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Gregory A. Prince Mormon Studies Collection

Identifier: MSS 16540

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Content Description

As described by an independent appraiser, "The Gregory A. Prince collection of 12,000 plus items, is a treasure trove of Mormon history and research and unlike many private libraries of high-spots or narrow focuses, this collection offers a wide view of the LDS Church and the Mormon experience writ large, from its foundations to the present with a focus on the structural changes that the LDS Church undertook beginning in the twentieth century (roughly beginning at the time of the issuance of the Second Manifesto and the Reed Smoot Congressional Hearings) with pro and con views on a number of subjects. This collection was built as an in-depth look at the internal structure of the LDS Church with a focus on the twentieth century. The huge number of manuals and guides produced by the LDS Church and other religious traditions that trace their lineages to Joseph Smith Jr. is unparalleled in any library known to us, including the LDS Church Library. Included are lengthy runs of priesthood, young adult, woman’s journals, seminary manuals, etc. Most of these publications were replaced or updated annually (or close to) with the expectation that the previous manual/journal would be destroyed or thrown away. The David O. McKay component of this library is the finest of its kind anywhere in the world with much unique material. To recreate this library in current times would likely be difficult to impossible and its kind will never be replicated."

This collection contains pamphlets, books, manuscripts, diaries, journals, audiovisual materials, newspapers, photographs, artifacts and ephemera related to the organization and evolution of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

The Mormon Studies Collection also reflects a lifetime of dedicated scholarship and careful acquisition of materials by Gregory A. Prince. The collection offers a wide view of the LDS Church and the Mormon experience from its foundations to the present with a focus on the structural changes that the LDS Church undertook beginning in the twentieth century with pro and con views on several subjects.

Materials are organized to maintain the original groupings and arrangement created by Dr. Prince. General groupings include pamphlet files, biographical files, David McKay diaries, "The Deseret News" and "The Woman’s Exponent" publications, Senator Reed Smoot subject files, handbooks and other materials concerning the Beehive Girls, the Crisis of Faith survey and reports, ephemera, and audiovisual materials, chiefly DVDs.

The pamphlet files primarily contain printed materials but also include other ephemera on a wide variety of topics, events, and people in the Mormon faith. Pamphlet files were organized by size: general pamphlets and large pamphlets. Prince maintained pamphlets about the subject of temperance separately.

Biographical files about significant members in the church were kept by the donor; much of this information was generated from a Brigham Young University website. These materials are organized alphabetically by title or name.

Runs of publications include "The Woman's Exponent," a bimonthly newspaper (1873-1914) from members of the Relief Society, an LDS women’s organization, and an incomplete twentieth century run of "The Deseret News."

Also present are 121 volumes of typescript copies of the "journals" of David O. McKay, that were kept by McKay’s long-time secretary, Clare Middlemiss, who had intentions of writing McKay’s memoir. Along with the diaries are additional volumes titled archival subjects, scrapbooks, published materials and related material.

The Senator Reed Smoot research files all focus on the Congressional hearings about whether the United States Senate should seat Senator Reed Smoot, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, elected by the Utah legislature in 1903. The hearings began in 1904 and continued until 1907, when a Senate vote failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to expel a member. This allowed Smoot to retain his seat.

Audiovisual materials consist primarily of CDs and DVDs of interviews about a 2006 church history tour and KJZZ Television scholar interviews both related to the Joseph Smith Papers Project and a media kit, "The House of the Lord."

The collection also includes 53 boxes of rare books which will be cataloged separately. A significant part of the collections has been included in the University’s circulating collection.

Many of the materials in the collection have a Flake number. This number refers to its citation number in the Mormon bibliography, 1830-1930, by C.J. Flake and Larry W. Draper, relating to the first century of Mormonism. Volume 1 is A-M and Volume 2 is N-Z. An online version is available at:


  • circa 1813-2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Some items are copies of materials held by other institutions and would require permission to copy.

Biographical / Historical

“Dr. Gregory A. Prince (1948-) was born and reared in Los Angeles, California. He attended Dixie College from 1965-1967, graduating as valedictorian. He attended the UCLA School of Dentistry from 1969-1973, again graduating as valedictorian. He received a Ph.D. in Pathology from UCLA in 1975, studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide.

Over a period of fifteen years at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University, he and his co-workers developed the thesis that RSV disease could be prevented by administering antiviral antibodies to high-risk infants. He co-founded Virion Systems, Inc. to commercialize this thesis, and serves as its President and CEO. In 1989, Virion Systems and MedImmune, Inc. formed a joint venture to conduct clinical trials that ultimately resulted in the licensure by the Food and Drug Administration of RespiGam™ (1996), and Synagis™ (1998) for the prevention of RSV pneumonia in high-risk infants. Synagis™ is the first monoclonal antibody ever licensed for use against any infectious agent and its first-year sales made it one of the most successful biotech product launches in history. In addition to a career in science, Dr. Prince is an acclaimed historian.”

For further information about Dr. Prince, his publications and other work, see:


107 Cubic Feet (The Archival section of the papers arrived in 108 cubic and oversize boxes. )

Language of Materials






Spanish; Castilian

Dutch; Flemish









The Prince Mormon Studies collection is arranged in nine Series:

1) Beehive Girls Material (Boxes 1-7) 2) David O. McKay Diaries and Related Volumes (Ledgers 1-121) 3) Pamphlets (Boxes 8-122) 4) Biographical Files (Boxes 122-126)

For the biographical files, the date of creation are based on the end date of when the item was originally written or when it was published. All of this information was taken from the typescript copies themselves, most of which appear to have been generated from a Brigham Young University website and printed in 1999.

5) The Reed Smoot Hearings Related Materials (Boxes 127-134) 6) Temperance Pamphlets (Boxes 134-141) 7) Manuscripts, Ephemera and Miscellany (Boxes 142-152 and Ledgers 122-136) 8) Oversize Pamphlets and Newspapers

A Newspapers – Incomplete Runs (Flat Oversize Boxes 1-13) B Oversize Pamphlets, Photographs and Individual Newspapers (Flat Oversize Boxes 14-18 and one Oversize Flat File folder)

9) Audiovisual Materials (Boxes 153-157)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Mormon Studies Collection was a gift of Gregory A. Prince, on March 23, 2021.


Originally all the general pamphlet files arrived in hanging folders and 108 cubic boxes and needed to be rehoused. "The Women's Exponent" and "Deseret Church News" were in non coventional oversize boxes and also were rehoused.

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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States