Gary P. Gillum

Gary P. Gillum (June 12, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a librarian-emeritus of Brigham Young University (BYU).[1] He has compiled bibliographies of works in Mormon Studies as well as the works of Hugh Nibley.

Gary P. Gillum
Gary P. Gillum (2014)
Born(1944-06-12)June 12, 1944
EducationSt. John's College, Winfield, Kansas
Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
OccupationScholar, historian, author, librarian
Spouse(s)Signe Gillum
Childrenblended family of 17

Early life and educationEdit

Gillum's father was in the United States Air Force, so his family moved often. He lived in Germany from 1953–1956. Gillum was raised a Lutheran and studied to be a minister with the Lutheran Church. He studied at St. John's College and Concordia Senior College, where he received a degree in pre-ministerial studies and classics in 1968.[1] While in Indiana, he worked as the music librarian for the Indianapolis Public Library.[2] He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1969. He received a Master's in library science from BYU in 1971. He started working at the Harold B. Lee Library in 1971 as the foreign languages bibliographer and became the librarian of Religion, Philosophy, and Ancient Studies in 1980.[1]


Gillum was Nibley's personal librarian during much of Nibley's time at BYU. Because of his familiarity with Nibley's sources, Gillum edited three volumes of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. Gillum also compiled Of All Things, A Hugh Nibley Quote Book.[3][2] Gillum taught an honors class on Nibley at BYU for five years.[4] Gillum and Richard L. Anderson both worked with the Hugh Nibley Ancient Studies Room in the Harold B. Lee Library.[3] He indexed, edited, reviewed, and archived Nibley's work for over thirty-five years.[5] He received the Library Faculty Professionalism award in 2006.[2]

Gillum has written reviews for Library Journal, BYU Studies and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.[3] He served on the editorial boards for BYU Studies and Dialogue.[2] He has been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, American Theological Library Association and the Mormon History Association. He also served as a member of the Oxford Biblical Studies Online library advisory board in 2009.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1963 Gillum had a near-death experience after a car accident. He saw an intensely colorful place and felt that he had a choice to return to his body or not. His spine was fractured and he had internal injuries, but he recovered.[7]

Gillum and Lyn Ann Ruhland were married in July 1969. After having two children together, Lyn died of lymphoma in 1977. Gillum married Elizabeth Bayliss; she died of cancer in 1986.[1] Gillum's third marriage ended in divorce.[7] Gillum's fourth marriage to Signe Slangerup Hale was in 1987. They served together as missionaries in the LDS California Anaheim Mission 2009–2010.[1] He and Signe have 17 children between them.[7] They have lived in Catalina, Arizona, since 2011.[citation needed]

Gillum has sung with many ensembles. He sang bass for over 17 years with the Utah Baroque Ensemble.[8] He also sang with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, BYU Men's Chorus, and the Payson Civic Chorale.[1] He was the business manager of the Utah Valley Symphony[4] and in 2008, was a member of its board.[9]



Gillum has edited several books of Nibley's works:

  • Gillum, Gary P., ed. (1981). Of all things!: a Nibley quote book. Signature Books. ISBN 9780941214032.
  • —, ed. (1994). Of all things!: a Nibley quote book (second ed.). Deseret Book. ISBN 0875796788.
  • —; Norton, Don E.; Welch, John W., eds. (1986). Old Testament and Related Studies. 1. Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. ISBN 0875790321. Archived from the original on 2017-01-31.
  • —, ed. (2000). Abraham in Egypt. 14 (2nd ed.). Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. ISBN 9781573455275.
  • Welch, John W.; —; Norton, Don E., eds. (1987). The World and the Prophets. 3. Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. ISBN 0-87579-078-X.

Book chaptersEdit

Book reviewsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mary Downs and John Murphy (17 August 2017). "Gary P. Gillum papers". Prepared for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Provo, UT. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Huge Windy Nebula: The Unique Scholarship of Hugh Winder Nibley". YouTube. Harold B. Lee Library. 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Gillum, Gary P." Religious Studies Center.
  4. ^ a b Gillum, Gary. "Gary Gillum". FairMormon. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Gary P. Gillum". The Interpreter Foundation.
  6. ^ "listing of board members". Archived from the original on 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  7. ^ a b c Gibson, Arvin S. (1992). Glimpses of Eternity: New Near-Death Experiences Examined. Bountiful, UT: Horizon Publishers. pp. 191–197. ISBN 0882904396.
  8. ^ "Gary Gillum biography". Utah Baroque Ensemble. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Utah Valley Symphony administration". Utah Valley Symphony. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008.

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