40 years ago today - Mar 12, 1981-Thursday

[Leonard Arrington]

Earl Olson said that in the meeting between him and Elder [G. Homer] Durham and Elders [Gordon B.] Hinckley and [Boyd K.] Packer yesterday afternoon Elders Hinckley and Packer authorized Elder Durham to begin negotiations to transfer Dean Jessee to the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute at BYU, effective as soon as it can be arranged. This was on the assumption that he really wanted to do this. The Brethren, on Elder Durham's recommendation, also agreed that our typewriters should be transferred to BYU so that we may take them with us when we move. This is on the assumption that they will become BYU property, not the property of us personally. Later this morning Earl informed me that Elder Durham was instructed to allow us to take our filing cabinets with us to BYU. The question was raised as to what is in these cabinets, and Earl assured them that nearly all of it consisted of our personal notes. That seemed to satisfy the Brethren, and so now we are permitted to take the file cabinets with us. I assume there will not be any thorough search of our notes before they are released to go. ...

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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