Prince Collection Digital Resources

In 2021, Dr. Gregory Prince donated his private collection of over 11,000 items, including books, printed materials, audio recordings, images, and artifacts to UVA. The collection spans Mormonism’s entire history, but specializes in the 20th-century history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition to donating print materials and physical artifacts, Dr. Prince also shared digital copies of research materials he compiled for his books. Some of that digital content can be accessed right here on our website.

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Explore Resources

As research for his books on Mormonism, Dr. Gregory Prince captured excerpts from diaries, public records, private documents, interview transcripts, and more.

You can explore his research excerpts below. (Hard copies are also available as part of the Prince Collection in UVA’s Library.)

David O. McKay Diaries

Explore firsthand accounts and reflections from a former president and modern leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David O. McKay served as president of the Church from 1951 to 1970.

Leonard Arrington Diaries 

Read fascinating diary excerpts from the “Dean of Mormonism.” Arrington was the official LDS Church Historian from 1972 to 1982. The diary entries begin in 1925, when Arrington was just eight-years-old, and continue until 1998, a year before the historian’s death.

Gay Rights & Mormonism

Read research excerpts compiled by Dr. Prince in preparation for his book,  Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences. Explore excerpts and quotations drawn from 50,000+ pages of public records, private documents, interview transcripts, and more.

Priesthood & Mormonism

As research for his book, Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, Dr. Gregory Prince captured extensive excerpts and quotations from official church documents, letters, handbooks, interviews, and more. We believe this resource will be particularly interesting to scholars and anyone with an interest in the topics of priesthood and religious authority.