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Writings by or about Joel Ricks, undated

Identifier: MSS 2857 Series 4

Scope and Contents note

Writings either by Joel Ricks or about him.


  • Other: undated


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Joel Ricks papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Joel Ricks, Jr. (1858-1944). A Mormon author and politician. He authored The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands and signed the Utah State Constitution.

Joel Ricks, Jr. (1858-1944) was born in Farmington, Utah. He signed the Utah State Constitution, was a pioneer railroader and telegrapher, and spent much of his time in genealogical research and a study of Book of Mormon geography. He made several trips to Southern America for his research and authored five books and a number of maps and pamphlets. One of his books was titled The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands.

Joel Ricks was born July 21, 1858 in Farmington, Utah to Joel Ricks Sr. (1804-1888) and Sarah Beriah Fiske (1819-1891). In 1859 his parents moved to Logan, Utah to help settle that area. He was married to Susette Cardon (1861-1919) in 1881.

Ricks was secretary to the Utah State Constitutional Convention and signed the state's constitution. He authored five books, including The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands, and a number of maps and pamphlets, many detailing his beliefs about where the Book of Mormon people were located on the Southern and Northern American continents. He took several trips to South America to conduct research for these publications. He died in Logan, Utah on November 23, 1944.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

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Arrangement note

Arranged in 6 subseries: 1. Joel Ricks fictional writings, 2. Joel Ricks published articles and books, 1915-1940, 3. Joel Ricks unpublished articles and manuscripts, 4. Others' articles about Joel Ricks, 5. Joel Ricks notes and miscellaneous writings, 6. Joel Ricks scrapbook pages

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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States