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Congratulations, Jan Shipps

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 27, 2008

The Western History Association has been meeting in Salt Lake City for the past few days, which brings lots of interesting people to town. One of those is Jan Shipps, who is visiting LDS Archives today (and probably quite a bit over the next three weeks while she’s in town).

Jan tells me that she was recently awarded a Mellon Foundation fellowship, running for the next two years, to complete work on her book describing developments in Mormonism since World War II. One year’s fellowship covers travel and research to Salt Lake City, Logan, Provo, and Independence; the second year’s fellowship covers the writing.



  1. Thanks for this, Ardis. This is definitely a blessing for us as well, as her work is bound to be quite enlightening.

    Comment by Ben — October 27, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  2. Congratulations!

    Comment by Edje — October 27, 2008 @ 11:43 am

  3. Thanks for letting us know. We definitely need more recent history, so this gives us something to look forward to. Congratulations to Jan.

    Comment by Kevin Barney — October 27, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  4. Very cool. Thanks for the heads up Ardis! Any idea whether she’ll have access to all the David O. McKay materials used by Prince? I can’t help but think that Prince’s book just begins to scratch the surface of what is there.

    Comment by Randy B. — October 27, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  5. Randy: Prince put all the material he used in the UofU library, so it is available to anyone. I agree that it is probably a treasure-mine of goodies.

    Comment by Ben — October 27, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  6. That’s exciting. I’ll be looking foreward to her work coming out. I agree, we need more “recent” LDS history. BTW: I think I know where she can get some WWII era materials. :-)

    Comment by Steve C. — October 27, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  7. This is good news. Historiographically, we’re so weak in the post-WW II period. She’s been working on this book for awhile now, so the sooner it’s printed, the better.

    Comment by David G. — October 27, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  8. Nice. This is great news. Jan is a wonderful person and scholar.

    Comment by J. Stapley — October 27, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  9. This is great to hear. Thanks for letting us know.

    Comment by Ray — October 27, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

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