Irene M. Bates papers, 1833-1998

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bates, Irene M., 1921-2015
Title
Irene M. Bates papers
Dates
1833-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 1875
Summary
The Irene M. Bates papers (1833-1998) contain correspondence, articles, patriarchal blessings, research materials, bibliographies, meeting minutes, text excerpts, and notes. The collection offers materials on patriarchal blessings and on LDS patriarchs such as Joseph Smith, Sr., Joseph Smith, Jr., William Smith, Hyrum G. Smith, Hyrum F. Smith, Isaac Morley, and others. Bates was born in Manchester, England in 1921. She and her husband joined the LDS Church in 1955 and emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1967. She earned a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and has published on LDS issues.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860

Telephone: 8015818863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

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

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Bates (b. 1921) was born in Manchester, England, to Edward and Lily Wootton. On 14 June 1941, she married William Bates. In 1955, William and Irene Bates joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and later in 1967 they emigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah. Bates received her B.A. in sociology, summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1988, she received an M.A. in history from UCLA, and in 1991, she earned a Ph.D. in History also from UCLA.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Irene M. Bates papers (1833-1998) contain correspondence, articles, patriarchal blessings, research materials, bibliographies, meeting minutes, text excerpts, and notes. The majority of the collection deals with research Bates did on patriarchal blessings, which are given to members of the LDS Church by the presiding stake patriarch. These blessings are considered to be sacred documents, which tell the individual the lineage that they have from the twelve tribes of Israel and also other pertinent personal information. Also included in the collection are research materials dealing with the main patriarchs: Joseph Smith Jr., Joseph Smith Sr., William Smith, Hyrum G. Smith, Hyrum F. Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Isaac Morley among others. The collection also contains a survey that Bates conducted for research asking members of the LDS Church questions regarding their own patriarchal blessings.

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Irene Bates in 2001 and 2004.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0896).

Processing Note

Processed by Kate Kimball in 2001.

Addendum processed by Lisa DeMille in 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Correspondence and Research MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-4
Correspondence
1845-1992
1 5
Advice to Those Giving Patriarchal Blessings
1 6
Bibliographies
1 7
The Council of the Twelve Apostles, Minutes
1971
1 8
Description of Manuscript
This folder contains a photocopied article regarding the eight members of the Smith family that were patriarchs and a description of each member which serves as an introduction to the Bates collection.
1 9
Hannah Ann Dubois, Biographical Information
1 10
High Council of Navoo, Illinois, Minutes
1 11
"History of the Patriarchs," Survey Questionnaire and Responses
1 12
Mary Jane Smith Merrill, Biographical Information
1 13
Minutes of Meeting of Patriarchs
1 14
Notes
1 15
Patriarchs Certificates of Ordination
1 16
Patriarchs, Genealogy and Charts

Patriarchal BlessingsReturn to Top

This series is organized by the last name of the patriarch.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Charts
2 2
Indexes
2 3-11
A-Sm
1838-1973
2 12
Smiths
1833-1835
2 13
Eldred G. Smith
1947-1956
2 14-15
Hyrum Smith
1841-1880
2 16
Hyrum G. Smith
1912-1930
3 1-3
John Smith
1834-1911
3 4
John L. Smith
1853-1881
3 5
"Uncle" John Smith
1846-1853
3 6-7
Joseph Smith, Sr.
1834-1907
3 8
Joseph D. Smith and Joseph Fielding Smith
1913-1944
3 9
Joseph Smith, Jr.-Joseph F. Smith
1834-1944
3 10
Nicholas G. Smith
1933-1934
3 11-14
William B. Smith
3 15-16
T-Y
1874-1964
3 17-18
Patriarchal Blessings
These folders contain various blessings by unknown patriarchs and excerpts from blessings.

Patriarchs, Biographical MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
William Clayton, Journal Excerpts
1842-1846
4 2
George F. Richards, Text Excerpts
1982
4 3-4
Eldred G. Smith, Materials
These folders contain correspondence, articles on Smith, and materials that he used for patriarchal blessings.
1952-1990
4 5
Hyrum Smith, Correspondence and Text Excerpts
1839-1981
4 6-8
Hyrum F. Smith, Materials
These folders contain correspondence, notes, text excerpts, and journal excerpts.
1884-1911
4 9-16
Hyrum G. Smith, Materials
These folders contain correspondence, articles, text excerpts, and journal excerpts.
1884-1985
5 1-7
John Smith, Materials
These folders contain correspondence, articles, text excerpts, biographical information, and journal excerpts.
1851-1976
5 8-9
"Uncle" John Smith, Materials
These folders contain biographical information, articles, and various text excerpts.
1837-1986
6 1
Joseph Smith Sr., Materials
This folder contains articles, text excerpts, and notes.
1843-1981
6 2
Joseph F. Smith, Correspondence and Text Excerpts
1942-1946
6 3-8
William Smith, Materials
These folders contain biographical information, text excerpts, articles, and notes.
1844-1983
6 9-11
John Taylor, Journal
1844

PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
J. Max Anderson, "Joseph Smith, Sr.," Excerpt
7 2
J. Max Anderson, "Succession in the Patriarchal Priesthood," Excerpt
1967
7 3
Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom, Excerpt
1958
7 4
Leonard J. Arrington, "Mormonism from Its New York Beginnings," Excerpt
7 5
Milton V. Backman, Jr., "Awakenings in the Burned-over District: New Light on the Historical Setting of the First Vision"
1969
7 6
Irene M. Bates, "Patriarchal Blessings and the Routinization of Charisma"
1993
7 7
Irene M. Bates, "William Smith, 1811-93: Problematic Patriarch"
1983
7 8
Archibald F. Bennett, "The Children of Ephraim"
1930
7 9
Richard E. Bennett, Mormons at the Missouri, 1846-1852, Excerpt
1987
7 10
R. Clayton Brough, Thomas W. Grassley, "Understanding Patriarchal Blessings"
1984
7 11
M. Hamlin Cannon, "The English Mormons in America"
7 12
Come Unto Christ: Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, Excerpt
1984
7 13
Oliver Cowdery, Remarks
1835
7 14
Peter Crawley, "A Bibliography of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York, Ohio, and Missouri"
7 15
Whitney R. Cross, The Burned-over District, "The Prophet"
7 16
David Brion Davis, "Some Themes of Counter-Subversion: An Analysis of Anti-Masonic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Mormon Literature"
7 17
"The Death of a Mormon Dictator: Letters of Massachusetts Mormons, 1843-1848"
1936
7 18
"De Tal Palo Tal Astilla," Excerpt
7 19
Paul M. Edwards, "The Secular Smiths"
1977
7 20
Andrew F. Ehat, "It Seems Like Heaven Began on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Constitution of the Kingdom of God"
7 21
Andrew F. Ehat, ed., "They Might Have Known That He Was Not a Fallen Prophet--The Nauvoo Journal of Joseph Fielding"
7 22
John Henry Evans, "The New Presiding Patriarch"
1943
7 23
"A Few Words of Warning from a Minister to His Flock"
1840
7 24
Lawrence R. Flake, Mighty Men of Zion, Excerpt
1974
7 25
Robert Flanders, "To Transform History: Early Mormon Culture and the Concept of Time and Space"
1971
7 26
Elisha H. Groves, "Changes Made in the Copying of Three Versions of a Patriarchal Blessing Given to Horatio Morrill"
7 27
"Haun's Mill, October 30, 1838"
1970
7 28
History of Joseph Smith, Excerpt
7 29
Reed M. Holmes, ed., The Patriarchs, Excerpt
1978
7 30
Gordon Irving, "The Mormons and the Bible in the 1830s"
1973
7 31
Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life's Review, Excerpt
1947
7 32
Thomas Jay Kemp, The Office of Patriarch to the Church, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1972
7 33
Byron Marchant, "Mormonism's Connections to the British Enlightenment"
1988
7 34
Bruce R. McConkie, "Fathers as 'Natural Patriarchs'"
7 35
Melchizedek Priesthood Handbook, Excerpt
1974
7 36
John Clifton Moffitt, "Isaac Morley on the American Frontier"
7 37
"Mothers in Israel," The Relief Society Magazine
1916
7 38
Leo J. Muir, A Century of Mormon Activities in California, Excerpt
7 39
"The Office of Patriarch," Seventh East Press
1982
7 40
Virginia Oldroyd, Interview
1986
7 41
"Patriarchal Blessings," The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, Excerpt
1931
7 42
"Patriarchs in Israel"
7 43
Gregory A. Prince, "Having Authority: The Origins and Development of Priesthood during the Ministry of Joseph Smith"
1992
7 44
D. Michael Quinn, ed., "The First Months of Mormonism: A Contemporary View by Reverend Diedrich Willers"
7 45
D. Michael Quinn, "Joseph Smith III's 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah"
1981
7 46
D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy, 1832-1932, Excerpt
1976
7 47
Quorum of Patriarchs, Articles
1877-1969
7 48
Franklin D. Richards and James A. Little, "A Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel"
1882
7 49
Sealing Power, Text Excerpts
1845-1965
8 1
Isaac Sheen, Melchizedek and Aaronic Herald, Excerpts
1849-1950
8 2-4
Earnest M. Skinner, Joseph Smith, Sr.: First Patriarch to the Church
1958
8 5
E. Gary Smith, "The Patriarchal Crisis of 1845: As the Nature of the Office of Patriarch Does Not Seem to Be Fully Understood"
8 6
Eldred G. Smith, "What Is a Patriarchal Blessing?"
1962
8 7
Eldred G. Smith, "Your Patriarchal Blessings"
1960
8 8
George A. Smith, Builders of a Kingdom, Excerpt
8 9
Hyrum G. Smith, "The Day of Ephraim"
1929
8 10
Job Smith, "The United Brethren"
1909
8 11
Joseph Fielding Smith, "Presiding Patriarchs," The Improvement Era
1923
8 12
Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith the Prophet, and His Progenitors, Excerpt
8 13
William Smith, A Proclamation, Excerpt
1845
8 14
William Smith, William Smith on Mormonism
1883
8 15
Suggestions for Stake Patriarchs, Articles
1943-1981
8 16
Malcolm R. Thorp, "The Religious Backgrounds of Mormon Converts in Britain, 1837-52"
1978
8 17
Times and Seasons, Excerpt
1844
8 18
Orsamus Turner, History of the Pioneer Settlement of Phelps and Gorham's Purchase and Morris' Reserve, Excerpt
1851
8 19
Utah Historical Quarterly, Excerpt
1989
8 20
"A Vision As Seen by S. M. Farnsworth"
1844
8 21
Cecilia Warner, "Misunderstanding Patriarchal Blessings," Excerpt
1985
8 22
David J. Whittaker, "The Records of Mormon History: A Guide to the Major Libraries and Collections"
8 23
John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, Excerpt
8 24
Wilford Woodruff's Journal, Excerpt
1833-1840
8 25
Brigham Young, Sermon Excerpt
1874
8 26
Buddy Youngreen, "Sons of the Martyrs' Nauvoo Reunion-- 1860"
8 27
Raymond F. Wood, "Her 'Cup of Tea'"
1980
8 28
Zion's Ensign, Excerpt
1914

Writings, Publications, and Research MaterialsReturn to Top

Most of these materials are photocopies.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
9
Miscellaneous Textual Excerpts
1835-1985
Folder
10 1
Aurora
1962
10 2
Harold Bloom, "The Religion-Making Imagination of Joseph Smith"
1990
10 3
William Clayton, Clayton's Secret Writings Uncovered
1982
10 4
Douglas James Davies, Mormon Spirituality, Excerpts
10 5
John H. Gardner, "Science and the Mormon Quest for Truth"
1980
10 6
John Hereen, et al., "The Mormon Concept of Mother in Heaven"
1984
10 7
Richard Henrie Morley, "The Life and Contributions of Isaac Morley"
10 8
"Notes on Apostolic Succession"
10 9
Boyd K. Packer, "Equally Yoked Together"
10 10
Paul H. Peterson, "An Historical Analysis of the Word of Wisdom"
1972
10 11
Ebenezer Robinson, The Return, Extracts
10 12
Karl C. Sandberg, "Masonry and the Making of Mormonism"
1995
10 13
Howard Clair Searle, "Early Mormon Historiography"
1979
10 14
A. D. Sorenson, "Russell against the Book of Mormon"
1984
10 15
David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ
1887
10 16
David J. Whittaker, "The Records of Mormon History"
10 17
John Taylor Revelation
1886
10 18
News Articles
1985-1998
10 19
Patriarchs
1899-1982
10 20
Religion Clauses in the Constitution
1972; 1980
10 21
Salt Lake School of the Prophets, Minute Book
1981
10 22
Miscellaneous Historical Documents

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Patriarchs (Latter Day Saint doctrine)--History--Sources

Personal Names

  • Bates, Irene M., 1921-2015--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence