Quinn, D. Michael Papers

Span Dates: 1910 - 2013
Bulk Dates: 1960 - 2013
Volume: 127.59 linear feet


The papers document the life and work of D. Michael Quinn, and include research files, writings, personal correspondence, photographs, and family documents. Research files consist of Quinn's notes, as well as copies and transcripts of primary sources that informed many of Quinn's writings on Mormon history, focusing on Church governance, plural marriage, sexuality and gender relations (especially same-sex relationships), and the involvement of Church members in business and politics. Writings include drafts of articles, lectures, and books by Quinn. Other material includes reviews of Quinn's work and other writings about Quinn. Personal papers document the professional and personal life of D. Michael Quinn from the 1950s to the 2000s.

Hist/Bio Note

D. Michael Quinn (born March 26, 1944) is a historian who specializes in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church or LDS). As a young man, Quinn served for two years on a Latter-day Saints Church mission in England. After graduating from college, he served for three years in the U.S. Army. Quinn received a Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1976. He taught at Brigham Young University from 1976 until he resigned in 1988. In September 1993, Quinn, along with five other Mormon writers, was excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for publishing works inimical to church reputation. He later was openly gay. His many publications focus on the history of LDS Church governance and organization, sexuality and gender relations (especially same-sex relationships), and plural marriage.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


The collection is housed at the Beinecke Library at Yale University Contact: P. O. Box 208330 New Haven CT 06520-8330 US (203) 432-2977


Author/editor | Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) | Activist (religious institutions)