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Posted November 08, 2017
I belong to a number of trusts, committees, roundtables, historical societies, and library foundations, including the Mormon History Association. I have volunteered my time and resources as a historian consultant to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and as a friend of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah; and to other respected organizations.
My studies of Mormon history have now spanned over thirty years. There are innumerable people that have assisted me in this research, and shaped my ideas, perspective, and methodology; some probably inadvertently or unknowingly; and a select few were unplanned but real mentors in business, history, or spirituality. No person thanked here would agree with all of my conclusions, and some would not agree with any. This is because I shared with broadly diverse groups of people in my quest for a truly representative social history. Among these people are professors, historians, bibliographers, librarians, booksellers, church leaders, pioneer descendents, and friends. They are included here because I honor and appreciate their intelligence, their integrity, their knowledge, or their friendship; nearly everyone on this list either visited my home or welcomed me into their own home. All of them treated me with great consideration. Parentheses ( ) denote that my contact with this person or place was by telephone interview or correspondence, whereas all others were personal interactions. This list of acknowledgments is appropriate to all of my writing collectively, including my published articles, my 125 separate Internet domain sites, and my forthcoming twelve volume history of the Great Lakes Mormons. This list does include those who have helped me in most recent years.
(Richard Ahlborn), Jean Anderson, Leonard J. Arrington, Brent F. Ashworth, (David Azzolina), Ben J. Barany, Miki Barany, Steve and Josephine Hickey Barany, (Steven G. Barnett), Ronald O. Barney, Alexander L. Baugh, Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Susan Easton Black, Thomas R. Beil, F. Edward Bennett, Richard E. Bennett, Paul Benyola, Roger Billings, Davis Bitton, Alma R. and Kay Blair, David W. and Myrtle Bowerman, (David Bowie), Lucas Boyce, Kent Braddy, Greg Bragg, Kenneth E. Brailsford, Charles W. Brantner, Smith Brickhouse, Newel G. Bringhurst, (Dale Broadhurst), Isaac Brockman, H. Royall Brown, Jared F. and Margie Brown, Ronald Brown, L. Madelon Brunson, George Christian Bump, Dana A. Bunner, Marge Burgess, Alfred L. Bush, Mark W. Busselberg, Ann Buttars, Bernard B. Butterworth, Robert and Melva Cackler, Joseph Calabrese, Don and Marcia Carter, Dewey Casagrande, William Cashman, Darlene Caswell, Joan Chubb, James Chubb, Wingfield Chubb, David L. Clark, Dean Clark, Gay Clemenson, Ray Clough, (Leonard A. Coombs), T. Jeffery Cottle, Steven R. Covey, Robert S. Cox, Peter L. and Donna Crawley, James E. Crooks, Angela M. Crowell, John C. Dann, Kim Smith Davis, George L. Delapp, James Denio, Larry W. Draper, Maurice L. and Ruth Draper, Leonard and Bessie Drew, Richard and Dorothy Drew, Dean Durrant, Scott H. Duvall, Mark Edlund, (Michael Edmonds), Dan and Madelyn Edwards, Paul M. Edwards, (Gary R. Ellsworth), Jack R. Ergo, Ronald K. Esplin, Julie Evans, James and Ardis Everett, Scott H. Faulring, John R. Ferguson, Kenneth and Isabella Fisher, Doyle and Phyllis Fitzpatrick, Chad J. Flake, Bruce and Betty Flanders, David H. and Timothy Flanders, Edna Fletcher, Lawrence Foster, Chad Foulger, Eric Fowler, Robert Frame, (Bil Gilbert), (Michael Ginsberg), George Givens, Janet Goehner, Jerry Gorden, Maria Gosling, Samuel S. Gould, Zada Grider, Rick Grunder, Darrell and Larrene Hagaman, James D. Hajicek, David Hall, Keith R. Halls, Wayne Ham, Jeff Hanks, John Harriman, (Allen F. Harrod), L. D. Harsin, Steve Hasler, John and Jacob Heinerman, Julia Henry, Lyman Henry, Drew Henson, Norma Jean Herzman, C. Houston Hobart, Derrick I. Hodson, Reed M. Holmes, Richard Neitzel and Jeni Holzapfel, Richard Horsely, James N. Hough, Richard P. Howard, Blaine T. and Barbara Hudson, Wallace E. Hunt Jr., David Huntsman, Lyn Richard Jacobs, (Soudi Janssens), Richard Jensen, (Dean C. Jessee), Oliver and Jennie Jodway, Stanley L. Johnston, Gerald E. Jones, Danny L. Jorgensen, (Ernie Jorgenson), Warren Kaari, (Greg Kearney), Jerry Kelly, David Kenison, James Kimball, Stanley B. Kimball, Greg L. and Cynthia Kofford, Deborah Kraus Allen, Daniel L. Kraus, Jonathan and Sharon Kraus, Renee Kreglo, (Craig Lamp), (Thomas V. Lange), A. Dean Larsen, David Larsen, Stan Larsen, J. Doyle and Ferne Launius, Roger D. Launius, Glen M. Leonard, Dawn Letson, Richard Linnell, Claudia A. Litchfield, Eunice Livingston, Paul Ludy, Steve Lund, Lachlan Mackay, (George S. MacManus), Robert Ben Madison, H. Michael Marquardt, (David C. Martin), Steven L. Mayfield, Sue McDonald, L. Edwards McGuire, James P. McKay Sr., Patrick S. McKay Sr., F. Mark McKiernan, W. Grant McMurray, F. Carl and Kay Mesle, (George Miles), (Dale S. Milne), William Mines, George L. Mitton, James Mitton, Jay Mitton, Dennis M. Moe, (Frederick J. Moore), (Wayne A. Mori), Estel G. Neff, John C. Olivarez, Anne-Marie Oomen, Florence Ourth, Dean G. Pace, Norman Page, Max H. Parkin, Velton L. Peabody, Jack Pement, Isleta L. Pement, Leroy W. Post, Paul Post, Kyle and Brenda Powell, Richard and Pamela Price, (Gregory Prince), Ronald G. Putz, D. Michael Quinn, (John W. Quist), Jack Raveill, (William Reese), Garth and Paulette Resch, Michael S. Riggs, John F. Riordan, Blake and Nancy Roney, Brooke Roney, (Glenn N. Rowe), Dennis Rowley, Velma Ruch, William D. Russell, Donald R. Savage, Paul D. Savage, Mark A. Scherer, Claude Schilling, Dennis E. Sharier, William Sheldon, Steven L. Shields, (Daniel G. Siegel), Barnard and Cherry B. Silver, A. J. Simmonds, Neil Simmons, Wayne E. and Verneil Simmons, Royal Skousen, Shirley Sliker, (Dorothy Sloan), Andrew F. Smith, Bruce Smith, John P. and Ruth Smith, Wallace B. Smith, (Hyrum W. Smith), Joseph F. Smith, Lorene Smith, Lavorn G. Sparks, Vicky Speak, W. B. Spillman, Sherry J. Stephens, (Hugh G. Stocks), Norven Storrs, Patricia Strubble, Audrey Stubert, Norman and Darleen Swails, Mark Swanson, Vern Swanson, Richard Sykes, Jane P. Szymanski, Justin Taggart, (Terry Tanner), Lloyd Taylor, Samuel W. Taylor, Linda Thatcher, Russell and Linda Thomason, Gregory C. Thompson, Jennie Throe, Forrest Throe, John and Joyce Thumm, Garland E. and Hazel Tickemyer, Gary Tickemyer, John and Alta Topham, (Shannon M. Tracy), Raymond C. Treat, James Twomey, Billie Ulland, Helen Ultican, Lee Wayne and Marian Updike, Roger Van Noord, Richard S. Van Wagoner, Michael Vinson, Daniel Vogel, Daniel and Alice Waite, Kent Walgren, Ronald W. Walker, James D. Wardle, Sharon Warner, Billie Jean Weber, Clair E. and Jessie Weldon, Samuel E. and Mary West, (Steve West), C. Leroy Wheaton Jr., Julian Whiting, David J. Whittaker, Pearl Wilcox, Richard and Ruth Wildermuth, Wendell and Ann Willis, Carol A. Willis, (Ulf Wiman), Paul A. Winans, (John Windle), (Kenneth H. Winn), David Yanny, Barbara Young, Biloine W. Young, (Frank J. Young), Buddy Youngreen, Donna Zabler, Steven P. Zolman.
In search of scholarly information and fresh primary resources, I have used the academic facilities at the following college and research libraries. Not everyone was helpful; indeed, an isolated few tried to hinder me because of their cultural intolerance of Mormon history. Overall, I am grateful to the professional staffs of rare book librarians and archivists at the institutions below.