May, Dean L.

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Dean Lowe May (1938-2003) was a historian in Utah.

Dean Lowe May was born in Worland, Wyoming to Frank Peter and Wanda Lowe May. He was born on April 6, 1938. They moved to Middleton, Idaho when he was nine. He served a Mormon mission to northern California and married Cheryll Lynn May in 1967. He received a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He then worked for the Church History Department and was a fellow at the Newberry Library and Community History Institute. In 1977, he joined the History Department at the University of Utah. He produced an award-winning twenty-segment series entitled A People’s History of Utah. He did other research on population studies during his time at the University of Utah. He died on May 6, 2003.

The University of Utah (est. 1892) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The University was established in 1850 by Brigham Young as the University of Deseret. The building which housed the University changed over time and the title became the University of Utah in 1892. The University offers more than one hundred undergraduate majors and more than ninety graduate degree programs. It is Utah's oldest institution of higher education. The University moved to its current location in 1900.

From the guide to the The building of A Peoples' History of Utah, 1989, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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referencedIn University of Utah Center for Historical Population Studies records, 1975-1984 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahUniversity Archives and Records Management
referencedIn University of Utah Center for Historical Population Studies research records, 1978-1982 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahUniversity Archives and Records Management
creatorOf May, Dean L. The Mormon community in historical perspective. 1975. Landmarks of Science Microform Service
creatorOf May, Dean L. The making of Saints : The Mormon town as setting for the study of cultural change. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf The building of A Peoples' History of Utah, 1989 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Arrington, Leonard. Cedar City : The building of a community. 1976. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Durfee, Charles, 1891-. Charles Durfee oral history interview : Tape and transcript, 1979 November 24 [sound recording] / conducted by Dean May. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Dean L. May papers, 1848-2003 J. Willard Marriott Library, University of UtahManuscripts Division
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associatedWith Arrington, Leonard. person
associatedWith Durfee, Charles, 1891- person
associatedWith University of Utah. Center for Historical Population Studies corporateBody
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Utah
Utah
Kane County (Utah)
Kanab (Utah)
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City and Town Life
Territorial Government
Literature
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Mormons--West (U.S.)--History
Social classes
Agriculture
Politics, Government, and Law
Mormon Church--Historiography
Social Life and Customs
Historians--Utah--History--Sources
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Producers
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Birth 1938-04-06

Death 2003-05-06

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