1942 Desert Saints by Nels Anderson appeared. While not intended as
a history of Utah, it filled that need for nearly a generation. He told
the story of Utah up to the time of statehood and established a new
standard for the inclusion of chapters on priesthood government, economics,
polygamy. and the Mormon way of life. Nels Anderson, Dale L. Morgan,
and Juanita Brooks formed a triumvirate of Utah's ablest historical
scholars and writers. None had a professional history degree; yet their
works remain distinguished today.
second generation of professionally trained historians provided a new
intellectual stimulus to the study of Utah history following World War
II when veterans took to graduate schools and wrote thesis and dissertations
in Utah and Mormon history. These historians came to Utah, taught at
the universities, conducted research seminars, and wrote out of their
researches. They included A. R. Mortensen (director, Utah State Historical
Society); C. Gregory Crampton (UU); Brigham D. Madsen (BYU, USU, UU);
Richard D. Poll (BYU); David E. Miller (UU); Dello Dayton (Weber); William
Mulder (UU); Everett L. Cooley (State Archivist, USU, Director, Utah
State Historical Society): Eugene E. Campbell (BYU); Leonard J. Arrington
(USU, Church Historian. BYU); S. George Ellsworth (USU), and others.
Utah history was quickened on many fronts through the work of this second
generation and their students.
authors was an array of technological advances: typewriters and electric
typewriters, photostats cameras and photocopying, microfilm and microfiche
of collections of documents and newspapers, secretarial assistance,
and monetary grants in support of research. More recently, personal
computers and fax have both speeded and aided research. Guides, inventories,
catalogs, and bibliographies led to a new materials, essential sources.