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Stanley Buchholz Kimball (November 25, 1926 – May 15, 2003) was a historian at Southern Illinois University. He was an expert on eastern European history and also wrote on Latter-day Saint history, including his ancestor Heber C. Kimball and the Mormon Trail.



Kimball was raised in Farmington, Utah, until he was in junior high school when he moved to Denver, Colorado.

During World War II Kimball served briefly with the United States Army Air Forces at Sheppard Field, Texas.[1]

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Kimball served as a missionary in Czechoslovakia starting in 1948. When the missionaries were expelled from the country in 1950, he was relocated to England with Stayner Richards as his mission president.[1]

Kimball returned home and completed his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Denver.[2] Kimball then became a director of an art center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While living in Winston-Salem he married Violet Tew, with whom he would have four children. He then went to Columbia University where he earned a Ph.D. in history, doing his dissertation on the Czech National Theatre in America.[1]

In 1959, Kimball settled in the St. Louis, Missouri area and began teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). He would teach there for 41 years, until his 2001 retirement. Before SIUE, he taught as a student or during summers at schools such as Columbia University, College of the City of New York, Brigham Young University, and Washington University in St. Louis.[1]

After retirement, Kimball moved to St. George, Utah for medical reasons.[1] Two years later, in 2003, Kimball died of cancer at the age of 76.[3]




  • Oscarson, R. Don; Stanley B. Kimball; Leslie F. Medley (1965). The Travelers Guide to Historic Mormon America. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.
  • Kimball, Stanley B. (1973). The Austro-Slav Revival: A Study of Nineteenth-Century Literary Foundations. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. ISBN 0-87169-634-7.
  • Knight, Hal; Stanley B. Kimball (1978). 111 Days to Zion. Robert R. Noyce (illustration); Richard F. Carter (maps). Salt Lake City: Deseret News. ISBN 0-9656694-0-8.
  • Kimball, Stanley B. (1979). Discovering Mormon Trails: New York to California, 1831-1868. Diane Clements (cartography). Salt Lake City: Deseret Book. ISBN 978-0877477563. OCLC 5614526.
  • —— (1981). Heber C. Kimball: Mormon Patriarch and Pioneer. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-00854-5.
  • Clayton, William (1983). Stanley B. Kimball (ed.). The Latter-day Saints' Emigrants' Guide. Gerald, Missouri: Patrice Press. ISBN 0-935284-27-3.
  • Kimball, Heber C. (1987). Stanley B. Kimball (ed.). On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball. Salt Lake City: Signature Books and Smith Research Associates. ISBN 0-941214-60-5. Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  • Kimball, Stanley B. (1988). Historic Sites and Markers Along the Mormon and Other Great Western Trails. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-01455-3.
  • —— (1991). Historic Resource Study: Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
  • ——; Violet T. Kimball; Gary Ladd (1995). Mary L. Van Camp (ed.). Mormon Trail: Voyage of Discovery. Las Vegas, Nevada: KC Publications. ISBN 0-88714-092-0.
  • —— (1996). The Mormon Battalion on the Santa Fe Trail in 1846: A Study of the Mormon Battalion Trail Accounts During the War with Mexico. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior.
  • —— (1997). The Mormon Pioneer Trail: MTA 1997 Official Guide. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon Trails Association. ISBN 0-87905-263-5.



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  2. ^ "1999-2001 SIUE Graduate Catelog" (PDF). Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 1999. Retrieved 2008-11-17.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "LDS historian Stanley Kimball dies". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. November 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  4. ^ a b "MHA Awards" (PDF). Mormon History Association. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-11-17.


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