The J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah
The Association for Mormon Letters presents a special Award in Mormon
Literary Studies to the J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of
Utah for its digitized collection of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
Since its inception in 1966, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought has
served as a central point for academic studies of Mormonism. Dialogue has
promoted Mormon arts and letters by publishing hundreds of poems, short
stories, personal essays, and articles of criticism. However, like many
periodicals, Dialogue's treasures have generally remained only as accessible
as the most recent issue or two.
But Dialogue's many conversations are being re-opened. Nearly 40 years of
back issues--the entire run of this seminal periodical for Mormon
studies--have now been completely digitized and made accessible to the
public free of charge, thanks to the initiative of the current Dialogue
board and the generosity of donors. This is laudable in its own right, but
digital objects are often as ephemeral as the electrons that compose them.
This collection would not be as valuable or secure for future generations
were it not hosted by an academic institution committed to maintaining the
accessibility and permanence of this collection.
The Association for Mormon Letters commends the J. Willard Marriott Library
of the University of Utah for providing a permanent home to this vital
digital collection, and by extension, for the university's commitment to the
sustained and critical assessment of Mormon arts and letters.