After World War II, the study of Mormonism became more prominent, resulting in a number of useful secondary sources, fieldwork projects, and theses or dissertations unique to USU. Beginning with the presidency of David O. McKay (1951-1970) the LDS Church established a permanent presence in countries around the world, including:
Special Collections & Archives records for this time period are diverse, with many - such as historical post cards, oral histories, and some visual histories - available digitally. Others, such as the Gary Horlacher surveys or the Mormons for ERA collection, address the growing scope of Mormon scholarship in relation to LGBTQ+ rights and gender politics.
Utah State University's location in Cache Valley, Utah contains a good deal of rich history, much of which is related to Mormonism. The city was founded in 1859 by Mormon settlers, and maintains a large population of Latter-day Saints. Over time Special Collections & Archives has collected a number of congregational records, commemorative histories, and information about historical religious leaders.
Individuals, organizations, or publications that are directly critical of the LDS church and its doctrines are often referred to as being anti-Mormon, although many of these individuals or groups would not identify with that term. Regardless, these resources can provide insight into contemporary attitudes toward Mormonism.
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown over the years, more and more texts have been produced or translated in a variety of languages. Special Collections & Archives houses some of these resources, including a number of Book of Mormon translations.