Rulon C. Allred journals, 1931-2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Rulon C. Allred journals
1931-2017 (inclusive)
3 boxes, (1.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
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
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
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

Restrictions on Use

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.

Preferred Citation

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

2 boxes, 1 linear foot
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
A Researcher's Guide to the Journals of Dr. Rulon Clark Allred by Rhoda Allred and Sharon A. Jessop
1 2
Journal including an autobiography from 1906 to 1932
1931 February 5-1935 August 5
1 3
Appointment book
1 4
Personal journal
1945 May
1 5
1959 Journal written in a 1958 dated diary
1959 January 1-1959 November 26
1 6
Journal detailing a trip to Mexico
1959 June
1 7
Personal journal
1959 November 27-1964 April 9
2 1
Personal journal
1965 December
2 2
Personal journal
1971 January 5-1972 January 2
2 3
Personal journal
1972 January 6-1973 January 9
2 4
Personal journal
1973 January 10-1973 December 31
2 5
Personal journal
1974 January 1-1975 March 17
2 6
Personal journal
1975 March 18-1976 December 31
2 7
Personal journal
1977 January 1-1977 May 10

Related Materials, 1941-1981Return to Top

1 box, 0.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Letters from Rulon C. Allred to his family members
3 2
Book of Gospel references
3 3
Compiled Allred family histories

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