Credits / Database History
The Mormon Literature Database is maintained by the Mormon Literature Database Committee at the Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University:
We gratefully acknowledge the Harold B. Lee Library for its long term commitment to hosting and maintaining this database, and for providing data from the HBLL Library Catalog. The contributions of various libarians, scholars, and bibliographers are described and acknowledged in the database history, below. We also acknowledge Covenant Communications, Inc. for its permission to copy and use product and image data from its website for inclusion in the MLDB.
The Mormon Literature Database is the combined effort of many scholars,
bibliographers, and librarians, and the current committee wishes to express
its gratitude for those whose prior contributions have made possible the
realization of this resource. In the 1980s Eugene England of BYU's English
Department assembled an early bibliographic database that relied heavily
upon the annual subject bibliographies in literature published by BYU
Studies. Those bibliographies, in turn, have been based upon the bibliographic
work of Chad Flake, Scott Duvall, and other librarians.
From 2005-07, site administrator Gideon Burton, in his capacity as Associate Editor / Mormon Studies Editor for BYU Studies, was working on a special issue of that academic journal devoted to Mormons and movies, co-editing this with Randy Astle (a student of the London Film School). Astle's history of Mormons and movies in that issue is the basis of the focus pages on Five Waves of Mormon Film. Astle's exhaustive Mormon filmography has now been entered into this database, as have all the motion pictures in the catalogue of the Church library (thanks to the assistance of Karen Bolzendahl). Information on all student films showcased in BYU's Final Cut student film festival was provided by the Theatre and Media Arts department and has also been entered in the database.
During this period, as the Harold B. Lee Library's Mormon Media Committee entertained a proposal that the Mormon Literature Database be supported and developed as a way of tracking various Mormon media and assisting in collection decisions. In addition, a Mormon Studies Coordinating Committee was established in the library, headed by Connie Lamb. Brad Westwood (chair of Special Collections) has been very supportive of the database as a model for other projects, and helped to advocate its support and expansion. Music librarain Janet Bradford, recognizing the value of the current database structure, submitted a proposal for interior funding to expand the database to include film. This was approved, and during late 2006 and 2007 she, and her assistant, Ruth Eldredge, met with Gideon Burton to prepare data for entry and to propose programming changes needed to accommodate music data entries.
With the inclusion of film and then music, it became appropriate to rename the database to reflec these and future phases of database grwoth. In May, 2007, the database was renamed Mormon Literature & Creative Arts.
This database has relied upon and continues to draw data from the bibliographic works (both in print and online) of many specialists, whom we would like to credit: Chad Flake, Scott Duvall, David Whittaker, Larry Draper, Marny Parkin, Terry L Jeffress, Randy Astle, Paris Anderson, Daniel Hess, BYU Studies, and the Association for Mormon Letters.
The current MLCA committee wishes to thank the Harold B. Lee Library and the BYU Dept. of English for its ongoing support of this resource.