Guide to the Ray B. West Drafts of Kingdom Come,
1954-1957

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: West, Ray Benedict, 1908-1990.
Title: Ray B. West Drafts of Kingdom Come
Dates: 1954-1957 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 011
Summary: Notes, drafts, and revisions used for the writing of Kingdom of the Saints; also includes bibliographies, correspondence, and miscellaneous notes.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Writer and professor.

Content Description

The Ray B. West drafts consist of the notes, drafts, and revisions which went into the writing of Kingdom of the Saints. The drafts have been assembled in consecutive order, as far as that could be determined.

boxes two through six contain successive drafts of the book and some of these are not complete. The final draft and published version is contained in box six. The remaining box (1) contains bibliographies, correspondence, and miscellaneous notes.

In the summer of 1954, Ray B. West was awarded a fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago and began his research for the book Kingdom of the Saints. The completed version was published by the Viking Press in 1957.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Ray B. West Drafts of Kingdom Come must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Ray B. West Drafts of Kingdom Come, 1954-1957 (COLL MSS 011). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement of the collection was difficult due to the major changes which occurred from revision to revision and to the lack of order in which the papers were initially found. It is thus conceivable that errors could have been made in the arrangement of the papers.

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was donated to USU Special Collections and Archives by Ray B. West in the early 1970s.

Related Materials :  

Ray B. West Papers COLL MSS 76


Detailed Description of the Collection

I:  Miscellaneous Papers
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Bibliography for Kingdom of the Saints
1 1a Bibliography cards used by Ray B. West
1 2 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (1) [much of the material in folders two through four was rejected]
1 3 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (2)
1 4 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (3)
1 5 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (4)
1 6 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (5)
1 7 Notes for Kingdom of the Saints (6)
1 8 Rejected portions of the Brigham Young manuscripts
1 9 Initial draft of chapter one and rejected pages
1 10 First draft of a portion of Kingdom of the Saints
1 11 Synopsis of chapter one, first draft and synopsis of preface
1 12 Ray B. West, correspondence, 1954
1 13 Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles dealing with Utah and the Mormons.
1 14 Cards and pamphlets: Mormonism and historic sites
1 15 Notes on Brigham Young
1 16 Notes on Brigham Young

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II:  Drafts
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 1 First draft and corrections, chapter 1-2; typescript
2 2 First draft and corrections, chapter 3-4: typescript
2 3 First draft and correction, chapters 5-6: typescript
2 4 First draft and correction, chapters 7-9: typescript
2 5 First draft and correction, chapters 10-11: typescript
2 6 First draft and correction, chapters 12 (16), 15: typescript
2 7 First draft and various corrections, chapters 3-4: carbon
2 8 First draft, chapters 7-9: carbon Fld, 9. First draft, chapters 10-11: carbon
3 1 Second draft, chapters 1-2: typescript
3 2 Second draft, chapters 3-4: typescript
3 3 Second draft, chapters 5-6: typescript
3 4 Second draft, chapters 7-9: typescript
3 5 Second draft, chapters 10-12: typescript
3 6 Second draft, chapters 13-14: typescript
3 7 Second draft, chapters 15-16: typescript
3 8 Second draft, chapters 1-3: carbon
3 9 Second draft, chapters 4-6: carbon
3 10 Second draft, chapters 7-8: carbon
3 11 Second draft, chapters 9: carbon
3 12 Second draft, chapters 12-14: carbon
3 13 Second draft, chapters 15-16: carbon
4 1 Third draft, chapters 1-2: typescript (reworking of chapters 1-2)
4 2 Third draft, chapters 1-2: carbon (reworking of chapters 1-2)
4 3 Third draft, chapters 1-2: typescript
4 4 Third draft, chapters 3-4: typescript
4 5 Third draft, chapters 5-6: typescript
4 6 Third draft, chapters 7-9: typescript
4 7 Third draft, chapters 10-12: typescript
4 8 Third draft, chapters 13-14: typescript
4 9 Third draft, chapters 1-2: carbon
4 10 Third draft, chapters 3-4: carbon
4 11 Third draft, chapters 5-7: carbon
4 12 Third draft, chapters 8-10: carbon
4 13 Third draft, chapters 11-13: carbon
4 14 Third draft, chapters 14-15: carbon
5 1 Fourth draft, chapters 1-2 and various corrected pages : typescript
5 2 Various revised and corrected pages (1)
5 3 Various revised and corrected pages (2)
5 4 Fourth draft, chapters 1-2: carbon
5 5 Fourth draft, chapters 3-4: carbon
5 6 Fourth draft, chapters 5-6: carbon
5 7 Fourth draft, chapters 7-8: carbon
5 8 Fourth draft, chapters 9-10: carbon
5 9 Fourth draft, chapters 11-12: carbon
5 10 Fourth draft, chapters 13-14: carbon
6 1 Final draft, preface and chapters 1-2
6 2 Final draft, chapters 3-5
6 3 Final draft, chapters 6-8
6 4 Final draft, chapters 9-13
6 5 Final draft, chapters 13-14
6 6 Final draft, chapter 15 and bibliography

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • West, Ray Benedict, 1908- Kingdom of the Saints.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon authors--Utah--Archives.

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