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Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters, 1902-1907

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7952 Series 3
Contains photocopies and transcripts of letters and postcards between Alvin and Amelia Smith, including correspondence from their courtship and during his missionary service in England. The letters discuss routine aspects of missionary work, such as finances and accommodations, investigators, companions and conferences, local attitudes, and events. Also includes descriptions of life in the Smith family, such as births and deaths, weddings, financial circumstances, and events of daily life. Dated between November 17, 1902 and April 19, 1907.


  • 1902-1907

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


4 boxes

Biographical History

Amelia Atkins Smith (1875-1960) was the wife of Alvin Fielding Smith.

Amelia "Millie" Atkins was born January 10, 1875 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edward Atkins and Mary Ann Neal. She married Alvin Fielding Smith in Salt Lake City on June 30, 1903, and the couple raised five children. She died June 7, 1960 in Salt Lake City.
Biographical History Alvin Fielding Smith (1874-1948) was a Latter-day Saint librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alvin Fielding Smith was born to Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson of Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 19, 1874, the second of ten children. He was educated at various Salt Lake City schools, Salt Lake High School, and LDS College. He married Amelia Atkins in the Salt Lake Temple on June 30, 1903, and the couple had five children.

In 1905 Smith was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England. He served mostly in the London area. While a missionary, he accompanied his father, Joseph F. Smith, on a tour of Europe in 1906, traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France. After completing his mission in 1907, he worked for the Consolidated Wagon & Machine Company and later as librarian for the Church Historian's Office in Salt Lake City. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for many years, and was active in his ward. Smith died on January 4, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States