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Russell R. Rich and Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University has always had a remarkable and highly talented faculty that is deeply devoted to educating the undergraduates that come here. Current faculty members are heirs to this wonderful tradition. The University Archives is home to many collections that document the dedication of faculty members to the university and its students.

One of these faculty members is Russell R. Rich. His papers are UA 611 Russell R. Rich papers and they document his career at Brigham Young University. The papers include talks, correspondence, class lectures, and research–including the research notes and chapter drafts for the textbook Ensign to the Nations. A finding aid is available here.

Russell R. Rich taught at Brigham Young University in the College of Religion from 1953 to 1977. Among the many classes he taught were survey classes on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (for which he prepared a detailed study guide to B.H. Robert’s Comprehensive History of the Church). He also authored a popular textbook dealing with the history of the Church from 1846 to 1900 called Ensign to the Nations. Rich also taught several graduate classes in Mormon history.

If you would like to know more about faculty at Brigham Young University, please contact the University Archivist at (801) 422-5821 or gordon_daines@byu.edu.

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