Rulon C. Allred journals, 1931-2017 PDF
- Rulon C. Allred journals
- 1931-2017 (inclusive)19312017
- 3 boxes, (1.5 linear feet)
- Collection Number
- USU_COLL MSS 533
- This collection contains photocopies of Rulon C. Allred's journals. Allred lead the Apolistic United Brethern, a fundamentalist, polygamous sect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, until his murder in 1977.
- Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Utah State University
- Access Restrictions
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Rulon C. Allred was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1906. The son of Byron Harvey Allred and Mary Evelyn Clark, Bryon’s second wife, Rulon was raised in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) family that continued to practice plural marriage after the Church denounced polygamy in 1890. Due to the illegal nature of his father’s marriages, Rulon spent most of his childhood moving throughout the Western United States and Canada but eventually chose to continue the fundamentalist practice of polygamy himself. In 1926, he married his first wife Katherine Handy. However, Katherine refused to live the polygamous lifestyle adopted by her husband and terminated their marriage in 1935. From 1936 to 1941 Rulon married five women, a practice for which the LDS church excommunicated him on May 8, 1940.
In May of 1945, The state of Utah convicted and incarcerated Rulon for his illegal practice of plural marriage. The state prison released Rulon on parole that December and he subsequently moved to the LeBaron polygamous ranch in Los Parceles, Mexico. Rulon eventually became the president of the Apostolic United Brethren, a moderate polygamous sect existing in Utah, Montana, Colorado and Arizona. His sect of LDS fundamentalists was often in conflict with the more conservative LeBaron and Jeffs groups, which, on May 10, 1977, resulted in his assassination by two women under orders from Ervil LeBaron. Over the course of his life Rulon married seven women and fathered a total of 48 children.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection includes select photocopies of Rulon C. Allred’s journals that begin in 1931 and conclude on May 10, 1977, the day of Rulon’s murder. USU Special Collections and Archives made the photocopies while the original journals were on loan in 2013.
The Rulon C. Allred journals would be of use for a variety of research topics. These materials would be an asset to researchers of twentieth century polygamy, LDS fundamentalist sects, the Apostolic United Brethren, and for biographical details of Rulon C. Allred’s life.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Roulon C. Allred journals must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.
Initial Citation: rulon C. Allred journals USU_COLL MSS 533, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 533, USUSCA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Journals of Rulon C. Allred, 1931-1977Return to Top
A Researcher's Guide to the Journals of Dr. Rulon Clark Allred by Rhoda Allred and Sharon A. Jessop
Journal including an autobiography from 1906 to 1932
|1931 February 5-1935 August 5|
1959 Journal written in a 1958 dated diary
|1959 January 1-1959 November 26|
Journal detailing a trip to Mexico
|1959 November 27-1964 April 9|
|1971 January 5-1972 January 2|
|1972 January 6-1973 January 9|
|1973 January 10-1973 December 31|
|1974 January 1-1975 March 17|
|1975 March 18-1976 December 31|
|1977 January 1-1977 May 10|
Related Materials, 1941-1981Return to Top
Letters from Rulon C. Allred to his family members
Book of Gospel references
Compiled Allred family histories