967.

Magleby, Francis R. Recommendations for an Educational Program in the Vistual Arts for the B. G. Larsen Gallery at Brigham Young University. Columbia University, 1967.

Matthews, Robert James. A study of the Text of the Inspired Revision of the Bible. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Maughan, Kenneth Bradshaw. A Description of Change in School Expenditures in the San Juan District from 1951 to 1965 and an Analysis of Student Achievement During the Same Period. Utah State University, 1967.

Pawar, Sheelwant Bapurao. An Environmental Study of the Development of the Utah Labor Movement: 1860-1935. University of Utah, 1968.

Peterson, Charles S. Settlement on the Little Colorado, 1873-1900. A Study of the Processes and Institutions of Mormon Expansion. University of Utah, 1967. 
Dr. Peterson is the new Director of the Utah State Historical Society.

Poulson, Ernest Lester. A Study of Selected Aspects of Federal Financial Assistance to Graduate Students at the University of Utah. University of Utah, 1968. 

Preece, Leland Nephi. Projected Needs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Providing College Religious Education: San Fran- cisco Bay Region—1985. Brigham Young University, 1968.
“The data showed that approximately 5,300 L.D.S. students will be attending institutions of higher education in the San Francisco Bay Region in 1985 . . . distributed at approximately 46 institutions of higher education in this region. . . .”

Reinhardt, Adina Marie. Correlates of Psychiatric Impairment Among Mothers in Utah: A Sociological Approach to Social Psychiatry. University of Utah, 1968.

Rockwood, Linn Roy. An Analysis of County Recreational Policies with Special Application to Utah County, Utah. University of Utah, 1967.

Rowley, Thomas Leonard. A Critical and Comparative Analysis of Latter- day Saint Drama. University of Minnesota, 1967. In evaluating the works according to the Dramatic Standards, the the most universal accomplishment of the plays seems to be entertainment, with far fewer plays achieving the goals of insight and understanding of humanity or intellectual stimulation. Aesthetic expression seems to be adequate but not brilliant, as do the dramatic elements. The Church Standards and attitudes seem to influence the dramaturgy, especially in relation to the goals of human understanding and intellectual exploration. Chief among the possible influencing factors are: (1) the concept of mass-participation; (2) the attitude toward experimentation; (3) the attitude toward character conduct and transfer of behavior; (4) the general Church attitude concerning absolute truth, and good and evil.
Comparison with non-Church works indicate that the majority of Latter-day Saint plays compare favorably with plays which seem to be generally insignificant, except for their value as entertainment. A few plays, however, seem to have more stature.

Sorenson, Eli B. A System Study of Education Program Components in Utah’s Public Schools. University of Utah, 1968. 

Stewart, Gary L. A Rhetorical Analysis of Mormon Drama. University of Iowa, 1968. 
“The initial assumption of the study was that certain kinds of drama (of which the Mormon plays are an example) can more appropriately be called rhetorical than poetic. . . . The Mormon plays depend heavily upon the Mormon frame of reference for doctrinal, ethical, and attitudinal premises. . . . The general end of the play is to reinforce or focus already-held beliefs ” The author used plays published by the M.I.A. between 1925-63. 

Thomas, Alfred Krupp. The Epic of Evolution, Its Etiology and Art: A Study of Vardis Fisher’s Testament of Man. Pennsylvania State University, 1967.

Tracy, Keith Marvin. The Selective Service History and Status of Utah Men Age Twenty-Seven. University of Utah, 1968. 

Verma Dharmendra Tekchand. New Product Planning and Development, Utah Manufacturers. University of Utah, 1968.

Wengreen, A. Dean. The History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints in Sweden, 1850-1905. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Wernick, Nissim. A Critical Analysis of the Book of Abraham in the Light of Extra-Canonical Jewish Writings. Brigham Young University, 1968.
According to the abstract Rabbi Wernick’s study of the Book of Abraham, “in light of Jewish literature affords a great deal of in- sight into the parallels present between Mormon tradition and Jewish tradition. It is the object of this writer to expose a variety of topics which appear both in Mormon and Jewish theology and which can only add to verify the notions that these two great theologies do indeed concur on many issues.” White, Jean Bickmore. Utah State Elections 1895-1899. University of Utah, 1968.

White, Thurman Maurice. A Logical Classification of and Recommendations for the Utah Education Law. Utah State University, 1967. 

Wood, Joseph Snow. The Mormon Settlement in San Bernardino, 1851-1857. University of Utah, 1968.
If the style of the abstract is any indication, this dissertation is a prime candiadte for the melodrama of the year. 


Anderson, Elliot James. Drinking and Student Understanding of Alcohol and Alcoholism at the Utah State Industrial School. Utah State University, 1968.

Anderson, Jon Irwin. Corporate Image of Utah State University. Utah State University, 1968.

Athay, Audrey Lynne. Value Orientations and Juvenile Delinquency. University of Utah, 1968.

Austin, Mont R. A Study of J. Bracken Lee’s 1944, 1948, 1952, and 1956 Gubernatorial and 1958 Senatorial Election Campaigns in Utah. Utah State University, 1968. 

Barlow, Brent A. History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ireland Since 1840. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Berry, Beverly Alice. Methods of Support Used in the Senate Debate on the Seating of Reed Smoot: A Content Analysis. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Booth, Harry Roberts. Children Referred to the Second District Juvenile Court in Utah, January through June, 1967, Whose Parents Had an Annual Income of $10,000 or Over. University of Utah, 1968.

Brinkerhoff, David Brent. The Reward System in the L.D.S. Church as Related to Religious Involvement and Participation. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Brooks, Ralph Morris. The Relationship Between Religious Behavior and Some Work Attitudes Among Active and Inactive Mormons in American Fork, Utah. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Brotherson, Kirk Edward. Student Understanding and Use of Tobacco in Selected Schools of Cache County, Utah. Utah State University, 1968.

Brown, Paul Aroe. The Role of the L.D.S. Seminary and Other Forces in the Process of Decision Making by Students. Utah State University, 1968.

Carpenter, Dale Butler. Salt Lake City’s Central Business District: An Urban Analysis of the Physical and Economic Facts. University of Utah, 1968.

Carpenter, Don A. A Century of Journalism in Manti, Utah, 1867-1967. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Christiansen, Larry D. The History of Newton, Utah. Utah State University, 1968.

Clark, Dorothy Marie. Working and Nohworking Mothers—Characteristics of Working Mothers Accepted for Service by the L.D.S. Relief Society Youth Service Department. . .. University of Utah, 1968. 

Clements, Louis J. History of the Upper Snake River Area to 1850. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Corbett, Pearson Starr. A History of the Muddy Mission. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Daw, Owen B. A Comparative Study of Utah’s Primary Elections. Utah State University, 1968. 

Ferguson, Isaac Clyde. An Evaluation of Tobacco Knowledge and Its Effect on Smoking Habits, Attitudes, and Environments of High School Students in Utah County, Utah. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Gibbs, Lynda Broadbent. The History of the United Mine Workers of America in Carbon County, Utah Up to 1933. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Harding, Ilene. An Analysis of the Extent to Which Teen-age Girls at B.Y.U. Are Influenced by Fashion Magazines in Their Fashion Selections. Brig- ham Young University, 1968.

Hargis, Barbara Lee. The Folk History of the Manti Temple. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Hartmann, Beth Frandsen. An Historical Overview of the Utah Association for Mental Health. University of Utah, 1968.

Hatch, Gary Lee. Patterns of Affection in Dating Approved by L.D.S. Students. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Heimdal, Stuart Pallow. Four Paintings Illustrating Significant Historical Events from the Life of Abraham as Contained in the Pearl of Great Price. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Hunsaker, Leland Ray. A History of the Millard County Chronicle 1910-1956. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Huntsman, Rulon J. Historical Study of Net Migration for Utah 1870-1960. Utah State University, 1968.

Ishoy, Kay Victor Andrew. The Relationship Between Attitudes Regarding Administration Policies and the Grade-Point Averages of College Upper-classmen at Brigham Young University. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Judd, Derrel Wesley. Zadok Knopp Judd—Soldier, Colonizer, Missionary to the Lamanites. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Kizerian, Mary Cornia. Characteristics of Unmarried Mothers; Background Characteristics of Unmarried Mothers Delivered at University Hospital, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1967. University of Utah, 1968.

Luce, W. Ray. Samuel Brannan, Speculator in Mexican Lands. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

McCardell, Wallin S. A History of the Predecessors of the Provo Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, from 1906 to 1926, Brigham Young University, 1968.

McConkie, Joseph Fielding. The Latter-day Concept of Deity as Revealed Through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Marlowe, Roy Hilding. Development of Marital Dissatisfaction of Mormon College Couples Over the Early Stages of the Family Life Cycle. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Marshall, Robert L. A Critical Study to Assess the Artist Maynard Dixon as a Significant Contributor to the Art of the American West. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Mathews, James David. A Study of the Cultural and Religious Behavior of the Navaho Indians Which Caused Animosity, Resistance, or Indifference to the Religious Teachings of the Latter-day Saints. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Miller, David Henry. The Impact of the Gunnison Massacre on Mormon- Federal Relations: Colonel Edward Jenner Steptoe’s Command in Utah Territory, 1854-1955. University of Utah, 1968. 

Morgan, William Edwards. An Analysis of the Speaking Style of Hugh B. Brown, Mormon Orator. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Mouritsen, Dale Clark. The Relationship of the Priesthood Correlation Pro- gram and the Latter-day Saint Concept of Zion. Brigham Young University, 1968.

O’Brien, Terry John. A Study of the Effect of Color in the Utah Temple Murals. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Palmer, Glen Lambert. Browning Arms: A Utah Corporation in the Sphere of International Relations. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Palmer, Grant H. The Godbeite Movement: A Dissent Against Temporal Control. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Penrod, Richard Gary. The Elections of 1900 in Utah. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Peterson, Brent Dan. A Study of the Reactions of a Predominantly Republican College Audience to Democratic Speakers. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Peterson, Bruce Eldon. An Evaluation of the Use of Selected Book of Mormon Filmstrips in Improving the Learning of Book of Mormon History. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Ramjoue, George. The Negro in Utah: A Geographical Study in Population. University of Utah,- 1968.

Risenmay, Dee Lufkin. A Study of Subject Matter Preparation of Full-time Teachers in the Seminaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brigham Young University, 1968. 

Sellers, Marie Lane. Alienation, Religion, and Immunization Participation. University of Utah, 1968.

Smith, Merilynne Rich. A Mirror Brought by Truth: A Study and Compari- son of the Folklore of the Wandering Jew and Folklore of the Three Nephites. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Smurthwaite, Michael Brent. Socio-Politcal Factors Affecting the Growth of the Mormon Church in Argentina Since 1925. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Speakman, Scott Ashby. Youth Guidance: A History of the Youth Guidance Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. University of Utah, 1958. 

Stewart, Douglas C. A Comparative Analysis of Three Television Programs to Determine Their Effectiveness as Means for Promulgating Mormonism. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Tanaka, Tomiye Tammy. Why No Revolts at B.Y.U.: The Silent Language of the Mormon World-View and Patriotism at Brigham Young University. Brigham Young University, 1968.

Wankier, Carl. History of Presbyterian Schools in Utah. University of Utah, 1968.

Whitney, Clarissa I. A Critical Analysis of the Forensic and Religious Speaking of Joseph Smith. California State College at Fullerton, 1967.

Young, Allen D. The Life and Educational Contributions of Edward Allen Bateman. University of Utah, 1968. 

Recently Received

Everett L. Cooley. Utah, A Students’ Guide to Localized History. (Localized History Series) Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, 1969. $.75. Directed at the pre-college level, the introduction by Clifford L. Lord, former director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, invites the reader to learn of “our country’s transformation from a transcontinental wilderness into the world’s most powerful nation” through the medium of “localized” history. Dr. Lord briefly outlines the necessary steps re quired of the junior historian, from learning to use the library card catalog to possible publication of the finished product. This is followed by Dr. Cooley’s description of Utah in five short chapters; The Land, Original In habitants, Explorers and First Settlers, Settlement and Expansion and After Statehood. A bibliographical section begins with the challenge, “It is unfortunate but true that there does not exist at the present time a single, good, up-to-date general history of Utah.” Will one of the junior readers of his slim pamphlet accept the challenge?