George Albert Smith family papers, 1731-1969

Overview of the Collection

Smith family
George Albert Smith family papers
1731-1969 (inclusive)
85 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0036
The George Albert Smith family papers (1731-1968) are composed of personal papers of George A. Smith, Elias Smith, John Henry Smith, George Albert Smith, Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith Wilford Woodruff, and Emily Smith Stewart. Includes early Smith family documents, family records, church records, genealogical records, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, daybooks, photographs and tape recordings. Some items from the collection have been digitized and are available online.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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The following biographies of members of the Smith family are based on information taken primarily from Andrew Jenson's Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Jenson History Company: Salt Lake City, 1901-1936) as well as other sources. Only biographies for the major individuals who have papers in the collection have been included.

George A. Smith (1817-1875)

George Albert Smith, first counselor to President Brigham Young from 1868 to 1875, was the first son of Patriarch John Smith and Clarissa Lyman, and a cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was born 26 June 1817, in Potsdam, New York, and was brought up in the Congregational Church. In August 1830, the father of Joseph Smith and his brother Don Carlos visited their relatives and brought with them a copy of the Book of Mormon. George A. read a great deal in the "Golden Bible," as it was popularly called, and after discussions with Joseph Smith Sr., George A. was converted. However, he was not baptized until 10 September 1832.

In May 1833, the family moved to Kirtland, Ohio. Immediately upon reaching Kirtland, George A. became interested in the affairs of the church, and was available for any duty required. He spent many nights guarding the houses of the brethren who were in danger from attack, and during the summer and fall, he quarried and hauled rock for the Kirtland Temple, helped the masons, and performed other labors.

The following year, in May 1834, George A. started from Kirtland with Zion's Camp for the State of Missouri, and returned again to Kirtland in the summer. He was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Seventy on 1 March 1835, under the hands of Joseph Smith Sr., Joseph Smith Jr., and Sidney Rigdon. He was the junior member of the First Quorum of Seventy. On May 30 he was appointed to a mission in the East. In the spring of 1836, he received his endowments in the Kirtland Temple, after which he performed a mission in Ohio. In the spring of 1837 he was again on a mission in Ohio and Virginia for about a year.

In 1838, George A. emigrated with his father's family to Daviess County, Missouri, where he was ordained a high counselor on 28 June 1838. That autumn, he was sent on a mission to Kentucky and Tennessee. Upon his return he moved with his father's family to Illinois. In 1839, he returned to Far West, Missouri, and on 26 April 1839, he was ordained one of the Twelve Apostles. He returned to Illinois where he started for England on a mission in September. He remained for over a year and then returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, in July 1841. On the 24th of that month he married Bathsheba W. Bigler.

In the summer and fall of 1843, George A. traveled in the middle and eastern states preaching. In the spring of 1844, he was preaching in Michigan when he heard of the death of Joseph Smith and immediately returned to Nauvoo. Upon returning, he was elected quartermaster of the Nauvoo Legion and was also elected a trustee of the Nauvoo House Association. He participated in erecting the building until the fall of 1845. "Before leaving the Temple of Nauvoo," wrote George A., "my wife, under the law of Abraham and Sarah, gave me five wives, viz: Lucy Smith, born February 9, 1817, at Newry, Maine; Nancy Clement, born October 31, 1815, at Dryden, Tompkins County, N.Y.; Sarah Ann Libby, born May 7, 1818, at Ossipee, Stratford County, N.H.; and Hannah Maria Libby, born June 29, 1828, at Ossipee, Stratford County, N.H." He also married Susan E. West after he reached Great Salt Lake Valley. His wives bore him twenty children, eleven of whom, among them Apostle John Henry Smith, were still living when George A. died. Early in February 1846, George A. Smith crossed the Mississippi River with his family. The ensuing winter he remained with the main camp at Winter Quarters where his third wife and four of his children died of scurvy.

In 1847 George A. accompanied Brigham Young and a company of pioneers to the Great Basin. He planted some crops and built a house for his father in the fort before returning to Winter Quarters. In 1848 he moved to the neighborhood of Kanesville and operated a farm. In 1849 he was in charge of emigration in Council Bluffs, organizing and starting the companies on their journey to Utah. With the last of these he started to Great Salt Lake with his family and arrived on 27 October 1849.

George A. was elected to the senate of the Provisional State of Deseret. In December 1850, he raised a company of 118 volunteers, accompanied by about thirty families, for the purpose of establishing a colony near the Little Salt Lake in Iron County. The company was organized at Peteetneet Creek (Payson), Utah County. They arrived at Centre Creek, 265 miles from Salt Lake City, on 13 January 1851. This place had been designated by Elder Parley P. Pratt and a company of explorers as the most suitable place in Little Salt Lake Valley for a settlement.

The organization of Iron County had been provided for by the General Assembly of Deseret. They had elected George A. chief justice, with the power to proceed with its further organization. An election was held and two associate justices, county recorder, treasurer, sheriff, assessor and collector, justice of the peace, constable, and a member of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of Deseret were elected. In the winter of 1850 to 1851, the settlers constructed a fort, in which were located homes and a meeting house to serve for meetings, school, and watch tower for the town named Parowan. George A. taught school during the first winter. At the first territorial election in August 1851, he was elected a member of the council of the legislative assembly. He was commissioned postmaster of Centre Creek on O29 ctober 1851, and colonel of cavalry in the Iron Military District on the 29th of November by Governor Brigham Young. Afterward he was placed in command of the militia of the southern part of the territory.

In 1852 George A. left Iron County and was appointed to preside over the affairs of the church in Utah County. He traveled and preached a great deal in all the settlements over which he had care. At the general conference of the church in April 1854, he was elected historian and general church recorder, and immediately went to work compiling the documentary history of Joseph Smith. On 2 February 1855, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Utah and received his certificate as an attorney, counselor-at-law, and solicitor in chancery. He was elected a member of the convention and served on the committee which drafted a constitution for admission of Utah into the Union as a state. On 27 March 1856, he was elected by the convention to present (along with John Taylor, a delegate to Congress) the constitution and accompanying memorial to Congress.

In 1856 to 1857, during a journey of about eleven months in the states, and in addition to his duties as a delegate, George A. preached in the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. On 11 April 1866, he received from Governor Charles Durkee the commission of brigadier-general and was appointed aid-de-camp to the lieutenant-general of the Nauvoo Legion. At the 1868 October LDS conference, he was appointed to succeed the late Heber C. Kimball as first counselor to Brigham Young. George A. worked to establish the provisional government of the State of Deseret, and afterward to organize and enact laws for the government of the Territory of Utah. He was elected a member of the first legislature and reelected to every succeeding session but one through 1870.

George A. Smith was recognized as the father of the southern settlements, the chief of which, St. George, was named in his honor. He was president of several irrigation canal companies and was foremost in public enterprises leading to the occupation and development of the country, the establishment of home industries, and of commercial relations among the people that would tend to make them free and independent of other communities and at the same time utilize their natural resources.

On 15 October 1872, George A. started on a mission to the various European nations and to Jerusalem. During his absence he was appointed trustee-in-trust for the church, an office he held until his death. After his return he gave considerable attention to the building of the temple at St. George. He was a zealous advocate and laborer in the establishment of the United Order among the people. In the spring of 1875 George A. Smith was attacked by a severe cold which settled in his lungs. He was ill through the summer, and passed away 1 September 1875.

Elias Smith (1804-1888)

Elias Smith, president of the high priests in the church from 1870 to 1877 and president of the High Priest Quorum in Salt Lake Stake from 1877 to 1888, was born 6 September 1804, in Royalton, Vermont, the son of Asael and Elizabeth Schellenger Smith. In 1809, his father emigrated to Stockholm, New York, where Elias was raised on a farm with few opportunities for schooling. At the age of twenty-one, he entered public life and held various offices in the town of Stockholm. He also taught school for several terms.

The announcement of a new faith by his cousin, Joseph, drew several members of the Smith family into the new church. Apostle George A. Smith was a missionary at the age of sixteen, but his elder cousin Elias was thirty-one years of age when he joined the LDS Church. After the organization of the church, Joseph Smith Sr., first patriarch of the church, with his son Don Carlos, paid the families of his brothers Asael, Samuel, Silas, and John a visit in August 1830, and brought them the Book of Mormon. They all expressed interest in the new religion, but none of them were baptized until 1835, except John Smith, later patriarch of the church and father of Apostle George A. Smith. In 1835, Hyrum Smith and David Whitmer visited the area and the families of Asael and Silas were baptized, most of them on the first of July. However, Elias was not baptized until 27 August 1835, and the next morning he was ordained an elder. In the town and neighborhood of Stockholm they established a branch of the church, and in May 1836, the families of Asael and Silas Smith, with their converts, started for Kirtland, Ohio.

In 1837 and 1838, Elias Smith taught school at Kirtland. In the latter part of 1837, several of the original Twelve and other prominent men sought to divide the church. Joseph Smith Jr., his brother Hyrum, Sidney Rigdon, Brigham Young, and other leaders fled from Kirtland. A company of over six hundred of the remaining faithful members was organized to follow their leaders to Far West. This company, known as Kirtland Camp, was under seven captains, among them was Elias Smith. They left Kirtland early in July 1838 and arrived at Far West on the second of October. From Far West they went to Adam-Ondi-Ahman, where they disbanded. Scarcely had the company disbanded when the army of Governor Lilburn Boggs marched upon Far West to drive LDS members en masse out of Missouri. Elias Smith was one of the defenders of Far West who were forced to give up their arms and one of the members of the committee chosen to effect removal of the Saints from Missouri to Illinois. He was among the last to leave Far West.

Elias settled in Nashville, Illinois, four miles from Nauvoo. In the organization of the stake in Lee County, he was made a high counselor and subsequently ordained to act as bishop of the stake, a position he held until the stake was disbanded when he moved to Nauvoo. At Nauvoo he was associated with the press and became the manager of the Times and Seasons and the Nauvoo Neighbor. After the assassination of his cousins Joseph and Hyrum, he followed the leadership of Brigham Young, as did Apostle George A. Smith and his father John, who was now chief patriarch of the church.

Elias Smith left Nauvoo with his family in May 1846, intending to go with the body of the church to the Rocky Mountains that year. However, he was unable to do so and moved to Iowaville, Iowa, where his mother died in October 1846 and his father in July 1848. In 1851, he emigrated to Utah and soon after was elected probate judge of Salt Lake County by the legislature. He continued in this office until 1882. In 1852 he was appointed one of the three members of the Code Commission with Albert Carrington and William Snow. Elias was chairman. Their duty was to present to the legislature those laws best adapted to the conditions and character of the people.

In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Smith was business manager of the Deseret News under Willard Richards, and was postmaster of Salt Lake City from July 1854 to 1858. In 1856, he became editor of the Deseret News until September 1862, when he was succeeded by Albert Carrington. Afterwards, he confined himself almost exclusively to his judicial duties. In 1862, he was a member of the Constitutional Convention, and one of the committee members who drafted a constitution for the state.

Elias Smith was a bachelor until the age of forty-one. He married Lucy Brown at Nauvoo on 6 August 1845. She was born in England on 4 January 1820, joined the LDS church in 1842, and arrived in Nauvoo in 1843. She was the mother of Elias A. Smith, who succeeded his father as judge in Salt Lake County. Elias Smith died at his home in Salt Lake City on 24 June 1888.

John Henry Smith (1848-1911)

John Henry Smith, who served in the Council of Twelve Apostles from 1880 to 1910, was the son of President George A. Smith and Sarah Libby. He was born at Carbunca, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Iowa on 18 September 1848. His grandfather, Patriarch John Smith, was one of the sons of Asael and Mary Smith. John Henry was only a little over a year old when he was brought to Great Salt Lake City in October 1849. His mother, who had been an invalid for years, died on 12 June 1851. John Henry was then put into the care of his mother's sister, Hannah Maria, who was also his father's wife. His father, George A., was absent from home when John Henry's mother died. In July 1852, his father moved his wives Lucy and Hannah to Provo, and there John Henry lived under the care of two mothers. His father's family was at this time widely scattered, some living in Salt Lake City, others in Provo, and some in Parowan. George A. spent only a small portion of his time at home, as the duties of his church demanded almost his entire attention. On September 18, 1856, John Henry was baptized and confirmed a member of the church by his father. He attended school in Provo and Salt Lake City.

On 29 October 1866, John Henry married Sarah Farr, daughter of Lorin and Nancy Chase Farr of Ogden. After their marriage, the young couple moved to Provo where John Henry worked as a telegraph operator. Some time during the summer of 1867, he was chosen by Bishop W. A. Follett to be his counselor and aide in the government of the Fourth Ward. He remained in this position until the time the Pacific Railroad was nearly completed. Then, he left Provo and worked for Benson, Farr, and West, aiding them in the building of two hundred miles of the Central Pacific Railway. When the work was completed, John Henry spent a number of years in his father's employ. During the 1872 session of the territorial legislature, he was assistant clerk of the House of Representatives, and also acted as assistant clerk in the Constitutional Convention.

At the general conference of the church held in May 1874, John Henry was called on a mission to Europe. He arrived in Liverpool on July 26 of that year, visited a few days with his cousin President Joseph F. Smith, and was appointed to the Birmingham conference. Subsequently, he visited most of the conferences in Great Britain, and in 1875, in company with President Joseph F. Smith and other elders, visited Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and France. John Henry was ordered home in July 1875 when his father became sick. He arrived in time to spend fifteen days at his father's bedside before he died 1 September 1875.

John Henry then spent several years in the employ of the Utah Central Railway Company while continuing with his duties in the church. On 22 November 1875, he was ordained a high priest and bishop by President Brigham Young, and was set apart to preside over the Seventeenth Ward of Salt Lake City. In February 1876, he was elected a member of the City Council from the Third Precinct. He was reelected twice and served six years altogether. In August 1882, he was elected a member of the territorial legislature. During the excitement attending the passage of the first Edmunds law, he and Moses Thatcher were dispatched to Washington, D.C., to work with Elder George Q. Cannon in using their influence against the law's passage. They found it impossible, however, and after about a month returned home. In April 1877, John Henry married his second wife, Josephine Groesbeck, a daughter of Nicholas Groesbeck. He was ordained an apostle on 27 October 1880, and two years later was sent to preside over the European Mission.

In addition to his ecclesiastical duties, John Henry figured prominently in political affairs. He served on the Salt Lake City Council and, as a member of the territorial legislature, he was an active Republican from the time the People's party and Liberal party divided along national political lines. He was president of the convention that formed the constitution under which Utah was admitted as a state. When he became an apostle, John Henry devoted almost all of his time to public duties. A number of times he attended the sessions of the Irrigation and the Trans-Mississippi Congresses as a delegate. He was also summoned to Washington, D.C., in 1904 to appear as a witness before the Senate committee on Privileges and Elections in the case of Senator Reed Smoot. Because his time was so devoted to public affairs, Apostle Smith did not engage personally to any great extent in business enterprises, although he was connected with a number of leading business institutions of the state as an officer or director.

President Joseph F. Smith selected John Henry Smith as his second counselor in April 1910. The duties pertaining to his office were discharged by John Henry until his death in Salt Lake City 13 October 1911.

George Albert Smith (1870-1951)

George Albert Smith, eighth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born on 4 April 1870, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of John Henry and Sarah Farr Smith. He received his early education in the Salt Lake City public schools and later attended Brigham Young Academy. When his father (an apostle in the church) left on a mission to Europe in 1883, "George A.," as he was often called, returned to Salt Lake City and was employed by Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI). Subsequently, he took a position with the Co-op Wagon and Machine Company and later took courses at the University of Utah. Graduating from this institution, he returned to ZCMI where he worked until June 1892, when he was called on a mission to the Southern States. After five months in the field, he was transferred to the office at Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he became secretary of the mission.

Prior to his departure on his mission on 25 May 1892, George Albert married Lucy Emily Woodruff, a granddaughter of Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of the church. His wife joined him on his mission and they returned home in July 1894. Also prior to his mission, George Albert was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Seventy by his father John Henry Smith, and was also chosen as a president of the Third Quorum of Seventy. After returning from his mission, he took his old position at ZCMI, where he remained until 10 February 1898, when he became receiver of the United States Land Office under an appointment made by President William McKinley. He was reappointed to the same position by President Theodore Roosevelt on 27 March 1902, a position he still held when he was chosen an apostle in October 1903. At that time he also held the position of president of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association in the Salt Lake Stake. At the church's general conference on 6 October 1903, George Albert was sustained as a member of the Council of the Twelve and two days later he was ordained an apostle by President Joseph F. Smith.

George Albert's active life resulted in a serious physical breakdown in 1909 which took him out of activity for more than two years. It was late in 1912 before he was sufficiently improved to be able to resume his activities.

In June 1919, George Albert left Salt Lake City to preside over the European Mission in Liverpool, England. In 1921, soon after his return to Salt Lake, he was chosen general superintendent of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. On May 8 of the following year, he attended the national convention of the Sons of the American Revolution, and was elected vice-president general for the Pacific and Rocky Mountain states. He held this position by reelection until he became president of the church and found it necessary to resign.

George Albert visited Alaska in 1931, and in 1932 received the honor of being elected to the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, which position he held until he became president of the church. In 1934 scouting paid him the highest honor by awarding him the Silver Buffalo.

George Albert Smith was a leader in the area of preserving and marking historic trails and landmarks of the West. He served, from its foundation, as president of the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association, and was as chairman of the "This Is the Place" Monument Commission. He presided as master of ceremonies at the centennial of the pioneers' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

On 5 November 1937, his wife Lucy Emily died at their home in Salt Lake City. Just a few months after her death, George Albert accepted an assignment from the First Presidency to make a tour of the Pacific Missions of the church. He was set apart as president of the Council of the Twelve Apostles on July 8, 1943. Two years later, on 21 May 1945, George Albert became president of the church at the age of seventy-five. He succeeded President Heber J. Grant, whose death occurred a week earlier.

His appointment as president of the church carried with it the presidency of several large business interests and made him a power in the business affairs of the intermountain country. He was president of Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Heber J. Grant and Company, Utah Hotel Company, Utah Home Fire Insurance Company, Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, Utah State National Bank, Zion's Savings Bank and Trust Company, and Zion Securities Corporation. He was also vice-president and director of Utah Savings Bank and Trust Company, and director of Western Air Lines, Inc., and Salt Lake Union Depot Company. He died in his Salt Lake City home on 4 April 1951, after being ill for several months.

Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith (1869-1937)

Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith, daughter of Wilford, Jr., and Emily Jane Smith Woodruff, was born 10 January 1869 in St. Thomas, Arizona (now part of Nevada). Her parents had been called there on a pioneering mission in 1867. Upon being released from their mission the family moved to Randolph, in Northern Utah, and later to Salt Lake City where her mother died on 8 May 1878. After graduating from the public schools and attending the University of Utah for a year and a half, Lucy W. received clerical training in the office of the city and county surveyor and in the office of the county recorder. She became an expert in record keeping and map making. This training proved valuable for the performance of her assigned duties in the office of the Southern States Mission in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she had been called as a missionary with her husband, George Albert Smith, whom she had married on 25 May 1892. Upon her return from the Southern States Mission, Lucy W. served in the positions of ward president in the Seventeenth Ward Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA) and counselor to the Salt Lake Stake president successively. In 1894, when the Salt Lake Stake YLMIA was organized, Lucy W. was selected as treasurer. In 1900, the Granite and Jordan stakes were formed out of the southern portion of the Salt Lake Stake and Lucy W. Smith was selected as first counselor to the president of the Salt Lake Stake YLMIA. The Stake was again divided in 1904 and the new Salt Lake State YLMIA was organized with Lucy W. as president. In October 1908, Lucy W. was called as an aide to the General Board of the YLMIA. She attended many conventions and conferences of stakes and local organizations. Besides her work in the YLMIA, for several years Lucy W. was a member of the Seventeenth Ward choir; as a member, teacher, and secretary of Sunday School; and as a charter member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1903, Lucy W. was one of a group who visited Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France. In June 1919, she accompanied her husband and two children to England, her husband having been appointed to preside over the European Mission of the church. While residing in England, she visited on the continent and represented the YLMIA to the International Council of Women Congress held in Oslo (Christiana) Norway in the fall of 1920. On 5 November 1937 Lucy W. died at her home in Salt Lake City.

Emily Smith Stewart (1895-1973)

Emily Smith Stewart, the first child of George Albert and Lucy E. Woodruff Smith, was born on 19 November 1895 in Salt Lake City. In her youth she attended public schools in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, as well as in Santa Monica, California. She attended the University of Utah and the Nurses Training School at LDS Hospital, graduating as a registered nurse in 1918. On 1 February 1918, Emily Smith married Robert Murray Stewart, the son of James G. and Lillian M. Murray Stewart. Robert Stewart was born on 17 February 1891, in Bauld Hill, Pennsylvania, and died on 3 November 1960. Robert Murray and Emily Smith Stewart had three children, Robert Murray, Jr., Shauna, and Martha ReJeune. Emily Smith Stewart devoted a great amount of time to civic and social services. During World War I and II she was a volunteer Red Cross nurse. She was chairman of the Intermountain Women's Army Corps Civilian Committee of the Ninth Service Command, served on the Utah State Committee for Russian War Relief, and worked with the USO Spar Committee and Wave Committee during World War II.

In the early 1940s, she volunteered her services to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. She worked in this position until 1963, serving in official positions both in the Salt Lake County Chapter and in the National Women's Advisory Committee for the March of Dimes. In 1957, she received a citation from President Dwight D. Eisenhower for her efforts on behalf of the physically handicapped. She was selected Woman of the Year in 1966 by La Sertoma International, an auxiliary of Sertoma International. Emily Smith Stewart was affiliated with Beta Sigma Phi, Alpha Iota, Soroptomis International, the Salt Lake Council of Women, the Salt Lake County Welfare Committee, and Phi Delta Beta Mothers Club. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and the Daughter of Utah Pioneers. She was also treasurer of the George Washington Bi-Centennial Celebration Committee, served twelve years on the Primary General Board of the LDS Church, and was an advisor to the General Assembly of the United States delegation to the United Nations. She traveled widely in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. While visiting her daughter in Socorro, New Mexico, Emily Smith Stewart died on 28 February 1973.

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The George Albert Smith family papers (1731-1968) is composed of the personal papers of George A. Smith (1817-1875) and six members of his family: Elias Smith (1804-1888), John Henry Smith (1848-1911), George Albert Smith (1870-1951), Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith (1869-1937), and Emily Smith Stewart (1895-1973). In addition to these individuals there is also a small amount of materials from the Woodruff, Farr, and Chase families, ancestors to the George A. Smith family. The collection has been arranged by family name and contains information on them and their affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Included are correspondence, genealogical information, journals, patriarchal blessings, ecclesiastical and legal documents, wills, railroad passes, temple records, real estate surveys and certificates, biographies and autobiographies, letterpress books, appointment books, reports, handbooks, programs, speeches, and general business documents dealing with the affairs of the LDS Church.

Among the early Smith family documents, located in box 1, are items dating from 1731 to 1849. These materials include correspondence, journals, family records, church records, and genealogical information. Representative of individuals having papers among these documents are Samuel Smith (1714-1785), Asael Smith (1744-1830), John Smith (1781-1854), Asael Smith (1773-1848), Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), and Don Carlos Smith (1816-1844). Notable among these records is an original holographic letter written by Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The papers of Elias Smith, located in box 2 and dating from 1804 to 1888, are composed of correspondence, from 1834 to 1887, with individuals such as Joseph F. Smith and John Taylor. There are also ecclesiastical and legal documents among the papers. Notable is a copy of a manuscript, entitled "Liberty Jail Journal," and an account of the Haun's Mill Massacre. Also of interest is a letter from Brigham Young to Jesse W. Fox, relating President Young's wishes in the survey of Utah lands.

Among the papers of George A. Smith (1839-1875), located in boxes 3-6, is correspondence from 1861 to 1872. There is also a small number of personal papers, including the last will and testament of George A. Smith. The papers also include photocopies of George A. Smith's journals, written between 1840 and 1874, as well as an autobiographical sketch to the year 1838. Documents of three of George A. Smith's wives, including Bathsheba W. Bigler Smith, Susan West Smith, and Lucy Messerve Smith Smith, are also found with his papers. An interesting item is a small diary kept by Bathsheba Smith while traveling to Utah circa 1849.

The papers of John Henry Smith (1848-1911), found in boxes 7-15, include a large body of correspondence for the years 1881 to 1911. Also included are letterpress books kept by him between 1884 and 1900. Of interest is a file of letters from prominent LDS Church authorities such as Heber J. Grant, Lorenzo Snow, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. There is also a file of letters from Joseph Smith III, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now called the Community of Christ). Photocopies of John Henry Smith's journals from 1874 to 1911 are present, as are other personal papers, including patriarchal blessings, missionary certificates, and an extract from the Council of the Twelve Apostles meeting in July 1900. This last item concerns the seniority and succession in the Quorum of the Twelve and in the First Presidency. Among John Henry Smith's papers are items pertaining to his wife, Sarah Farr Smith, and the Lorin Farr family. Documents relating to Sarah Farr Smith include correspondence, from 1880 to 1913, and other personal papers. The Lorin Farr materials include items of Aaron Farr, Nancy B. Chase Farr, and Tirzah Farr Gay.

The principal body of manuscript materials in this collection are the papers of George Albert Smith, found in boxes 16-131. Included are fifty-two boxes of correspondence dating from 1882 to 1951. This correspondence includes a "letter sent" file (1882-1910) and letterpress books of outgoing letters from 1897 to 1909. After 1910, George Albert Smith interfiled his incoming and outgoing correspondence in a yearly alphabetical file. In addition, there is one file of letters he received during his mission to the Southern States between 1892 and 1894. The 1880 to 1951 journals of George Albert Smith are photocopies of the originals retained by the LDS Church. There are files on his activities in the LDS Church, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Sons of the American Revolution. An interesting document among the church files is a report of excerpted statements from the weekly Council of the Twelve meetings concerning the status of African Americans in the LDS Church. Also included are financial records of George Albert Smith, including ledgers, income tax returns, and salary statements, as well as estate papers for various individuals, such as John Henry Smith, Sarah Farr Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Annie D. Watson, Samuel M. Barrett, Mary Hansen, and others.

The papers of Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith, wife of George Albert Smith, include correspon- dence (1880-1937), photocopies of her journals (1888-1894), patriarchal and missionary blessings, and biographical sketches. These documents are located in boxes 132-143. Also included is a file on the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association of the LDS Church and documents of the Woodruff family. These include Wilford Woodruff letters, documents of Wilford Woodruff, Jr., and papers of Emily Jane Smith Woodruff. There is also a large amount of Woodruff genealogical information and notes, as well as photocopies of materials in the Nauvoo Restoration, Inc., files. The correspondence also includes a consolidated file of letters of George Albert Smith and other members of the Smith and Woodruff families.

The Woodruff Family Papers can be found in boxes 144-148 and consist of documents similar to those in previous sections. They are arranged according to family member name and date from 1829 to 1926. Included are letters, news clippings, correspondence, biographical information, diaries, genealogical information, and other items for individuals, such as Wilford Woodruff, Wilford Woodruff, Jr., Emily Jane Smith Woodruff, Emma Smith Woodruff, Asahel Hart Woodruff, and others.

The papers of Emily Smith Stewart, daughter of George Albert and Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith, includes correspondence, dating from 1901 to 1968, and a large file on her activities with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, campaign materials, and printed matter. Various women's organizations are represented in the papers, such as Beta Sigma Phi, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Soroptomist Club. There are also items on her family. The Emily Smith Stewart papers are located in boxes 149-175.

Additional materials, located in box 176, were added to the collection in March 1976. Included is a book, Builders of the Kingdom, by Merlo J. Pusey, that contains biographical accounts of George A. Smith, John Henry Smith, and George Albert Smith; words to a prayer given by George Albert Smith, Jr., dedicating the monument to his father's grave; and two essays, "The Understanding Heart," by Irene Jones, and "Uncle Jesse Smith," by Richard P. Harris.

Oversize items in the collection are located in box 177 and map folders. Items in box 177 date from the 1870s to the 1940s and include phrenological charts, award and graduation certificates, resolutions, genealogical charts, maps, and blueprints for the homes of George Albert Smith and Wilford Woodruff, as well as other documents. Map folder items include a centennial anniversary certificate to George Albert Smith in tribute to Utah's first pioneers; maps showing boundaries of wards and stakes in Salt Lake City; genealogical charts for Wilford Woodruff's family; and blueprints for George Albert Smith's Yale Avenue home. These materials are, for the most part, undated. Journals and letterpress books in the form of microfilm are listed in the inventory. Many items in the collection are photocopies of originals that are accessible with the permission of the Manuscripts Divison Head.

The University of Utah purchased the collection from Emily Smith Stewart in 1965. Between 1965 and 1969, Mrs. Stewart transferred the papers to the library. Portions of the collection, mainly the journals, are photocopies of originals in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historical Department. These copies were made for Mrs. Stewart upon her request before she sold the papers to the university.

In addition to manuscript materials, the collection also included a large amount of memorabilia which was donated by the library to the LDS Church Historical Department. In most cases, printed books and pamphlets not directly connected with the manuscript materials were placed in the library's Western Americana Division. Photographs and audio-visual materials have been transferred to the Multimedia Section of the Manuscripts Division (P0036 and A0036).

This register has been revised to reflect the new housing of some of the collection due to preservation treatments done in the 1990s. Much of the original phrasing, including outdated terminology, has either been updated or put in quotations.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Separated Materials

Photographs (P0036) and audio-visual materials (A0036) transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

See also the Bathsheba W. Bigler Smith papers (Ms 267) in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Emily Smith Stewart in 1965.

Processing Note

Processed by Lisle G. Brown and Lisa Townsend in 1975.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Smith Family PapersReturn to Top

The papers in this section (boxes 1-2), dating from 1731 to 1887, consist of early Smith family documents from the lineage of George Albert Smith and Lucy Emily Woodruff. Most of these materials are photocopies and include letters, journals, patriarchal blessings, tax reports, genealogical materials, railroad passes, missionary licenses, and military commissions. Included in box 1 are many of the documents resulting from the Smith family's relationship with prominent members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as a patriarchal blessing and letter from Parley P. Pratt in box 1, folders 11-12. Also included in box 1 are letters to Newel K. Whitney and others from Joseph Smith Jr., located in folders 15-16, and a family record of Don Carlos Smith, located in folder 17. Box 2 contains documents relating to Elias Smith, including correspondence, a patriarchal blessing, missionary licenses, military documents, and railroad passes. A photocopy of a journal that records events from Liberty Jail is located in folder 28, an account of the Haun's Mill Massacre can be found in folder 29, and folder 31 contains a letter from Brigham Young.

Container(s) Description Dates
Early Smith Family Documents
Box Folder
1 1
Samuel Smith
Photocopies of affidavits and correspondence from 1731-1794.
1 2-3
Priscilla Gould Smith and Zacheus Gould Estate
Photocopies of receipts signed by Elisha Smith, Elijah Smith, Jedediah Smith, Jesse Smith, and Thomas Smith from 1794-1795.
1 4-7
Asael Smith
Folders 4-5 contain typed letter transcripts and handwritten copy of a 1796 original letter not contained in the collection. Also included is a photocopy of 1788 tax report. Folder 6 contains Asael Smith's address to his family on his deathbed originally written in 1799. This folder contains transcript copies and a 1885 handwritten copy created from the original item not contained in the collection. Folder 7 contains a transcript of a 1791 tax report.
1 8-10
John Smith
Folders 8-9 contain photocopied letters from 1834-1849. Folder 10 contains a transcript of John Smith's journal from 1833 and 1839-1841.
1 11-12
Asael Smith, Jr.
Folder 11 contain a photocopy of a patriarchal blessing from 1836. Folder 12 contains a photocopied letter from Parley P. Pratt to Asael Smith, Jr. from 1835.
1 13
Elizabeth Schellinger Smith
Photocopied patriarchal blessing.
1 14
Silas Smith and Martha Smith
This folder contains an original patriarchal blessing for Martha Smith, along with a photocopied version. Also included is a photocopied blessing for Silas Smith.
1 15-16
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Folders 15-16 contain photocopied letters from 1835-1841 to Newel K. Whitney, Messrs, Bashall & Boardmans, and his parents on a printed copy of a revelation (Doctrine and Covenants section 101). Also includes a photocopied indenture with John Smith.
1 17
Don Carlos Smith
Photocopied family record, circa 1841, of Don C. Smith.
1 18
Smith Family Baptisms
Photocopy of a 1841 baptisms list.
John Smith and George A. Smith
Content pertaining to John Smith (1781-1854) included photocopies journal (1846-1849), blessings, genealogical materials, and a phrenological chart. Content pertaining to George A. Smith (1817-1875) indlues a photocopied journal (1832-1839 July), blessings, and genealogical material.
Elias Smith Papers
Box Folder
2 1
Elias Smith Family Record
2 2-4
Correspondence Sent
These folder contain photocopied versions of original letter from 1839-1887. Some letters contain typescript copies. Letter are addressed to Ira Smith, Jesse Smith, and Lucy B. Smith.
2 5-14
Correspondence Received
These folder contain photocopied versions of original letter from 1834-1885. Some letters contain typescript copies. Letter are from Julia Priscilla Smith, Martha Jane SMith, Jesse Smith, Samuel P. Hoyt, Silas Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, J. J. Fuller, Emily Jane Woodruff, and John Taylor. The folders only contain a few orignial letters.
1869; 1875-1876
2 15
Patriarchal Blessing
2 16-19
Ecclesiastical Documents
These folders contains photocopies of documented from 1840-1846. Included are photocopies of a missionary license, conference minutes, and rcords of bishops courts.
2 20-26
Legal Documents
These folders contain photocopies of 1832-1863 certificates of appointments, military commissions, deeds, receipts, and indentures. There are only a few original documents.
2 27
Railroad Passes
1872; 1873; 1877
2 28
Photocopy of Liberty Jail Journal
2 29
Hauns Mill Massacre
Photocopy of account.
2 30
Charles Tolman Last Will and Testament
2 31
Brigham Young Letter
Photocopied 1855 letter to Jesse W. Fox, relating to the survey of Utah.

George A. Smith PapersReturn to Top

This section (boxes 3-6) consists of documents, dating from 1840 to 1876 and from 1954, resulting from George A. Smith's personal life. Included is information on his property, his mission to Iron County, Utah, travels in England, and his wives, Bathsheba W. Bigler Smith and Susan Elizabeth West Smith. Boxes 3-3A contain correspondence, Smith's last will and testament, his temple records, and documents regarding his estate and his mission to Iron County. Box 4 also contains journals regarding Iron County. Biographies and autobiographies of George A. Smith are located in box 5 as is an essay by Zora Smith Jarvis, George A. Smith's granddaughter, on the city of St. George being named after her grandfather. Correspondence, biographical sketches, and genealogical materials of George A. Smith's wives are located in box 6.

Container(s) Description Dates
Personal Papers
Box Folder
3 1-2
3 3
Last Will and Testament
3 4
Smith Family Monument Inscription
Copy of inscription on monument to Robert Smith, erected by George A. Smith.
3 5
Smith Family Temple Records
3 6
Real Estate List
Property in George A. Smith s estate.
3 7
Land Surveys
Property of George A. Smith in Salt Lake City and St. George.
3 8
Land Certificates
3 9-14
3 15-28
Receipts and Certificates
Includes documents for Great Western Iron Company, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City newspapers, Utah Central Railroad, Utah Southern Railroad, University of Deseret, ZCMI, and Zion s Savings Bank.
3A 1
History of George A. Smith
3A 2
Iron County Mission
Box object
4 1
Travels in England
4 2
Travels in England
4 3
Iron County Mission
Photocopy of original.
4 1
Iron County Mission
4 4-6
Iron County Mission
Typescript and photocopy of original.
Autobiography and Biographies
Box Folder
4 1
Printed in The Contributor, vol. 4, nos. 1-5 and 7-8, and in Andrew Jenson's Biographical Encyclopedia.
4 2
The Naming of St. George for George A. Smith
Compiled and written by his granddaughter, Zora Smith Jarvis.
4 3
4 4-7
This record was prepared for George Albert Smith from the original journals of George A. Smith in the Hisorical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Wives of George A. Smith
Bathsheba W. Bigler Smith
Box Folder
6 1
Diary Photocopy and Transcript
Please use the photocopy of the diary orthe digitized copy. The original diary is fragile.
6 2
Diary [original]
The 1849 diary records her travels to Utah and consists of a photocopy of the original and a typescript of the text. Please use the photocpy or digized copy of the diary. The original diary is fragile. Included in the folder is a sewn fabric bag made to hold the diary.
1849 June 22 -- 1849 October 19
6 3
2 items
6 4
This is a photocopy of a transcript version. Bathsheba wrote the autobiography in 1874.
Susan Elizabeth West Smith
Box Folder
6 5
Biographical Sketch
Lucy Messerve Smith Smith
Box Folder
6 6-12
6 13
6 14-16
Genealogical and Temple Records
6 17-18
"Historical Sketches"
6 19
Vision of 1845
6 20
6 21
Miscellaneous Writing
6 22
Indenture of 1882 [photocopy]

John Henry Smith PapersReturn to Top

The papers in this section (boxes 7-15), dating from 1852 to 1921, consist of materials relating to John Henry Smith, although materials relating to Sarah Farr Smith and her family are also included. Boxes 7-13 contain correspondence on topics with information on the Smith family, politics, land, the death of Brigham Young, and LDS Church activities. In this inventory, some correspondence is described in order to present examples of the topics discussed. Some correspondence, as well as resolutions, memorials, diary excerpts, legal papers, patriarchal blessings, business papers, and speeches, are located in box 14. Also located in box 14 are LDS Church documents such as extracts from meetings of the Council of the Twelve Apostles (folder 28), European mission statistics (folder 31), and a photocopy of a $1,000 gold bond (folder 36). The original gold bond can be accessed with permission from the division head. Boxes 14A-14G contain photocopies of John Henry Smith's journals. Box 15 holds correspondence, patriarchal blessings, and biographical materials regarding Sarah Farr Smith and her family.

Container(s) Description Dates
13 1-10
Among these correspondence is one from Silas S. Smith, concerning the number of men living in plural marriage in Rexburg, Idaho, and one from U. V. Bean, concerning the policy of the Mormon church on joining secret societies.
13 11-18
Heber J. Grant Correspondence
13 19
Francis M. Lyman Correspondence
13 20
Charles W. Penrose Correspondence
13 21-25
Ben E. Rich Correspondence
Correspondence, Resolutions, Memorials, Personal Papers, and Subject Files
Box Folder
14 1-2
Ben E. Rich
14 3-6
Joseph Smith III
14 7-9
Joseph F. Smith
14 10
Lorenzo Snow
14 11
John Taylor
14 12
Daniel H. Wells
14 13-14
Wilford Woodruff
14 15
Resolutions and Memorials
Adopted upon the death of John Henry Smith.
14 16
Diary Excerpts
Concerns the appointment of George Albert Smith as an apostle and member of the Council of the Twelve.
14 17
Genealogical Items
Concerns the ancestry of John Henry and Sarah Farr Smith. A genealogy chart is included in box 177, folder 3.
14 18
Reed Smoot Hearings
A list of questions, an affidavit, and a news clipping concerning the seating of Reed Smoot in the United States Senate.
14 19-20
Legal Papers
Probate records, deeds, indentures, and court orders.
14 21
Funeral Services
A funeral program and a copy of Seymour B. Young's sentiments.
14 22
14 23
John Henry Smith, "Mormonism"
14 24
"The Experience of One Who Fell"
14 25
Patriarchal Blessings
Included is a copy of a blessing given to Winslow Farr Smith.
14 26-27
Includes missionary certificates to England, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and northern Mexico. Also includes appointment of John Henry Smith to Senior President of the Sixty-Fifth Quorum of Seventies.
14 28
Succession to the First Presidency
Extracts from the minutes of the Council of the Twelve Apostles.
14 29
Brigham Young Memorial Fund Donations
14 30
Logan Temple Donations
14 31
European Mission Statistics
Includes information from the Netherlands, England, Scandinavia, Germany, and Turkey.
14 32
Business Cards
14 33
Railroad Passes
14 34
Business Papers
Includes documents from the Sugar City Improvement Company, Kanab Co-op Stock Company, Home Fire Insurance Company, and others.
14 35
Transmississippi Commercial Congress
Announcements of conventions.
1899 and 1903
14 36
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1,000 dollars Gold Bond
Photocopies of two bonds.
14 37
Co-operative Wagon and Machine Company
Certificate of appointment as director.
14 38
Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution
Certificates of appointment as director.
14 39
Miscellaneous Items
John Henry Smith Journals
Sarah Farr Smith and Farr Family Papers
Box Folder
15 1-6
Includes correspondence with John Henry Smith, George Albert Smith, Lucy Woodruff Smith, and Winslow Farr Smith.
15 7
Patriarchal Blessing
15 8
Daughters of the American Revolution
Correspondence and application form for membership.
15 9
Lincoln Farm Association Certificate
15 10
Poetic tribute on seventieth birthday.
15 11
Art Work
15 12
Typescript of services.
15 13-14
Lorin Farr
Includes genealogy materials and an inscription for the Lorin Farr Monument.
15 15
Aaron F. Farr Journal
15 16
Nancy B. Chase Farr
Sketches of Nancy B. Chase Farr and other members of Chase family.
15 17
Tirzah Farr Gay
Biographical materials.
15 18
Farr Family Genealogical Chart

George Albert Smith PapersReturn to Top

This section (boxes 16-131) includes documents dating from 1870 to 1953. Correspondence, journals, appointment books, statistics, programs, outlines, directories, reports, bulletins, rosters, notes, insurance policies, and biographical sketches are present The bulk of the correspondence is in boxes 16-17 and 20-72. Similar to boxes 7-13, some correspondence is described in order to present examples of the topics discussed. Some of these topics include George Albert Smith's civic duties, Utah and United States politics, the missionary program, the Quorum of the Twelve, George Albert Smith's health, Joseph Smith Jr., and general affairs of the LDS Church. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and alphabetically. Letterpress books and memorials, prepared at John Henry Smith's death, are located in boxes 18-19 and 33. They have remained in this section due to their connection with George Albert Smith who either compiled or had them in his possession. THE LETTER-PRESS BOOKS IN BOXES 18 AND 33 ARE RESTRICTED DUE TO THEIR FRAGILE NATURE. Microfilm copies are available. Journals and appointment books are located in boxes 73-78 and date from 1890 to 1951. Also included in this section are documents relating to the priesthood, located in box 78, and LDS Church programs, located in boxes 79-99. Materials regarding the priesthoods cover subjects such as African Americans, church courts, civil marriages, the temple, and the Twelve Apostles. These materials are in the form of correspondence, notes, programs, outlines, lists, reports, and announcements. The materials on church programs are similar to those in box 78, but also include meeting minutes, directories, statistics, reports, and writings. Some of these programs include the Mutual Improvement Association, the Sunday School, the welfare program, the missionary program, and the Boy Scouts of America. Smith's personal papers, such as biographical sketches, patriarchal blessings, passports, records of ordinations, genealogical records, legal documents, estate papers, and scrapbooks, are also included in this section, located in boxes 100-131. Boxes 100-104 contain information on George Albert Smith's childhood, his public and church duties, as well as his writings and speeches. Boxes 105-106 hold subject files on the Twelve Apostles, the Book of Mormon, evolution, polygamy, and other subjects. Financial and estate papers are located in boxes 107-118. The estate papers refer not only to George Albert Smith's estate but also to that of Wilford Woodruff, Annie D. Watson, Matilda M. Barrett, John Acomb, and others. Smith's last will and testament is located in box 107, folder 10. Scrapbooks, consisting mostly of information on Smith's activities as president of the LDS Church and his death, are located in boxes 119-131.

Container(s) Description Dates
18 1-4
John Henry Smith Letterpress Books
These are bound, hand-lettered memorials prepared upon the death of John Henry Smith.
George Albert Smith Letterpress Books
George Albert Smith Letterpress Books
Correspondence, A-R
36 1-5
Invitation to attend a reception in honor of President William H. Taft.
36 6-12
Letters of condolence received by George Albert Smith upon the death of his father, John Henry Smith.
36 13-26
These include correspondence to Samuel O. Bennion, stating that the reason no contribution was made for the printing and distributing of the AKing Follet funeral sermon was because the sermon might contain things contrary to truth. These also include correspondence to David Eccles, concerning the development of land in the Rillito River basin, Arizona. Eccles' return letter (1912) declined the opportunity, saying he was content with his business at hand.
Correspondence, L-S
Correspondence, S-G
Correspondence, H-S
Correspondence, S-Z
Correspondence, A-M
Correspondence, N-J
Correspondence, L-E
Correspondence, F-S
Correspondence, S-M
Correspondence, M-K
Correspondence, L-B
Correspondence, B-H
Correspondence, H-S
Correspondence, S-Z
Correspondence, A-J
Correspondence, J-S
Correspondence, S-D
Correspondence, D-O
Correspondence, P-Z
Correspondence, A-L
Correspondence, M-S
Correspondence, S-G
Correspondence, H-C
Correspondence, S-C
Correspondence, C-M
Correspondence, N-D
Correspondence, D-R
Correspondence, R-B
Correspondence, B-D
Correspondence, A-C
Correspondence, D-M
June 1937
Correspondence, M-S
June 10, 1937
Correspondence, S-Z
Missionary Correspondence
Box Folder
71 1-12
Lucy E. Woodruff Smith
71 13-14
John Henry Smith
72 1-4
Sarah Farr Smith
72 5
Josephine G. Smith
72 6-22
J. Golden Kimball
Journals and Appointment Books
Appointment Books
Appointment Books
78 1-5
Appointment Books
Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood
Box Folder
78 6
Melchizedek Priesthood Committee
Notes on ward teaching, statistical forms, rolls, and correspondence.
78 7
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Excerpts from the weekly council meetings dealing with the rights of African Americans in the church.
78 8
Melchizedek Priesthood, Apostles, Lines of Authority
A listing of who ordained each of the apostles to April 1938. Also included is a card with the line of authority of George Albert Smith.
78 9
Melchizedek Priesthood, High Priests
A reminder card for quorum officers, and instruction for selection of presidents of high priest quorums.
78 10-18
Melchizedek Priesthood, Seventies
Correspondence, statistics, form letters, letters of instruction, and lessons from the Seventies Correspondence School.
78 19
Melchizedek Priesthood, Church Courts
Instructions to bishops and stake high councils concerning procedures in church courts.
78 20
Melchizedek Priesthood, Civil Marriage Ceremony
Suggested form for civil marriage ceremony.
78 21
Melchizedek Priesthood, Temple Garment Report
A letter, dated 1930, to the General Board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association, explaining recent modifications in the temple garment, and a report, dated 1936, giving the recommendations of a committee on further modifications of the temple garment.
1930; 1936
78 22
Melchizedek Priesthood, Conferences
Programs and outlines of priesthood conferences and conventions.
78 23-25
Aaronic Priesthood
Correspondence, program outlines, statistics, and conventions dealing with the Aaronic Priesthood in the Mormon church.
LDS Church Missionary Program, Mutual Improvement Association, and Sunday School
Box Folder
79 1
Missionary Committee
Minutes of meetings, statistics, programs, and instructions.
79 2
Missionary Comparison Report
Biannual statistical report of missions showing expenses of missionaries, amount of tithing paid, and number of publications sold.
79 3
Trans-Atlantic Misions Report
Statistical reports and report of the Danish Mission.
1933; 1936; 1938
79 4
Zions' Printing and Publishing Company
Correspondence and articles of incorporation.
79 5-7
Eastern States Mission, "Mormon Messages"
Texts of radio programs presented in the Eastern States Mission.
79 8
Instructions to Mission Presidents
Instructions for administering a mission.
79 9-10
General Board Meeting Minutes
January 1935
79 11
Includes instructions, outlines, and list of activities.
79 12
Reports and Statistics
Survey sheets, statistics, and sample reports for achievement awards.
79 13
Conference and Convention Programs
79 14
Jubilee Celebration
Correspondence, survey sheets, instructions for the parade, and announcements.
79 15
Boy Scouts of America
Application forms and correspondence.
79 16
Salt Lake Stake Directory
79 17
June Conference Citation
79 18
Statistical Charts
79 19
Includes information on programs in the Sunday School and a summary of suggestions by the Twelve Apostles and other authorities at a special conference in 1928.
79 20
"Account for Everyone" Campaign
Instructions, forms, and reports.
LDS Church Stake Presidencies and Officers
Box Folder
80 1-5
Correspondence sent to Stake Presidencies
80 6
Stake Quarterly Conferences
Schedules, suggestions, and instructions.
80 7
Stake Conference Visitor Suggestions
80 8
Directory of Stake Officers
80 9-13
Directories of General Authorities and Officers of the LDS Church
LDS Church Welfare
Box Folder
81 1-3
Welfare Committee, Minutes and Bulletins
81 4
Correspondence, copy of address by O. E. Baker, and AThe New Significance of the Rural People to America and the Christian Church.
81 5
Church Welfare Committee
Budget, statement, and meeting agenda.
81 1
Suggested Material for Welfare Meetings
81 2
Survey of Agricultural Information of the State of Idaho
circa 1945
81 3
Church Welfare Plan, Financial and Statistical Report
81 4
Digest of Church Welfare Anual Report
81 5
Church Welfare Plan, Annual Report
82 1
Digest of Annual Reports
82 2-4
Annual Reports
LDS Church Welfare Plan, Annual Reports
LDS Church Welfare Plan, Annual Report
LDS Church, Servicemen's Committee
Box object
85 1-2
Compilation of LDS Servicemen's Casualties in World War II
Reported by wards, stakes, and missions of the church.
85 1
Letter of Transmittal and Statistical Compilation
LDS Church Centennial Committee
Box Folder
86 1-3
86 4
Suggestions and proposals for celebration of the centennial of the church, submitted by P. H. Ryan, R. S. Wells, B. H. Roberts, J. F. Smith, R. Lyman, S. Q. Cannon, J. L. Fairbanks, A. W. Tomlinson, and O. F. Whitney.
86 5
86 6
Financial Papers
86 7
Memoranda and Notes
86 8
Pageant Parade Outline
86 9-10
Pageant Script Drafts
86 11
Printed Material
Programs, addresses, schedules of rehearsals, and newspaper cuts.
86 1
The Message of the Ages
86 2
One Hundred Years Centennial Celebration
86 3
A Picture Story of Mormonism
LDS Church Pioneer Celebration Committee
Box Folder
87 1
87 2
Pioneer List
List of 1847 pioneers still living.
87 3
Financial Papers
87 1
Bank Statements
87 4
Notes of the Souvenir Booklet
87 2
Souvenir of the Pioneer Celebration
LDS Church, Miscellaneous Committees
Box Folder
88 1
Church Correlation Committee Meeting Minutes
88 2
General Church Music Committee
Agenda, financial reports, and address.
88 3-4
Church Social Guidance Committee
Agenda, committee packet, and minutes.
88 5
Priesthood Lesson Committee Report
88 1
Pioneer Celebration Committee
Souvenir booklet entitled, The Message of the Ages.
LDS Church, Pacific Islands Visit
Box Folder
89 1
Australian Mission
89 2
New Zealand Mission
89 3
Samoan Mission
89 4
Society Islands Mission
89 5
Hawaiian Islands Mission
89 6
Tongan Mission
89 7
South Pacific Islands
List of church materials sent to people visiting the South Pacific Islands.
89 8
Ship Menus
89 9-14
89 15
Miscellaneous Notes
Notes made by George Albert Smith during his trip to the South Pacifica.
89 16
South Seas Mission
Financial report.
Boy Scouts of America
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
1931-1948, and Undated
International Dry Farming and Irrigation Congresses; and International Dry Goods Conference,
Box Folder
99 1-6
99 7
List of Officers
99 8
List of Delegates
99 9
Printed material, program of Congress, agenda of Congress, and comparative chart showing principal irrigation projects in North America.
99 10
99 11
99 12
Name Lists
99 13
Guide Book Tour of American and Canadian Delegation of Dry Goods Merchants to Great Britain
99 14
99 15-16
Luncheon Menus
Personal Papers
Box Folder
100 1
Autobiographical Sketch
Written by George Albert Smith to T. Earl Pardoe. Included is a copy of a letter, probably written by Emily Smith Stewart, to T. W. Pardoe giving additional information on George Albert Smiths life.
100 2
Notes on George Albert Smiths Life
Holographic notes concerning incidents in the life of George Albert Smith. Included is a statement made by George Albert Smith a month before his death in 1951.
100 3
Biographical Articles
Magazine articles on George Albert Smith.
100 4
AA Brief Biography
Humorous biography of George Albert Smith written at the time of his marriage.
100 5
Marriage Certificate
100 6
Nurses' Bedside Notes
Notes kept by nurses preceeding the death of George Albert Smith.
100 7-8
Documents concerning the funeral of George Albert Smith, including a dedicatory prayer, a list of pall bearers, an obituary statement, and a statement of arrangements for the funeral.
100 9
George Albert Smiths ACreed
100 10
Line of Authority Cards
Cards giving George Albert Smith's line of apostolic authority.
100 11
Given to George Albert Smith by George A. Smith.
100 12
Patriarchal Blessing
Given to George Albert Smith by John L. Smith.
100 13
Patriarchal Blessing
Given to George Albert Smith by Zebedee Coltrin. In this blessing George Albert Smith is told he will become an apostle, and it is intimated he will become president of the LDS Church.
100 14-16
Missionary Blessings
Given to George Albert Smith by Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant.
100 17
Priesthood Certificates
Ordination as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and as a missionary.
100 18
Discharge certificate as a sergeant in the National Guard of Utah, life membership certificate in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, membership certificate in the Utah State Historical Society, and a pass to the October 1942 General Conference.
100 19-21
Missionary Certificates
Included are certificates for Lucy E. W. Smith, George Albert Smith, Jr., and Edith Smith.
100 22
Missionary Farewell Program
100 23
Apostolic Charge
To George Albert Smith by John Henry Smith.
100 24
British Identity Book and Passport
100 25-26
100 27
Record of Ordinations
Men ordained by George Albert Smith to the Priesthood.
100 28
Sunday School Class Members
List of George Albert Smith's first Sunday School class and roll book.
100 29
Seventeenth Ward Sunday School
Lesson materials and outlines.
100 30
Temple Prayer Circle
Program for social reunion.
100 31-32
Letters of Introduction
For George Albert Smith, written by prominent men in Utah and the LDS Church.
100 33
Personal Cards
Driver's license, indentification card, and others.
100 34
Business Cards
100 35
Guest List
Register of Governors' Reception held at the George Albert Smith home.
100 36
St. George, Utah, Weather Reports
Chart prepared by George Albert Smith.
100 37
Land Plats
Owned by George Albert Smith.
100 38
Speeches by the General Authorities of the LDS Church
100 1
Birthday Book
Listing of birthdays of individuals and friends of George Albert Smith.
100 39
Travels of George Albert Smith.
Youth and Education, George Albert Smith Jr., and Edith Smith
Box Folder
101 1
George Albert Smith's Youth
Songs he sang in his youth.
101 2-3
Brigham Young Academy
Original themes, correspondence, and other materials.
101 4-5
Autograph Books
101 6-9
Sprague Corespondence School of Law
Lessons, certificate, quiz books, and correspondence.
101 10-23
101 24
Missionary Blessing
Given by Heber J. Grant.
101 25
Mission Notes
In English and German.
101 26
101 27
Genealogical items, articles, and speeches.
101 28
Edith Smith, Correspondence
101 29
Edith Smith Elliott
Statements concerning the health of George O. Elliott, Edith Smith's husband.
Genealogical Records, Certificates, and Memorials
Box Folder
102 1
Genealogical Cards
Prepared for the family record of the descendants of Robert Smith. They include George Albert Smith, his wife, and children.
102 2
Genealogical Sheets
LDS family group sheets for Samuel Smith, John Smith, George A. Smith, Nathaniel Libby, Ezra Chase, Lorin Farr, Wilford Woodruff, John Henry Smith, Elias Smith, Aphek Woodruff, George Albert Smith, Robert M. Stewart, George O. Elliott, and George Albert Smith, Jr.
102 3
George Albert Smith Family
Genealogical information on the family of George Albert Smith.
102 4
"Ancestry of the Smiths"
Manuscript on the ancestors of George Albert Smith.
102 5
"A Race of Religious Leaders"
Extract from the Sunday school manual, Saviors on Mount Zion.
102 6
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., "Asahel [Asael] Smith of Topsfield, with some Account of the Smith Family"
102 7
Genealogical Sketches
Brief biographical sketches with photographs of George A. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Lorin Farr, Nancy B. Chase Farr, John Smith, Clarissa L. Smith, Aphek Woodruff, Ezra Chase, Tirza W. Chase, Winslow Farr, Wilford Woodruff Jr., Elias Smith, and Lucy E. Woodruff Smith. Also includes photographs of George Albert Smith, his wife and children, as well as his childrens' spouses and their children.
102 8-10
Chase Family
Includes correspondence, notes, genealogical charts, items on the Chase Mill, and sketches of Rhoda Chase Hinman, Beatrice Chase McGhie, and John D. Chase.
102 11
Sons of the American Revolution, Certificate of Memorium
102 12
LDS Genealogical Society, Certificate of Memberhship
102 13
Autograph Book of Memorium
Presented to George Albert Smith by the members of the party who traveled to dedicate the Joseph Smith Monument in Vermont in 1905.
102 14
Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution
Certificates of election to the Board of Directors.
102 15
"Win the War for Permanent Peace" Convention
Honorary appointment by the Governor of the State of Utah.
102 16
Oregon Trail Memorial Association, Membership Certificate
102 17
Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver Award Certificate
102 18
Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association
Memorial booklet presented to George Albert Smith on his 62nd birthday.
102 19
Boy Scouts of America
Certificate and booklet of the Silver Buffalo Award.
102 20
Boys Town
Certificate as an honarary citizen.
102 21
Salt Lake City Kiwanis Club
Certificate as guest speaker.
102 22
Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association
Special citation presented to George Albert Smith during June M.I.A. Conference.
102 23
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Civic Service Certificate
102 24
Maximo Corte Book of Memorium
Hand-written book of a Spanish translation of the first book of Nephi from the Book of Mormon, presented to George Albert Smith by Maximo Corte, an Argentinian convert to the LDS Church.
102 25
United States Treasury, Award of Merit
102 1
Improvement Era Editorial Staff
Bound volume of birthday wishes from all Mutual Improvement Association stake and mission officers.
102 2
Improvement Era Editorial Staff
Specially bound birthday issue of the Improvement Era dedicated to George Albert Smith.
Medals, Ribbons, Resolutions, Memorials, and Personal Library
Box Folder
103 1-8
Medals and ribbons worn by George Albert Smith
103 1
To George Albert Smith in appreciation for his service in the Mutual Improvement Association.
103 2
Prepared upon the death of George Albert Smith.
103 9
Copies of resolutions passed by various organizations upon the death of George Albert Smith.
103 10
Books in the President's Office
103 3
Books in George Albert Smiths Home
103 11
Books Mailed
Writings and Speeches
Box Folder
104 1-2
George Albert Smith Speeches
104 3
Copies of articles written by George Albert Smith and notes for speeches and writings.
104 4
Diary Excerpts
Typed copy of entries in George Albert Smith's diary at the time he became president of the LDS Church.
104 1
Sharing the Gospel with Others
Excerpts from the sermons of George Albert Smith, edited by Preston Nibley.
104 2
Religious Lesson Book
Religious studies prepared by George Albert Smith. Includes German translation.
Subject Files
Box Folder
105 1
Adam-Ondi-Adman Plat
Original plat map of Adam-Ondi-Ahman. A xerox of this map is filed in this folder, the original is in box 177, folder 4. Articles of incorporation and correspondence.
105 3
List of Apostles
Apostles of the LDS Church and by whom they were ordained.
105 4
The Archbishop of Canterbury
Programs and announcements of the enthronement.
105 5
The Bald Headed League of the World
Certificate of membership and a pamphlet, ALong May She Glow.
105 6-7
Melvin J. Ballard
Correspondence and ordination book.
105 8
Matilda M. Barrett
Art work, drawings, and paintings.
105 9
Harriet Beeching
Items dealing with the Methodist Church, including hymnals, pamphlets, and membership cards.
105 10
Book of Mormon ACaractors
Photo reproduction of the ACaractors of the Book of Mormon plates, drawn by Joseph Smith, Jr.
105 11
Book of Mormon Chart
Chronological chart to the Book of Mormon, prepared by Albert C. Peterson.
105 12-13
Book of Mormon Committee
Correspondence primarily between the Committee and Joel Ricks concerning Book of Mormon geography.
105 14-15
Book of Mormon Evidences
Article by Gregory Mason, entitled ARediscovering America, and copies of pamphlets and articles concerning early American civilizations.
105 16
George Q. Cannon Journal
Typescript of his journal while on a trip to Hawaii.
105 17
Hanna Knight Libby Carter, Biographical Sketch
105 18
Samuel Parkinson Cowley, Funeral Service
105 19
Creation of the Earth
Chart comparing the biblical and scientific accounts of creation.
105 20
Article by Samuel Hubbard, AOn the Trail of the Dinosaur, in Wild World Magazine (vol. 56).
105 21
Notes giving impressions of various countries.
105 22
Article by Canon E. W. Barnes, AEvolution and the Fall of Man, in Everlasting Standard.
105 23
Foreign Language Papers
Reasons for continuing the church control of foreign language papers.
105 24
Glendale West Ward Dedication Program
105 25
Heber Q. Hale, 1920
Text pertaining to a vision received by Heber Q. Hale.
105 26
Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith
Chart comparing the lives of the two men, selections from Joseph Smith's last sermons, and notes on the atonement and resurrection of Christ.
105 27
Spencer W. Kimball
Reports on the Duncan flood in Arizona.
105 28
KSL Radio Tabernacle Broadcast Script
105 29
LDS Church Organization
Chart showing the organization of the LDS Church.
105 30
Chart showing Mayflower ancestors of George Albert Smith.
105 31
Plat maps showing property owned by George Albert Smith and others of the Smith family.
105 32
Men and Women
Articles and notes on the relationship of men and women.
105 33-34
Merrill Mortuaries Case
Documents, correspondence, and newspaper clippings concerning lawsuit in Montana.
106 1-2
Miscellaneous notes and pocket notebooks.
106 3
Organ Recital
Program given in honor of the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden.
106 4
Overland Guide
Overland guide from Ogden, Utah, to Cardston, Canada.
106 5
Parowan, Utah
Historical notes given to Barbara M. Adams by President William R. Palmer.
106 6
Charles W. Penrose
Manuscript of AOrigin of Intelligent Beings.
106 7
Orson Pratt
Biographical information and notes.
106 8-9
Copies of poetry on various subjects.
106 10-12
Political Documents
Copies of platforms, pamphlets, brochures, tickets, and voting statistics for various elections.
106 13
Letter to Anthony W. Ivins, requesting a polygamous marriage following the Manifesto of 1890.
106 14
M. I. Pupin
Manuscript of AThe Power Age and Modern Civilization.
106 15
Religious Class Work
Anonymous manuscript of ARelation of Religion Class Work to the Public Schools.
106 16
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Manuscripts and correspondence concerning the founding of the Reorganized LDS Church.
106 17
Stephen L. Richards
Correspondence concerning an article, AAncient Life in North America, by Wallace King.
106 18
Joseph E. Robinson
Manuscript of AInteresting Incidents of the California Mission.
106 19
Virginia Robinson
Testimony of the truthfulness of the Mormon church.
106 20
Scriptural references to the sacrament.
106 21
Smith Ancestors Monument
Dedication program of monument to John Smith, George A. Smith, and John Henry Smith.
106 22
Lorenzo Snow
Photocopy of account of Lorenzo Snow's first automobile ride.
106 23
Sterling B. Talmage, Correspondence
106 24
Statement for which LDS Church tithing is used.
106 25
"A Treatise on War Against Sin," by William Ipson Lang
106 26
White Horse Prophecy
"A Prophecy of Joseph Smith on or about May 6, 1843," copied from manuscript written by Margaret Averitt.
106 27
Chief Washakie
Manuscripts on Chief Washakie, by James I. Patten and James S. Brown.
106 28
Lyman Wight
Photocopy of An Address by Way of an Abridged Account and Journal of my Life from 1811 up to 1848, with an Appeal to the Latter Day Saints.
106 29
Word of Wisdom
Manuscript of AHow to Enjoy the Shortages (no author).
106 30
World War I
Broadside advertising speech by James E. Talmage on AMormonism and the War.
106 31
Brigham Young
Biographical sketch and program presenting the Brigham Young Statue in Washington, D.C.
106 32
Brigham Young Discourse
Typescript of an address made by Brigham Young.
106 33
Lucy Ann Decker Young
Biographical sketch, blessings, and correspondence.
Financial and Legal Papers
Box Folder
107 1-6
Savings Passbooks
Includes books for Lucy W. Smith, George Albert Smith, Jr., and Clarabell Smith.
107 7
Railroad Passes
Issued to George Albert Smith and family.
107 8
Property Deeds and Bonds
107 9
Power of Attorney
Giving Robert Murray Stewart power of attorney.
107 10
Last Will and Testament
107 11
List of stocks and property owned by George Albert Smith.
107 12
Stock Certificates
Ima Consolidated Mine, Dugway Mining Company, Utah States Gold Mine, and Golden Eagle Mine.
107 13
Deeds and Indentures
107 14
Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Loan Agreement
107 15
Continental Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Policy
107 16
Equitable Life Insurance Company
Correspondence, policies, and loan agreements.
107 17
Employers Indemnity Corporation, Policy
107 18
General Accident Assurance Corporation, Disability Policy
107 19
Mutual Life Insurance Company, Policy
107 20
Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Automobile Insurance Policy
107 21-22
Home Fire Insurance Company, Policies
107 23
Deseret Mortuaries
Funeral service certificate.
107 24
Libby Investment Company
Financial reports and list of stock owned by George Albert Smith.
107 25
Burglary Notes
List of items stolen from George Albert Smith's home and the resultant insurance claims.
108 1-9
108 10
Monthly Salary Statement
108 11-15
108 16
Income Tax Notes
108 17-19
Income Tax Returns
108 20-25
LDS Church Donations
108 26-47
Bank Statements
Bank Statements
Bank Statements
Bank Statements
112 1-4
112 5
Day Book
113 1-10
Check Stubs
113 11-12
Check and Deposit Registers
Estate Papers
Box Folder
114 1-8
John Henry Smith Estate
Includes probate documents, assets and liabilities, stock certificates, insurance policies, deeds, a savings passbook, bank statements, correspondence, news clippings, petitions, a ledger, and a book of check stubs.
114 9-12
Sarah Farr Smith Estate
Includes last will and testament, minutes, correspondence, deeds, stock certificates, and general financial papers.
115 1-8
Wilford Woodruff Estate
Includes power of attorney, probate documents, assets and disbursements, financial transactions, stock certificates, a ledger, check stubs, and a savings passbook.
115 9
Sarah Brown Woodruff Estate
Saving passbooks, last will and testament, correspondence, and list of assets.
115 10
Mary Woodruff Estate
Correspondence, probate, and other documents.
116 1-5
Annie D. Watson Estate
116 1
Annie D. Watson Estate
Savings passbook.
116 6
Joseph M. Watson Estate
Check stubs.
117 1-9
Matilda M. Barrett Estate
Last will and testament, probate documents, correspondence, assets, deeds, a promisary note to give LDS University $3,320, financial statements, and a savings passbook. Also included in the Matilda M. Barrett estate materials are a ledger and three books of check stubs.
117 10
Samuel M. Barrett Estate
Correspondence, assets, probate, and other documents.
118 1
John Acomb Estate
Receipts, affidavits, and correspondence.
118 2
Beulah A. W. Beatie Estate
Last will and testament and probate documents.
118 3
Benjamin Huln Estate
Last will and testament.
118 4
Mary Hansen Estate
Stock certificates and blessing.
118 5
W. Henry Moore
Statement on financial condition of Barnes and Company.
118 6
Grace Martha Scholes Estate
Probate document.
Scrapbooks, Albums and General Materials
Both of the scrapbooks in this box contain news clippings on subjects such as the Sunday School program, the Relief Society, LDS General Conferences, scouting, pioneers, and Heber J. Grants acitivites as a prophet.
120 1-2
News clippings and anecdotes on society and Utah, and United States politics.
120 1-7
News Clippings
Articles on George Albert Smith.
This scrapbook was compiled while George Albert Smith was president of the LDS Church.
This scrapbook was compiled while George Albert Smith was president of the LDS Church.
This scrapbook has been split into two sections, half in this box and half in box 124. It was compiled on the death and funeral of George Albert Smith.
This is the continuation of the scrapbook in box 123. Also included is a scrapbook with art reproductions of Yellowstone National Park scenes.
These scrapbooks contain cards, news clippings, invitations, railroad passes, and other items.
Picture Post Card Albums
Picture Post Card Albums
Picture Post Card Albums
Picture Post Card Album
Picture Post Card Album
Railroad Passes, Credit Cards, Membership Cards, Athletic Passes, and Invitations

Lucy Emily Woodruff Smith PapersReturn to Top

This section (boxes 132-143), dating from 1873 to 1937, consists of correspondence, journals, biographical sketches, patriarchal blessings, financial records, speeches, articles, event programs, and poetry, among other documents. Some correspondence (boxes 132-137) is described in order to present examples of the topics discussed. Journals, dating from 1888 to 1894 are in box 138 and personal papers are in box 139. Folders 3-8 of box 139 contain patriarchal and missionary blessings. Theodorica Society record books and financial account books and ledgers are in boxes 140-141. Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association documents, such as articles written by Lucy Emily, rosters, rolls, and meeting minutes, are in box 142. Other documents collected by Lucy Emily are listed as subject files in box 143. Included are notebooks, poetry, articles, recipes, and her copy of Gideon A. Gibbs' diary.

Container(s) Description Dates
George Albert Smith Letters
George Albert Smith Letters
137 1
Elias Smith Correspondence
137 2-3
Sarah Farr Smith Correspondence
137 4-5
Wilford Woodruff Correspondence
137 6-24
Edith A. Smith Correspondence
137 25
Annie D. Watson Correspondence
137 26-27
Gideon A. Gibbs Correspondence
Personal Papers
Box Folder
139 1
Biographical Sketches
139 2
Funeral Program
139 3-6
Patriarchal Blessings
Given by Silas S. Smith, John Smith, Wilford Woodruff Jr., and Nicholas G. Smith.
139 7-8
Missionary Blessings
Given by Heber J. Grant.
139 9
School Report Cards
139 10
University of Deseret
Calendar of classes and a registration form.
139 11
Deeds and Indentures
139 12
General Materials
Theodorica Society, Record Books
Financial Papers
Box Folder
141 1-3
Cash Account Books
141 4
Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA)
Box Folder
142 1
142 2
Discourses By Lucy E. W. Smith
142 3
Articles By Lucy E. W. Smith
142 4-6
Programs, conference and course outlines.
142 7-8
Lesson outlines primarily concerned with recreation.
142 9
Officers Addresses
Stake YLMIA officers.
142 10
For speeches, lessons, and programs.
142 11
Seventeenth Ward, Quarterly Review
Edited by Lucy E. Woodruff.
142 12
Roll Book
142 13
Forest Dale Ward Record of the YLMIA
Rolls and minutes.
Subject Files
Box Folder
143 1-2
Notes and Notebooks
Information on a variety of topics and individuals.
143 1
Lesson Notebook
Notebook kept for a course, The Theory and Practise of Teaching, taught at the University of Deseret.
143 3
President Wilford Woodruff
Written by Lucy E. W. Smith.
143 4
A Synopsis of Wilford Woodruff's Travels and Labors
Copied by Lucy E. W. Smith from the original by Wilford Woodruff.
143 5-9
Notes from Wilford Woodruff's Journals
Extracts by Lucy E. W. Smith arranged by topic under historical, labor, mother, praise the lord, George A. Smith's death, and miscellaneous.
143 10
Poetry Collected By Lucy E. W. Smith
143 11
Articles Collected By Lucy E. W. Smith
143 12
Relief Society Reports
143 13
Era Finance and Publicity Committee, Minutes
143 14
Daughters of the Revolution
Minutes, yearbooks, and a roster of the Utah Society.
143 15
143 16
Autograph Books
Of schoolmates while attending University of Deseret.
143 17
Gideon A. Gibbs Diary
Copy made by Lucy E. W. Smith.

Woodruff family papersReturn to Top

The documents in this section (boxes 144-148) date from 1829 to 1926. They are similar to those in previous sections and are mainly arranged according to family member name. Wilford Woodruff's correspondence, diary extracts, and patriarchal blessing, as well as articles on his death, are located in box 144. Boxes 145-148 and microfilm reel 6 contain correspondence and genealogical materials regarding Wilford Woodruff's descendants. Included are materials relating to Wilford Woodruff, Jr., Emily Jane Smith Woodruff, and Asahel Hart Woodruff, among others.

Container(s) Description Dates
Wilford Woodruff
Box Folder
144 1-8
Letters from Wilford Woodruff to the following people: Aphek Woodruff, his mother, sisters, and children, Winifred B. Woodruff, Ovando C. Bebee, and Heber C. Kimball. Also included is a Letter of Instructions written at Winter Quarters.
144 9
Wilford Woodruff Family History
Taken from the journal of Wilford Woodruff.
144 10
Wilford Woodruff's Company
List of names in the company that came to Utah.
144 11
Diary Extracts
144 12
Patriarchal Blessing
144 13
Genealogical Correspondence
144 14
Obituary and funeral program.
144 15
144 16
Articles Written About Wilford Woodruff
144 17
News Clippings Written About Wilford Woodruff
Wilford Woodruff, Jr., and Emily Jane Smith Woodruff
Box Folder
145 1-5
Wilford Woodruff, Jr.
Includes two diaries (1863-1866), letters, Quorum of the Seventies Certificate of Ordination, last will and testament, and funeral service information.
145 6-9
Emily Jane Smith Woodruff
Elias Smith letter, biographical information, letters to parents, and a scrapbook.
145 6
Wilford Woodruff, Jr., Diaries
Woodruff Family Papers
Box Folder
146 1
Phoebe Carter Woodruff
Letter addressed to Athe eldest female of Phoebe Woodruff, and a Reward of Merit.
146 2
Emma Smith Woodruff, Correspondence
146 3
Asahel Hart Woodruff, Correspondence
146 4
Abraham O. Woodruff, Correspondence
146 5-12
Clara M. Woodruff Beebe
Diary, correspondence, recommend signed by Wilford Woodruff for Second Anointing, and personally-written admittance ticket to the Salt Lake Temple Dedication signed by Wilford Woodruff.
146 13
Ovando C. Beebe, Correspondence
Nauvoo Restoration Woodruff Papers
Box Folder
147 1
Asahel Woodruff, Correspondence
147 2-3
Aphek Woodruff, Correspondence
147 4
Wilford Woodruff, Correspondence
147 5
Azubah Woodruff, Correspondence
147 6
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Writings of Philo Woodruff and two unidentified letters.
Woodruff Family Genealogy
Box Folder
148 1-4
Wilford Woodruff Family Association
Correspondence, addresses of members, minutes, and programs.
148 5
"Memorial of Woodruffs"
Extract from Wilford Woodruffs journal and a list of his ancestors and descendants.
148 6
Ezekial Woodruff
List of the descendants of Ezekial Woodruff.
148 7
Matthew Woodruff
List of the descendants of Matthew Woodruff.
148 8-10
Woodruff Family
Genealogical sheets and LDS family group sheets.
148 11-14
Woodruff Family, Genealogical Notes

Emily Smith Stewart PapersReturn to Top

The documents in this section (boxes 149-175), dating from 1901 to 1969, revolve largely around Emily Smith Stewart's role in society. Boxes 149-154 contain correspondence, telegrams, and letters of condolence following George Albert Smith's death. As in other sections, some correspondence is described in order to present examples of the topics discussed. Documents relating to the Paris Department Store are located in box 155. Included are promotional materials, such as pioneer women biographical sketches (folders 18-30), and speeches, poetry, and advisory board documents (folders 31-35). Correspondence, bulletins, news clippings, minutes, reports, statistics, patient lists, publications, and scrapbooks relating to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis are in boxes 156-165. Information on vocational rehabilitation in general is located in box 166. Materials on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Beta Sigma Phi, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City Council of Women, the Soroptimist Club, and other women's organizations are located in boxes 167-171. Constitutions, rosters, meeting minutes, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and publications are included. Box 172 contains personal information such as biographical sketches, a diary, patriarchal blessings, her wedding invitation, awards and citations, a last will and testament, and educational materials concerning her son, Robert Murray Stewart, Jr. Box 173 contains materials, similar to those in box 172, regarding her husband, Robert Murray Stewart. This section also contains miscellaneous subject files in box 174. Documents about the Book of Mormon, Smith family heirlooms, Orson Hyde, Heber C. Kimball, Abraham Lincoln, miracles, Nauvoo, and Joseph Smith are included. Miscellaneous notebooks, a 1914 LDS University yearbook, and news clippings are located in box 175.

Container(s) Description Dates
Telegrams received by the family of George Albert Smith following his death in 1951.
Letters received by the family of George Albert Smith following his death.
Paris Department Store, Publicity Department
Box Folder
155 1-17
155 18
Campus Wardrobe Promotion
Announcements, photographs, and programs.
155 19
Soroptimist Club Promotion, Correspondence
155 20
Pioneer Women Promotion, Correspondence
155 21-30
Pioneer Women Promotion Biographical Sketches
Included are sketches of Nancy Chase Farr, Sarah Giles Farr, Julia Turgard Frandsen, Mary Emma A. Gritton, Sarah Ann S. Handley, Elizabeth H. J. Kingsford, Margaret G. Manning, Joanna H. Patten, Elizabeth L. H. Perry, and Mary Elizabeth Ross Parker.
155 31-32
Collected by Emily Smith Stewart in her work.
155 33
Collected by Emily Smith Stewart in her work.
155 34
Salt Lake City Advertising Club, Correspondence
155 35
Consumer's Advisory Board
Includes a list of members, advertisements, and minutes, among other documents.
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Correspondence, Memoranda, and Bulletins
159 1-20
Louise Lake
Correspondence, news clippings, news releases, and photocopies of photographs.
159 21-26
Ross Eagar
Correspondence, news clippings, and photocopies of photographs.
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Correspondence
Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs concerning Carol Loftis.
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Salt lake City Chapter
Box Folder
161 1-22
161 23
Activity, Patient, and Financial Reports
161 24-26
Treasurer's Reports
161 27
Audit Committee Reports
161 28
Executive Committee Membership
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Box Folder
162 1-2
State and County Organizations
Membership lists.
162 3-6
List of polio patients in Utah.
162 7-13
March of Dimes Campaign
Correspondence, pamphlets, newsletters, and reports.
162 14-16
Utah Polio Emergency Committee
162 17-23
Women's Advisory Committee
Conference reports and other documents.
163 1
Polio cases reported locally and nationally.
163 2
Correspondence on Utah hospitals, funds, and services.
163 3
Expansion Proposal Program
163 4-7
163 8
Citations and Certificates
To Emily Smith Stewart.
163 1
Reference Book for Chapters
163 2
Used by Emily Smith Stewart, containing memoranda, notes, statistics, and correspondence.
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Scrapbooks containing news clippings concerning the work of the, particularly the Salt Lake City Chapter. Some photographs, programs, and miscellaneous materials are also present in the scrapbooks.
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Box Folder
166 1-5
Presidents Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped
Correspondence, minutes, and news releases.
166 6-7
Governor's Committee on the Employment of the Physically Handicapped
Correspondence and newsletters.
166 8-9
Local Vocational Rehabilitation Committees
Utah Chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Utah State Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, and Rehabilitation Committee of Community Welfare Council.
166 10
Nursing Care in Rehabilitation
Program outline of special course offered by Brigham Young University.
166 11
National Society for Crippled Children and Adults
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Women's Action Committee
Box Folder
167 1-3
167 4
Organization Materials
Organizational guide, constitution, and by-laws of the Women's Action Committee.
167 5
167 6
Mountain-Plains Regional Conference
Agenda and program materials.
167 7
Utah Council for the United Nations
167 8-13
Beta Sigma Phi, Salt Lake City Council
Beta Sigma Phi, Correspondence
169 1-2
Constitution and By-Laws
169 3-7
Roster of Members and Officers
169 8-10
169 11
Financial Material
Statements and budgets.
169 12
Committee Roster
169 13-21
Chapter Rosters
Lambda Chapter, Mu Chapter, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Alpha Kappa Chapter, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Chapter, Xi Gamma Chapter, Xi Epsilon Chapter, and Xi Lambda Chapter.
169 22
Pledge and Chapter Manuals
169 23-24
Books of Rituals
169 25-26
Founder's Day Programs
169 27-30
Convention Materials
169 31
169 32-38
Utah Talisman, Crest, Little Torch, The Torch, and The Courier.
Beta Sigma Phi Tribute to Emily Smith Stewart
A ring binder containing a tribute to Emily Smith Stewart for her service to Beta Sigma Phi.
Women's Organizations and Clubs
Box Folder
171 1
Alpha Iota
Certificate of Membership and publications.
171 2
Chi Omega Mother's Circle
Roster of members.
171 3
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Roster of members of Red Butte Hollow Camp.
171 4
Salt Lake City Council of Women
Correspondence and roster of members.
171 5-14
Soroptimist Club
Correspondence, constitution, rosters, minutes, financial papers, Certificate of Service, bulletins, and program materials.
171 15-20
Women's Army Corps, Civilian Advisory Committee
Correspondence, roster of members, and news clippings.
Personal Papers and Children
Box Folder
172 1
Biographical Information
Prepared by Emily Smith Stewart.
172 2
Personal Daily Routine
172 3
172 4
Report cards and lesson workbook on writing.
172 5
Nurses Training
Includes graduation program from the LDS Hospital, School of Nursing, and certificates of registration.
172 6
Employment Applications
172 7-9
Patriarchal Blessings
Given by John Smith, John M. Whitaker, and Hyrum G. Smith.
1901 and 1917
172 10
Wedding Invitation
To the marriage of Emily Smith and Robert M. Stewart.
172 11
Temple Recommends
Held by Emily Smith Stewart.
172 12
Awards and citations given to Emily Smith Stewart, including a Certificate of Promotion in the Seventeenth Ward Sunday School, a Certificate of Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, a certificate in the National Geographic Society, a certificate of the Salt Lake Advertising Club, and membership cards in the Society of Mayflower Descendants.
172 13
Last Will and Testament
172 14
Smith Family Burial Plot
Maps showing the organization of the Smith family burial plot in the Salt Lake City cemetery.
172 15-18
George Albert Smith Estate
Correspondence and probate papers.
172 19
Christmas Mailing List
172 20
List of items stolen.
172 21
Correspondence and photographs concerning vandalism done to property of Emily Smith Stewart.
172 22-28
Robert Murray Stewart, Jr.
Correspondence, high school diploma, commencement programs from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, war ration book, and news articles.
172 29-34
Shauna Stewart
Correspondence, news articles and other documents.
172 35-36
Martha ReJeune Stewart
Correspondence, war ration book, and article written on George Albert Smith.
Robert Murray Stewart
Box Folder
173 1-27
173 28
Patriarchal Blessings
Given by Hyrum G. Smith and William Leatham.
1914 and 1917
173 29
Obituary and funeral program.
173 30
Savings passbooks, news clippings, and legal speech.
Box Folder
174 1
Art Barn Loan
List of paintings loaned for an exhibit.
174 2
Book of Mormon
Study guide to the Book of Mormon, entitled AFourteen Objectives for the Reading of the Book of Mormon.
174 3
ACressy's History of California.
174 4
Taxes and Donations
Statement on the plight of the taxpayer.
174 5
Stewart Family Genealogy
174 6
Lutius Gratino, Hope of Zion
Excerpt foretelling of the restoration of the original church of Christ.
174 7
Descriptions of items belonging to the Smith family.
174 8
Orson Hyde
Prayer given on the Mount of Olives dedicating the Holy Land to the return of the Jews.
174 9
Thomas L. Kane
Excerpt of discourse delivered before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
174 10
J. Golden Kimball
Tribute written by APeter Spraynozzle.
174 11
Heber C. Kimball
The manner in which he was given his middle name.
174 12
"The Latter Days"
Portion of article dealing with the prophecies and events of the latter days, no author listed.
174 13
Abraham Lincoln
Biographical information and excerpts from his speeches and writings.
174 14
George Albert Smith
Article by T. Edgar Lyon.
174 15
Article describing a miracle of healing during World War II.
174 16
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Short history of the choir to 1935, and copies of the choir's newspaper, The Tab.
174 17
Nauvoo, Illinois
Includes correspondence on the restoration of Nauvoo, correspondence with Stanley B. Kimball, and an article entitled ANauvoo, Improvement Era, vol. 65.
174 18
George Albert Smith
Article by Preston Nibley.
174 19
APeace on Earth
Extract from a talk by Arthur Gaeth.
174 20
M. Wilford Poulson
Articles by M. W. Poulson, entitled AThe Creative Mind, ASaving or Demonstrating your Religion, Which? and AScientific Psychology and Human Welfare.
174 21
Poetry Collected By Emily Smith Stewart
174 22-24
LDS Primary
Notes on lessons, correspondence, and instructions.
174 25
"A Prophetic Warning to the Inhabitants of Great Britain"
Typescript of article from the Millennial Star.
174 26
Joseph Smith
Statement of Wilford Woodruff concerning Joseph Smith's seer stone, Gazelem, and the death of the Lamanite prophet, Zelph, as related by Joseph Smith.
174 27
George Albert Smith
Article by Emily Smith Stewart.
174 28
George Albert Smith Memorial Bust
Program for unveiling memorial bust by Torleif S. Knaphus.
174 29
Society of Mayflower Descendants
Newsletter and list of men who signed the Mayflower compact in 1620.
174 30-32
Speeches Collected By Emily Smith Stewart
174 33
"When the Devil Appeared in the Mississippi Valley"
Typescript of pamphlet printed in 1784 giving the Asurprising account of the Devil's appearing to John Chesselden and James Arkins.
174 34
"Wives of the President of the Church"
Program honoring the wives of the presidents of the LDS Church, including a draft of the script.
174 35
Yale Avenue Property Survey
Survey map of George Albert Smith's property on Yale Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah.
174 36
Brigham Young Monument
Program for unveiling of the Brigham Young Monument in Washington, D.C.
Notebooks and News Clippings
Box object
175 1-4
Kept by Emily Smith Stewart, containing notes, addresses, and recipes.
175 5
LDS University Yearbook
175 1-4
News Clippings
Concerning activities of Emily Smith Stewart.

AddendaReturn to Top

The items in this box were added to the collection by unrecorded donors on March 15, 1976.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box object
176 1
Merlo J. Pusey, Builders of the Kingdom
Biographical accounts of George A. Smith, John Henry Smith, and George Albert Smith.
176 1
George Albert Smith Grave Monument
Prayer by George Albert Smith, Jr., dedicating the monument.
176 2
Irene Jones, "The Understanding Heart"
176 3
Richard P. Harris, "Uncle Jesse Smith"

Oversize DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
177 1
Smith Family
Includes phrenological charts for Joseph Smith Jr. and Elias Smith, and a copy of the Prophet announcing Joseph Smith's death.
177 2
George A. Smith and Lucy M. Smith Smith
Lucy M. Smith Smith's award certificate from the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society, a legislative resolution signed by George A. Smith, to the Utah Central Rail-Road, and an edition of Ogden Junction containing the obituary of George A. Smith.
177 3
John Henry Smith
A genealogical chart, a diagram of the years the LDS General Authorities served in their positions, and a certificate for contributing to the World's Fair Loan.
177 4
George Albert Smith
An original map of Adam-Ondi-Ahman, certificates of appointment as Receiver of Public Monies in Utah, a certificate of appointment to the commission from Utah to the Tennessee Centennial Exhibition, and a certificate of appreciation from the General Board of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.
177 5
Emily Smith Stewart and Robert Murray Stewart
Includes Emily Smith Stewart's certificates of graduation from the Washington County Public Schools, LDS High School, and LDS Hospital's School of Nurses Training. Also includes Robert Murray Stewart's certificates of admittance to the bar in the state of Nevada and Washington, D.C., as well as a certificate of membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.
177 6
Wilford Woodruff
Blueprints for home in Nauvoo, Illinois, prepared by the Nauvoo Restoration Association, Inc.
177 7-8
George Albert Smith
Blueprints of George Albert Smith's home on West Temple Street.
177 9
Miscellaneous Materials
Certificate of membership to James M. Swank from the Board of Visitors of Utah University; certificates of appointment as Receiver of Public Monies in Utah to James Hoyt; diploma conferring LL.B. degree from McGill University to Jacob U. Short; and a photocopy of a letter from Brigham Young concerning credit and ZCMI.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Latter Day Saint churches--Apostles
  • Latter Day Saint churches--Missions
  • Latter Day Saint converts
  • Latter Day Saints--Polygamy
  • Polygamy

Personal Names

  • Farr, Nancy Chase, 1823-1892
  • Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945
  • Smith, Elias, 1804-1888
  • Smith, George A. (George Albert), 1817-1875--Archives
  • Smith, George Albert, 1870-1951--Archives
  • Smith, John Henry, 1848-1911--Diaries
  • Smith, Joseph, III, 1832-1914
  • Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844
  • Smith, Lucy Emily Woodruff, 1869-1937
  • Smith, Lucy Messerve, 1817-1892
  • Smith, Sara Farr, 1849-1921
  • Smith, Susan West, 1833-1926
  • Snow, Lorenzo, 1814-1901
  • Stewart, Emily Smith, 1895-1973
  • Taylor, John, 1808-1887
  • Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898