- approximately 1910-2002
- Smith, Henry A. (Henry Allen), 1907-1984 (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Photographs: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
1 oversize boxes (0.5 linear ft.)
3 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft)
Henry A. Smith was born May 10, 1907, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to parents William Henry and Mary Chrlotte Jenkins Smith. He started working at the Deseret News in 1925 as a copy boy, eventually working his way up to the position of church reporter. He married Anne Lovell Wager on June 30, 1926. In 1931, he was named the editor of a new section of the Deseret News, the Church News. Though he initially was the only staff member for the publication, it grew under his leadership until it reached approximately 200,000 homes. He also authored two books: Matthew Cowley: Man of Faith and The Day They Martyred the Prophet. In 1968, the First Presidency appointed him press secretary of the church. He graveled extensively with general authorities and became an important confidant for them. Henry died on June 24, 1984 in Salt Lake City.
Henry participated in a lifetime of church service, serving as stake president in the Pioneer Stake. From 1955 to 1958 he served as the mission president for the Central Atlantic States mission.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Register of Henry A. Smith papers
- Hannah Waddel
- 2014 September 15
- Description rules
- Language of description