Reed Smoot papers, 1909-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Smoot, Reed, 1862-1941
Title
Reed Smoot papers
Dates
1909-1986 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0449
Summary
The Reed Smoot papers (1909-1986) consist of copies of Smoot's journal as well as articles concerning his life and politics. Reed Smoot (1862-1941) was an Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a United States Senator from Utah. He filled both positions simulatneously. Boxes 1-8 cannot be photocopied.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Reed Smoot (1862-1941) was one of Utah's longest serving senators, filling five terms over thirty years from 1903 to 1933. Smoot was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory and later moved with his family to Provo. He attended several schools including the University of Deseret (now University of Utah) and finally graduated from Brigham Young Academy (now Brigham Young University). He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was called as an apostle in 1900. To the surprise of many, the Utah State Legislature elected Smoot as a United States Senator (Republican party) in 1902. While preparing to take his seat in 1903, several people raised objections to Smoot serving as an apostle and senator at the same time. A bitter four-year battle began with members of the LDS Church being asked to testify before Congressional committees and anti-LDS articles being circulated nationwide. President Theodore Roosevelt, a friend of the LDS Church, tried to influence Congress in allowing Smoot to take his seat. After the Senate was satisfied that Smoot was not a polygamist and that the LDS Church had actually ended the practice, Smoot was allowed to sit in the Senate in 1907. He was reelected in 1908, 1914, 1920, and 1926. In 1930, Smoot helped sponsor the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act which many believe helped push the United States deeper into the Great Depression. In the very next election in 1932, Smoot was unsuccessful and returned to Salt Lake City, continuing on as an apostle in the LDS Church. He died in 1941 while visiting Florida.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Reed Smoot papers (1909-1986) consist mainly of copies of Smoot's diaries from microfilm. These diaries range from 1909-1928 and contain Smoot's thoughts and opinions on his faith, national politics, and religious and political leaders. The microfilm is from the University of Utah Press which was working with editor Merlo Pussey to publish Smoot's diaries. Complications resulted and the diaries remained unpublished while the originals were moved to Brigham Young University. The University of Utah Press then turned over the microfilm to the Marriott Library. In addition to the photocopies of the diaries, there is a biography on Reed Smoot by Milton Merrill and a thesis by Melvin Thayne. Lastly are some letters and articles that concern Reed Smoot and his faith and politics.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Boxes 1-8 cannot be photocopied.

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Typescripts of DiariesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Volume
1 1
Book 4
1909
1 2
Book 5
1909-1910
1 3
Book 6
1910
1 4
Book 7
1910-1911
1 5
Book 8
1911
1 6
Book 9
1911
1 7
Book 10
1911-1912
1 8
Book 11
1912
1 9
Book 12
1912
1 10
Book 13
1912-1913
2 1
Book 14
1913
2 2
Book 15
1913-1914
2 3
Book 16
1914
2 4
Book 17
1914-1915
2 5
Book 18
1915
2 6
Book 19
1915
2 7
Book 20
1915-1916
2 8
Book 21
1916
2 9
Book 22
1916
2 10
Book 23
1916-1917
3 1
Book 24
1917
3 2
Book 25
1918
3 3
Book 26
1918
3 4
Book 27
1918-1919
3 5
Book 28
1919-1920
3 6
Book 29
1920
3 7
Book 30
1920-1921
3 8
Book 31
1920-1922
4 1
Book 32
1922
4 2
Book 33
1922-1923
4 3
Book 34
1923-1924
4 4
Book 35
1924-1925
4 5
Book 36
1925-1926
4 6
Book 37
1926-1927
4 7
Book 38
1927-1928

Photocopies of Original DiariesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Volume
5 1
Book 4
1909
5 2
Book 5
1909-1910
5 3
Book 6
1910
5 4
Book 7
1910-1911
5 5
Book 8
1911
5 6
Book 9
1911
5 7
Book 10
1911-1912
5 8
Book 11
1912
5 9
Book 12
1912
5 10
Book 13
1912-1913
5 11
Book 14
1913
6 1
Book 15
1913-1914
6 2
Book 16
1914
6 3
Book 17
1914-1915
6 4
Book 18
1915
6 5
Book 19
1915
6 6
Book 20
1915-1916
6 7
Book 21
1916
6 8
Book 22
1916
6 9
Book 23
1916-1914
6 10
Book 24
1917
7 1
Book 25
1918
7 2
Book 26
1918
7 3
Book 27
1918-1919
7 4
Book 28
1919-1920
7 5
Book 29
1920
7 6
Book 30
1920-1921
7 7
Book 31
1920-1922
7 8
Book 32
1922
8 1
Book 33
1922-1923
8 2
Book 34
1923-1924
8 3
Book 35
1924-1925
8 4
Book 36
1925-1926
8 5
Book 37
1926-1927
8 6
Book 38
1927-1928

Diaries Edited by Merlo PuseyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1
Merlo J. Pusey, Introduction
1961
9 2
Book 4
1909
9 3
Book 5
1909-1910
9 4-5
Book 6
1910
9 6-7
Book 7
1910-1911
9 8
Book 8
1911
9 9
Book 9
1911
9 10
Book 10
1911-1912
9 11
Book 11
1912
9 12
Book 12
1912
9 13
Merlo Pusey, Notes on Books 9-12
9 14
Book 13
1912-1913
9 15
Book 14
1913
9 16-17
Book 15
1913-1914
10 1
Book 16
1914
10 2-3
Book 17
1914-1915
10 4
Book 18
1915
10 5
Book 19
1915
10 6-7
Book 20
1915-1916
10 8-9
Book 21
1916
10 10
Merlo Pusey, Notes on Books 13-21
10 11
Book 22
1916
10 12-14
Book 23
1916-1917
10 15-16
Book 24
1917
10 17-18
Book 25
1918
10 19-20
Book 26
1918
10 21-22
Book 27
1918-1919
10 23
Merlo Pusey, Notes on Books 22-27
11 1-3
Book 28
1919-1920
11 4-6
Book 29
1920
11 7-8
Book 30
1920-1921
11 9-10
Book 31
1921-1922
11 11-13
Book 32
1922
11 14
Notes for Books 28-32
11 15-17
Book 33
1922-1923
11 18-21
Book 34
1923-1924
11 22-24
Book 35
1924-1925
12 1-3
Book 36
1925-1926
12 4
Notes for Books 33-36
12 5-7
Book 37
1926-1927
12 8-10
Book 38
1927-1928
12 11
Notes from Books 37-38
12 12
Correspondence and Notes About Publication of Diaries
1967-1970

Merlo Pusey Corrected TypescriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
13 1
From Book 7
13 2
From Book 8
13 3
From Book 9
13 4-5
From Book 10
13 6
From Book 11
13 7
From Book 12
13 8
From Book 13
13 9
From Book 14
13 10
From Book 15
13 11
From Book 16
13 12
From Book 17
13 13
From Book 18
13 14
From Book 19
13 15
Index

Merrill, Milton, Reed Smoot, Apostle in PoliticsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
14
Merrill, Milton, Biography, Introduction, and Chapters 1-28
15
Merrill, Milton, Biography, Chapters 29-52
16
Merrill, Milton, Biography, Chapters 53-63
Folder
17 1
Judd Harmon, Forward
1986
17 2-19
Reed Smoot, Apostle in Politics
1950
17 20
Western Humanities Review "Reed Smoot, Apostle in Politics"

Speeches, Articles, and Correspondence By and About SmootReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
18
Melvin Thayne, "Smoot of Utah: US Senator: 1903-1933"
1950
Folder
19 1
Tributes and Biographical Articles
1961-1966
19 2
Correspondence
1929-1935
19 3
Chas. M. Morris, Hon. Reed Smoot: His Record in the Senate
1914
19 4
Speeches of Reed Smoot
1916-1922
19 5
Campaign Literature
1914-1926
19 6
M. Paul Holsinger, "For God and the American Home"
1969
19 7
American Economist: Special Reed Smoot Number
1926
19 8
Reed Smoot, "Why I Am a Mormon"
19 9
A. F. Cardon, "The Reed Smoot Diaries"
1962
19 10
Edward S. Martin, "Some Thoughts for the Despondent"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--United States
  • Mormon Church--Apostles--Diaries
  • Republican National Convention
  • Tariff--United States
  • Teapot Dome Scandal, 1921-1924
  • Geographical Names :
  • Utah--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Biographies
  • Diaries
  • Memorabilia