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John Smith and Gee family photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3919

Scope and Contents

The John Smith and Gee Family Photographs, undated, include two archival series: (1) Smith Family Photographs, undated and (2) Gee Family Photographs, undated. Each series includes multiple sub-series organized by family group. Notable items include pictures of John Smith and Joseph F. Smith, sons of Hyrum Smith.


  • Date not identified


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John Smith and Gee family photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical sketch

John Smith (1832-1911) was born in Kirtland, Ohio, to Hyrum Smith and his first wife Jerusha Barden Smith. He was primarily raised by Hyrum's second wife Mary Fielding after the death of his mother. He was the fifth Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following in the footsteps of his father and paternal grandfather. He was the longest serving Presiding Patriarch, holding the office from 1855 until his death in 1911. Following his death, his grandson Hyrum Gibbs Smith was sustained as Presiding Patriarch. He served in this office from 1912 until his death in 1932. After some years without a Presiding Patriarch and a brief stint by Joseph Fielding Smith (future President of the Church), Hyrum G. Smith's son Eldred Gee Smith was called to the office in 1947. In 1979, he was given the status of Patriarch Emeritus and no new Presiding Patriarch was called. This collection comes from the personal collection of Gilbert Isom, whose mother was Cleone Smith Isom, daughter of Hyrum Gibbs Smith. It includes photographs of each of these former Presiding Patriarchs as well as numerous other members of the Smith Family. Also included are photographs of Cleone Smith Isom's mother Martha Electa Gee Smith and other Gee family members.


9 folders (0.20 linear ft.)



Custodial History

The original documents are in the possession of Gilbert Isom. He loaned the originals to BYU in May 2007 to scan and photocopy. The originals were then returned to the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Gilbert Isom; 2007.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the Photo Archives.
Register of John Smith and Gee family photographs
Benjamin Sipes
2011 June 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States