Monday, September 08, 2003

A FUN RESOURCE: Since y'all don't have enough to read, I thought that I would pass on an interesting new source of stuff to read. BYU Library has put all of the Master's Thesises submitted to the university on the topic of Mormonism on-line. All of them seem to have been scanned, and they are available in PDF format. What is more, they are text searchable. The problem here is that each page is a seperate document, which means that searches turn up huge numbers of "hits." Also, printing is a bit of pain since you must open each page individually, although the software does allow you to have an electronic table of contents and to navigate from page to page fairly easily. Obviously, the materials themselves are of very uneven quality and varying levels of interest. Still, all of them went through some peer review process. Among those available are:

Joseph R. Meservy, A HISTORY OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION AGAINST MORMON POLYGAMY AND CERTAIN UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISION SUPPORTING SUCH LEGISLATION (1947)

Klaus Hansen, THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF THE POLITICAL KINGDOM OF GOD IN MORMON HISTORY: 1835-1890 (1959)

Ileen Waspe, THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN MORMON PHILOSOPHY FROM 1830 TO 1845 (1949)

E. Carlton Marlow, BRIGHAM YOUNG'S PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY (1959)

Joseph Tingey, A EXPLICATION OF SOME PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF THE THOUGHT OF ORSON PRATT (1957)

Edward G. Thompson, A STUDY OF THE POLITICAL INVOLVEMENTs IN THE CAREER OF JOSEPH SMITH (1966)

You can access the materials via the BYU Library website here.