Parley P. Black Papers, 1892-1917  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Black, Parley P.(Parley Pratt), 1877-1961
Parley P. Black Papers
1892-1917 (inclusive)
1 Box, (0.25 linear feet.)
Collection Number
This collection contains the papers of Parley P. and Theresa Black and Henry and Maria Yeates, with the bulk of the collection consisting of Parley's papers.
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.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Parley P. Black was born October 7, 1877 in Deseret, Utah the son of Joseph Smith Black and Sarah Jane Barney. Parley served a mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) from 1902-1904 in the Eastern States Mission. Upon returning from his mission he married Theresa Neel on April 17, 1904 in the Salt Lake Temple. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Lewiston, ID where Parley worked as a farmer. Then he moved to Salt Lake City, UT to work for the railroad. A few years before Theresa died the couple moved to Arco, Idaho where Parley worked as a car salesman and later for Beneficial Life. Following his wife's death he married Mary Elizabeth Dean Brown in 1917. In 1929 Parley and Mary moved to Logan, UT with their four children. He passed away on May 28, 1961. (Note to researcher: in some instances Mr. Black is referred to as P.P. Black, Parley P. Black, or Elder Black).

Theresa Neel Black was born December 28, 1875 in Peoa, Utah the daughter of John Austin Neel and Emmeline Augusta Stevens. She met Parley P. Black before his mission and wrote to him while he was serving a mission for the LDS Church. She passed away in November 1916 in Arco, ID.

Carrie Amanda Black was born March 1, 1885 to Joseph Smith Black and Caroline Peterson (Thompson) in Deseret, Millard County, Utah. (Note to researcher: Joseph Smith Black was a polygamist and was married to: Sarah Jane Barney, Caroline Petersen (Thompson), Louisa Jane Stocks, and Nancy Cynthia Allred). She is Parley P. Black's step-sister. She married Niels Peter Jensen Jr. on September 9, 1908. She passed away on January 5 1977 in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Eliza Black was born November 13, 1885 to Joseph Smith Black and Louisa Jane Stocks in Deseret Millard County. She is Parley P. Black’s step-sister. She married Sidney Wesley France in 1925. She passed away on August 9, 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Henry Yeates was born March 4, 1826 in Coleshill, Warwick, England to John Yeates and Lucy Hollick (Hallick). He married Ann Bromwich on May 2, 1860 in England. While living in England they were baptized as members of the LDS Church and moved to Clarkston, Utah, where Ann died in March 1910 in Clarkston, UT. On October 20, 1887 he married Maria Holton, a widow with seven children. Together Henry and Maria had one child named Henry Bromwich Yeates. Henry Yeates passed away on November 14, 1915 in Clarkston, Cache, UT. (Researcher note: Yeates is spelled Yeates and Yates).

Maria Holton Packe Yeates was born May 25, 1846 in Northampton, Northampton, England to Frederick Holton and Eliza West. She married Benjamin Samuel Packe on July 1, 1886 in England. Together they had eleven children, of which seven lived to adulthood. Benjamin passed away on August 4, 1880 in England. Sometime between 1880 and 1887 Maria and her family moved from England to Clarkston, UT. It is unknown when she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She married Henry Yeates on October 20, 1897. Maria passed away on March 31 1922 in Clarkston, UT.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the papers of Parley P. and Theresa Black and Henry and Maria Yeates, with the bulk of the collection consisting of Parley's papers. Parley Black's papers consist of his missionary correspondence to Theresa Neel and other family members, financial information and rental agreements, and miscellaneous theater programs and receipts. It also contains financial information about Henry and Maria Yeates which consists of an 1892 Territorial Tax Receipt and a letter from Reed Smoot concerning Maria's pension. Of particular interest are letters from Reed Smoot and The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, consisting of President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund. There appears to be no connection between the Yeates and Black's.

Because there is no known relationship between the two families, this collection keeps each family's papers separate. The Yeates' papers appear first because it contains the oldest document, the 1892 tax receipt. Following the Yeates collection are the Black papers, which are arranged categorically.

Researcher Note: Folder 9 contains letters written from Parley P. Black to Theresa that were written on unique, bark-like paper. These letters are folded and are very brittle. Also, the writing is faded on the back side and is difficult to read. Particular care should be taken when handling these letters.

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 Parley P. Black Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Parley P. Black Papers USU_338, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_338, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Henry Yeates/Yates 1892 Utah Territory Tax Receipt 1892
1 2 Correspondence from Reed Smoot to Maria Yates/Yeates
Concerning her pension application. Letter original envelope
1917 June 21
1 3 Street preaching permit issued to David J. Johns and P.P. (Parley P.) Black
This permit regarding preaching on Spruce Street was issued by Richard A. Jones superintendent of streets for Waltham, Massachusetts
1902 July 11
1 4 Correspondence from the First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith President, John R. Winder First Counselor, and Anthon H. Lund Second Counselor) to Mr. William E. Wood
Concerning Parley P. Black's rental payments while on his mission in Maine. It also contains correspondence from Davis to F. Davis concerning his rental payment. It was delivered to Parley P. Black's address.
1905 February 3; 1906 July 26
1 5 Parley P. Black’s Church Publication receipts for The Improvement Era and the Inglenook 1892-1917
1 6 Post card Correspondence from Parley P. Black to his wife Theresa Black during his mission 1892-1917
1 7 Post card correspondence from Brother E.D. Clyde to Sarah E. Black, Parley's step-sister
Concerning Parley's mission experiences
1 8 Miscellaneous mission correspondence to Parley P. Black from N.R. Nelson and Jerome Walters 1892-1917
1 9 Letter correspondence from Parley P. Black to wife Theresa during his mission.
This letter is dated May 26, 1903 from Saco, Maine. This letter is written on unusual paper, with a consistency of tree bark. This document has preservation concerns.
1903 May 26
1 10 Miscellaneous missionary card for Elders Orson Bills, Asahel H. Woodruff, and Parley P. Black 1892-1917
1 11 Miscellaneous missionary card for Elders Orson Bills, Asahel H. Woodruff, and Parley P. Black 1892-1917
1 12 Miscellaneous Theater programs and tourist information collected by Parley P. Black in Massachusetts 1892-1917
1 13 Miscellaneous empty envelopes 1892-1917
1 14 Miscellaneous receipts for Parley P. Black and E.B. Black 1892-1917
1 15 Miscellaneous gift tags from V. D. Gardiner 1892-1917

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church $x History $v Sources.
  • Mormon Church $x Presidents $v Correspondence.
  • Mormon missionaries $z East (U.S.) $v Correspondence.
  • Mormons--West (U.S.)--History--Sources.
  • Personal Names :
  • Black, Parley P. (Parley Pratt), 1877-1961.
  • Black, Theresa Emmaline Neel, 1875-1916.
  • Lund, Anthon H., 1844-1921--Correspondence.
  • Smith, Joseph F. (Joseph Fielding), 1838-1918--Correspondence.
  • Smoot, Reed, 1862-1941--Correspondence.
  • Winder, John R. (John Rex), 1821-1910--Correspondence.
  • Yeates, Henry.
  • Yeates, Maria.
  • Family Names :
  • Black family.