"Professor [Andrew] Neff, a graduate of the California University, desired to have free access to the original documents in the Historian's office as he was writing a history of Utah." The First Presidency rules that "under proper supervision, we had no objections." Although Neff is LDS, this is the first occasion in which an "outside" scholar and historian has "free access" to manuscripts of the LDS archives. Such access remains infrequent and exceptional until the appointment of Apostle Howard W. Hunter as church historian in 1970.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]